I work in healthcare and I live in a very liberal city and work for a secular organization. Every day I am faced with “helping” patients who want to do things that are inherently evil. Some examples are abortion, “sex change”, birth control, and underage treatment and procedures without parental knowledge, guidance or approval. I work in support services so I help patients with all of their needs except direct clinical care. It pains me terribly when I have to send referrals or find resources for patients that want to do something intrinsically evil.
I have spoken with my parish priest and he has assured me that I am not morally culpable for assisting these patients. He said I am remotely participating in a moral evil but because I am not advising or encouraging any of this, I am not culpable. I feel confident in his guidance. He did tell me to let my conscious be my guide and if I find I cannot continue to work in this environment that I should consider other fields of work.
Despite this agonizing situation I continue to be merciful and kind to all persons and I treat them with genuine compassion and respect. I do not let anyone know my turmoil; patients or co-workers.
It is just very discouraging for me to see what is happening in our society today. I cannot understand it as much as I try and my anxiety is getting worse. I do not have a very strong support system for my Catholic faith. I am a strong, firm believer in the teachings of the Church and I believe in mercy and compassion, but at the same time “instructing the ignorant” or standing firm against those who oppose Her teachings. There IS a moral right and wrong and I find very few who believe that, even some in my family.
I would really appreciate any encouragement or feedback anyone might have. Thank you for “listening” to me.