Don’t let your head explode. We don’t want that to happen. Too messy. Besides, it’s almost Christmas, not a good time to have a funeral.
This actually makes sense in light of the Incarnation. A Christian, unlike a pagan and an atheist professes to believe that the eternal Logos became incarnate. We profess that he redeems man through his humility, to the point of accepting even death on a cross. In other words, the cross is the highest expression of service. Christ climbs the cross for our benefit, not for his benefit.
A pagan and an atheist, on the other hand, does not believe in the cross . . . for whatever reason. From a theological perspective, the reason is not important right now. The important is that this population does not believe in the cross, much less in the Incarnation. Therefore, it is unreasonable to expect this person to feel morally bound to serve. He may serve for humanitarian reasons, but not for spiritual reasons as would a Christian. He may choose not to serve at all, because he knows no moral imperative to serve.
Everything that is good among pagans or among atheists is actually Catholic. That which is Catholic belongs to the Church, even if the person does not know it. It is this that Christ uses to save, if the person is faithful to what little he has.
Yes, refusal to serve is to act as if one were a pagan who does not see the moral obligation to serve. But even a pagan who follows the good that he knows can be saved by Christ, because all good is Catholic. There is no such thing as a good that exists among pagans or atheists but is not part of the deposit of faith. Christ can save even through a thread. Just don’t think that those of us who are Catholic can move away from our Catholic faith. Backward motion does not work.