With appeals courts rapidly imposing same gender marriages on the states, in the US, and this soon to become a legal norm in North America and Europe, I pose this question: Will it be possible for faithful Catholics to remain judges in at least the US (and probably Canada)?
I suppose that depends upon the jurisdiction, but simply being a judge in some instances means that the jurist is going to be asked to perform same gender marriages, and of course handle questions of adoption and divorce, all pertaining to this. I have no doubt that polygamous marriages are not far behind.
The US has a strong tradition of Catholic judges, including some on the US Supreme Court right now. But I have to wonder if we’ll soon be at a point where this just isn’t an option for a faithful Catholic. After all, a faithful Catholic can’t be a nurse at an abortion clinic, so why could one be a judge in a situation in which you might fight yourself presiding over an ever increasing number of topics that are contrary to our faith?
I suppose this question should apply to lawyers as well, except that we don’t have to take topics we don’t care to. Judges do.