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Old 9th August 2010, 05:13 PM
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Ron, I have a question. I am approached by a patient who is having difficulties with erectile dysfunction. He is seeking a prescription for Viagra. In the intake physical I discover he is not married and has a girlfriend. I should refrain from this request because it would fall under cooperation with evil? I am finding this to be the case more and more. I can see myself being reported to the medical board for making exclusions on a moral basis.
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Old 9th August 2010, 06:42 PM
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Ron, I have a question. I am approached by a patient who is having difficulties with erectile dysfunction. He is seeking a prescription for Viagra. In the intake physical I discover he is not married and has a girlfriend. I should refrain from this request because it would fall under cooperation with evil? I am finding this to be the case more and more. I can see myself being reported to the medical board for making exclusions on a moral basis.

There are two types of cooperation with evil, formal and material. Formal cooperation is always an act that is inherently, by the nature of the act, regardless of intention or circumstances, directed at assisting another person's intrinsically evil act in attaining its moral object. Prescribing Viagra (or any similar drug) to an unmarried person who is sexually active is inherently directed at assisting that person in committing the sin of sexual acts outside of marriage.

Every act of formal cooperation is itself intrinsically evil, because the cooperative act assists the other person's act in achieving an evil moral object. When the other person's act is gravely immoral, then formal cooperation with that act is also gravely immoral.

What you describe is not a case of material cooperation. Formal cooperation is never moral, but material cooperation is sometimes moral. In order to be moral, the material cooperation must be such that the good consequences outweigh any bad consequences, including scandal; and the moral object must be good; and the intention must be good. But formal cooperation is never moral because the cooperative act assists an intrinsically evil act in attaining its evil moral object.

Therefore, in my theological opinion, any physician who prescribes an erectile disfunction drug to an unmarried patient is committing an act of formal cooperation that is intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral.
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Old 9th August 2010, 07:25 PM
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Besides, a person is not going to get sick or die because of remaining chaste, so taking Viagra is not a 'health' issue, it's not necessary in this case.
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Old 10th August 2010, 01:22 PM
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Thank you. We must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling and be willing to die to the world for the sake of the kingdom.
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Old 10th August 2010, 08:00 PM
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So how does the person working at Walmart who sell's a bikini (lust to the onlooker) fair out in this senerio? He/she is selling something that leads to lust of many.
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Old 10th August 2010, 08:52 PM
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So how does the person working at Walmart who sell's a bikini (lust to the onlooker) fair out in this senerio? He/she is selling something that leads to lust of many.

Wearing a bikini is not intrinsically evil, and it not itself an act of lust, nor does wearing any particular clothing cause another person to commit the sin of lust.

The act of working at a store, selling items, is not inherently directed at any evil moral object, and is only remote material cooperation with any sins committed with those products, speaking in general.

cooperation with evil is covered in chapter 28 of my book
28. Cooperation with Evil
http://www.catechism.cc/ethics/index.htm
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Old 11th August 2010, 02:16 PM
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Its funny how these things can haunt you; I am a computer tech and owned my own retail/ repair store. Going back 10 years or so I remember when the old dial up internet took off, almost all the computers I sold in a space of a few months caused marriages to break up with these online chatting sites. I had a very hard time with my business back then, I felt remorseful selling these computers to my clients, and I really struggled with the notion of selling them the tool that destroyed their marriage.
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Its funny how these things can haunt you; I am a computer tech and owned my own retail/ repair store. Going back 10 years or so I remember when the old dial up internet took off, almost all the computers I sold in a space of a few months caused marriages to break up with these online chatting sites. I had a very hard time with my business back then, I felt remorseful selling these computers to my clients, and I really struggled with the notion of selling them the tool that destroyed their marriage.

Selling computers that result in some harmful effects would be remote material cooperation with evil. The act of selling a computer is not intrinsically evil; the use of the computer is not intrinsically evil. And so this is not a case of formal cooperation with evil. The consequences of selling and using a computer include good and bad effects. But the act of selling a computer is distant from those harmful effects.
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