Can you provide some examples (non-hypothetical) of laws that require people to do something which goes contrary to the Faith, or laws against fulfilling what our Faith requires? What virtues are forbidden by law, and what sins are we required to commit by law?
- Orthodox Church was delegalised here from 1596 to 1633
- in 1938 the state demolished about 130 churches
- in 1942 Orthodox Church became illegal in the Czech lands...
- abolishing the Moscow Patriarchate by tzars...
I can't believe that you needed to ask the question.
I asked for examples of laws that "require" in the present tense, not in the past, as I am not familiar with the laws where Michal Kalina resides and I thought he may have some specific contemporary laws in mind. It should go without saying that our primary obedience is to God and we could not obey a law which would mandate sin or forbid us to worship and obey God. I am curious as to whether there are contemporary laws in the US or in Poland that forbid what God commands or command what God forbids.
That being said, I think "morality" is a bit of a vague, and not very useful, term. However, I understand the point that legality and morality are not equivalent terms. Just because the law allows something does not mean that it is not sinful, and just because the law forbids something does not mean it is necessarily sinful, etc. If a certain act that is not inherently sinful is forbidden by law, I suspect that committing the act in disobedience to the law renders the act sinful unless the committing of the act was necessary in order to obey the commands of Christ.
Perhaps the basic rule to follow is that if something is forbidden by law we must obey the law unless obeying the law means disobeying God. If something is required by law, we should also obey the law as long as obeying the law does not equate to disobeying God. This is easier stated than followed, however, and I'm sure we could come up with a lot of scenarios where the decision would be difficult.