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Catholic actors

Earlier this week CNA reported that Catholic actor Neil McDonough had lost an acting job on ABC because he refused to do explicit love scenes. While the official response from ABC called his replacement a "casting change" and gave no reason for the switch, McDonough’s decision about refusing to act in graphic love scenes is apparently well-known in Hollywood. If the reason for his change on the most recent show is true, McDonough will have lost an estimated $1 million in pay for his refusal. I don’t know if we’re hearing the whole story here, but the thought of someone being willing to lose that much money because of his principles, which he connects with his faith, is inspiring. There aren’t many people in the world who are in the position to turn down $1 million on principle, but all of us are confronted with moments in the workplace, school or home when we have to make decisions based on our Catholic principles. Our cost may or may not be financial. It may be that we refuse to engage in unethical practices at work, which shows our supervisors we aren’t willing to be "team players." Such decisions can mean the difference between getting a promotion, or sometimes keeping a job. It may mean that we decide not to cheat on an exam in school when we have access to the questions beforehand, even though it could mean the difference between an A or a C. Having people in the public eye being so willing to stand up for their principles and walk away from financial gain helps all of us to have the strength in our own lives to do the same. Perhaps in the process we too could be a role model to someone around us.

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