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Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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  • Doping athletes

    The use of performance-enhancing drugs by professional athletes not only leads to serious challenges in maintaining a level playing field in competitive sports but also raises broader ethical issues and concerns.
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  • The ethics of new age medicine

    Patients who face serious illnesses are sometimes attracted to alternative medicines, also referred to as “holistic” or “new age” medicines. These can include treatments like homeopathy, hypnosis, “energy therapies” like Reiki, acupuncture, and herbal remedies, to name just a few.
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  • I’m not ‘intrinsically disordered!’

    I have met several priests over the years who ended up leaving the active ministry of the priesthood. Two of them have been on my mind and in my prayers recently, having left the priesthood and the church over issues connected to homosexuality.
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  • How does the Catholic Church resolve new bioethical questions?

    A number of years ago, I participated in a debate at Harvard on embryonic stem cell research which also included a Jewish rabbi, an Episcopalian clergyman, and a Muslim imam.
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  • Thinking through the temptation of cohabitation

    Men and women clearly need each other and naturally gravitate toward arrangements of mutual support and lives of shared intimacy.
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  • The mystery of male-female complementarity

    James Parker came out at age 17 and later entered into a relationship with another man.
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  • Jailed for defending marriage

    Kim Davis, the now famous clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, who became known for her refusal to issue marriage licenses, was arrested and incarcerated.
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  • Consenting to the unconscionable

    In recent years, scientists in industry and academia have come to rely on freshly obtained human tissue specimens for certain types of research and experimentation. Sometimes these tissues and organs can be obtained after routine surgeries like gall bladder removal from adults or foreskin removal during the circumcision of newborns.
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  • Changing my body to ‘match’ my ‘identity?’

    The famous Olympian Bruce Jenner made headlines recently when he told ABC News, “For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman … That female side is part of me.
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  • The banking of sperm and eggs before cancer treatments

    Both chemotherapy and radiation can affect sexual organs and how they work. The American Cancer Society addresses the potential effects on male fertility this way: “Chemo may lower the number of sperm cells, reduce their ability to move, or cause other changes. … Because permanent sterility (infertility) may occur, it’s important to discuss this issue with your doctor BEFORE you start chemo. You might want to think about banking your sperm for future use.”
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  • What is VSED and why should it matter to us?

    More than 20 years ago, Dr. David Eddy, writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, described how his mother, though not suffering from a terminal illness, chose to end her life through VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking).
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  • The implications of 3-parent embryos

    An ethical Rubicon was crossed when the first in vitro fertilization-conceived baby came into the world in 1978.
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  • Undoing a chemical abortion

    In 1978, Charles E. Rice, a former professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, made this prediction in his book “Beyond Abortion: The Theory and Practice”:
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  • Medical assistance with battle of the bulge

    Bariatric surgery, which often involves banding of the stomach, is a widely used procedure for treating severe obesity.
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  • Fostering solidarity across generations

    Occasionally we hear disturbing stories in the media about young people who perpetrate abuse against the elderly. In a widely reported 2009 story, for example, caretakers at the Quadrangle Assisted Living facility outside Philadelphia were charged in connection with the abuse of an elderly patient named Lois McCallister.
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