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Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk


  • The bitter pill of ‘false liberation’

    A major study published on Dec. 7 in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that hormonal contraception increases the risk of breast cancer for women.
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  • Destroying my freedom – in the name of freedom?

    In an August 2015 column in The Washington Post, George F. Will argued in favor of physician-assisted suicide, summing up his perspective this way: “There is nobility in … affirming at the end the distinctive human dignity of autonomous choice.”
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  • When is it a sin to make a referral?

    During World War II, if a contractor had been asked to construct a building knowing that it would serve as a gas chamber in Auschwitz, it goes without saying that he ought not agree to do it.
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  • Sex in accord with reason

    An article published in 2012 in The Atlantic described the sexual practices of the Aka and Ngandu people who live in the tropical forests of central Africa.
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  • The ‘expendable children’

    Couples who struggle to get pregnant are turning with greater frequency to the in vitro fertilization industry for assistance. In some cases, they can end up feeling they are “too pregnant” when twins, triplets or quads arise.
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  • Considering the options for infertile couples

    When Catholic couples experience trouble getting pregnant, they often seek medical help and begin to research what options are available to them.
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  • Can I donate my body to science?

    Some people may wish to “donate their body to science” after they die. Such a gift of themselves can be objectively good and praiseworthy provided that their body would contribute to meaningful research or study, and that it would not be used in a disrespectful or otherwise inappropriate manner.
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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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