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Sexual atoms and moleculesFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

A major issue in bioethics today involves "informed consent," but some try to make everything about consent. This is especially notable when it comes to ethical discussions around the exercise of human ...

Decisions of consequence Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

I recently watched a compelling video prepared by a group called "Heartbeat International." They provide women, who regret having taken an abortion pill, the chance to reverse their decision through a ...

The moral analysis of boxingFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In 1996, when Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame on international television, the issue of sports-induced brain damage was raised to new prominence. One of the greatest boxers in history, his evident ...

What young people could most profit from hearing about marriage Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Young people today experience various pressures and expectations that can make them anxious. In a recent essay, Professor Timothy P. O'Malley, of Notre Dame's McGrath Institute for Church Life, crisply ...

Challenging the establishment on childhood gender transitionsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

A 23-year-old woman named Keira Bell recently brought a pivotal lawsuit against the National Health Services Gender Identity Development Clinic in London, better known as the Tavistock Clinic. Keira experienced ...

Vaccine mandates and Catholic colleges Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In a recent statement from the National Catholic Bioethics Center on COVID-19 vaccines, we noted that the Catholic Church "neither requires nor forbids" the use of vaccines, but instead urges people to ...

Countering Catholic misinformation about vaccinesFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

A priest recently mentioned to me that he was not planning to get the COVID-19 vaccine. He told me he was concerned that RNA vaccines could alter our DNA and he heard there were also risks to fertility. I ...

The 'Quality of Life' error Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

During "serious illness conversations," some doctors will ply their patients with this question: "What is your minimally acceptable quality of life?" Behind the question can be the implication that if ...