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Treasuring our future timelinesFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In an apparently random act in 2020, 29-year-old Dom Brand of South Carolina shot and killed an 80-year-old woman named Mary Ann Elvington. His action resulted in several tragedies unfolding simultaneously. ...

Dehumanizing one another Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

A female sharpshooter nicknamed "Lady Death" has recently become a Ukrainian folk hero for defiantly attacking Russian soldiers undercover. The young markswoman fought for several years in eastern Ukraine ...

Too much morphine?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

To help people navigate some of the complex decisions involved in end-of-life situations, the National Catholic Bioethics Center offers a free and confidential consultation service via e-mail or phone ...

The ethics of pig-to-human organ transplants Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Early this year, a Maryland man suffering from severe heart failure underwent a new experimental procedure, receiving a pig heart transplant. His medical team had determined he would be a poor candidate ...

Eugenics, forced sterilization, and protecting the mentally challengedFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Although most Americans today are unaware of it, the United States has a sad and extensive history of forced sterilizations, especially within the past century. In 1907, Indiana legalized forced sterilizations ...

New cures from embryonic stem cells? Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

A recent article in the New York Times by Gina Kolata chronicles the remarkable story of a patient who for many years suffered from type 1 diabetes. After receiving a newly-developed form of embryonic ...

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 ...