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What young people could most profit from hearing about marriageFather 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 transitions Father 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 collegesFather 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 vaccines Father 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' errorFather 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 ...

Vaccines and other entanglements with abortion Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

As the new COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out, several people have told me, "I don't want a vaccine with any connection to abortion." This is a valid sentiment that most of us would likely echo. ...

Must Catholics refuse a COVID-19 vaccine made with a cell line from an abortion?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In the wake of announcements from multiple pharmaceutical companies about safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, many are expressing ethical doubts about whether it is OK to take these vaccines. Do Catholics ...

Should I get vaccinated? Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Recently, many people have been reaching out with questions about vaccines. So, I thought it would be helpful to mention some of the most common ones and try to provide some answers. -- Are there sound ...