A forum of Catholic Thought

When is it a sin to make a referral?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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. By laying ...

The 'Expendable Children' Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Couples who struggle to get pregnant are turning with greater frequency to the in vitro fertilization (IVF) industry for assistance. In some cases, they can end up feeling they are "too pregnant" when ...

Considering the options for infertile couplesFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

When Catholic couples experience trouble getting pregnant, they often seek medical help and begin to research what options are available to them. A number of moral considerations and questions generally ...

Can I donate my body to science? Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 ...

Doping athletesFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 ...

The ethics of new age medicine Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 ...

I'm not 'intrinsically disordered!'Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 ...

How does the Catholic Church resolve new bioethical questions? Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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. The debate went smoothly ...