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The foxes and the henhouseFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Probably the biggest bioethics story of 2019 involved Dr. Jiankui He (known to his associates as "JK"), a Chinese scientist who employed a new technology called CRISPR/Cas9 to produce the world's first ...

Medicine and a 'Sense of the Sacred' Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

As clergy, we touch upon very holy realities when we baptize, consecrate the Eucharist, give absolution to sinners, or anoint the sick. These special moments engage divine grace in deep and important ...

Pushing back against evilFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

During a recent speech in Texas, I mentioned that "Drag Queen Story Hours" are being sponsored by local public libraries across the country. Toddlers and kids are brought in and placed in front of cross-dressing ...

Palliative sedation while approaching death Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Because suffering almost always imposes itself on us during life, and especially at the end of life, it can be helpful to reflect on the need to accept some personal suffering as we die -- even as we ...

Contradictory suicide messagingFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In July 2014, police found the body of 18-year-old Conrad Roy inside his truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, having died from carbon monoxide poisoning. As the case unfolded, it became apparent that a ...

An authentic democracy Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Those of us who have grown up within the womb of a democratic society may not always recognize how radical the idea behind such a society actually is, nor how fragile its structure can be in the face ...

Securing authentic children's rightsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Children require extensive support and protection to meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. They are uniquely dependent on their parents because they are particularly vulnerable. Often they ...

The corpse raiders Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Most people recognize the importance of obtaining consent before retrieving organs from the bodies of deceased persons. They also understand the necessity of showing respect for those bodily remains following ...