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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 ...

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 ...