Tag: bioethics

Ethical questions surface as scientists advance gene-editing work

Ethical questions surface as scientists advance gene-editing work

| Dennis Sadowski | August 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Catholic observers and others are raising ethical questions about the work of an international team of scientists who report that they were able to edit the DNA in human embryos to correct a health disorder.

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The mystery of male-female complementarity

The mystery of male-female complementarity

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | February 4, 2016 | 7 Comments

James Parker came out at age 17 and later entered into a relationship with another man. He worked as a gay activist for a while, but his personal experiences of intimacy and human sexuality eventually led him to grasp that “same-sex marriage just doesn’t exist; even if you want to say that it does.” He concluded that trying to persuade those with homosexual inclinations that they can have marriage like heterosexual couples is basically to “hoodwink” them: “Deep down, there is no mystery between two men, ultimately.“

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Parents and sex ed: Duty cannot be delegated

Parents and sex ed: Duty cannot be delegated

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

While some parents might be happy to avoid the awkward conversations that arise around human sexuality by allowing the school system to provide their children’s sex education, it is nonetheless important for parents to recognize that they are the most significant teachers and models for their own children as they mature sexually.

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Renegade researchers and the future of biomedicine

Renegade researchers and the future of biomedicine

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Embryos are as human as you and I; they’re simply younger, smaller and more vulnerable. They ought to be accorded the same respect that every human being deserves, as a matter of basic human rights. Human dignity demands nothing less.

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Bioethics conference examines fertility, end-of-life care

Bioethics conference examines fertility, end-of-life care

| Susan Klemond | October 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

The ability to make informed choices about fertility directly challenges the secular culture’s precepts that the body can be manipulated to express any desire and that fertility is a disease to be isolated or removed chemically or mechanically from the body, said Dr. Hanna Klaus, a Medical Mission Sister and OB/GYN doctor with extensive experience in reproductive issues who spoke at a recent biomedical conference.

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Human Stockpiling

Human Stockpiling

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D | September 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

A recent news report chronicled a Chinese woman named Huang Yijun. Sixty years ago, her unborn child died, but the pregnancy was never expelled from her body. Instead, her baby’s body slowly began to calcify inside her, becoming a crystallized, stone-like mass. Such stone babies (known as lithopedions) are extremely rare.

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“Drastic Measures” and Cancer Decisions

“Drastic Measures” and Cancer Decisions

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | March 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

During the 1990’s, scientists discovered two gene mutations in the BRCA family of genes which significantly increase a woman’s chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Consequently, as noted in a recent Los Angeles Times article by Anna Gorman, “Many oncologists recommend that women with the mutations consider having their ovaries, fallopian tubes and breasts removed prophylactically [as a precautionary measure] to reduce risk.”

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Defending the dignity of those with dementia

Defending the dignity of those with dementia

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | October 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

I once heard a remarkable story from a woman named Cecilia sitting next to me on a long flight. She told me how her mother had suffered from dementia for many years, eventually reaching the point that she could no longer recognize any of her children when they would visit at the nursing home.

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Spinning Stem Cell Fairy Tales

Spinning Stem Cell Fairy Tales

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Discussions about the morality of stem cell research often focus on the differences between adult stem cells and stem cells derived from embryos. The adult variety, such as those derived from bone marrow or umbilical cords, are already providing an impressive array of treatments and cures for sick people, while the embryonic kind are not. […]

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