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Palliative sedation while approaching death

Palliative sedation while approaching death

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 recognize the importance of palliative steps and other comfort measures.

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An authentic Democracy

An authentic Democracy

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | October 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 of strident claims regarding individual freedoms. Legalization of abortion, to focus on one of the most strident claims, corrodes the very pillars of our democratic society.

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The Corpse Raiders

The Corpse Raiders

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | September 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 death.

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It’s not just about the frozen embryos

It’s not just about the frozen embryos

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | May 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

I remember a conversation I had with a married Catholic couple a few years ago. They were feeling lost and desperate over their inability to conceive a child. They were casting about for options.

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“Exceptions” and the Undermining of the Moral Law

“Exceptions” and the Undermining of the Moral Law

| Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk | February 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Whenever we make small exceptions to universal moral rules, we shouldn’t be surprised that the rules themselves can be quickly undermined. Establishing an “exception” in one case makes people think they’re due an exemption for their case as well. Certain norms of moral behavior, however, do not admit of any exceptions, and we risk undermining morality altogether if we don’t recognize them. Moral norms governing the protection of human life are one such example.

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The Welcome Outreach of Perinatal Hospice

The Welcome Outreach of Perinatal Hospice

| Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk | February 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

During the course of pregnancy, receiving an adverse prenatal diagnosis can be a tremendously jolting experience for parents. In severe cases, physicians may tell them that their unborn child has a condition that is “incompatible with life.”

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Sexual Orientation: Hope for Restoration and Healing with SOCE

Sexual Orientation: Hope for Restoration and Healing with SOCE

| Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk | February 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) rely on professional therapy and counseling, often in a religious context, to assist those struggling with unwanted homosexual inclinations who would like to diminish their same-sex attractions and grow in their ability to abstain from same-sex behaviors.

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Opioids, Pain Management, and Addiction: Balancing Ethical Duties

Opioids, Pain Management, and Addiction: Balancing Ethical Duties

| Tadeusz Pacholczyk | September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Almost two million Americans are now addicted to opioids. The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that more than 100 people die each day in the U.S. from opioid overdoses. This unprecedented level of abuse — which involves not only heroin, but also prescription pain relievers such as OxyContin, Percocet, morphine, codeine, and fentanyl — has become a national crisis. Reportedly, about 80 percent of heroin addicts first misused prescription opioids. Yet for many patients, no pain-relieving options more effective than opioids exist. Figuring out how to use these powerful pharmacological agents in an appropriate and ethical manner is urgent and imperative.

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Can we pay others to donate a kidney?

Can we pay others to donate a kidney?

| September 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Often we envision donating our organs after we are dead, but we can also choose to become an organ donor while we are alive if we share part of our liver or donate one of our kidneys. The proposal to give one of our two kidneys away, though, does raise some ethical and safety concerns.

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Promethean medical temptations

Promethean medical temptations

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Superheroes attract us. From Greek gods to Superman and Spiderman, our fascination with the awesome deeds of superheroes beckons us to become Masters of our own destiny. Yet even as we enjoy the fantasy of acquiring Promethean powers to combat our enemies and conquer evil, we have legitimate misgivings about mere mortals taking on god-like powers in real life.

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Consenting to Sex

Consenting to Sex

| May 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Recent news articles exploring the post-#MeToo world of romance have noted the phenomenon of cell phone “consent apps,” allowing millennials to sign digital contracts before they have sex with their peers, sometimes strangers they have just met.

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To be or not to be — parsing the implications of suicide

To be or not to be — parsing the implications of suicide

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | January 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

In recent years we have witnessed a growing tendency to promote suicide as a way of resolving end-stage suffering. Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in a handful of states and a number of other jurisdictions are considering laws to legalize the practice. A few years ago on Nightline, Barbara Walters interviewed an assisted suicide advocate who summed it up this way: “We’re talking about what people want. There are people who, even suffering horribly, want to live out every second of their lives, and that’s their right, of course, and they should do it. Others don’t want that. Others want out!”

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