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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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The ‘bitter pill’ of false liberation

The ‘bitter pill’ of false liberation

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | December 11, 2017 | 10 Comments

A major study published on December 7 in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that hormonal contraception increases the risk of breast cancer for women. The research used all of Denmark as its sample, following nearly 1.8 million Danish women of childbearing age for over a decade.

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When is it a sin to make a referral?

When is it a sin to make a referral?

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | October 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

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 foundation and supervising the plumbing, electrical and duct work, he would be contributing to, or enabling, the subsequent commission of atrocities against prisoners in the concentration camp.

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Sex in accord with reason

Sex in accord with reason

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | September 18, 2017 | 1 Comment

An article published in 2012 in The Atlantic described the sexual practices of the Aka and Ngandu people who live in the tropical forests of central Africa. Researchers Barry and Bonnie Hewlett, anthropologists from Washington State University, found that married Aka and Ngandu men and women consistently reported having sex multiple times in a single night. They also discovered that practices of, and even the concepts of, homosexuality and masturbation appeared to be largely unknown to the groups:

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The “Expendable Children”

The “Expendable Children”

| August 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 twins, triplets or quads arise. This occurs from the practice of implanting more than one embryo at a time to improve pregnancy success rates.

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Considering the options for infertile couples

Considering the options for infertile couples

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Father Tad answers: Why are techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF) considered immoral? What approaches will the Church allow us to try? What does our infertility mean, spiritually and personally, in the face of our fervent but frustrated desire for a baby?

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Talking to kids about porn and human sexuality

Talking to kids about porn and human sexuality

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

A growing concern today involves the role of pornography as the next generation’s instructor in human sexuality. For Catholic parents, this raises the critical challenge of how best to approach these matters with their children, given that kids as young as 8 or 9 may already be acquiring information and viewpoints about human sexual behaviors from Internet pornography. I would like to present six practical suggestions for parents, culled from parental testimonies and insights, from other experts in the field, and from former users of pornography.

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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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Four reasons why clerk shouldn’t have been jailed for defending marriage

Four reasons why clerk shouldn’t have been jailed for defending marriage

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Kim Davis, the now-famous clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, who became known for her refusal to issue marriage licenses, was arrested and incarcerated [earlier this month]. She had refused to affix her signature to licenses being sought by two people of the same sex, even after the Supreme Court had legalized gay marriage, noting that this would force her to act against her conscience and her deeply-held religious convictions.

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