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Accelerating vaccine development

Accelerating vaccine development

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | May 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

Creating a new vaccine and bringing it to market typically requires more than a decade of research and clinical testing. Many companies and research groups are working overtime to shorten this timeline dramatically in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Thinking through the rationing of ventilators

Thinking through the rationing of ventilators

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | April 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

When ventilators are in short supply, several key ethical principles can assist clinicians

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A Hundred Love Letters

A Hundred Love Letters

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | March 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a recent essay in the Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Cutter chronicled the death of her father by suicide. As he struggled with rapidly progressing prostate cancer, he lost more than 30 pounds, becoming gaunt and emaciated. Back pain and nausea forced him to spend much of his time in bed.

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Christian girls and abortion

Christian girls and abortion

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | February 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

When Mother Teresa visited New Bedford, Massachusetts in June 1995, she told those of us gathered at St. Lawrence Martyr Church: “Abortion is the greatest evil of today.” Never one to mince words, Mother Teresa’s courage, truthfulness and charity were palpable. Parents today need similar fortitude, honesty and love to be able to discuss the hard topic of unplanned pregnancies and abortion with their children.

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The foxes and the henhouse

The foxes and the henhouse

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | January 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

Probably the biggest bioethics story of 2019 involved Dr. Jankui He (known to his associates as “JK”), a Chinese scientist who employed a new technology called CRISPR/Cas9 to produce the world’s first gene-edited babies.

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Medicine and a “Sense of the Sacred”

Medicine and a “Sense of the Sacred”

| December 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 ways in the lives of those to whom we minister.

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Pushing back against evil

Pushing back against evil

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

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 men who read children’s stories to them, stories that encourage them to reject fundamental gender differences between males and females. The LGBTQ agenda, I also noted, is being energetically promoted to upend and rewrite public school curricula even for kindergarten and pre-school-aged children.

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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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