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Considering the options for infertile couples

July 31, 2017 | 5:32 pm | Commentary

By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. When Catholic couples experience trouble getting pregnant, they often seek medical help and begin to research what options are available to them. A number of moral considerations and questions generally emerge during this process: Why are techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF) considered immoral? What approaches will the Church allow […]

Can I donate my body to science?

June 6, 2017 | 3:12 pm | Commentary

  By Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.// Making sense out of bioethics Some people may wish to “donate their body to science” after they die. Such a gift of themselves can be objectively good and praiseworthy provided that their body would contribute to meaningful research or study, and that it would not be used in a […]

The Ethics of New Age Medicine

April 27, 2017 | 4:15 pm | Commentary

By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. Patients who face serious illnesses are sometimes attracted to alternative medicines, also referred to as “holistic” or “new-age” medicines. These can include treatments like homeopathy, hypnosis, “energy therapies” like Reiki, acupuncture, and herbal remedies, to name just a few. These approaches raise various medical and ethical concerns. An important 1998 […]

I’m Not “Intrinsically Disordered!”

March 17, 2017 | 3:30 pm | Commentary

Making Sense of Bioethics By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. I have met several priests over the years who ended up leaving the active ministry of the priesthood. Two of them have been on my mind and in my prayers recently, having left the priesthood and the Church over issues connected to homosexuality. I ran into […]

How does the Catholic Church resolve new bioethical questions?

February 17, 2017 | 2:20 pm | Commentary

By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk A number of years ago, I participated in a debate at Harvard on embryonic stem cell research which also included a Jewish rabbi, an Episcopalian clergyman, and a Muslim imam. The debate went smoothly and cordially, although I was the only voice in the group who defended the human rights of […]

Making Sense of Bioethics: Thinking through the temptation of cohabitation

January 10, 2017 | 11:54 am | Commentary

By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. Men and women clearly need each other and naturally gravitate toward arrangements of mutual support and lives of shared intimacy. Because women are frequently the immediate guardians of the next generation, they have a particular need to ascertain if there will be steady support from a man prior to giving […]

‘By your light we see the light’

December 14, 2016 | 3:24 pm | Commentary

By Father Kenneth Baker, SJ Up until now we have been talking about our natural knowledge of God. For the Catholic there is also another way to know God; it is called our supernatural knowledge of God. In this type of knowing the human mind is elevated by the grace of God to a new […]

Orphans in liquid nitrogen

November 15, 2016 | 5:03 pm | Commentary

Making Sense of Bioethics By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk Some humanitarian tragedies occur quietly and “in the background,” only gradually coming to light years or decades after serious harm has already occurred, like nerve damage in infants exposed to lead paint, or cancers in patients who were exposed to asbestos. More recently, the humanitarian tragedy of […]

Massachusetts lawsuit seeks court intervention in assisted suicide

October 27, 2016 | 5:26 pm | Commentary

EDITORIAL The Catholic Free Press The experts have been warning us to beware that the right-to-die movement will be coming back to Massachusetts in 2018 to place a referendum question on the ballot seeking to make physician-assisted suicide legal in Massachusetts. The voters in 2012 narrowly defeated such a ballot question. The state legislature has […]

Becoming a credible model of mercy

October 20, 2016 | 4:30 pm | Commentary

“The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love.” In these words of Pope Francis announcing the Year of Mercy, we hear a challenge and an invitation — a challenge to offer testimony with our lives and the invitation to enter into the very heart of God in the process. […]