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How does the Catholic Church resolve new bioethical questions?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 ...

'It's Not Wrong, If It Feels Right!' Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Many people today believe that moral judgments and values are merely expressions of sentiment. They deny that moral values are fixed or universally true, and instead, argue that we have changing emotions ...

The multiple moral problems of surrogacyFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Sometimes when there is infertility in marriage, couples make the decision to seek out the services of a surrogate in order to have a child. A surrogate is a woman who agrees to be implanted with an embryo ...

Leaving our values at the door of the strip club Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

I was recently talking to a Massachusetts family with a 21-year-old son on the autism spectrum. Because of the Asperger syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder that have affected him since childhood, ...

Talking to kids about porn and human sexualityFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

A growing concern today involves the role of pornography as the next generation's instructor in human sexuality. For many young people, pornography has become the only guide to sexuality they have ever ...

Cremains and respect for the human body Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In the famous story of David and Goliath, Goliath boasts to the young David that after he kills him, he will give his flesh "to the birds of the sky and beasts of the field." He conveys his profound disdain ...

Seeing through the Intersex ConfusionFather Tad Pacholczyk

On rare occasions, babies can be born with ambiguous genitalia, and parents and physicians may be uncertain about whether a newborn is a little boy or a little girl. While testing for sex chromosomes ...

Embryos and the '14-Day Rule' Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Arguments in favor of research on human embryos typically play off our unfamiliarity with the way that we ourselves once appeared and existed as embryos. Humans in their tiniest stages are indeed unfamiliar ...