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Accelerating vaccine developmentFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 ...

Thinking through the rationing of ventilators Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

When ventilators are in short supply, several key ethical principles can assist clinicians: 1. -- Ventilators should not be rationed based on categorical exclusions, such as a patient's age, disability ...

A hundred love lettersFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 ...

Christian girls and abortion Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

When Mother Teresa visited New Bedford 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, ...

The foxes and the henhouseFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Probably the biggest bioethics story of 2019 involved Dr. Jiankui He (known to his associates as "JK"), a Chinese scientist who employed a new technology called CRISPR/Cas9 to produce the world's first ...

Medicine and a 'Sense of the Sacred' Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 ...

Pushing back against evilFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 ...

Palliative sedation while approaching death Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 ...