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The corpse raidersFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 ...

It's not just about the frozen embryos Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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. They ...

'Exceptions' and the undermining of the moral lawFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 ...

The welcome outreach of perinatal hospice Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

During the course of pregnancy, receiving an adverse prenatal diagnosis can be a tremendously jolting experience for parents. In severe cases, physicians may tell them that their unborn child has a condition ...

Abortion Funding -- Cutting off the Blood SupplyFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Americans have long been disturbed by the fraud and waste that often surrounds the federal government's use of their tax dollars. They now have further reason to be up in arms because of the way those ...

Opioids, pain management, and addiction: Balancing ethical duties Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Almost 2 million Americans are now addicted to opioids. The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that more than 100 people die each day in the U.S. from opioid overdoses. This unprecedented level of ...

Can we pay others to donate a kidney?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Often we envision donating our organs after we are dead, but we can also choose to become an organ donor while we are alive if we share part of our liver or donate one of our kidneys. The proposal to ...

Promethean medical temptations Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

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 ...