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Did I make the right choices as dad was dying?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Sometimes people will contact the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) wondering if the decisions they made on behalf of a dying family member were the right ones. The NCBC provides a free Ethics ...

Seeking the spiritual side of dementia Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

The possibility of suffering from dementia later in life is a worrisome and unpleasant prospect for many of us. Most people I know would like to remain in possession of their mental faculties until the ...

Psychedelic drugs and new mental health treatmentsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Researchers are investigating a new generation of drugs for treating mental illness derived from psychedelic substances. A molecule known as psilocybin, for example, found in "magic mushrooms," appears ...

Homosexual men and chaste friendships Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Catholic men facing same-sex attractions often struggle with how they are supposed to handle their homoromantic feelings. Some clearly understand that the Church invites them to order their feelings and ...

A great nation begins to come to its sensesFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In late June, I had the opportunity to speak at a religious liberty conference in Houston about transgender issues, homosexuality and contraception. The conference happened to open on the same day that ...

Treasuring our future timelines Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In an apparently random act in 2020, 29-year-old Dom Brand of South Carolina shot and killed an 80-year-old woman named Mary Ann Elvington. His action resulted in several tragedies unfolding simultaneously. ...

Dehumanizing one anotherFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

A female sharpshooter nicknamed "Lady Death" has recently become a Ukrainian folk hero for defiantly attacking Russian soldiers undercover. The young markswoman fought for several years in eastern Ukraine ...

Too much morphine? Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

To help people navigate some of the complex decisions involved in end-of-life situations, the National Catholic Bioethics Center offers a free and confidential consultation service via e-mail or phone ...