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'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 ...

Consenting to sexFather Tad Pacholczyk

Recent news articles exploring the post #MeToo world of romance have noted the phenomenon of cell phone "consent apps," allowing millennials to sign digital contracts before they have sex with their peers, ...

Cowboys, infertility and deeper moral questions Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Most people still remember the story of Nadya Suleman, dubbed "Octomom," a single woman who used in vitro fertilization to become pregnant with eight babies simultaneously. Suleman had asked her fertility ...