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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 ...

Contradictory suicide messagingFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In July 2014, police found the body of 18-year-old Conrad Roy inside his truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, having died from carbon monoxide poisoning. As the case unfolded, it became apparent that a ...

An authentic democracy Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Those of us who have grown up within the womb of a democratic society may not always recognize how radical the idea behind such a society actually is, nor how fragile its structure can be in the face ...

Securing authentic children's rightsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Children require extensive support and protection to meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. They are uniquely dependent on their parents because they are particularly vulnerable. Often they ...

The corpse raiders Father 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 embryosFather 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 law Father 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 ...