Columnists/Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk
Updated: August 1st, 2014
Physician-assisted suicide and confronting our fears
FR. TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK
Friday, 05 December 2014
The prospect of a very attractive, recently-married young woman with a terminal illness facing excruciating pain and suffering as she dies is enough to move anyone. The life and death of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard recently captured enormous media attention when she declared she was moving to Orego...
FR. TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK
Friday, 07 November 2014
In the current debate over gay marriage, people sometimes ask: Who should define marriage? Democrats or Republicans in Congress? The Supreme Court? Should it be put to a referendum, allowing the majority to choose a definition? We can identify two k...
FATHER TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK
Friday, 03 October 2014
Planning for end of life situations is important. We should put in place an advance directive before our health takes a serious turn for the worse and we are no longer able to indicate our own wishes or make our own decisions. Advance directives can ...
FATHER TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK
Friday, 05 September 2014
Artificial insemination introduces sperm into a woman’s body by use of a thin tube (cannula) or other instrument to bring about a pregnancy. Artificial insemination can be either homologous (using sperm from a woman’s husband) or heterologous (us...
FATHER TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK
Friday, 01 August 2014
Producing human embryos in the laboratory for research purposes makes most people uneasy. Even those who tolerate the creation of embryos in test tubes so that infertile couples might have children will often have reservations about the creation of e...
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Saturday, 05 July 2014
A June 2014 article in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), written by researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institutes of Health, points out that marijuana is ...
FATHER TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK
Friday, 06 June 2014
A number of serious diseases are known to occur because of defects or mutations in our DNA. Curing such diseases could in principle be carried out by rewriting the DNA to fix the mutated base pairs. Y...
FATHER TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK
Friday, 02 May 2014
Among married men and women who undergo surgical sterilization through a vasectomy or a tubal ligation, it has been estimated that anywhere from 10 to 20 percent will come to regret the choice. Somet...
FATHER TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK
Friday, 04 April 2014
Discrimination is often understood as acting out of prejudice against persons who differ from us and do not share our views, traits, values or lifestyles. The word “discrimination,” however, has a...
FATHER TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK
Friday, 07 February 2014
In her still-widely-read 1971 article, “A Defense of Abortion,” Judith Jarvis Thomson sets up a thought experiment known as “The Famous Violinist Problem” to argue that abortion ought to be mo...