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Doping athletesFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

The use of performance-enhancing drugs by professional athletes not only leads to serious challenges in maintaining a level playing field in competitive sports but also raises broader ethical issues and ...

The ethics of new age medicine Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Patients who face serious illnesses are sometimes attracted to alternative medicines, also referred to as "holistic" or "new-age" medicines. These can include treatments like homeopathy, hypnosis, "energy ...

I'm not 'intrinsically disordered!'Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

I have met several priests over the years who ended up leaving the active ministry of the priesthood. Two of them have been on my mind and in my prayers recently, having left the priesthood and the Church ...

How does the Catholic Church resolve new bioethical questions? Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

A number of years ago, I participated in a debate at Harvard on embryonic stem cell research which also included a Jewish rabbi, an Episcopalian clergyman, and a Muslim imam. The debate went smoothly ...

'It's Not Wrong, If It Feels Right!'Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Many people today believe that moral judgments and values are merely expressions of sentiment. They deny that moral values are fixed or universally true, and instead, argue that we have changing emotions ...

The multiple moral problems of surrogacy Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Sometimes when there is infertility in marriage, couples make the decision to seek out the services of a surrogate in order to have a child. A surrogate is a woman who agrees to be implanted with an embryo ...

Leaving our values at the door of the strip clubFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

I was recently talking to a Massachusetts family with a 21-year-old son on the autism spectrum. Because of the Asperger syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder that have affected him since childhood, ...

Talking to kids about porn and human sexuality Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

A growing concern today involves the role of pornography as the next generation's instructor in human sexuality. For many young people, pornography has become the only guide to sexuality they have ever ...