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The 'Quality of Life' errorFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

During "serious illness conversations," some doctors will ply their patients with this question: "What is your minimally acceptable quality of life?" Behind the question can be the implication that if ...

Vaccines and other entanglements with abortion Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

As the new COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out, several people have told me, "I don't want a vaccine with any connection to abortion." This is a valid sentiment that most of us would likely echo. ...

Must Catholics refuse a COVID-19 vaccine made with a cell line from an abortion?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In the wake of announcements from multiple pharmaceutical companies about safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, many are expressing ethical doubts about whether it is OK to take these vaccines. Do Catholics ...

Should I get vaccinated? Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Recently, many people have been reaching out with questions about vaccines. So, I thought it would be helpful to mention some of the most common ones and try to provide some answers. -- Are there sound ...

Is mandating a COVID-19 vaccine ethical?Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Virginia State Health Commissioner, Dr. Norman Oliver, told a local news station in August 2020 that he planned to mandate COVID-19 immunizations for Virginians once a vaccine becomes available to the ...

COVID-19 vaccine myths Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Several popular myths about COVID-19 vaccines have been gaining traction on social media in recent months, particularly in regard to messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines being developed by Moderna, Sanofi, Pfizer, ...

Tragedies in human medical experimentationFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Between 1932 and 1972, a series of highly unethical medical studies were performed on a group of 400 African-Americans by doctors from the U.S. Public Health Service. Officially referred to as the "Tuskegee ...

Spiritual lessons from the pandemic Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us with a great deal of uncertainty: uncertainty about how contagious the virus is and about the best way to treat it; uncertainty about how long our personal immunity ...