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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 ...

Accelerating vaccine developmentFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Creating a new vaccine and bringing it to market typically requires more than a decade of research and clinical testing. Many companies and research groups are working overtime to shorten this timeline ...

Thinking through the rationing of ventilators Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

When ventilators are in short supply, several key ethical principles can assist clinicians: 1. -- Ventilators should not be rationed based on categorical exclusions, such as a patient's age, disability ...

A hundred love lettersFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In a recent essay in the Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Cutter chronicled the death of her father by suicide. As he struggled with rapidly progressing prostate cancer, he lost more than 30 pounds, becoming ...

Christian girls and abortion Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

When Mother Teresa visited New Bedford in June 1995, she told those of us gathered at St. Lawrence Martyr Church: "Abortion is the greatest evil of today." Never one to mince words, Mother Teresa's courage, ...

The foxes and the henhouseFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Probably the biggest bioethics story of 2019 involved Dr. Jiankui He (known to his associates as "JK"), a Chinese scientist who employed a new technology called CRISPR/Cas9 to produce the world's first ...

Medicine and a 'Sense of the Sacred' Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

As clergy, we touch upon very holy realities when we baptize, consecrate the Eucharist, give absolution to sinners, or anoint the sick. These special moments engage divine grace in deep and important ...