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Father Tad Pacholczyk

The moral analysis of boxing

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In 1996 when Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame on international television, the issue of sports-induced brain damage was raised to new prominence. One...

What young people could most profit from hearing about Marriage

Young people today experience various pressures and expectations that can make them anxious. In a recent essay, Professor Timothy P. O’Malley, of Notre Dame’s...

Challenging the establishment on childhood gender transitions

A 23-year-old woman named Keira Bell recently brought a pivotal lawsuit against the National Health Services Gender Identity Development Clinic in London, better known as...

Countering Catholic Misinformation about Vaccines

Someone recently mentioned to me that he was not planning to get the COVID-19 vaccine. He told me he was concerned that RNA vaccines...

Should we take whatever vaccine is offered?

On March 1, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker told residents in Mattapan that when it comes to the various COVID-19 vaccines, “These are all very...

Accelerating vaccine development

Creating a new vaccine and bringing it to market typically requires more than a decade of research and clinical testing. Many companies and research...

Thinking through the rationing of ventilators

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 (e.g. being paraplegic) or...

Christian girls and abortion

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When Mother Teresa visited New Bedford in June 1995, she told those of us gathered at St. Lawrence Martyr Church: “Abortion is the greatest...

The foxes and the henhouse

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Probably the biggest bioethics story of 2019 involved Dr. Jankui He (known to his associates as “JK”), a Chinese scientist who employed a new...

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