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Father Tad Pacholczyk

Surrogacy and child trafficking

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At the start of 2024, Pope Francis offered strong public criticism of surrogate motherhood. His willingness to speak out on this important topic has...

The ethics of neuroimplants and brain-computer interfaces

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Neuralink, a company run by Elon Musk, announced in September that it had received approval to implant wireless brain-computer interfaces (BCI) into human volunteers.  A...

Genetic privacy: Should law enforcement have access to your newborn’s blood?

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Many parents and concerned citizens would probably be surprised to learn that their children’s blood samples are being accessed by law enforcement agencies without...

What about synthetic embryos?

Embryonic stem cells have held a certain appeal and promise because they are remarkably flexible. Researchers can make various cell types out of them,...

Setting a moral vision as parents

When I was recently visiting with friends, a group of young girls was playing in a neighboring yard. Every few minutes, for more than...

Suicidal fears and authentic accompaniment

When we realize that someone we love may be suicidal, it can be complicated to figure out how best to respond. The threat of...

Young women giving themselves away for nothing

As Internet pornography continues to make inroads into the daily lives of millions, greater numbers of young women are making the decision to participate...

Dissolving the dead

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In recent years, a number of U.S. states have legalized a new way to process human corpses that some have called “dissolving the dead.”...

Seeking the spiritual side of dementia

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The possibility of suffering from dementia later in life is a worrisome and unpleasant prospect for many of us. Most people I know would...

Homosexual men and chaste friendships

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Catholic men facing same-sex attractions often struggle with how they are supposed to handle their homoromantic feelings. Some clearly understand that the Church invites...

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