Ethics of Donating Money to Charitable Foundations

by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk Private foundations and non-profit groups are frequently involved in advocating for particular causes, ranging from cancer research to protecting the environment. Some of these foundations rely almost exclusively on charitable donations to carry out their promotional work. Potential donors seeking to support these causes face the challenge of exercising “due diligence,” […]

Making Sense of Bioethics: When It Comes to Natural Law, Obama, Cicero and the Church Agree

by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk People sometimes use the phrase “moral compass” to describe the innate sense of right and wrong that human beings have. President Obama, for example, recently mentioned in one of his speeches how we need to, “keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.” Although he didn’t spell out what […]

Perversions and Purposes in Human Sexuality

by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk Many of us have probably heard single women talking among themselves about men, where one of them ends up saying, “That guy, he’s just a pervert – he’s only interested in sex.” When women detect that a man’s focus has become the pursuit of pleasure, and that unbridled sex has become […]

Going Too Far with DNR?

by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk Resuscitating a patient who undergoes a cardiac arrest or stops breathing often involves multiple procedures. When a resuscitation “Code Blue” is called in the hospital (or on a TV show), something like a medical “flash mob” comes together to try to save the patient. The sequence of events typically involves a […]

Downstream Effect of Same-Sex Marriage: Same-Sex Parenting

by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk IN MARCH, 2013, the British paper The Independent ran an article entitled, “Children in gay adoptions at no disadvantage: Research confirms same-sex couples are just as good at parenting as heterosexuals.” The article, based on a study at Cambridge University, concluded there was “no evidence” to support the claim that children’s […]

Debating Birth Control In the Public Square

by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk GOVERNOR BOBBY Jindal of Louisiana, in his Dec. 13, 2012 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, argues that the cost of birth control could be reduced by eliminating the required doctor’s visit to get a prescription, or in other words, making contraception available “over the counter.” If it were made available […]

Tattoos and Negative Associations

by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk On TV these days, we’re seeing more and more programs about “body art” and tattoo design. Despite the apparent widespread acceptance of the practice, there are several problems with tattooing that go beyond the sanitary issues, disease transmission and unclean inking needles that can be found in second-rate tattoo parlors. Tattoos, […]

Another Specious Defense of Abortion

by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk Imagine a deadly scenario like this: A businessman is rendered unconscious by medical professionals to help him heal after a serious car accident, using pharmaceutical agents to cause a medically-induced coma. A few days later, a business competitor, wanting him dead, enters the hospital and kills the comatose patient. At his […]

Should We Ever Refuse Dialysis?

by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk Patients and families sometimes struggle with the question of whether dialysis is “worth it.” A young woman wrote recently on a website addressing dialysis patients’ concerns, “My father has been on dialysis for three years, and he’s 62 years old. A few days ago he said he wanted to stop going […]

When Ventilator Usage Is Ethical

by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk THE USE OF ventilators can pose particulary challenging problems during end-of-life situations for families.  When should we place a loved one on a ventilator?  If somebody is on a ventilator, can we ever “pull the plug?” Understanding our moral duty depends upon whether the use of a ventilator in a particular […]