FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK, Ph.D.

Director of Education for The National Catholic Bioethics Center
By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK, Ph.D.
Sometimes when there is infertility in marriage, couples make the decision to seek out the services of a surrogate in order to have a child. A surrogate is a woman who agrees to be implanted with an embryo produced by in vitro fertilization (IVF) and to hand over the newborn baby to the couple upon completion of the gestation and birth. In recent years, gestational surrogacy has become a multi-million dollar industry, attracting a broad clientele ranging from married couples to single women, gay couples to anyone else with the desire for a baby and the ability to finance the undertaking. Surrogacy raises grave moral concerns, and powerfully undermines the dignity of human procreation, particularly when it comes to the women and children involved in the process.
October 21, 2016  |  Read story...
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June 16, 2016  |  Read story...
By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK, Ph.D.
Arguments in favor of research on human embryos typically play off our unfamiliarity with the way that we ourselves once appeared and existed as embryos. Humans in their tiniest stages are indeed unfamiliar to us, and they hardly look anything like "one of us."
May 19, 2016  |  Read story...
By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK, Ph.D.
It seems odd, even a bit repulsive, when we encounter tales of elderly men running after women who are young enough to be their granddaughters.
April 14, 2016  |  Read story...
By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK, Ph.D.

Contraceptives include drugs and devices like condoms, the Pill, and spermicides. It might come as a surprise to some to learn that the Catholic Church does not always oppose the "use of contraceptives."


March 17, 2016  |  Read story...
By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK, Ph.D.

Human beings can have a visceral reaction to the thought of growing human kidneys or livers inside the bodies of pigs or cows.

A participant in a recent online forum on human/animal chimeras described it this way: "Unbelievable!!! . . . If there was anything that was more anti-God it is the genetic formation of chimeras which is nothing more than Frankenstein monster creation."


February 19, 2016  |  Read story...
By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK, Ph.D.
Addiction can be extremely harmful, and in some cases, fatal for those individuals ensnared by it. It can be seriously disruptive and damaging to those around them.
January 15, 2016  |  Read story...
By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK, Ph.D.
Sometimes people will point out: "We euthanize our pets when they suffer, and they are clearly creatures of God, so why can’t we euthanize a sick and suffering person who wants it? It seems like we treat our dogs and cats better than we treat our suffering family members."
December 18, 2015  |  Read story...
By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK, Ph.D.

While some parents might be happy to avoid the awkward conversations that arise around human sexuality by allowing the school system to provide their children’s sex education, it is nonetheless important for parents to recognize that they are the most significant teachers and models for their own children as they mature sexually.


November 20, 2015  |  Read story...
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