Columnist to explain bioethics
New writer untangles the confusion
By Tony Staley
This week, The Compass introduces another new column (p. 15) [print edition only], "Making Sense Out of Bioethics," by Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, director of education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia.
Fr. Pacholczyk's name may be familiar. He has been quoted in several Catholic News Service stories related to stem cell research. Plus, in March 2004, he spoke to religious education students at St. Thomas More Church, Appleton. The talk was reported in The Compass by Patricia Kasten, associate editor. He also spoke on cloning and stem cell research in April 2004 at St. Francis Xavier Church, De Pere.
Fr. Pacholczyk has a solid background in both theology and science. He has two degrees in advanced theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, as well as a doctorate in neuroscience from Yale and four undergraduate degrees in molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and philosophy from the University of Arizona. He is the associate pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Falmouth, Mass.
Green Bay Bp. David Zubik applauded the addition of Fr. Pacholczyk to The Compass: "He not only knows his stuff, he makes it understandable for the common folk."
Fr. Pacholczyk plans initially to write his column monthly (he had written three columns by the time his first column appears here), so don't expect to see it weekly. But it should help us all in dealing with the moral dimensions of modern bioethics. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions.