Last updated on: 4/3/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Tadeusz Pacholczyk, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of Education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“[E]uthanasia and assisted suicide are little more than ways of short-circuiting our human interrelatedness and interconnectedness, acts of violence on a basic level that cause great harm and disruption. Such choices cast a long shadow over the life that was ended. To end our lives well, on the other hand, is to be open to receiving loving assistance from others, and to accept the measure of suffering that may come our way, thereby humanizing, rather than demonizing, the frailities [sic] of sickness and aging. By reaching out to one another at the end of life, in our moments of fear, loneliness and suffering, we elevate this important journey that each of us must make, with death coming in God’s providential time as a completion of His work in us.”

“Euthanasia – Broken Memories, Broken Bonds,” ncbcenter.org, Nov. 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of Education, National Catholic Bioethics Center
  • Priest, Diocese of Fall River, MA
  • Columnist, “Making Sense out of Bioethics,” The Catholic Herald
  • Contributor, Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, and others
  • Director, National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics, National Catholic Bioethics Center
  • Former molecular biologist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Former instructor, bioethics, Holy Apostles College and Seminary, St. John’s Seminary, and the Catholic University of America
Education:
  • PhD, neuroscience, Yale University
  • studied, Dogmatic Theology and Bioethics, Gregorian University and Lateran University, Rome, Italy
  • Undergraduate degrees, Philosophy, Biochemistry, Molecular Cell Biology, and Chemistry, school unknown
Other:
  • Ordained in Rome in 1999
  • Has testified in the Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Oregon State Legislatures on stem cell research and cloning.
Quoted in:
  1. Are Living Wills a Good Idea?