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Bioethics for the Rest of Us

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Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 – 7pm ET
Fr. Tad Pacholczyk

Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Director of Education, The National Catholic Bioethics Center

Fr. Tad is a priest of the diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts. As an undergraduate he earned degrees in philosophy, biochemistry, molecular cell biology, and chemistry, and did laboratory research on hormonal regulation of the immune response. He later earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University, where he focused on cloning genes for neurotransmitter transporters which are expressed in the brain. He also worked for several years as a molecular biologist at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Fr. Tad studied for 5 years in Rome where he did advanced work in dogmatic theology and in bioethics, examining the question of delayed ensoulment of the human embryo. He has testified before members of the Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Virginia and North Carolina State Legislatures during deliberations over stem cell research and cloning. He has given presentations and participated in roundtables on contemporary bioethics throughout the U.S., Canada, and in Europe. He has done numerous media commentaries, including appearances on CNN International, ABC World News Tonight, and National Public Radio. He is Director of Education for The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia and directs the Center’s National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics.

Fr. Tad has presented on the science and ethics of stem cells and cloning numerous times across the country and abroad. Some of the institutions to which he has been invited to speak are:

UCSF, San Francisco, CA; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Boston College, Boston, MA; University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA; Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA; University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL; Jordan Hospital, Plymouth, MA; University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX; Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital, Cambridge, MA; Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI; University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN; St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Boston, MA; Salve Regina University, Newport, RI; University of Dallas, Dallas, TX; Southern New England School of Law, Dartmouth, MA; Marymount University, Arlington, VA; University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX; Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; Stonehill College, Easton, MA; Boston University, Boston, MA.

St. Gertrude Prayer

Elizabeth Margaret Shields Keevers, 1910-1989 John O'Connell Keevers, 1908-1976

     Elizabeth Margaret Shields Keevers, 1910-1989                              John O’Connell Keevers, 1908-1976

Eternal Father,
I offer You the Most Precious Blood of Your Divine Son, Jesus,
in union with the masses said throughout the world today,
for all the holy souls in purgatory,
for sinners everywhere,
for sinners in the universal church,
those in my own home
and within my family.

Business Etiquette in Cultures with Rabidly Paranoid Fear of Failure

How to Deflect Others From Attacking You By Attacking First

From a Culture in which a Girl Committed Suicide for Getting ONE A-Minus

“Ann” had cried with gratitude because of the great process improvement I gave her. Later she attacked me for “mistakes” her department made. She experienced unbearable personal tension at perceived errors.

I thought I had a wonderful working relationship with “Ann” (not her real name, but it was similar), after she cried with gratitude when the first of seven perfect years of our business project came off like a bang. We had saved thousands of dollars of labor costs by automating a yearly open enrollment process that had previously required general disruption of departmental routine. Teams of clerical workers used to have to go through an annual rush agony to hand calculate yearly updates of health contributions for 1,500 employees’ out of pocket expenses, to be reported to a large, external retirement agency.

After Ann’s gratitude, imagine my surprise, when, during a meeting years later, she viciously attacked me in front of other colleagues while claiming that I had made “mistakes”. It seemed to be a matter that Ann had experienced culturally dictated, unbearable tension after her department had made errors in specifications they had to issue, in a process that required her whole department to conduct a detailed analysis before we issued a large yearly report a to an outside agency.

“In [the Foreign Country], there is great fear of failure and mistakes in front of other people. It is better to do nothing and avoid being criticized than to taste the humiliation of failure. As a result, there are things we wanted to do, but did not, and often regret.”The report process was such that when Ann’s department established a new benefits calculation method for a succeeding year, she would quote me a set of rules for the calculations in tandem with a table of employee and employer contributions to monthly health costs. There were about 25 categories based on employee family relationship and health plan selection, with two-letter codes for provider, plan and description. These tables, printed on portrait orientation, legal paper, were the same ones the employees would receive to help them understand their new year’s monthly charges.

Every year when Ann would give me the new definitions, I would first analyze the specifications for illogical outcomes, and return the specifications with the anomalies highlighted in red text. I would patiently explain the error in the definitions that Ann’s department had provided. Continue reading

Pope: Gossip Kills,-going-beyond-self-interest-30321.html

Gossip “can kill because it can kill someone’s reputation. Gossiping is such a bad thing. In the beginning, it might seem enjoyable and fun, but it eventually fills our hearts with bitterness and poisons us. Here is the truth: I am convinced that if each one of us avoided gossip, we would eventually become saints,” said the pope before today’s Angelus, as he commented this Sunday’s Gospel, the Sermon on the Mount, “Jesus’ first major act of preaching.”

Before the Marian prayer, Francis said, “Today’s theme is Jesus’ attitude towards Jewish Law. He said, ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill’ (Mt, 5:17). Hence, Jesus does not want to cancel the Commandments the Lord gave through Moses; he wants to take them to their fullest. Fulfilling the Law requires a higher justice, a truer observance, he said right after [the above]. To his disciples, he said, ‘I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven’ (Mt, 5:20).”

Yet, what does fully fulfilling the Law means? What is higher justice? “Jesus gives us the answer through a few examples. Jesus was a practical man. He always spoke through examples to make himself understood. He starts with the fifth commandment from the Decalogue: ‘You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill . . . . But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment (Ibid, 5:21-22). With this, Jesus is reminding us that words too can kill.”

Speaking off the cuff, the pope clarified the concept. “When saying that someone has a serpent’s tongue, what do we mean? That his words can kill. Accordingly, not only we cannot attack someone else’s life but we cannot pour the poison of anger over him and strike him with slander. Nor can we speak ill of him. Now let us talk about gossip. Gossip can kill because it can kill someone’s reputation. Gossiping is such a bad thing. In the beginning, it might seem enjoyable and fun, but it eventually fills our hearts with bitterness and poisons us….”

How the iPad replaced the toy chest: Researchers find children play with touchscreens more than traditional toys


Toddlers becoming so addicted to iPads they require therapy

Doctors Raise Red Flag: Young Children Should Avoid Using Tablets
Tablets a Hit With Kids, but Experts Worry

  • More than 60% of parents claiming that their child uses a touchscreen
  • Most popular use is games
  • Increasingly they have their own device

By Mark Prigg

PUBLISHED: 14:34 EST, 21 February 2014 | UPDATED: 18:15 EST, 21 February 2014

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The touchscreen has overtaken every other toy for children, new research has found.

The poll found more than 60% of parents claiming that their child uses a touchscreen.

They have overtaken dolls, action figures, board games and other traditional toys – and experts say their popularity is still rocketing.

Touchscreens have overtaken every other type of toy to become the most popular way children play, researchers have found

Touchscreens have overtaken every other type of toy to become the most popular way children play, researchers have found

‘I have never seen a more intuitive technology for children,’ said Michael Cohen.

His firm, the Michael Cohen Group (MCG) today released the results of its recent nationwide survey, which polled 350 parents about the play habits of their children 12 and younger.

Touchscreen devices got the most overall playtime according to the poll, with more than 60 percent of parents claiming that their child uses a touchscreen ‘often’ and roughly 38 percent claiming ‘very often.’

‘Touchscreens are the primary play activity now,’ he said.Touchscreens take over: Researchers say the screen is now the most popular form of play in the US

Touchscreens take over: Researchers say the screen is now the most popular form of play in the US

He said the rise of the touchscreen has been incredible.

‘We’ve been tracking children for around 30 years.

‘I’ve never seen the world changing as fast as it is now. It took 30 years for TV to be accessible to everyone – this is the most rapid introduction of a technology we’ve witnessed.’

Researchers found that over 70% of children in all income levels are living in homes with smartphones, and over 55% with tablets.

Increasingly they also have their own device.

‘Of the kids who have access, 36% own their own device – and that was in single digits last year,’ said Cohen.

‘That figure will skyrocket.’What children are doing on their touchscreen: Gaming is the most popular activity

What children are doing on their touchscreen: Gaming is the most popular activity

The team looked at what the children were doing with their device.

‘These are children from birth to 12, we see game playing is the most frequent use, at over 60%.

‘There is learning, and that overlaps with games. But when we talk to children, gaming is the number one activity they want.’

The study also found watching videos, movies and communicating were popular – as well as utilities such as weather apps.

‘Primarily, as it should be, kids are using their touchscreens to play,’ said Cohen.

Touchscreens beat toys that have been around for decades, such as dolls and action figures, arts and crafts, and construction-based toys, all of which had a roughly 50 percent usage rate on the poll.

Gaming consoles had a usage rate of a bit less than 50 percent, with other children’s staples such as vehicles, puzzles, and board games landing closer to 40 percent.

The poll reveals that 10 percent of parents ‘always’ consider touch devices as playthings, while 58 percent considered them ‘sometimes’ toys.

The remaining 32 percent claimed that mobile devices should never be put in the same category as physical play products.



The Function of a Quasi-Governmental Cartel/Monopoly is not to Benefit Consumers. It is to Enforce Economy of Scale, Raise Prices and Discourage Competition to Benefit Elites.

“Fascism”, a term much bandied about by people uninformed about much history, is the political manifestation of the period of economic history known as Monopoly Capitalism.
(The monopoly capitalism of Henry Ford was preceded by the Financial Capitalism of JP Morgan and Anselm Roth Schild, and the mercantile capitalism of Cosimo de Médici.)

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Threshold of Hope

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Plea for discussion of modest dress

Dear Friends,

MotherDaughterHow wonderful it is to see that the Mother-Daughter Program will be fostering the vocation to chastity among the fine young women of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish this February 22nd.

Would that the daughters could be the teachers of the mothers, on the issue of chastity in dress.

It is not equally wonderful, that up to one in twenty-five women attending our parish’s liturgies is inappropriately dressed.

That number is scarcer among parish employees and key volunteers. Yet truth be told, there is still a problem with the issue of modesty in dress even within that rarified population. (Fear of detraction prevents me from being more specific, but if it were juridically appropriate, I could cite specific instances of that problem having occurred among our key parish personnel within the past six months.)

To be fair, substantial and successful efforts to remediate the problem have been under way for years, even as maturation of the fruit seems a number of years off.

In fact, it seems an intractable problem, that is, one with no ready solution:

  • Except that we be empowered merely to discuss it.

What could a reactionary envision being done? Women ushers could be equipped with tasteful sweaters, they could be specially trained to intervene in a charitable manner, to kindly ask the offenders to put on the sweaters.

It would never work. Almost no one who has such habits of dress, would have any comprehension of the fact that a problem even exists.

salaryDotComCLEAVAGEYet we still wouldn’t want to be caught with our heads in the sand, while the secular world demonstrates, not merely awareness of the issue, but is taking leadership in solving it.

“We asked about office dress codes and boy did you answer. Loudly. Nearly 4,600 people responded to our survey and proved dress codes are, and always will be, a hot topic that gets fairly contentious in a hurry.”…

What are the issues, that should be on the table for discussion. Continue reading

To a Businessman With Whom I Have a Disagreement over Payment for Services Rendered

I produced a fully functional website, complete with user queryable database. The businessman in question used the website, even to the extent of corresponding with me regarding changes in data. He refuses to pay me on the pretext that we didn’t have a written agreement. Here are my comments regarding our eternal disposition.

Have you ever heard what happens when a person is leaving this world?

ScroogeThey see their whole life played before them, not like Scrooge, but in tiny increments, as it were, in 4-d holography, moment by moment, sensation by sensation, thought by thought. They know everything they ever did, including and especially, the things they tried to fool themselves about.

Now, if that’s true about an individual life, guess what happens on The Last Day? The Lord, Who stands outside all time, has got all eternity:

Everyone who was ever created, from JP Morgan or Julius Cesar, down to the littlest embryo who was only alive for a few hours:

We Will All See What Each Other Did, Every Little Moment, At The Same Infinitesimal, Micro-Granular Level.

The Lord has got all eternity, to prove to each one of us, that He was infinitely Just, Patient and Forbearing to us.

A Priest named Fr. Steven Scheier had a terrible accident on a rural, Midwestern highway, part of his brain was sheared off, he stood before the Judgment Seat of God. When Our Blessed Lord accused him of all his sins, for which he deserved hell, he could offer no excuses, all he could say was, “Yes, Lord”. Then our Blessed Mother spoke up for him, asking her Son to send him back to this world.

You and I will see everything each other ever did. Perhaps our Blessed Lord might even judge between you and me, which of us was more just in our business dealings with each other?

See you on the Last Day. May God have mercy on our souls.