2008 Debate —  Sources of Authority in Ethics

On the Teaching Role of the Catholic Church


In this engaging segment from Riz Khan's Show, Dr. Jennifer Michael Hecht, Philosophy Instructor at the New School in New York, and Father Tad Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Director of Education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center go toe-to-toe on a range of topics connected to bioethics, from the Vatican document Dignitas Personae, to human embryos, to the relationship between science and religion. Don't miss their incisive and thought-provoking exchanges!





2008 University of Michigan Debate

The Ethics of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Fr. Tad participated in a focused and energetic discussion with Sean Morrison, Ph.D. on the ethics of human embryonic stem cell research. This student-sponsored event was held March 3, 2008 at the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Rusty Chavey offered the introductions and proctored the Q & A session.




2011 Georgia Tech Debate

Stem Cell Debate at Georgia Institute of Technology

On March 10th, 2011, Fr. Tad participated in a debate with James Shepherd on the ethics of stem cell research at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Shepherd is the co-founder of the Shepherd Center, which has garnered international recognition for the treatment of spinal cord injury, brain injury and multiple sclerosis. In a classroom filled with students, graduate students and faculty, their structured and energetic debate continued for nearly an hour, with Dr. Aaron Levine, assistant professor in the School of Public Policy, serving as moderator and timekeeper. 

For a 4 minute extract of their exchanges, see:



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