Christian Brugger

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CRISPR Technology Poses Hopes — and Threats

Q. Some friends recently were speaking about the dangers of genetic engineering. I’ve heard good things and bad things about that this new science. But aren’t we in danger of throwing the baby out with the bathwater? Thank you. —Caitlin,...

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Tattoos and Catholic Morality

Q. I’m a priest in Mexico. I get a lot of questions about the morality of tattoos. Many young people want to get them, and so ask me if permanent skin decorations are a sin. Many devout adults in Mexico believe they are. I believe that openly...

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Difficult Moral Questions: May I Invest in Cannabis?

Q. I am considering buying some cannabis stocks to make some fast money. I do not smoke; I don't believe in it and I don't promote it. However, I'm thinking about it for a short-term investment. I will not do it if it is a sin. Please let me know...

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Pushing to Extend the ‘14-Day Rule’

Since the early days of in vitro fertilization in the 1970s, embryologists and developmental biologists have held themselves to a self-imposed norm of 14 days for growing human embryos in vitro. This 14-Day Rule, as it is called, has been a...

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Is It Morally Licit to Smoke Pot?

Q. Pot smoking is legal in my state. I know pot is a bridge drug to other worse drugs. But I was wondering if occasionally smoking it is okay. My parish priest says there’s nothing wrong with it, so long as I don’t get dependent. What do you...

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Just War and the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Q. My name is Russell and I'm emailing from New York state. Could you explain Catholic just war theory to the readers and how it applies in regards to the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, as well as the current...

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Catholic Bishops and the Problem of Scandal

Q. I’ve heard the term scandal used frequently during the present crisis: e.g., Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s actions are “scandalous;” people are “scandalized” by the bishops’ inaction. But the term’s meaning is not always obvious to me. Could...

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How to Find Consolation in This Time of Purification

Q. Given the terrible scandals in the Church, I feel my faith is in doubt. What can I do to strengthen it? A. When the sixth-century philosopher Boethius was awaiting death on a trumped-up charge of treason, he comforted himself in prison by...

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How Can I Discern God’s Will?

Q. How do I discern Jesus’ will for my life? I am 55 years old and rediscovered my faith after attending the World Youth Day in Poland in 2016. I want to understand my faith better. Thus, I’d like to study theology or philosophy. But I’m not sure...

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Navigating the Thorny Thicket of Immigration

Q. The Catholic voice on immigration seems to me one-sided: bishops suggesting canonical penalties on Catholic border control personnel, pastoral visits to the border to support illegal immigrants, constant speaking out against efforts to seal...