Christian Brugger

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Is Transgenderism Sinful?

Q. The Church teaches that having a same-sex attraction is not itself a sin. Only when a person acts in a way to satisfy that attraction does he commit a sin. Do we apply the same rule to persons with gender identity questions? In other words,...

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Overcoming Your Over-Scrupulosity

Q. If one is in practical doubt (i.e., has a doubt of conscience) as to whether or not some action one is contemplating is sinful, one should gain moral certainty that it is not sinful before proceeding. But what about the doubts of one who...

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We Are Our Brothers’ Keepers

Q. I have hired a homeless man to paint around my house, and he is doing a beautiful job. The man is bipolar. He obviously had a miserable childhood, abusive and dysfunctional. He lives in his car at a local Walmart parking lot. He works about...

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Can In Vitro Fertilization Ever Be Morally Permissible?

Q. I am in a moral predicament. I am Catholic and my husband is Orthodox. He is nearing 40 and I am nearing 35. We have been married for nearly four years. We have been told we have a 1% chance of natural conception given male infertility issues...

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What About Mechanical Ventilation of ALS Patients?

Q. Do you consider the use of mechanical ventilation in ALS patients an extraordinary or disproportionate means to prolong life? Would the discontinuation of mechanical ventilation in ALS patients be a proportionate measure? Q. What would be...

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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...