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Catholic Connection – October 6, 2023 – Hr 1

Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk talks about scientists growing a whole model of a human embryo without sperm or egg. Mike Aquilina has written two new books in OSV’s Fathers of the Faith series.




Segment 1 – Intro and News


Segment 2 & 3 – Scientists grow whole model of human embryo, without sperm or egg
Scientists have grown an entity that closely resembles an early human embryo, without using sperm, eggs or a womb. The Weizmann Institute team say their “embryo model”, made using stem cells, looks like a textbook example of a real 14-day-old embryo. It even released hormones that turned a pregnancy test positive in the lab.”  Where is this going to lead?  Teresa interviews Fr. Tad.  (Originally aired September 11, 2023)

Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk currently serves as Senior Ethicist at the NCBC. A priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, he has given several hundred presentations and participated in debates and roundtables on contemporary medical ethics and bioethics throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Fr. Pacholczyk has degrees in philosophy, biochemistry, molecular cell biology, and chemistry. He later earned a PhD in neuroscience from Yale University, where he focused on cloning genes for neurotransmitter transporters which are expressed in the brain.




Segment 4 – New Books in OSV’s Fathers of the Faith series
“In the next two volumes from OSV’s Fathers of the Faith series, readers are introduced to Saint Athanasius and Saint John Chrysostom. Who were they, and what did they teach? Why are they important figures in the history of the Church?”  Author Mike Aquilina is here to break it down for us.  (Originally aired August 31, 2023)

Mike Aquilina is executive vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and a contributing editor for Angelus News. He is author of more than fifty books, including The Fathers of the Church and Villains of the Early Church. He hosts the “Way of the Fathers” podcast for and edits the Reclaiming Catholic History series for Ave Maria Press.

Mike Aquilina’s website.




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