Staff Contributors

John M. Haas, Ph.D., S.T.L., K.M.

John M. Haas is the President of The National Catholic Bioethics Center. The Center was established in 1972 to apply the teachings of the Catholic Church to ethical issues arising from developments in medicine, the life sciences and civil law. It is the largest Catholic publisher of books and periodicals on bioethics in the country. Dr. Haas received his Ph.D. in Moral Theology from The Catholic University of America and his S.T.L. in Moral Theology from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He also has a Master of Divinity degree and has studied at the University of Munich and the University of Chicago Divinity School. Before assuming the Presidency of The National Catholic Bioethics Center, Dr. Haas was the John Cardinal Krol Professor of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Adjunct Professor at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and the Family, Washington, D.C. Dr. Haas also served as a member of the Medical Moral Commission of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has testified before the Joint Judiciary Committee of the Massachusetts Legislature on physician-assisted suicide and before the US Senate Committee on Health and Public Safety on the subject of human cloning. He has also provided testimony to the President’s National Bioethics Advisory Commission.

John A. Di Camillo, Be.L. 

Staff Ethicist

John A. Di Camillo graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received the President’s Award for Undergraduate Research. He achieved his Bioethics Licentiate degree at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome and is a doctoral candidate at the same institution. Mr. Di Camillo worked as a self employed Italian-English translator and simultaneous interpreter for four years while living and studying in Rome. He co-translated Elio Cardinal Sgreccia’s world-renowned Manuale di bioetica, published in English by The NCBC as Personalist Bioethics. He holds a Certification with Distinction in Health Care Ethics from The NCBC and a Certification in Healthcare Interpretation from the Health Federation of Philadelphia, and has worked as a pharmacy technician, interpreter, university instructor, high school teacher, and middle school teacher. Mr. Di Camillo was also a founding editor and managing editor of Dappled Things Magazine, a literary and artistic journal seeking to engage contemporary culture through the rich heritage of the Catholic Church.

Marie Hilliard, J.C.L., Ph.D., R.N. 
Director of Bioethics and Public Policy

Dr. Hilliard holds graduate degrees in Maternal-Child Health Nursing, Religious Studies, Canon Law and Professional Higher Education Administration (former tenured Division Chair in Catholic Higher Education). She has an extensive professional background in medical ethics and public policy and advocacy (former Director of the Connecticut Catholic Conference). She is a registered nurse who has been substantially involved in health care regulation at the state and national levels for twelve years (former Executive Officer, Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing; Area IV Director, The National Council of State Boards of Nursing). In addition, she is a canon lawyer and serves as a resource for the United States Bishops on the implementation of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services as well as Church - State relations.

Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
Director of Education

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. 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 on contemporary bioethics throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He is Director of Education for The National Catholic Bioethics Center and directs the Center’s National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics.

Edward J. Furton, Ph.D.
Director of Publications

Dr. Furton serves in an active dual role at the NCBC as one of the Center’s four ethicists and also as Director of Publications. He is Editor-in-Chief of The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Editor of Ethics & Medics, a monthly bulletin on moral issues in the health and life sciences, and edits books published by the Center, and edits books published by the Center, most recently the proceedings from the Twenty-first Workshop for Bishops, Urged On By Christ: Catholic Health Care in Tension with Contemporary Culture. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and has taught at St. Charles Borromeo Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, LaSalle University in Philadelphia, and Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. 

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