EWTN Catholic Q&A
Organ donation
Question from Marilyn Wingfield on 05-28-2013:

How does the Church feel about after death organ donation ?

Answer by Judie Brown on 05-29-2013:


The catechism of the Catholic Church states:

2301 Autopsies can be morally permitted for legal inquests or scientific research. The free gift of organs after death is legitimate and can be meritorious. The Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body.

NOTE the phrase "can be meritorious." If the organ is taken and the taking of the vital organ causes the death of a patient who is the donor, that is euthanasia. The donor must be truly dead.

Judie Brown