EWTN Catholic Q&A
re: Organ donation
Question from anonymous on 05-30-2013:

When is the Church going to take a stand and recognize that transplantation of vital organs is not really morally acceptable at this time because the donor ("victim") must be alive in order for the organs to be viable?

Answer by Judie Brown on 05-31-2013:

Dear Anonymous

The Church has a very clear teaching on organ donation. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

2296 Organ transplants are in conformity with the moral law if the physical and psychological dangers and risks to the donor are proportionate to the good sought for the recipient. Organ donation after death is a noble and meritorious act and is to be encouraged as a expression of generous solidarity. It is not morally acceptable if the donor or his proxy has not given explicit consent. Moreover, it is not morally admissible to bring about the disabling mutilation or death of a human being, even in order to delay the death of other persons.

KEY phrases that sadly some misinterpret to suit their own "bioethics" agenda:

IN CONFORMITY WITH THE MORAL LAW: One may neer do evil (kill the donor) even if good might come from it

ORGAN DONATION AFTER DEATH: This means the donor is truly dead, not still alive as is the case with many patients pronounced "brain dead" which is not death at all.

The last sentence of the teaching says it all.

Judie Brown