EWTN Catholic Q&A
Transplanting Organs
Question from Mary on 02-11-2014:

Judie, Could you clarify the Church's teaching re organ transplants. Many peoples lives are saved, but it is my impression that the organs are actually taken from living persons who are considered "brain dead". Is it a sin to accept an organ? Is it a sin to donate an organ of a loved one. Is it a sin to pre-arrange your own donation?

Thank you for your response.


Answer by Judie Brown on 02-12-2014:


The problem is with the vital organs such as the heart. Removing the heart from a person diagnosed as brain dead kills the person who is still alive. Remember, "brain death" is inaccurate and has become a definition of death designed to get organs. Not a good thing.

Judie Brown