In light of all the recent news about the Catholic Church and the Pope, we are dedicating this week’s Friday Factoid to how the Catholic Church feels about organ and tissue donation.
When speaking on matters of the church, Catholics believe the Pope is infallible. Therefore, when Pope John Paul II said the following, it became the stance of the church at large.
“The Gospel of life is to be celebrated above all in daily living, which should be filled with self-giving love for others. . . . Over and above such outstanding moments, there is an everyday heroism, made up of gestures of sharing, big or small, which build up an authentic culture of life. A particularly praiseworthy example of such gestures is the donation of organs, performed in an ethically acceptable manner, with a view to offering a chance of health and even of life itself to the sick who sometimes have no other hope.” (Evangelium Vitae, no. 86, original emphasis).