The Catholic Church supports organ donation. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “organ donation after death is a noble and meritorious act and is to be encouraged as an expression of generous solidarity” (2296). Pope John Paul II stated, “There is a need for organ donors and Christians should accept this as a challenge to their generosity and fraternal love so long as ethical principles are followed.” Prior to becoming pope, Cardinal Josef Ratzinger was a card-carrying donor for years; he said, "To donate one’s organs is an act of love.”
On the weekend of Nov. 11-13 faith communities throughout the country will observe “National Donor Sabbath” to increase awareness of the critical need for organs and tissues and the miracle of transplantation. This annual interfaith celebration of life will stress the importance of donation. Parishes who participate in discussions of donation can affirm that choosing to be an organ and tissue donor offers the opportunity to share the greatest blessing of all—the gift of life.
For more information, contact Michelle Segovia at the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance at (512) 459-4848, ext. 2202 or e-mail her at the address linked below.