Donating body to science


#1

Is this morally acceptable for…

(1) Catholic?

(2) Non-Catholic?

Is it desirable to buried in a Catholic cemetery instead?

Is there anything in Catholic teaching regarding the topic?

Thanks!


#2

I don’t know of a specific document, but I understand it is acceptable if the following precautions are taken:
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*]The lab/school must treat the donor’s body with utmost respect
*]Upon completion of the study, the donor’s body must be buried or cremated remains interred in a cemetery or columbrium
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One of the keys is it cannot be done if the attitude is “do what ever with my body after I die, I won’t be using it anymore.” This is based on the same teaching surrounding cremation and scattering ashes.


#3

ewtn.com/library/ISSUES/ZBODPRTS.HTM


#4

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