So, I was in an interesting and frustrating conversation with someone this weekend. Interesting, because she seemed to have something against, or at least to question, the churches teaching that organ transplant and organ donation after death was okay. Frustrating, because I couldn’t quite get to why she found it problematic. This was partly because our conversation kept getting interrupted. I never answered her, but I think this is the gist of her questions and I’m wondering how others would respond.
The Church teaches that it’s okay to donate your organs; how is this NOT a violation of the dignity of the human person?
The Church believes in the resurrection of the body and therefore does not approve of spreading the ashes of a cremated body, yet the body can be “spread out” through donation of organs? That seems inconsistent.
The Church approves of the removal of organs, but not the removal of an egg (ovum)? (This one was really frustrating as we talked about the reason behind the removal of an organ was to save a life, while an egg was to create and kill a life, but she just couldn’t get it, and I couldn’t quite get her to explain why she found that problematic.:shrug:) She felt the removal of one equaled the same as the other.
The other aspect that seemed to keep coming up was that technology was always advancing, so how could the church say IVF was wrong? What if it developed to the point that every time a child was created, it would implant and grow into a baby?
Feel free to answer any or all. Thanks.