Organ Transplants

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Explaining Catholic Teaching: Organ Transplants and the Definition of the Death

Transplant medicine transfers living tissue from one part of a body to another to restore or assist its healthy functioning. It is not easily assessed morally: it involves receiving an organ, taking organs from dead bodies or from donors, finding new organs, and sharing out organs and costs.

This booklet outlines the main questions and concerns, explains Catholic teaching and systematically grapples with particularly difficult questions. It is written in clear accessible language, with directions for further reading, and a full glossary.


CTS Explanations is a series explaining in everyday language Catholic teaching on a range of current pressing moral and ethical issues. This booklet has been produced with the Linacre Centre, the leading Catholic centre for healthcare ethics in Great Britain and Ireland.