Questions Commonly Asked


Can I Give blood?

Benedict XVI pointed to Christ as a model for blood donors. The Pope offered that view today when greeting the tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Some of those present were getting ready for the World Day of Blood Donors, this Tuesday. The World Day’s objective is to get people to become regular blood donors. About four out of every five countries are in need of supplies of stable, safe blood donations, according to the World Health Organization. “I know you participated in the Holy Mass presided over by Cardinal Lozano Barragán, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers,” the Pope said when addressing a greeting to the blood donors. He added: “May Christ, who has redeemed us with his blood, always be the model for your volunteers.”

Can I donate my organs?

An expert in Catholic health care warns that the dignity of the human body can be violated when its donated parts are used for financial gain or the remote benefit of others. 
Father Michael Place, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Association of the United States, shared with ZENIT the danger of the “gift” character of body donation being negated through commercialization. 
Q: What does the Church say on whether it is licit to donate body remains for scientific and product research? 

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ethics Bulletin

The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation is publishing an information bulletin in English on critical questions of bioethics. This free weekly bulletin allows for consultation on current issues, press reports and official documents, as well as participation in forums and searches. The foundation has plans for editions in other languages. The foundation is named after the renowned geneticist, who in 1958 discovered the anomaly that causes Down syndrome. John Paul II appointed Lejeune the first president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

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