One Life/ Many Gifts: In Search of the Good /Organ and Tissue Donation
creates yet another avenue to experience the foundational beliefs explored in the
Church and Culture Grade 12 Religion Course. Through the lens of organ and tissue donation and transplantation, these lessons provide a further understanding of Catholic moral principles and the concrete application of these principles in the lives of students.
The foundational beliefs of sanctity of life, the Christian vocation to love and our response to the ‘other’ are rooted in Sacred Scripture and Vatican documents throughout
these lessons. By gaining a good understanding of ‘the common good’ in light of organ and tissue donation and transplantation, students will be better equipped to respond to
the social teachings of the Church that are rooted in justice and peace and shape Christian life.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 2296 “Organ transplants are in conformity with the moral law if the physical and psychological dangers and risks to the donor are proportionate to the good sought for the recipient. Organ donation after death is a noble and meritorious act and is to be encouraged as a expression of generous solidarity. It is not morally acceptable if the donor or his proxy has not given explicit consent. Moreover, it is not morally admissible to bring about the disabling mutilation or death of a human being, even in order to delay the death of other persons.”