The reason the heart is not allowed is because one would have to take the heart out
before the person dies, in effect killing him. The same with other body organs,
which when taken out would kill us.
Transplants that do no harm to either the recipient or donor are allowed, unless it's done for vanity. In which case it isn't forbidden, but is inappropriate and doesn't help us in our goal for salvation.
It is interesting if for our love of our fellow man, would it be inappropriate to
donate the heart if it had a chance to save him, knowing we were dying and it would quickly terminate our life in saving another? Would this be viewed as giving a life to save another? Science can bring more problems for us of little faith.
"Fr. John McCuen" <frjohnmcc@...
This topic was extensively discussed at a clergy conference for the
Western American DIocese of ROCOR a few years ago. As Fr. Stefan
Pavlenko has already noted, the "bottom line" of the discussion was
that it is not appropriate for Orthodox Christians to either donate
their heart, or receive a heart transplant; but that other organ
transplants are permitted, as is the donation of blood, skin, the
cornea, and so on.
The discussion did not, as I recall, touch on the donation or sale of
human ova or sperm; but I think your comments, Peter, on that
particular point, are in line with the overall understanding we
established at that conference, and such actions are not appropriate
for Orthodox Christians.
Your unworthy servant in Christ,
Priest John McCuen
Holy Archangels Orthodox Church (ROCOR)
Do you Yahoo!?
With a free 1 GB, there's more in store with Yahoo! Mail.
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]