An Orthodox Perspective on Organ Donation and Retrieval

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Below is an excerpt from Part 2 of a three-part article “A Search for Wholeness: An Orthodox Response to Organ Donation and Retrieval” written by Matushka Linda Korz, M.D. and published in Orthodox Canada: A Journal of Orthodox Christianity.  You can read all three parts of the article here, here and here. I highly recommend reading it, whether you are considering organ donation or working in an environment in which you must play some part in organ retrieval, Matushka’s article is very enlightening.


Some will argue that the greatest gift one can offer is to give ones life for another. Surely the Church teaches that, doesn’t it? The Lord Himself tells us, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.“(John 15:13) But does this apply to the state of…

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I am a Priest with ROCOR and serve as Rector at St. Joseph of Optina Orthodox Church in Virginia Beach, VA
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