Pope can no longer donate organs

From Yahoo! News:

Vatican officials say that after a pope dies, his body belongs to the entire Church and must be buried intact. Furthermore, if papal organs were donated, they would become relics in other bodies if he were eventually made a saint.

So if you’re aspiring to become a saint, whatever you do, don’t help people with your organs.


  1. What kind of condition would Papal organs be in, anyway, given that it’s a job you keep until you fall over?

    That said, there’s something about the thought of being a living reliquary that appeals to me. I may be strange.

      1. Oh, sure, if you want to do it the boring way… (puts away the knives and rolls back the vivisection table)

        My point is, how much good would the heart of an octogenarian do you, anyway?

  2. Darn. I was wondering if any super papal powers could be imparted via organ donation. Transubstantiation via lung transplantation- shazam!

  3. It’s really impressive how the Catholic Church (and most others) take a bunch of unbelievable stories that can’t be questioned and then proceed to use actual logic to write the rules of the universe around those stories. It’s this amazing juncture of logic and fantasy that yields gems like this, tucked away in Chapter 18, Subsection 25, Part IIIe of the Universal Rulebook. Well, the 2011 edition anyway. The editors will be back; they always come back just to make sure we know they’ve still got it figured out no matter what those pesky scientists throw at them.

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