Skimming through some topics on organ donation and what the church says about it (yes, I'm pretty religious, no, I don't want to start another religion thread) I can sumarise it like this:
The pope says that organ donation is good if there is no harm to the donor's life (if you are alive and donating eg. donating a lung, a kidney etc.), and you can, as a donor, survive the donation (eg. you have two lungs, kidneys etc.).
There is a dispute about donating vital organs, one can't live without (eg. heart).
According to the pope, you can donate vital organs if you are dead. The problem is that the church and the medical science have different meanings for the label "dead"
As I understand, medical science considers a man/woman dead if he is brain-dead (whatever that means), while the church considers death when the soul leaves the body. As you all know, no one yet has been able to measure that exact moment.
Anyway, for heart transplantation, the heart has about 3-4 minutes (more or less) to be transplanted before it's not useable anymore (that is, it probably won't start again). The question arises in my mind, could you be brought back to life if those minutes were spent on reviving you, than transplanting your heart?
Well, I'll still stick to my stated position, although I didn't know it was contrary to the churches view, until I give it much more thought. Surely, this isn't something one should rush into.