Medicine: Questions of Conscience

France's third heart-transplant patient is a man to whom the ethics and morality of the procedure are of more than usual concern. Father Damien Boulogne is a former professor of philosophy at Dominican seminaries. Two years ago, the priest had suffered a series of heart attacks that left him to tally disabled. Now 57, Father Damien got his new heart at the Hôpital Broussais-La Charité in Paris, where he is now recovering in sterile isolation. From there he wrote for La Vie Catholiqué an account of the soul-searching that preceded his operation.

Father Damien had no problems regarding the donor. "The donor,"...

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