From a reader…
On Friday, I will br undergoing ACL reconstruction surgery after a farm related injury. Part of the procedure involves rebuilding my ACL by screwing a cadaver tendon in the place of my torn ACL. I am aware the Church considers donating such body parts as acceptable under a clause of Charity. But I have concerns about the spiritual side of the transplant: What if the tendon is not from a Baptised person? Or from an evil, damned or cursed person akin to a witch or satanist? I am considering saying some of the binding prayers for laity both before and after the surgery along with prayers of thanksgiving that I may have the opportunity to walk as a result of this surgery. What are your thoughts on this matter?
GUEST RESPONSE from a priest who is an exorcist and instructor of exorcists:
There is something to what he says. The interaction of the soul with body is so intimate that the spiritual state of the soul leaves a patina – much like relics.
If he could get a priest to exorcise and bless the tendon that would be best. A minor exorcism and blessing can also be done by any priest afterwards.