|Weight Watchers Charm Bracelet|
That's a fair question. Oddly, I was wondering just the other day why no one has asked that one. The answer is very, very simple.
It is completely different.
To begin with, let's point out that the word "charm" has more than one meaning. There's charm, as in a an attractive trait a person might have. Like Mame. I believe she charmed the husk right off of the corn. If only she had also charmed the corn right off the the cob, she would have been so useful in the kitchen.
There's a charm, like the little things that dangle off a charm bracelet. No evil to be found there among the little musical instruments and tea pots and tiny elephants.
Then there is that to which you refer, a charm that some is believed to hold some sort of magical power. The charm and its magical power are both nonsense, so of course, you are not allowed to give any of that silliness any credence.
When we wear a scapular or a saint's medal, we don't claim (I hope!) that they have magical powers. They do represent very powerful things: the amazing life of a saint, the boundless forgiveness of God, the life to which we should all aspire. We wear them to call these things to mind.
They are really more akin to your charm bracelet, without the frivolity. Unless your charm bracelet is a voodoo charm bracelet with little skulls on it.
We do bless these objects, which are called "sacramentals", but it doesn't give them magical powers. It simply means the object is dedicated to God's service. It might seem crazy to bless a car. We're not making a car holy or giving it special powers. We're dedicating it to God's service.
That was easy. This one, not so much:
Can Catholics donate their bodies to science? Or their organs--can their organs be harvested?
This is a very controversial topic. Yes. No. That's the answer.
The Catholic Church has no problem with you donating your organs or your body. As long as your body is treated with dignity. And as long as your are completely dead when your organs are harvested.
That is where the controversy lies. Often, in order to harvest organs such as the heart, a person is actually kept alive through artificial means so the organ is as fresh as possible. That's a no no. Many Catholics don't want to take the chance that that might happen and so they insist it should not be done. But not all organs are harvested this way.
There are two rules: The person has to have had made clear that they wanted to donate their organs and you can't give away anything you need to stay alive if you are alive. So you can unload that other kidney and bless your heart for it.
Some kind soul put together some pertinent papal decrees on the subject, all in one place for your perusal.