If one doesn’t have kids for years after marriage, can they go for IVF / test tube babies? Is it Catholic?
While infertility is a heavy cross to carry, this doe snot justify using an intrinsically immoral means of creating life. The Church opposes IVF because it divorces the creation of life from it’s proper beginning, the act of conjugal union between the spouses.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said in Donum Vitae that:
Nevertheless, in conformity with the traditional doctrine relating to the goods of marriage and the dignity of the person, the Church remain opposed from the moral point of view to homologous ‘in vitro’ fertilization. Such fertilization is in itself illicit and in opposition to the dignity of procreation and of the conjugal union, even when everything is done to avoid the death of the human embryo another reason to avoid IVF are the large numbers of human beings that are killed by it]. Although the manner in which human conception is achieved with IVF and ET cannot be approved, every child which comes into the world must in any case be accepted as a living gift of the divine Goodness and must be brought up with love.