[quote=birdie05]Good Day, I am Catholic and am using my faith in a new way today. My husband and I are faced with difficulty conceiving. We will be seeing a specialist in the coming months and I want to understand the Church’s teaching for myself. I have only heard that Catholic’s can’t use assisted reproductive technologies like invitro fertilization. But want does this really mean. Can you enlighten? Perhaps suggest how my husband and I can learn more?
With love in Christ,
I think the executive summary would be. You can take drugs and utilize other treatments to fix “you”. Anything beyond that is a no no.
Better than the drugs. Pray.
For 5 years every night my wife and I would pray that God grant us a baby. (And usually one of our boys would add…and please let it be a girl.) We have 3 boys from my previous marriage. My wife didn’t want to even consider adoption. She had 3 kids she didn’t give birth to that she was raising and didn’t see the point of adopting another one.
We’d done plenty in our lives that went against church eaching, but when we were married, we had made a decison to not do so in the future.
We tried everthing within the Church’s prescribed limits. But it was a no go.
Our Dr. was very frustrated because she could “guarntee” she could get us a baby if we would just let her do invetro…etc.
We said no and resigned ourselves to the fact that we would not have a baby.
One day Cheyl said “This is too painful. If God want’s us to have a baby he’ll give us a baby. But we are not going to do this any more.”
Two weeks later a young lady called my wife and said she knew this girl who was preganant and was looking for a family for her baby. 6 weeks latter my wife cut the cord when Catherine Marie was born.
As soon as we decided we weren’t going to lay our conditions on our prayer. God chose to answer us.
God bless, and good luck.
PS Be careful. Some of those drugs are prone to give you twins…and triplets…and quadruplets…you may get doubly blessed.