The reasons for the Church鈥檚oppositionto in vitro fertilization are twofold. First,the Church teaches that human dignity is best respected when the beautiful sexual union of two people conceives a child. This does not happen when a human being is created in a laboratory.
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What is the Catholic Church鈥檚 stance on in vitro fertilization (IVF)?
The Catholic Church is not opposed to such procedures. It does consider immoral in vitro fertilization (IVF), the conception of a child in a petri dish鈥攅ven if the egg and sperm come from the married couple desiring to have a child (homologous artificial insemination and fertilization).
What does the Catholic Church say about infertile couples?
The Catholic Church celebrates human life and the family more than perhaps any other institution in today鈥檚 world. The Church recognizes that infertility can be a great cross for couples to carry. The Church is a compassionate and loving mother, and thus she encourages infertile couples to nonetheless try to form a family.
Why is in vitro fertilization considered sinful?
That is why we call it procreation rather than creation. According to the Catechism, IVF is considered sinful partly because it dissociates the sexual act from the procreative act. The act which brings the child into existence is no longer an act by which two persons give themselves to one another under God鈥檚 embrace, but instead it鈥?/div>The Catechism of the Catholic Church: IVF Teaching
What does the Catholic Church teach about the method of conception?
A: The Catholic Church teaches that conception should occur within a wife鈥檚 body, using the egg and the sperm from this wife and this husband.