Pope: Facing infertility with care and hope
“The Church pays great attention to the suffering of couples with infertility, she cares for them"
by Vatican Radio | Source: NEWS.VA
2012-02-25 Vatican Radio
“The Church pays great attention to the suffering of couples with
infertility, she cares for them and, precisely because of this,
encourages medical research.”, said Pope Benedict XVI, in his address
Saturday to members of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
Over the past
week the Academy has gathered together experts from the world of
medicine, scientific research, theology and philosophy to the Vatican to
discuss infertility, how it is diagnosed, how it can be treated and how
it impacts couples.
Pope Benedict said : “The human and Christian
dignity of procreation, consists not in a "product", but in its
connection with the conjugal act, an expression of love of the spouses,
their union which is not only biological but also spiritual”.
said: “This approach is moved not only from the desire to gift the
couple a child, but to restore fertility to couple and with it all the
dignity of being responsible for their own reproductive choices, to be
God's collaborators in the generation of a new human being. The search
for a diagnosis and therapy is scientifically the correct approach to
the issue of infertility, but it must also be respectful of the integral
humanity of those involved. In fact, the union of man and woman in that
community of love and life that is marriage, is the only "place" worthy
for the call into existence of a new human being, which is always a
But what happens when even science cannot provide the answer
to a couples desire for parenthood? Here the Pope warned against what he
described as “the lure of the technology of artificial insemination”
where “scientism and the logic of profit seem to dominate the field of
infertility and human procreation, to the point of limiting many other
areas of research”.
The Holy Father noted that “So I would like to
remind the couples who are experiencing the condition of infertility,
that their vocation to marriage is no less because of this. Spouses, for
their own baptismal and marriage vocation, are called to cooperate with
God in the creation of a new humanity. The vocation to love, in fact,
is a vocation to the gift of self and this is a possibility that no
organic condition can prevent. There, where science has not yet found an
answer, the answer that gives light comes from Christ”.
Benedict concluded: “I encourage all of you gathered here for these
study days, and who sometimes work in a medical-scientific dimension
where the truth is blurred: to continue on their journey of a science
that is intellectually honest and fascinated by the constant research
for the good of man", not forgetting in this intellectual journey, the
dialogue with faith. Citing his appeal expressed in the Encyclical Deus Caritas Est,
Pope said that Faith enables reason to do its work more effectively and
to see its proper object more clearly. "(n. 28). On the other hand,
precisely the cultural matrix created by Christianity - rooted in the
affirmation of the existence of truth and intelligibility of reality in
the light of Supreme Truth - has made the development of in modern
scientific knowledge possible in medieval Europe, a knowledge that in
earlier cultures had remained but a seed".
and all of you members of the Academy who undertake to promote the life
and dignity of the human person, also keep in mind your important
cultural role in society and carry out the influence you have in shaping
public opinion…people trust in you, who serve life, they trust in your
commitment to support those who need comfort and hope. Never succumb to
the temptation to treat what’s best for people by reducing it to a mere
technical problem! The indifference of conscience to what is true and
good, represents a dangerous threat to genuine scientific progress”.
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