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Pope Condemns IVF, Saying It is “Arrogant” To Replace The Will of The Creator

Pope Condemns IVF, Saying It is “Arrogant” To Replace The Will of The Creator

For the couples struggling with infertility, the arrival of new technology and medical breakthroughs that can both identify the issue and help them to get pregnant have been the light at an otherwise very dark tunnel.  Artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, sperm washes, donor eggs and surrogacy have assisted many to either carry children with some or all of their DNA, or to have others bear biological children for them.

Now Pope Benedict XVI has called that “arrogance” and is telling them that if God doesn’t want them to have their own babies, they should just accept His will.

According to the Daily Mail, “The Pope reiterated the Church’s stance against artificial procreation, telling infertile couples they should refrain from trying to conceive through any method other than conjugal relations. ‘The human and Christian dignity of procreation, in fact, doesn’t consist in a “product”, but in its link to the conjugal act, an expression of the love of the spouses of their union, not only biological but also spiritual,’ Benedict said. He told the specialists in his audience to resist ‘the fascination of the technology of artificial fertility’, warning against ‘easy income, or even worse, the arrogance of taking the place of the Creator’.”

Not all Catholics are willing to simply accept his condemnation of infertility treatments, however.  Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, dismissed the Pope’s comments as another sign of the church being out of touch with the realities of everyday believers. “Catholics around the world will be saddened at the label ‘arrogant’ being applied to couples seeking help to have children and the doctors who try to help them. The pope’s remarks only serve to drive another wedge between people of faith and the church hierarchy. This attack on reproductive technologies is yet another display of the Vatican’s lack of empathy and understanding and a vain attempt to hold back scientific development as well as impede access to reproductive technologies for couples around the world.”

 

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3:30PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

For all of those who want to bash the Pope, please realize that he actually knows more on this matter than your opinion driven off emotion (just speaking the truth!).
The Pope and Catholics should be against IVF. The Catholic faith believes that life begins at conception- the union of sperm and egg that forms a zygote. This process requires that eggs and sperm (combine to make zygotes which become embryos) are united through artificial means. These zygotes multiple and become embryos after 8?weeks in a culture dish. Most importantly, this process creates embryos- several of them. When you then return to have an embryo implanted inside you, there are remaining embryos! These embryos would have the -possibility- to become HUMANS if they are implanted in the uterus. So when you have IVF, you're basically throwing away early forms of human life; or you donate these beings to be tested on medically. THAT is why the church is against it.
You are willing to dispose of unborn, early beings with IVF, and IMO it is not that much different from abortion. However, there is less talk of that reasoning because it is EASY to dehumanize the same thing when it is in a dish in a laboratory instead of inside a body.
Don't like what I said?- Read academic/research journals, textbooks, etc.
PLEASE- do your own research on the matter and gain your own intelligence. Do not "go with the flow" or let others make your mind up for you. Truly learn and understand your opinions and beli

9:08PM PDT on May 20, 2012

Foolish old man, he has just rendered himself irrelevant to modern society.

10:13AM PDT on May 2, 2012

What I don't understand is if IVF goes against "the will of the creator" because it's science and not nature than why do the same religious groups fight to keep people in vegetative states alive, on life support? If not for the science and machines, not Gods will, that person would be dead. It seems like they should either both be ok, or neither. Just a thought.

9:16AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Thank you.

6:58AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

We shall adopt the same line of unreason when he needs a heart valve replacement, etc.

4:27AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

And- if the 'creator' had not wished us to discover IVF, why did he make us capable of doing so? Why doesn't this execrable old Nazi just fuck off and shut up. Does he get his information straight from God's mouth to his ear??

9:39PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Is it not even more arrogant that one man should proclaim himself to be the one true voice of the one true god?

4:51PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

It should be condemned because of human OVERPOPULATION!!!

2:44PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

The danger of any ism is when you take a parable as literal. There is no such thing as the word of God what we have is what humans thought was said

I will say the Pope does have great hats and a Pope Mobile.

5:24PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Who is the Pope to say what God is thinking or intending
Perhaps the Creator gave us this knowledge with a purpose that the Pope isn't privey to!

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