In a world that no longer values all human life, children become commodities and not gifts: Sex to make babies may become redundant as IVF becomes the norm (via Mirror of Justice). Update: link corrected
The foundational principle of Catholic Social Doctrine is the inherent dignity and sacredness of the human person. When the prevailing culture moves away from this principle by accepting abortion and euthanasia, for example, things become more important than people. In IVF the creation of human life is reduced to a production process:
Human beings bear the image and likeness of God. They are to be reverenced as sacred. Never are they to be used as a means to an end, not even to satisfy the deepest wishes of an infertile couple. Husbands and wives “make love,” they do not “make babies.” They give expression to their love for one another, and a child may or may not be engendered by that act of love. The marital act is not a manufacturing process, and children are not products. Like the Son of God himself, we are the kind of beings who are “begotten, not made” and, therefore, of equal status and dignity with our parents (Begotten Not Made: A Catholic View of Reproductive Technology (USCCB).
Read the whole thing here: http://www.usccb.org/prolife/programs/rlp/98rlphaa.shtml
When I read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley in the late 1970’s, I thought that it was prophetic. Although Huxley was not writing as a prophet, his novel was a criticism of the idea that man could create a Utopian society, it struck me as a much more realistic possibility than the Novel Nineteen eighty-four by George Orwell .
I had not (yet) read the Encyclical Letter of Paul VI Of Human Life, but the Pope foresaw the grave consequences that would be the result of the acceptance of artificial contraception. He understood that while man, through the development of technology and science could be involved with “generating life”, man should be careful in crossing the line into God’s realm.
Just because we can does not mean that we should.
Infertility is a great tragedy. I have shaken my fist at God on occasion while praying for couples who are unable to conceive. I can’t imagine life without my children and grandchildren. Infertility must be a terrible cross to bear. But we are all called to pick up our cross and follow Jesus on the way to Calvary.
Jesus Christ conquered sin and death, but we are still journeying to the new creation where there will be no more suffering.
In Huxley’s world science and technology succeeded in eradicating suffering. But it was also a loveless world devoid of joy.