The Catholic Response to Infertility (Morning Air)

If you and your spouse are struggling with infertility, you know how difficult of a cross it can be. The pain can be overbearing, and it can feel like a bad dream that won’t end. You might wonder why God allows this cross and where to go from here.

John Morales speaks with Dr. Joseph and Dr. Marie Meaney about this deeply personal topic. The couple shares their own journey, highlighting the shock and cross they faced when discovering they couldn’t conceive naturally. Their story underscores the emotional impact and existential questions that arise when parenthood doesn’t unfold as expected.

Dr. Marie, drawing from her experience and her book “When Expecting Doesn’t Happen: Turning Infertility into a Journey of Hope,” reflects on the emotional turmoil they went through. She candidly discusses the lack of resources during their own struggle. Her passion to help others navigate this often-overlooked territory shines through as she emphasizes that the infertility journey, though intensely challenging, can lead to renewal and growth.

Dr. Joseph encourages listeners to understand that infertility is a medical challenge and not a form of divine punishment. Instead, he highlights that it can become an opportunity for spiritual renewal, deepening one’s faith and trust in God’s plan. The Meaney couple stresses the importance of unity between spouses during this time, offering insights into how they coped with differing responses and encouraged open communication.

The conversation turns to the Catholic Church’s perspective on infertility treatments, particularly in vitro fertilization (IVF). Dr. Joseph explains the Church’s stance, noting that IVF, which replaces the marital act and creates embryos outside the womb, is ethically problematic due to its disregard for the dignity of human life and its consequences on individuals and relationships. He contrasts this with alternative approaches like the Creighton method and treatments offered by the Pope Paul VI Institute, emphasizing their success rates and alignment with Catholic principles.

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.