It is not sinful for a
married couple to be childless as long as neither the husband or the wife are
intentionally causing the childlessness (e.g. via
contraception, intentional sterility, using
NFP illicitly). Although children are the supreme gift of marriage, not
every married couple is given the gift of children. In fact, being childless is
a source of suffering for many married couples. If conditions warrant, it may be
useful for a childless couple to consult appropriate pro-life fertility
specialist(s), but note that certain procedures are illicit (for example, IVF is
illicit - see
for more information). If applicable, the couple might also consider
adoption. In any event, the couple should not despair, keeping in mind
biblical passages such as...
is she who, childless and undefiled, knew not transgression of the marriage bed;
she shall bear fruit at the visitation of souls." (Wisdom 3:13)
childless than have godless children!" (Sirach 16:3)
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