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Dolce and Gabana have hit the headlines because they oppose gay marriage and the synthetic creation of children in the chemistry laboratory through IVF and surrogate motherhood, such as those adopted by Elton John and his partner.

The teaching the Catholic Church supports their view:

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, ‘The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for: The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God.’ (CCC 27)

One of the documents of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Gaudium et Spes states:

‘This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists it is because God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his creator’. (paragraph 22 (my emphasis)).

These children whilst loved by God and undoubtedly by their carers (I have not used the word ‘parent’ as that suggests ‘offspring’) have not been created through human love in co-operation with God. Whilst IVF may be a means by which childless couples may conceive, the world has forgotten that in fact, children are a gift from God (Psalm 127:3) and not something we should be producing in a laboratory.