They are unwanted, surplus to requirements, an embarrassment - but not to God.
The dilemma is, what to do with them?
They are individual lives so they cannot be destroyed, although I doubt if many IVF Directors are too worried about that.
Now, there is a move by some Christian groups to 'adopt' them, for women to place themselves in the role of a prospective mother and to be implanted with the embryos.
We know, do we not, that the end, in terms of abiding by Catholic doctrine, can never justify the means but, for the life of me I cannot see a logical solution other than 'adoption'.
The Daily Mail (ugh) reports that:
"While conservative Christians and the Catholic Church have long opposed abortion, they diverge when it comes to embryo adoption.
Perhaps a Canon Lawyer or a Theologian or both would like to comment?
Thanks to a friend for his message via FB and to several comments left on the last post.
There is some debate concerning 'allowing the embryos to die'.
Presumably, this would mean removing them from their frozen status.
Of course, one also assumes that the Sacrament of Baptism would be bestowed upon them.
So far so good but this solution seems akin to me of leaving an elderly ill person without food or water so that their death is accelerated.
Death by neglect might be the term used.
It would be good to see this issue raised in a more respectable public arena than this blog......something from the Vatican perhaps?