Infertility can lead to sadness, broken marriages, Nigerian bishop says

Categories: Latest News

October 15, 2015

Bishop Jude Arogundade of Ondo, Nigeria, gives an interview to Catholic News Service as he leaves a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 15. Bishop Arogundade said married couples need more help in dealing with infertility and childlessness. He said these are major causes of divorce in Africa. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See SYNOD-INFERTILITY-NIGERIA Oct. 15, 2015.

Bishop Jude Arogundade of Ondo, Nigeria, gives an interview to Catholic News Service as he leaves a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 15. Bishop Arogundade said married couples need more help in dealing with infertility and childlessness. He said these are major causes of divorce in Africa. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Married couples need more help in dealing with infertility and childlessness, which is “one of the major causes of divorce in Africa,” said a Nigerian member of the Synod of Bishops on the family.

In a culture where “children are celebrated with all kinds of ceremonies” and are so important to society, the trauma that couples, especially women, experience, “is beyond anything I can say,” said Bishop Jude Arogundade of Ondo.

“Everybody wants to leave a child behind,” he said. “If you don’t have a child and you die, it’s like you never lived,” he told Catholic News Service Oct. 15.

Read more in The Visitor…