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Offline Benedictus

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« on: May 17, 2004, 10:17:41 AM »
One of the things keeping me from converting to Orthodoxy (I am a Roman Catholic) is contraception.  As far as I can tell, there isn't a consistent position on contraception in Orthodoxy.  For example, on the OCA website, I read that it is frowned upon, but not necessarily forbidden.

However, on the GOA website, they have this (full article):
Because of the lack of a full understanding of the implications of the biology of reproduction, earlier writers tended to identify abortion with contraception. However, of late a new view has taken hold among Orthodox writers and thinkers on this topic, which permits the use of certain contraceptive practices within marriage for the purpose of spacing children, enhancing the expression of marital love, and protecting health.

I find the idea of contraception completely unacceptable.  It is condemned by the Holy Scriptures and the Fathers.  I see that the The Stephanos Project has a quite bit of information on contraception from an Orthodox perspective and seems to take a position similar to my own.

I would appreciate whatever help you can offer me in understanding the Orthodox position on contraception.

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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2004, 10:34:55 AM »

We have a thread on this that is several pages long. Please find it and continue posting in it :)

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