The Ecumenical Patriarch made a statement about abortion I was wondering your thoughts on it:
Although the Orthodox Church believes the soul enters the body at conception and, generally
speaking, respects human life and the continuation of the pregnancy, the church also respects the liberty and freedom of all human persons and all Christian couples. . . .We are not allowed to enter the bedrooms of the Christian couples...We cannot generalize. There are many reasons for a couple to go toward abortion.
As an inquirer, it does make me stop and think. If the Ecumenical Patriarch can say this without censure, how do I know that abortion isn't given a green light in the future?
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William, really the tone of your posts are overly triumphal even for an inquirer.
Look at the bolded words. Contrary to the simplistic and reductionistic posts around here, couples do have abortions for many reasons. Rarely (never, although I did meet one unfortunate soul who would fit the weird and bizarre straw woman people like to paint around here to mix a metaphor) is it to MURDER someone.
God forbid we not generalize and just say people who seek out abortion are murderers.
Again, no one here believes it, so I really wish everyone would quit saying it. Lying may be or may not be a sin, but hypocrisy ranks high. And people flirt with it often around here.
The real problem here should be the fact the EP thinks a soul enters a body at conception. That is the strangest and most problematic thing about his statement. Maybe something is lost in translation.