Here are some answers to questions concerning contraception, given by my bishop, HG Bishop Youssef of the Southern United States:
Is contraception considered a "grave sin", like the RCC views it?
What about the morning after pill?
Under what, if any, circumstances may an Orthodox Christian use birth control?
Great links! A quick disclaimer:
Tone and context can often be misjudged in this setting. I don't wan't that to happen here. I am Roman Catholic and I don't believe in using birth control. Having said that, my questions are out of curiosity; they are not bait for a debate. Sorry, I know people here are very charitable but sometimes when the topic is a sensitive and personal; [like abortion or birth control] people read things the wrong way.
The answer giving for using birth control was well thought out but to be honest I was surprised by the answer because of how patristic OO are. The good bishop did not add any footnotes to where he develeoped his idea from and so it had me thinking a couple of things:
Do OO draw the the belief that birth control is acceptable from church fathers or from a fresh look at science and theology?
How do OO develop teachings on these issues? Is it acceptable for one jurisdiction to teach that its wrong while the other teach that is ok?
I'm not trying to troll the threat here so if these questions should be in another thread, then I apologize.
In fact, if one cannot keep himself from this sin, I'd consider it preferable to use a condom to reduce the danger of HIV being spread.
You make a valid point but I feel more needs to be said. Condoms are effective in a single use. When you look at there cumulative effectiveness they are must less reliable. The chance of infection greatly increases. What makes me nervous is promoting condom use can give people a false sense of security and ultimately lead them to get infected. Add substance abuse into the mix and I bet the chance of infection increases higher because of the change of making a mistake and not realizing it. I have reflected on this issue a lot recently so please don't take this as an attack, but rather its just me getting to vent some of the things i've though and read about. (Edited to fix quote tags. Salpy)