Interesting! I have recently learned of this reason by a blog by a Coptic blogger, Donna Rizk:
After some search, it seems to be that the quoted email she received is actually verbatim from a Protestant commentary on Leviticus!
Hi Mina. Can you tell me a little more about this? Frankly, I'm at work right now and don't have time to read through her blog. You don't mean that the reason for this practice as stated on the SUS Copts site originates in Protestant circles, right? Which statement on her blog post are you referencing?
In any case, I recently listened to a podcast with Fr. Josiah, and he seemed to be adamantly against contraception. He also rebuked any couple who, when getting married, are holding off any plan to have children because "they're not ready". It seems to me he believes getting children should happen immediately (if possible).
I'm glad he's not my priest. I'll stick with what I've been taught.
I had a friend in the OCA once - a zealous convert - who read some "Traditionalist' literature and decided that he and his wife were going to live together as brother and sister, that they were going to do 1,000 prostrations before going to bed at night to wear themselves out so they wouldn't be tempted, all this crazy kind of stuff. He almost torpedoed his marriage until his priest stepped in and rebuked him, telling him that he and his wife weren't called to the monastic life and he'd better cut it out.
I agree with the spirit of what you're saying, but I'll never see sex within marriage as anything other than sacramental and eucharistic, and while I understand how someone abusing or perverting that beautiful thing could be lead to objectifying the person they love, I would regard that as a perversion of something sacred, not its logical conclusion.
Another interesting tidbit of Fr. Josiah is that he believes eventually in the marriage, a couple should be able to get to a point at their old age where they practice celibacy.
This probably occurs naturally over time if one lives long enough. No need to force it.
That is not to contradict anything you quoted from Fr. Josiah, but he does hold some other interesting views.
Sure. The guy's not an authority for me or anything. I just happened to agree with that bit of text I posted which aligns with what I've always been taught on the subject. I realize that this can be a hot button issue for some folks, and to some extent I see where they're coming from, but for me, the idea that sex within marriage is anything other than sacramental - that it is some sort of tolerated aberration or evil - is bizarre.