Birth Control ==> Abortion ==> Gay Marriage

Birth Control ==> Abortion ==> Gay Marriage

As an Orthodox Priest, I can confidently say that there is a logical progression. All three of these things are connected.

The Supreme Court legalized birth control in 1965 and 1972. The Supreme Court legalized Abortion in 1973, citing the two birth control cases as precedent. The Supreme Court legalized Gay Marriage in 2015.

Birth Control:
Separate sexual pleasure from procreation. Seek for the pleasure of sexual activity, while rejecting the blessing of conceiving children.

Separate sexual pleasure from procreation. Seek for the pleasure of sexual activity, while rejecting the blessing of bearing children.

Gay Marriage:
Separate sexual pleasure from procreation. Seek for the pleasure of sexual activity, while rejecting any possibility of conceiving children.

For 2000 years, the Church has recognized birth control, abortion, and homosexual activity as grievous sins.

To be faithful to Christ, we must renounce birth control, and recognize it as a serious sin. Then, and only then, do we stand on the moral ground necessary to lodge an effective attack against abortion and gay marriage.

Orthodox Saints consistently call birth control a sin:



About Fr Joseph Gleason

I serve as a priest at Christ the King Orthodox Mission in Omaha, Illinois, and am blessed with eight children and one lovely wife. I contribute to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity. I also blog here at The Orthodox Life.
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8 Responses to Birth Control ==> Abortion ==> Gay Marriage

  1. Chor-Episcopos Kyriakos says:

    Father, I fully agree with you. Several years ago (1987) I wrote an article about the true orthodox doctrine on Birth Control. I explained that Birth Control may justifiable on the basis of severe health reasons, extreme economic deprivation only on the advice of one’s spiritual father if self control is virtually impossible for a married couple. If you have written any article on this topic please share with us. +Chor-Episcopos Kyriakos

  2. Kathy says:

    With all due respect, I’ve also read other Orthodox writings that do allow for contraception, depending on a couples’ circumstances. I’m an Orthodox convert, baptized, chrismated, and married in the Orthodox Church. In my previous Faith tradition, married couples pursuing the Kingdom in ministry or missionary life foregoing having children were applauded. Since my conversion, I never hear of contraception in this positive light for the sake of the Kingdom in Orthodox, Catholic, or even Protestant circles, although more likely in the Protestant world. I understand the negative issues that stem from contraception but it grieves me to hear contraception thrown into the “having sex for lust” bucket as if nothing good comes from married sex between a man and a woman without children.

    • Kathy, those “Orthodox writings” you speak of are not truly Orthodox. For 2000 years, Orthodox Saints have unanimously agreed that birth control is forbidden, as you can see here:

      Of course, it is fine for an infertile married couple to have sex. There is nothing wrong with that. The important thing is their openness to procreation, should God bring it about. Infertility must not be something which the couple desires or seeks. It is always a sin to seek for the pleasure of sex, while intentionally trying to avoid procreation.

      • Kathy says:

        Father, we’ve just discovered the Western Rite. Some churches seem to be former Anglicans or former Catholics. I’m wondering if you’re a former Catholic. We are also aware of the Eastern Rite within the Catholic Church. I love the experience of embracing both the East and West. I’m very happy that there’s a Western choice within Orthodoxy, too.

        I did want to mention that these Orthodox priests I’m thinking of are well-respected. For example, this quote:

        “Straight condemnation of birth-control fails to be satisfactory. It has never been the Orthodox Church’s practice to give moral guidance by issuing standard formulas claiming universal validity on questions which actually require a personal act of conscience. There are forms of birth control which are acceptable, and even unavoidable, for certain couples. (John Meyendorff, Marriage: An Orthodox Perspective, p. 62, SVSP).”

        Our spiritual fathers never condemned birth control during our conversion and marriage process.

        I also think that the path to same sex marriage/children needs to include the popularization of divorce, remarrying, the introduction of step parents and adoption. I wrote about my experience in “Myths of the Fatherless.” In the myth chapter that “any man will do,” I talk about the psychological and spiritual differences between a biological father and a step father and that “any man won’t do.” Now we’ve gone from “any man will do” to “two women will do” or “two men will do.”

      • No, I have never been Catholic. I spent 30 years as a Protestant before converting to the Orthodox Faith.

        If you want to identify Orthodox teaching, then you need to identify the Consensus of the Saints. Meyendorff’s modernistic opinion is not relevant, because he is not an Orthodox Saint. There are many people in the Church who have been “well respected”, who nevertheless had certain false teachings. That particular author’s modern fame does not make him a Saint, nor does it make him correct. In this case, his teaching is not Orthodox. Are you able to find a single Orthodox Saint who would agree with Meyendorff’s position?

        Kathy, did you read the article titled Sacred Seed, Sacred Chamber? It shows the teachings of many Orthodox Fathers. St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the Great, St. Maximos the Confessor, and St. Cyril carry a lot more weight than John Meyendorff.

  3. Brian says:

    Have you read Humanae Vitae

    • Humanae Vitae is a good document. In 1968, when Pope Paul VI released his Humanae Vitae encyclical — condemning all forms of birth control — Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople said, “We are in total agreement with you.” The Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church may differ on many things, but this is not one of them.

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