Tuesday, May 23, 2006

St. John Chrysostom on Contraception


Given that Sam and Bethany Torode are using John Chrysostom as the Church Father who allows contraception, perhaps one ought to look at what he said about it:

Why do you sow where the field is eager to destroy the fruit? Where there are medicines of sterility? Where there is murder before birth? You do not even let a harlot remain only a harlot, but you make her a murderess as well…it is something worse than murder, and I do not know what to call it; for she does not kill what is formed but prevents its formation. What then? Do you contemn the gift of God and fight with His laws? What is a curse, do you seek as though it were a blessing?… In this indifference of the married men there is greater evil filth; for then poisons are prepared, not against the womb of a prostitute, but against your injured wife. Against her are these innumerable tricks…

[I]n truth, all men know that they who are under the power of this disease [the sin of covetousness] are wearied even of their father's old age [wishing him to die so they can inherit]; and that which is sweet, and universally desirable, the having of children, they esteem grievous and unwelcome. Many at least with this view have even paid money to be childless, and have mutilated nature, not only killing the newborn, but even acting to prevent their beginning to live.

Taken from the wonderful Stephanos Project website.

4 comments:

Ellyn said...

I'm not so sure I followed what they had to say. (Maybe I'll try reading it again when I've had my tea.)
But I instinctively don't trust the liberal use of the word "mellow" as a verb. :)

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

This reminds me of the time I read a Reformed Presbyterian casually 'blog that his denomination had long ago claimed St. Augustine as one of their own.

I guess he had never come across St. Augustine's famous line, "I would not believe in the gospels myself if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so."

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