Originally Posted by lilyka
However. in the OC, if we were to observe the fast strictly we would not have sex for a full half the year already. Also things like viagra are technically against church teaching (I forgot where io read that) but it said when that time comes your raltionship has changed and it is time to take it a new place. a place relationship natrually went years before but now seldom do. they do view abstinence as a blessing as it provides more time focused on prayer. So while it is valuble to the marriage (but I think this is tied into the spiritual emotional goodness of being willing to commit to concieving a child with your spouse) it is by no means allowed to rule it, nor is it ever completely seperated from propcreation since the official teaching is against ABC.
I suspect part of the difference between the CC and Orthodox views may relate to the view of where sex comes from. In both cases it is considered natural and a kind of good.
But generally, (and there is overlap) the CC tends to take the view that sexual reproduction was always part of the plan, even before the Fall. Whereas many of the Orthodox theologians have taken the POV that although their would have been marriage before the Fall, there would not have been sexual reproduction. (As I said, this isn't a perfect split and both views are represented by theologians on both sides, but this seems to be the tendency in my observation.)
What this means in the CC view is that sex is in a way a more integral part of marriage, and it is indeed tied very closely with procreation by it's very nature. But for the Orthodox, although it is true that that is the case for us in our current situation (which is significant) theoretically marriage and procreation are not tied quite
as closely. This leaves both more room for the possibility of marriage without sex, and sex without procreation, if those things are seen to really and legitimately further the true nature of marriage, which is a primarily spiritual union. (THough in practice, it could easily turn out that ABC was never actually appropriate even from an Orthodox POV.)
However, that is just my thought about it the reason for the difference, I haven't actually read it anywhere, so I could be way off in left field.