(with a focus on “The Sacredness of Newborn Life,” a presentation by Fr. John Breck in 2002 at the Orthodox Peace Fellowship’s second annual North American conference on THE SACRED GIFT OF LIFE.) In his talk Fr. John addresses, from an Orthodox Christian understanding of the matter, the personal realities of welcoming a child into the world. He contrasts our society’s approach to this event with the response the Church is called by God to make. The best way to understand what he is saying in regard to newborn children with disabilities is to read the entire piece.This article is from the Orthodox Peace Fellowship website.
In section IV he begins to address our Orthodox Christian response to a newborn with disabilities. But rather than distort his message in any way by taking it out of context, I invite you to access it here: http://incommunion.org/articles/conferences-lectures/the-sacredness-of-newborn-life
And from this web address you can access the other lectures given at that Orthodox Peace Fellowship Conference: http://incommunion.org/articles/conferences-lectures/the-sacred-gift-of-life
Also, you may click here for some other articles by Fr. John Breck from Beliefnet.com: http://www.beliefnet.com/author/author_71.html