Unless someone can provide me with Patristic texts or Church Teachings that specifically advocate articifial birth control as appropriate for Orthodox Christians, then I will continue to condemn it as contrary to the Teachings and Traditions of the Orthodox Church.
I must say, that is quite an unusual position to take. The Church fathers never advocated the use of computers either. So why are you not assuming computer use is contrary to Orthodox Tradition?
True, the Fathers didn't know about PCs, they had not been invented yet, but bathing and washing DID exist, and many of them were specifically against washing before eating because they perceived it as being too "Jewish" a thing to do. Does that mean you do not bath or wash your hands? Or does your common sense tell you that the Church fathers were just flat out wrong on that particular issue?
Again, you might argue that the Fathers didn't know of the existence of tiny invisible animals all around us that cause sickness and disease. And if they had known, then their opinion of washing before eating might have been altered. (unlikely but it's possible) However if advancement in scientific knowledge, and the way the world actually is in reality takes precedence over the Church fathers (which I think it should and in fact does for most of us most of the time, except in matters of sexuality), then your argument about preventative contraception falls to pieces. Why? Because the Church fathers retained an understanding of conception which is demonstrably false.
Why were they against preventative contraception? well, because the best "science" of the time said that a man only had so much sperm to go around, and if he wasted it, he could "run out" and then no longer have children. Science tells us this medieval understanding of contraception is simply absurd, so why should we continue to adhere to such absurdities? We no longer hold to the idea washing one's hands before eating is sinful because it's "too Jewish"...(even if it is a "Jewish thing" to do, it's still right because of those tiny invisible critters crawling on your skin) why hold on to this issue and not any number of other issues? How about the Father's "scientific and spiritual" prognosis of miscarriages? We don't accept that kind of nonsense anymore because we now know much more about the human body.
Individual Priests and Bishops may have subjective opinions about the matter, but their opinions do not override 2,000 years of Church Teaching on the matter.
How's Pope Shenouda III for an authority on the issue? Seeing as how you're OO, and Pope Shenouda III is OO, and the Ethiopian Church has strong connections with the Coptic Church, is he a high enough level of authority for you?
I cannot find the specific article at the moment, (I'll keep looking) but I'm 99.99999% positive Pope Shenouda III has said many a time, that preventative contraception is perfectly acceptable within marriage. It's in one, if not a number of his books with the title (or something close to) So many years with the problems of the People
, I just cannot remember which volume as there are like 6 or 7 volumes at this point and I can't go searching through them all. Hopefully someone will know the exact location of his statements and can post them.
I fully understand and respect the position you and many others take. And that's fine. I certainly don't want you to do something your conscience tells you is somehow wrong, but there ARE sound arguments from the other side, and arguing them doesn't make one a "Protestant" and even if it does, well the truth is Luther and even modern day Protestants managed to get some things right, whether we like it not. Or put another way, a valid argument is not invalidated just because a person or group we don't like makes the argument.