Since I am Catholic, particularly a traditional Catholic considering Orthodoxy what is the Orthodox view on contraception. Of course to Catholics it is a very grave sin, a mortal sin--I know that Orthodox do not have the same idea about sin, mortal and venial. Natural contraception can be justified in cases of grave need, but to marry without the intention of having children is a null marriage and is grounds for annulment. It is a mortal sin in Catholicism to use artificial contraception.
But what is the Orthodox view? I tend to think contraception has created a large problem of lowering the population. I also think that families with one child particularly often spoil that child. I understand families who cannot have more than one child, such as one family I know who had to adopt a little girl because of not being able to have children because the mother is barren. So they have one little girl, but I think parents with one child often spoil their child. I think the two child idea creates problems to and that a large family creates sacrifice. But that may be the Catholic in me speaking, so forgive me and I am not trying to make blanket statements.
Also if the Orthodox Church justifies it, what justification does this have in Holy Tradition? Just interested. Not trying to condemn anyone, so for anything I have said about selfishness and spoiling children please lay off the accusations of being romantic or simplistic. A wise person knows that general statements about human nature are not absolute statements.