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Posted on 04/11/2012 3:38:49 PM PDT by NYer
April 11, 2012 (C-FAM) - On Holy Thursday Melinda Gates publicly professed her Catholic faith and then personally attacked her Church over its position on contraception. I could not help but be reminded of Judas and his mysterious betrayal of Christ that night, sealed with a kiss.
In fairness to Mrs. Gates, her speech wasnt expressly about the Church. It was about her foundations new NoControversy initiative to promote universal access to contraception. Her message was simple: Contraception is not controversial. And to convince people of this, she argued that population control, abortion, and forced sterilization have nothing to do with the international promotion of universal access to contraception. If people associate them together, they are just confused.
This is a life and death crisis. Every year, 100,000 women who dont want to be pregnant die in childbirth. About 600,000 women who dont want to be pregnant give birth to a baby who dies in her first month of life.
I know everybody wants to save these mothers and babies.
But somewhere along the line, we got confused by our own conversations and we stopped trying to save these lives. We need to be clear about our agenda. It is not abortion. It is not population control.
But why attack the Catholic Church? Well, because the Church isnt confused about contraception. In fact, even if the contraceptive movement really had successfully cut ties with the population control movement and no longer had anything to do with the promotion of abortion, which is very hard to believe thanks to the work of UN agencies like the UNFPA, the Church would still refuse to change its message: Contraception is bad for people.
That is why Melinda Gates did what she did. As a Catholic, she knows contraception is controversial, and she knows that dismissing the controversy isnt as simple as laying the blame on confused people making confused arguments about the very real dangers of contraception and its affects on human health, relationship, and society. So she knew she had to dismiss the Churchs teaching as unreasonable and to do it publicly. If she was going to prove to the world that contraception was objectively good, she had to dismiss the Church and, and particular the Churchs audacious claim that it speaks the truth.
In the tradition of the great Catholic scholars, the nuns also taught us to question received teachings. One of the teachings most of my classmates and I questioned was the one saying that birth control is a sin.
I think one of the main reasons people are so uncomfortable talking about this issue is a lingering concern that separating sex from reproduction will encourage promiscuity. Its a reasonable question to ask about contraception: What is its impact on sexual morality?
But like most women, my decision about birth control had nothing to do with promiscuity. I had a plan for my future. I wanted to go to college, and I studied hard. I am proud that I was one of the very few female computer science graduates in my class. I also wanted to have a career.
Judas knew Christ and was with Him everyday, even in public, and he still betrayed Him. It would be very difficult to deny that Judas wasnt aware of his own actions. He went to see the high priests, he took their blood money, he brought their guards to Christ. But did he really know what he was doing? Or was Judas confused?
I imagine that the Apostles hardly ever understood exactly what Christ meant when he spoke about the inevitability of His impending death. All of them were used to Christ speaking beyond their comprehension. Some of them ran away from Him, one of them betrayed Him three times before the cock crowed. But not all of them handed Him over to death.
We also shouldnt forget that for Judas it must have seemed like Christ was the one who was betraying him. Christ was the one abandoning him. Christs death proclamation did not evoke images of the power, or the King, or the Kingdom that Judas has imagined. In fact it was beyond imagination and must have seemed to Judas to be an inconceivable and unnecessary sacrifice.
This was the same Christ who Judas had seen preform countless miracles and who spoke to Judas with an affection he had never encountered anywhere else. So, Judas betrayed Christ because Judas felt betrayed first. But the others did not. They did not because they belonged to Christ and his friendship, while Judas merely participated, unconvinced.
The others, even if they did not understand, were so caught up in wonder, so in love with Christ that they could only follow, continually convinced that what Christ had to say, even if it exceeded the confines of their imagination, was nonetheless true.
Today, most Catholics struggle with the Churchs teachings on contraception, but many are convinced by and in wonder of the person of Christ and the Church which continues to proclaim His truth. Within their struggle, they keep following, convinced by the overall attractiveness of the faith. Melinda Gates is not convinced, and so she chooses to deny its teaching, not because she hates the Church, but because she feels somewhat betrayed by itbecause she cant understand it, just like Judas couldnt understand why Christ, instead of accepting to be turned over to the Romans, didnt raise up an army of angels to take over and have Himself crowned King. However, we cant forget, that those who stayed, eventually did.
In June the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with the support of the British Government and the UNFPA will host a family planning summit in London. Her speech was meant to pave the way for its success and to call for the entire world to get behind what she claims is a very worthy cause.
Those who denied Christ also did so for what they considered a worthy cause, and this story, even 2,000 years later, continues dramatically today.
Not that her bishop will have the courage to do so, but that’s what’s needed.
she must have great breasts.
Being nominally anything is like being nothing.
Of course she is not Roman Catholic if that is what she meant. I am not either, but I understand that to be Roman Catholic requires a certain view on birth control.
If you don’t subscribe to an organizations ideals, you are not of that organization. How silly. Just because you parents subscribed to something does not mean you are automatically a part no matter what you believe.
Bill Gates Father worked for Planned Parenthood.
She’s right, it’s not controversial. The Church’s position on contraception is perfectly straightforward and clear. It recognizes and promotes the genuine good of men, women, and children and of society as a whole.
oh yummy...I'll have some forgiveness..., but skip the Confessionals
wow... that communion looks good, but all pass on abstinence
And what's this salvation about?? Ok, I will have some of THAT.... but pass on the abortion and birth control
Yummy, it all looks so good
And let me guess...to her,abortion isn't controversial either.
Melinda, honey, pick one half of that sentence (probably the second half). You can't have both.
Just remember, her beliefs are a feature...not a bug.
(Hell microscam software has got away with for over 30 years, why shouldn’t the wife of the founder be able to use the same excuse.)
No need. She has excommunicated herself. By going against Church Doctrine, she has excluded herself. Whether silently in hear heart or publicly on a megaphone, the sin is complete.
The fact she doesn’t recognize the sin, reject the sin, atone for it and ask for forgiveness compounds the sin.
I do not personally call her a sinner (although we all are). Church Doctrine is 100% clear, though.
She does not say marriage in this, does she? Not, when I got married I wanted two children and that's all. But, I wanted to go to college and have a career and also have sex.
That may not be promiscuity, exactly. But it's a kissing cousin.
> No need. She has excommunicated herself.
You know, I hear that a lot. I’ve heard it about Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, John Kerry, and a great many more high-profile “Catholics” that not only reject the Church’s teaching on major moral issues, but actively promote the opposing view and even publicly excoriate the Church for its positions.
Yet, these people are still allowed to attend Mass, they are still allowed to receive communion, they are still allowed to call themselves “Catholic” and obtain the votes of Catholics.
The Church is doing NOTHING to stop them.
The Church should be actively excommunicating them by refusing to administer any rites or sacraments to them.
They should not even be allowed to enter the Church building until they REPENT!
The Bible is clear about how you treat those who call themselves “brothers” but walk disorderly.
You are not to eat with them nor keep company with them. They must be shunned.
Excommunicate, yes! if the Bishop doesn’t excommunicate him!
Excommunicate, yes! if the Bishop doesn’t excommunicate him!
Since when is she above the Church?
She is only a CINO.
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I agree with her. Congress should make a law establishing Target Megastores in every community, and should pass a law making contraception available for, lets say, $9 a month.
OK, I'm being cute. Her issues with her church are beside the point. Contraception is already universally available in the US. OK, in the Obama economy some people might not be able to afford the 9 bucks, but thats another issue.
I can’t see any reason the bishop’s shouldn’t publicly confirm a public Catholic has nixed themselves by their own actions. There is a teaching aspect to discipline. You can’t teach without discipline. By not confirming it, they simply send the message that despite what they teach on the matter, it must not really be too big a deal when you get right down to it. Any sane first grade teacher could tell them that.
What % of Catholics have ever heard the term “latae sententiae” much less what it means?
There ... I fixed it.
“They should not even be allowed to enter the Church building until they REPENT!”
Excommunicated people are still required to attend Church and hear the gospel, to my understanding.
Bingo! Go to the head of the class, have a Guinness!
It’s not really about “availability” of contraception for college girls who want to screw around ... it’s about forceably preventing “those people,” you know what we mean, from having children ... for their own good, of course.
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