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Posted on 05/08/2012 7:14:12 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
Melinda Gates: Poster billionaire for how a rotten Catholic education...
May 08, 2012 04:03 EST
By Carl E. Olson
... ends up promoting and spreading the culture of deathworldwide. Via The Daily Mail:
Facing backlash from the Catholic Church on an already controversial issue, Bill Gates' wife Melinda announced this week that contraception will be the primary goal of their foundation, with plans to revolutionize it globally.
And from the May 7th Newsweek piece, "Melinda Gates' New Crusade: Investing Billions in Women's Health":
Theres currently very little investment in contraceptive research and development. The single biggest funder, Darmstadt says, is the U.S. government, through the National Institutes of Health. Its an area thats really kind of stagnated, he says. One of the things that we see that we can do is to try to really stimulate that space.
For reproductive-health advocates, this is terrific news. For some conservatives, though, it will likely seem almost dystopian. Indeed, in response to an item about contraceptive research on the Gates Foundation website, The Catholic Heralds Phillips wrote, A horrid image comes to mind, of white-coated boffins hard at work in diabolical laboratories, devising new ways of depriving men and women of their conjugal dignity, their culture and their traditions.
Yet Gates can take comfort in the fact that even if the church hierarchy and its traditionalists dont support what shes doing, plenty of ordinary Catholics do. During her TEDxChange talk, she spoke of the Ursuline nuns who taught at her Dallas Catholic high school, nuns who made service and social justice a high priority. Through her work with the foundation, Gates said, I believe that Im applying the lessons that I learned in high school.
Within an hour of returning to her hotel, she received a message from some of those nuns. It was fantastic, she says, her eyes misting for a moment. They said, Were all for you. We know this is a difficult issue to speak on, but we absolutely believe that youre living under Catholic values. And it was just so heartening."
That's a rather strange definition of "heartening": women religious involved in encouraging and promoting anti-human, anti-life, and anti-Catholic practices and perspectives around the world. (And how shocking to see that the Ursulines belong to the LCWR.) I am tempted to say that Gates has taken a very "cafeteria Catholic" approach to her beliefs and actions as a Catholic, but I have no need to; she openly admits such is her approach:
Perhaps more importantly, theres her Catholic faith, which has always informed her work. From the very beginning, we said that as a foundation we will not support abortion, because we dont believe in funding it, she says. Shes long disagreed with the churchs position on contraception, and the Gates Foundation did some family-planning funding early in its history. Still, she went through a lot of soul-searching before she was ready to champion the issue publicly.I had to wrestle with which pieces of religion do I use and believe in my life, what would I counsel my daughters to do, she says. Defying church teachings was difficult, she adds, but also came to seem morally necessary. Otherwise, she says, were not serving the other piece of the Catholic mission, which is social justice. [emphasis added]
Read the entire piece. In other words, Mrs. Gates believes it is imperative to disregard and disobey Catholic teaching in order to be true to Catholic teaching. And to think that some people are convinced that Catholics are irrational! Perhaps Mrs. Gates and the Sisters who taught her could spend a little time reading Evangelium Vitae, especially this passage:
It is frequently asserted that contraception, if made safe and available to all, is the most effective remedy against abortion. The Catholic Church is then accused of actually promoting abortion, because she obstinately continues to teach the moral unlawfulness of contraception. When looked at carefully, this objection is clearly unfounded. It may be that many people use contraception with a view to excluding the subsequent temptation of abortion. But the negative values inherent in the "contraceptive mentality"-which is very different from responsible parenthood, lived in respect for the full truth of the conjugal act-are such that they in fact strengthen this temptation when an unwanted life is conceived. Indeed, the pro- abortion culture is especially strong precisely where the Church's teaching on contraception is rejected.
And so forth.
“You’ve personally met all Catholic women?
I’ve met enough to know that for you or anyone else to call the ones I have met not Catholic is simply your ignorant opinion.
“My wife and I NEVER have. Nice to meet you.”
Good for you, now go actually read the Bible and learn about not casting stones.
Unless you and your wife stopped having sex then without contraception you’d have several dozen kids as would all Catholics. They don’t have dozens of kids, so I bet a bunch of Catholics use contraception.
The number is 100%.
That's what we mean when we say, right out loud where others can hear us,
We have all fallen short of moral good; that only heightens the need for repentance.
Just as some of the most effective and convincing people in the prolife movement are post-abortive women, some of the most convincing people in the the --- call it Sexual Restoration --- movement are post-contraceptive women. We make up the growing cadre who used the barriers, the endocrine disruptors, the jellies & jams, foams and sprays, the coils and patches, implantables and injectables, realized what a crock it all is, and finally said "Goodbye to All That."
The trouble with Melinda Gates and many like her, is not that she is morally depraved (not knowingly), but that she is --- as yet --- so ignorant.
She could have gotten a clue early on, had she read "Humanae Vitae" 45 years ago --- and realized that the whole 2,000 year Christian consensus against contraception, sterilization and abortion is based on moral, psychological, and social realism.
But even without the advantage of papal teaching, it would be wonderful if she would do some serious research about the Sexual Revolution and find out what the negatives are of contraception. Why? Because contraception is the necessary and sufficient cause, the #1 enabling technology and ideology of the Sexual Revolution.
And I mean soul-destroying, marriage-destroying and civilization-destroying negatives. There are nations that will nor survive it.
I think you missed the key sentence in the article:
contraception will be the primary goal of their foundation, with plans to revolutionize it globally.
I missed nothing.
Then you need to answer my question, here it is again:
So you're basically in opposition to teaching and promoting contraception in countries with horrendous poverty and over population, right?
With all due respect, I’m not casting stones. You made the broad generalization at first, I answered truthfully, and I’m not alone. The fact that you’re somehow offended is not my problem. There are sanctioned ways to avoid pregnancy within a marriage without using artificial contraception.
There's no such thing as "overpopulation" - one of the world's most densely populated countries is prosperous Japan. In a market-based economy, people can produce more than they consume, so greater population is no drain on net resources.
We're not talking about economies, we're talking about "over population" and encouraging the use of contraceptives........You'll be hard pressed to explain that over population doesn't exist in India. I suppose if there's enough garbage left to be found, starvation isn't an issue either.......
Absolutely. Instead of ignorant feel-good brian dead liberal solutions like contraception you may try teaching them Christianity, farming, carpentry, animal husbandtry and other useful trades to lift them out of that poverty and the issue of overpopulation will disappear. Contraception has never accomplished anything in Africa despite at least 40 years of trying.
Birth prevention is not the answer to individual, community, national or world problems because to use something evil to correct a situation - real or anticipated - is not the right answer to any problem. No amount of arguing, excusing or rationalizing can ever justify the deliberate violation of divine and natural laws.
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We also made it difficult/impossible/untenable for the female to say "no". She is accused of "holding out", being a "tease" being "figid, etc., etc. "If you really loved me, you'd do it." Then, once they get on BC, they turn the tables on the male. Eventually the BC fails and they "need" an abortion. It goes round and round and younger and younger. Vicious cycle.
Catholic women using contraception are CINO’s catholic in name only. If they think they are anything else they are mistaken and are risking losing heaven. Every single one of them needs a serious wake up call from the Lord God Almighty Himself, because at this point that is what it will take to get through their denial. BTW you have officially met a Catholic woman not using contraception. All it takes is faith in God. Been married 18 years. I have one child here on earth and 3 in heaven. I had to come to terms with the fact that God is in control cuz I sure would have loved to have all 4 of my kids here with me. Birth control is a delusion.
God didn't create any of the life in those pics; their parents did.
Each and every person in your pictures is a precious and unique child of God. Each was created by God for His purposes. Not one of them has an obligation not to live so as to comfort you.
Mother Teresa spent her life working among such people and posed the question: "How can there be too many babies? That is like saying that there are too many flowers."
Perhaps you are jealous of folks with so many beautiful children?
Any "Catholic" you know who uses contraception to prevent conception of babies is self-excommunicated (latae sententiae) by unrepentant mortal sin: not because I say so but because the Teaching Magisterium of the Church and Canon Law say so. Any "Catholic" who imagines otherwise is a victim of poor catechesis but in grave sin nonetheless.
I am guessing from your posts that you are not Catholic. You don't have to be Catholic to understand Catholic doctrine. OTOH being non-Catholic is no guarantee that you understand Catholic doctrine either.
Melinda Gates is no more of a Catholic than was Ted Kennedy, than is Victoria Kennedy, Anthony or Mario Cuomo, Tom Daschle, Susan Collins, Rosa DeLauro, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, John (Did you know he served in Vietnam? But for which side?) Kerry, Patrick Leahy, the late Margaret Higgins Sanger (baptized at 13 at her own request at White Plains, NY, and left the Church one year later), Christopher Dodd, Pat Quinn, Dannell Malloy, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kathleen Gilligan Sebelius, Barbara Mikulski, Robert Menendez, Patty Murray, etc., just to name a few.
Chesterton on birth control/population control: In 1925 Chesterton wrote an introduction to Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol in which he said that The answer to anyone who talks about the surplus population is to ask him, whether he is part of the surplus population; or if not, how he knows he is not.
Chesterton on birth control/population control:
In 1925 Chesterton wrote an introduction to Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol in which he said that The answer to anyone who talks about the surplus population is to ask him, whether he is part of the surplus population; or if not, how he knows he is not.
Sounds like the same outfit that put a full page ad in the New York Slimes back in February.
What’s their next target? LOL!
The Bishops do get it.
Biden is only a CINO. He will have to answer for his sins since he has self-excommunicated Joe from the Catholic Church.
You know if you were saying that about Jewish women or Muslim women or Mexican women all in one bunch, you would be accused of discrimiunation and anti-semitism.
I guess we will settle for Catholic Bashing from you. Am I reading you right?