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Posted on 03/22/2014 11:35:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
American philanthropist Melinda Gates talked about her Roman Catholic faith and funding contraceptives in the global fight against AIDS, noting that many Catholics disagree with official church doctrine on the contraception issue.
"Even though I am Catholic I believe in contraceptives, just like the majority of Catholic women in the United States who report using contraceptives, and I shouldn't let that controversy be the thing that holds us back," Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shared at the TED 2014 conference in Vancouver on Tuesday, The Vancouver Sun reported.
The Catholic Church teaches against the use of contraception, defining it as "any action which, either in anticipation of the conjugal act (sexual intercourse), or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible." This includes sterilization, condoms and the birth control pill.
Results of a far-reaching poll of Roman Catholics around the world commissioned by Univision were released in February and showed that contraception is the issue Catholics disagree with the most when it comes to doctrine. Seventy-eight percent of respondents to the poll of 12,048 Roman Catholics across five continents said that they support the use of contraceptives, with support as high as 91 percent in Latin America.
Gates noted that women in developing countries have been asking for years for contraceptives as a means to fight AIDS and other transmittable diseases.
"We have backed away from contraceptives as a global community. We knew that 210 million women were saying they wanted access to contraceptives. And we weren't providing them because of the political controversy in our country," Gates said, sharing that she has been able to raise $2.6 billion to help provide contraceptives for women.
Last week, her husband Bill, the Microsoft founder who recently regained his spot as the richest man in the world, revealed that his family goes to a Roman Catholic Church, and credited their philanthropic endeavors to religion and morality.
"The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. We've raised our kids in a religious way; they've gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I've been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that's kind of a religious belief. I mean, it's at least a moral belief," Bill Gates said in an interview with Rolling Stone in its March 27 issue.
The Gates Foundation, founded in 2000, funds programs for various causes around the world, including advancing science and technology to save lives in developing countries, developing agriculture, water and sanitation, financial services for the poor, and education programs in the U.S., to name a few.
CONTRACEPTIVES PREVENT AIDS!
Did she ever read the warning labels?
As you pass them out, ask those with AIDS....how they got aids. Disgusting.
Gates citing morality as a justification for his actions?
Well hell, why not, eh Bill? After all, it’s just another ASCII string for the unwashed to parse on their way to their cubicals.
Whew! For a moment there I thought she was going to endorse the Latin Mass. She really dodged a bullet.
“noting that many Catholics disagree with official church doctrine on the contraception issue”
Ms. Gates went on to say, “I agree completely with the Bible, except for those parts with which I do not agree”.
“I am God.”
You can be Catholic and reject dogmatic Church teaching. How? Who knows?
Melinda, please take a few minutes and read "On Human Life." Please.
A person can certainly be moral without being religious. But if you ARE religious, doesn’t that mean you accept and follow the belief systems of your religion?
I really don’t have a problem with how the Gates’ live their lives, but it sounds like she wants to be a Catholic and reject is fundamental beliefs at the same time.
someone should call her racist..ha..cause the 3rd world is exploding in population while the elites in Europe and America, the population is diminishing cause of contraception. Just another Margaret Sanger.
PS> Most third world country males will refuse to use condoms..so there goes the Aids rationale.
instead of condoms, she could just send out pictures of her face.
their morals are just based on nothing more than personal preference and fear of punishment, b/c they aren’t tied to any objective standard outside themselves. hardly anyone lives up to their own standards consistently. and over time personal standards will slip as indicted by the societal slide into decay.
moral relativism is why we’re at where we’re at now. it doesn’t work, it turns everything into chaos. under relativism the cannibal, pedophile, animal sex lover, thief, addict, thug, and bum don’t have to change, can say nobody else can judge them, and that they are good b/c they’re living up to their own moral codes.
Then she is only a CINO? Correct?
How about funding education on abstinence?
In before the next Roman Catholic???
Don’t you know that all Catholics are taught that marriage is for pro-creation, not just the selfish desires of the couple?
Melinda “Abortion on demand” Gates is the epitome of a Cafeteria catholic. She and left wingers like her give the ones that are trying to live their faith a bad name. Her and husband have not only donated millions for abortions but they also donated millions to promote homosexual “marriage” in Washington State. She makes me want to throw-up.
One can make a reasonable argument that the current decline of Western Civilization began with the onset on contraception. We have been going down hill ever since.
You are exactly right.
As usual, the liberal looks for ways around the consequences of their actions, creating other problems with their solutions.
Melinda, spend some time teaching the Truths of Catholicism and those poor women won’t need contraceptives to prevent AIDS.
The issue of AIDS in Africa is incidental to these people. They have come to the realization that Catholicism is on the rise in Africa and they must do what they can to stamp that out.
I suppose that is very true, if by stamping it out, one means by stamping them (Africans) out through contraceptives.
“but it sounds like she wants to be a Catholic and reject is fundamental beliefs at the same time.”
A lot of liberals are like that, i.e., they want to be Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, etc. but reject the fundamental distinctives of those belief systems at the same time. I overhead a co-worker of mine saying he’s going to RCIA instruction classes but flat out does not believe in Roman Catholic teaching. It’s like if you don’t believe in what a religion teaches, why join it?
she doesn’t get it
Not a very Christian example.