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Melinda Gates Talks About her Catholic Faith and Funding Contraceptives to Fight AIDS
Christian Post ^ | 03/22/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov

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.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: abortion; aids; billgates; catholic; contraceptives; deathpanels; gatesfoundation; malaria; melindagates; obamacare; romancatholicism; zerocare

1 posted on 03/22/2014 11:35:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

NEWS FLASH!

CONTRACEPTIVES PREVENT AIDS!

Did she ever read the warning labels?

http://hivinsite.ucsf.edu/hiv?page=basics-00-11


2 posted on 03/22/2014 11:41:34 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: SeekAndFind

As you pass them out, ask those with AIDS....how they got aids. Disgusting.


3 posted on 03/22/2014 11:41:54 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


4 posted on 03/22/2014 11:44:37 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Whew! For a moment there I thought she was going to endorse the Latin Mass. She really dodged a bullet.


5 posted on 03/22/2014 11:47:43 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“noting that many Catholics disagree with official church doctrine on the contraception issue”

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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.”


6 posted on 03/22/2014 11:51:25 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: SeekAndFind
noting that many Catholics disagree with official church doctrine on the contraception issue

You can be Catholic and reject dogmatic Church teaching. How? Who knows?

Melinda, please take a few minutes and read "On Human Life." Please.

7 posted on 03/22/2014 11:53:43 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: SeekAndFind

Chigurh : You married into it.
Melinda Gates: Well ... If that's the way you wanna put it...
Chigurh : I don't have some way to put it. That's the way it is.
8 posted on 03/22/2014 11:56:16 AM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: SeekAndFind
"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.

IB4TNRC

9 posted on 03/22/2014 12:23:11 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


10 posted on 03/22/2014 12:36:41 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob

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.


11 posted on 03/22/2014 12:40:41 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: SeekAndFind

instead of condoms, she could just send out pictures of her face.


12 posted on 03/22/2014 12:49:51 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: bigbob

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.


13 posted on 03/22/2014 12:55:52 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Contraceptives?

Then she is only a CINO? Correct?


14 posted on 03/22/2014 1:04:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: SeekAndFind

How about funding education on abstinence?


15 posted on 03/22/2014 1:04:26 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Ping.


16 posted on 03/22/2014 1:05:25 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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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?


17 posted on 03/22/2014 1:07:30 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


18 posted on 03/22/2014 1:40:12 PM PDT by NKP_Vet ("To be deep in history is to cease being Protestant" - John Henry Cardinal Newman)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


19 posted on 03/22/2014 1:49:50 PM PDT by NotTallTex
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To: NotTallTex

You are exactly right.


20 posted on 03/22/2014 2:27:56 PM PDT by NKP_Vet ("To be deep in history is to cease being Protestant" - John Henry Cardinal Newman)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


21 posted on 03/22/2014 5:59:42 PM PDT by Jvette
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To: Jvette

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.


22 posted on 03/22/2014 6:13:35 PM PDT by JPX2011
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To: JPX2011

I suppose that is very true, if by stamping it out, one means by stamping them (Africans) out through contraceptives.


23 posted on 03/22/2014 6:28:46 PM PDT by Jvette
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To: bigbob

“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?


24 posted on 03/22/2014 7:08:29 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: SeekAndFind

she doesn’t get it


25 posted on 03/22/2014 7:44:14 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SeekAndFind
Catholicism must accomodate her needs.

Not a very Christian example.

26 posted on 03/23/2014 8:29:23 AM PDT by onedoug
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