Skip to comments.Melinda Gates: Poster billionaire for how a rotten Catholic education...
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.
Perhaps you should read Humana Vitae, the Encyclical issued on this subject in 1968, predating any "keyboard jockeys". It accurately predicted the personal and societal damage that whould be brought about by birth control and abortion.
(2) Health advocates who work with the poor recognize NFP as a particularly good method for the very low income because it is not dependent on regular pharmaceutical purchases, has no physical side effrects, entails no medical risks, fosters more male/female communication and cooperation, and cannot be used coercively by the state.
(3) Read and learn. Empowering the Poor with NFP (Link)
It’s about options. You clearly have issues with giving people options
She is notpushing her faith on others, she is giving woman options. Did is miss the part where she wanted to force it on anyone?
Margaret Sanger said 100 years ago that contraception would solve all these problems, and instead it has enormously escalated them.
You clearly have issues with evidence.
Anyone who believes that discussions of birth control do not include methods that prevent the embedding of a fertilized egg or the use of abortifacient drugs is either ignorant or dishonest.
If you think that Catholics and other Christians must remain silent in the public square about our religious beliefs and values you are wrong. We have a right and an obligation to speak out to the same degree as any other opinion or advocacy.
We need to remember that tolerance is not a Christian virtue. Charity, justice, mercy, prudence, honesty are Christian virtues and actions that support them are to be expected and even desirable. In any diverse community, tolerance may be an important working principle, but it's never an end itself. For a Catholic or like minded Protestant tolerating grave evil within a society is itself a form of serious evil and any process that destroys a human life as the intended consequence of the action is a grave evil.
Democratic pluralism does not mean that Catholics should be quiet in public about serious moral issues because of some misguided sense of good manners or a subservience of religious principle to secularism. A healthy democracy requires vigorous moral debate to survive. Real pluralism demands that people of strong beliefs advance their convictions in the public square, peacefully, legally and respectfully, but energetically and without embarrassment. Anything less is bad citizenship and a form of theft from the public conversation. Those who would suggest or demand that we be silent are at the very least suspect for a number of reasons.
Peace be with you.
God is Sacred. In the total and non-contingent sense.
Human Life is Sacred. ...as a direct consequence, since it is made by the Divine Creator (in the case of the human soul, each one DIRECTLY and INDIVIDUALLY created) in the image and likeness of God.
Sex is Sacred. Yes. Human sexual union is sacred, because sex is where life comes from. That means, in cooperation with God. God is the Primary Cause, the parent’s sexual union is the Secondary Cause.
These are truths of the Judeo-Christian faith and realities of the Universe. Nothing’s more basic than that.
That’s about the size of it. Nothing left to say.
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.”
Why do nuns need birth control?
Answer: they don't. But they (the liberal "post-Catholic" nuns) are extranrdinaily bonded to secularf feminism. Also, erhaps because they have never USED it, they have no idea how unnatural, unhealthy, and anti-woman birth control really is.