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Melinda Gates challenges Catholic teaching on contraception

Catholic World News - July 09, 2012

Melinda Gates, the Catholic wife of software czar Bill Gates and co-chair of his charitable foundation, has taken a public stand against the Church’s teaching on contraception.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is spearheading a drive to distribute contraceptives in impoverished countries, and Melinda Gates—who is described in news stories as a “practicing Catholic”—insists that the initiative “makes sense” to most people. Brushing aside the Church’s condemnation of artificial contraceptives, Gates said that her Catholic-school education taught here to “question received teachings.”

Claiming that birth control has not increased the level of promiscuity in society, Gates argues that there should be no longer be a debate about the value of contraceptives. “I think we made birth control and contraceptives way too political in the United States,” she said.

Writing for The Catholic Thing, Matthew Hanley argues that Melinda Gates provides another example of an all-too-common phenomenon:

And there you have it – an entirely emblematic portrait of an era: an influential lay Catholic, influenced by the meltdown in Catholic identity, which is to say by an alternative secular Magisterium, mimics rather than engages the modern world by advancing a hefty proposal heralded as “humanitarian,” but which is actually doomed from the get go.

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  • Posted by: claire5327 - Jul. 09, 2012 10:20 PM ET USA

    People have Money that doesn't represents they also understand Spirituality! Mrs. Gates best try to go on a 30ay Retreat and get in touch with her Catholic Spirituality first before she tries again to speak for the Church.

  • Posted by: Exaudi nos - Jul. 09, 2012 6:34 PM ET USA

    Did she actually read somewhere in the Catechism that birth control is wrong because it increases promiscuity? I must have missed that chapter.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Jul. 09, 2012 5:06 PM ET USA

    Melinda Gates just damned the "Catholic" education that taught her to "question received teachings." It appears that she was supposed to question them until she rejected them.

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