Melinda Gates [wife of multibillionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates and multibillion-dollar fundraiser for “family planning”] says she is ‘optimistic’ Pope Francis will change teaching on contraception

Melinda Gates [wife of multibillionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates and multibillion-dollar fundraiser for “family planning”] says she is ‘optimistic’ Pope Francis will change teaching on contraception

Gates, who is from a Catholic family [but we don’t know where she is now], describes contraception as ‘one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations the world has ever known’

[I go along with the late Catholic demographer/economist Julian Simon, author of The Ultimate Resource Is Mankind: In Defense of People]

by Catholic Herald Staff Reporter
posted Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017

Melinda Gates has said she is “optimistic” Pope Francis will change Church teaching on contraception.

Gates, who was raised Catholic, said she had “agreed to disagree” with the Church on the issue, claiming that contraception is “one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations the world has ever known.”

In a BBC interview, Gates said her charity, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, works “very extensively with the Catholic Church” and has had “many discussions with them, because we have a shared mission around social justice and anti-poverty”.

“I think what this Pope sees is that if we are going to lift people out of poverty, you have to do the right thing for women, and so we have agreed at this point to disagree,” she said.

She added that Pope Francis has not changed Church teaching “yet”, but “these things take time”. She said she was “optimistic” the Church would change its teaching “over time”.

The Foundation is currently co-hosting an international summit in London on the issue of access to contraception in the developing world. Reuters says they expect to raise at least $2.5 billion, and will invest $375 million of that in “family planning” programmes over the next four years.

Her comments come as Britain’s secretary of state for international development, Priti Patel, announced the government will increase aid for family planning and abortion services by 25 per cent, costing the taxpayer over £1.1 billion.

The Government will spend £225 million of taxpayers’ money per year over the next five years providing contraception for developing countries, including abortion services.

Pro-life campaigners have condemned the move, with Anne Scanlan, director of education at charity Life, saying: “This is absolutely shocking. A recent ComRes poll showed that 65 per cent of the public oppose UK taxpayer money being spent on abortions overseas.”

“We call on the Government not to proceed with this new support for the family planning and abortion industry and to instead pursue global initiatives to support women in pregnancy,” she added.

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4 comments on “Melinda Gates [wife of multibillionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates and multibillion-dollar fundraiser for “family planning”] says she is ‘optimistic’ Pope Francis will change teaching on contraception

  1. Ms. Gates,
    The fact that you and your husband donate to many philanthropic causes does not obscure the fact that your position on contraception is outside the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church of which you profess to be a member.

  2. Innovative people, not fewer people, are the source of greatest wealth for all. Witness what Europe, Canada, and the US accomplished in the last century. What is a poor person in the US? Someone who lives in gov’t housing, has a TV, an Obamaphone, eats three squares a day, and has enough leftover EBT balance to buy beer.

    Witness the abject evil of men that keeps so many in poverty elsewhere. If their gov’t cared, and our gov’t cared, there could be favorable trade agreements to bring them technology for agriculture and clean water. We’d gladly send scores of charitable persons to help them, educate them, and convert them to Our Savior, as did the wonderful missionaries in the past. Why doesn’t this happen? Why is so much of the world a hell hole where folks are basically slaves to the power brokers in their countries?

    And Melinda, wife of an innovative rich man, thinks that eliminating poor people is the best way to help.

  3. MELINDA GATES

    Thursday, July 13, AD 2017
    Donald R. McClarey

    Melinda Gates and her husband Bill Gates are rabidly pro-contraception. Melinda Gates, raised as a Catholic, believes that Pope Francis will change the teaching of the Church on contraception. With this Pope nothing would surprise PopeWatch. What is interesting in regard to Gates is the attitude of the Order of nuns who taught her as a child:

    However, what interests me here about Mrs Gates’s campaign, launched at a recent conference in Berlin, is that she appears to be supported by the nuns of the Ursuline Academy of Dallas where she received her education. It seems the nuns contacted her after her conference speech by a phone call to her hotel room to say: “We’re all for you. We know this is a difficult issue to speak on, but we absolutely believe that you’re living under Catholic values.” Mrs Gates found this support “just so heartening”.

    A formal statement was then issued by the president of the Ursuline Academy, Sister Margaret Ann Moser, which said that the nuns “are proud of Melinda French Gates, her dedication to social justice, her compassion for the undeserved and the great work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.” The president added that “Melinda Gates leads from her conscience and acts on her beliefs as a concerned citizen of our world”. She emphasised that “the mission of the Ursuline Academy of Dallas is to educate young women for such leadership.”

    Sister Moser also said that the Ursuline order is committed “to the social and doctrinal teachings of the Catholic Church”. While recognising that “Melinda’s beliefs on birth control are different from those of the Catholic Church”, the Sisters “respect her right to speak from her research and experience of the world we live in”.

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