Sunday, December 7, 2014

Bill and Melinda Gates - Catholics?

Apparently, Bill and Melinda Gates attend the Catholic Church.

Yet, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a philanthropic foundation that counts as one of its key priorities the spreading of cheap contraception in the Third World. Their most recent endeavour is the sale of a very inexpensive self-injectable contraceptive called "Sayana Press". 
This easy-to-administer form of an old drug by Pfizer Incorporated is being hailed by many as the magic wand to reduce poverty and emancipate poor women in over 69 countries around the world especially in Sub Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America.

This is not the first time the Gates have been involved with pushing contraception in Africa. Previously Melinda Gates collaborated with David Cameron, Britain's prime minister, to advance contraceptive use in Africa. In 2013, she was a key player in the Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia:
 This year , they have moved many steps further as was evident at the Women Deliver Conference  that was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in June, where they featured the biggest and the brightest stars of the pro-contraception and pro-abortion movement .

In response to Melinda Gates' misdirected charity, Obianuju  Ekeocha wrote an open letter to Ms Gates. Ekeocha is not to be dismissed. She is a Catholic Nigerian woman with a BSc in microbiology from the University of Nigeria and an MSc in Biomedical Science from the University of East London. Here is a link to her letter to Melinda Gates:

In this letter, Ekeocha outlines the African attitude to babies which is one of joy; in fact her village in Nigeria, has a special song that is sung on the day a new baby is born. Where Melinda Gates wishes to bring "safe sex" and child-proof sexuality to African women, Ekeocha lists where those 4.6 billion dollars could be better spent:  in good healthcare, in food programs for young children, better educational opportunities, chastity programs, micro-business opportunities for women, increased aid to existing NGOs that work to protect women from sex-trafficking, prostitution, child labour and other ills that befall the poor of the world.

My question is, if the Gates are indeed practising Catholics, why doesn't their priest or bishop speak to them about their involvement in activities that are clearly banned by the Catholic Church?  Why are they given the respect they are, when they are in direct conflict with the teachings of the Church? Why are they not told clearly that they should obey the teachings of the Church or leave? You can't have it both ways.

This couple seems driven to give back from their great wealth to the world. And it is entirely possible that they are completely altruistic in their endeavours. But they have the basic principles all wrong. I think the confusion they suffer from is expressed by Bill Gates himself in this line from an interview in the Christian Post, linked above.

When asked if he believed in God, he responded, "I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don't know."

It seems there is a lot that both Bill and Melinda Gates don't know.

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