Time to Reboot Melinda Gates
This requires repentance, metanoia. A turning around. A new start.
The problem with the "practicing Catholic" Melinda Gates is not in her end of desiring to improve the life for everyone. This is a goal with which we of the household of faith will not be heard to quibble. The problem is in the means she has selected to achieve that end. She wants to teach parents in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia that, to "bring every good thing" to their children, they must practice vice.
Sadly, she disappoints. Instead of using her vast wealth to promote virtue--the real means to human happiness, human development, and social justice--she is using her wealth to promote vice. To quote St. Augustine: Quanta bona de auro quod habet bonus? quanta mala de auro quod habet malus? How good is gold in the hands of the good? How bad is gold in the hands of the bad?
Melinda Gates has recently announced that contraception promotion will be the primary goal of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which, in terms of its financial resources of $34 billion, is the world's largest philanthropic organization. The supposed "beneficiaries" of her largesse: families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia who, in her view, need more access and more reliable access to artificial contraception. The goal: to raise $4 billion to assure that 120 million more women get access to artificial contraception. "This will be my lifetime's work at the foundation," she claims.
The secular promotion machine, well-oiled by its anti-Catholic animus and big pharma dollars, is churning its wheels and opposing all critics like a juggernaut. From a well-crafted speech posted on TEDxChange, to an article in Newsweek, to appearances with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN and Stephen Colbert in the Colbert Report, the propaganda machine is working overtime. We can expect to hear more from the propaganda machine as everyone gears up to the London Summit on Family Planning on July 11, 2012, where Ms. Gates's vision will be discussed.
Ms. Gates proclaims herself to be a "practicing Catholic," and parades out her Catholic credentials as if they were family heirlooms instead of a living, breathing tradition. She makes a point of letting people know that her mom's great uncle was a Jesuit priest, and her great aunt a Dominican nun, and that she was educated by a gaggle of apparently "progressive" Ursuline nuns at the Urusline Academy in Dallas. But where is her devotion to the teaching Church? Where is her devotion to Peter? Did she ever learn the maxim ubi Petrus, ibi Ecclesia, ibi Christi est, where Peter is, there is the Church, there is Christ?
Melinda Gates, our contracepting and contraceptive-embracing "practicing Catholic," shrugs off any criticism from the teaching Church. She, of course, knows the Church's teaching and knows that what she is promoting goes against the Church's express teaching, so she's not one that can plead invincible ignorance. We cannot say in the spirit of Christ, "Forgive her, for she knows not what she's doing." (Cf. Luke 23:34) She knows exactly what she's doing, how she's doing it, and she has the money to do it. That is what makes her choice so tragic. It's what makes it a scandal.
According to Newsweek, Ms. Gates stated that denying the Church's teachings on contraception "was difficult," but in time such rejection "came to seem morally necessary." It seems that Ms. Gates views the Church's social and moral teachings to be something like a smorgasbord where we can choose food to our liking since she has to "wrestle with which pieces of religion do I use and believe in my life." Whatever this is, this is not what a "practicing Catholic" does. The Catholic thing is the whole kit and caboodle. You don't get to pick and choose what you like. If you do so, you invariably gravitate to the sweets and forget your vegetables.
Apparently, Ms. Gates further finds that the Church's social teachings are inconsistent or at odds. So she feels she has to reject the contraception "piece" so that she could serve the "other piece of the Catholic mission, which is social justice." What her concept of "social justice," is rather unclear.
In fact, her social justice doctrine seems spiritually obtuse. She insists that her contraceptive program is good because she believes "that all lives have equal value." But this is a massive non-sequitur. How does ...
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