PopeWatch: Melinda Gates

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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”.


Go here to read the rest.  In this Pontificate it is easy for faithful Catholics to believe that if Pope Francis had never been elected Pope, then all would be well in the Church.  Not at all.  Pope Francis is merely a symptom of the rot in the Church and not the cause.

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  1. “Pope Francis is merely a symptom of the rot in the Church and not the cause.”

    This is what I have been saying all along. He’s not just the symptom, he is the product of that rot.

  2. The product of rot that has been allowed to exist for a very long time. There has been little to no consequence for heterodoxy for many years. Let’s go back to Cardinal Seamless Garment. That false doctrine has done immeasurable damage, yet hardly a word from Rome as it spread and undermined Catholic resistance to the holocaust of abortion. Yes, Pope Francis is a symptom.

  3. About a hundred years ago, I dated a girl that attended the Ursuline Academy in the Bronx.

    FYI Ursuline Sisters, the first commandment, found in Genesis, God gave to His Creation is to be fruitful and multiply.

    ON the worldly plane, look at the demographic suicides unfolding in Japan and western Europe.

  4. Hardly a surprise that Ms. Gates (of Hell) hails from an all-girl katholik high school. Unfortunately, the main one in Houston is no better, headed by a lesbian nun for years. 👿

  5. Private “catholic” high schools $$$, upper middle class on the Pill with 1 or 2 children, who would have thunk it! The contraceptive mentality has many tendrils…

    Now, consider the catechesis for almost everyone else is only to 8th grade (CCD).

  6. Ms. Gates would not take counterfeit money Yet, she embraces counterfeit self-giving in the Holy bond of Matrimony. The nuns who are enamored of earthly success and fraudulent love are not heading to heaven. Pope Francis, in his love for the “poor”, needs to instruct his flock that using contraceptives in not love. True love is joy. True love is chaste. True love is true. And pitiful are those whose poverty includes the lack of joy and purity in their self-giving in their marriage.

  7. The decaying congregation of Ursuline Sisters are “… proud of Melinda French Gates,
    … and the great work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation”.

    The “great work” of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation the Ursuline Sisters are
    fangirling over includes massive grants to Planned Parenthood of America, the
    International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Planned Parenthood of Western
    Washington– to the tune of about $71 million from before 2009 through 2013.
    Also, the foundation has given huge amounts to Marie Stopes International (which
    like PP provides abortions, contraception and sterilizations internationally). In
    2012 alone the B&M Gates Foundation gave Stopes over $46 million.


    As Tom McKenna said above, it’s not surprising that a fading order would want
    to cozy up to immense wealth. Especially a such decadent congregation that
    clearly couldn’t care less about the Church’s perennial teachings on both the sanctity
    of life and on human dignity. Shame!

  8. An observer of John Paul offered that his policy re religious orders was to allow natural selection to kill off the corrupt ones.

    I spoke to an elderly sister in 2001 who told me “Vatican II destroyed us”. She said that 60 women had professed in 1961 and 1962; the number who had entered since 1970 was about 1 a year and their median age was (as of 2001) 70. Very sad. The smart money says the actuarial tables will put this ruined order out of business ‘ere long.

    Andrew Greeley in a moment of candor said he’d never much liked nuns or felt at home around them. His short stories set in the pre-conciliar period depict disagreeable women who have priests cowed. One short story set ca. 1985, however, depicts a rude and dykish sister-lawyer who dislikes and despises ordinary women unless they’re material for labor law suits. Mother Angelica (b. in 1923) said the sisters she’d known as a child were just about ‘the meanest people I’ve ever met’ You do wonder if such orders were damaged before the council destroyed them.

  9. It’s true that the pontiff can accurately be seen as a symptom of the disease. But he’s also a catalyst of the rebound infection which is metastasizing everywhere. He’s their banner, because he’s one of them.

  10. Say what you will about Nancy Pelosi, but you kinda (sorta, almost maybe) have to respect the forthrightness of her heterodoxy. When she dissents, she heads for a microphone, not a telephone.

  11. “While recognizing 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'”.

    The giant elephant in the room of course isn’t that Melinda Gates isn’t
    just articulating her own views on birth control, sterilization and abortion,
    she’s also putting vast sums into the coffers of organizations out there
    making those views a reality. If, say, an enormously wealthy alumna of
    Ursuline Academy was a straight-up racist shoveling tens of millions of
    dollars annually to the KKK, would these decadent sisters still be peddling
    their mealy-mouthed nonsense about ‘respecting her right to speak from
    her research and experience’ even though that racism was at odds with
    the Church? Of course not. These sisters are only looking the other way
    re: Mrs. Gates’ support for abortion and contraception because they
    not-so-secretly don’t think it’s a big deal.

  12. Bill and Melinda Gates perpetuate the myth that abortion and population control will cure poverty and other evils in this world. Gender selection through infanticide and abortion creates an unbalanced male to female ratio causing serious societal problems.

    Melinda Gates never fails to mention her Catholic upbringing which rankles me because she seems to suit herself when it comes to morality.
    My parents sacrificed to send me (and my brother) to parochial elementary school run by the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The two all girl high schools I attended were staffed by Sisters of Mercy and Sisters of Providence. All three orders provided excellent educations, but that was ’56 to ’67 feminism had not infiltrated those orders.
    Our sons were taught by the Sister of St. Joseph of Cluny ’86-’87 (very good) and plain clothes Sisters of Notre Dame ’91-92 (not good). The latter’s pro-life program was Save the Baby Whales and buying a yard of Brazilian rain forest. Times change; society changes. Some orders educate still according to the teachings of the Church and some orders are wacky or borderline heretical. It seems that teaching orders dedicated to traditional Catholic education have the most vocations, i.e. Nashville Dominicans.

  13. A good Pope would denounce the Ursuline sisters for publicly advancing the cause of contraception. But we have a Pope who doesn’t know if he is capable of judging such matters (“Who am I to judge.”) How pathetic the Church has become when no one in authority is willing to stand up for the faith.

  14. An examination of conscience that is absolute, not slanted by self deception, would cause Mr. “Bill” and Mrs. Gates to reconsider their efforts to kill children.

    Let us pray for their conversion.

    Yes. Pope Francis too.

  15. Bill Gates’ dad was a big supporter of Worse than Murder. Notice that no Bishop opens his mouth over what Melinda Gates does.
    I despise Microsoft. They make lousy software and they are a worse monopoly than Ma Bell ever was.

  16. Art Deco, It wasn’t V2 that destroyed woman’s vocations, it was contraception…

    You fancy there was a 97% decline in the size of female birth cohorts between 1940 and 1950? There wasn’t.

  17. V2, contraception, women’s lib, perhaps lesbianism, lack of family support for vocations, loss of community living….all factors. I firmly believe the loss of habit was a factor too. The habit engendered respect and at the same time it was a protection. There’s been a suggestion that nuns might take temporary vows and sign an enlistment contract.
    Re the Dallas Ursilines, it’s got to be Gates money with strings attached.

  18. The habit engendered respect and at the same time it was a protection.

    The habit of our time consists of iron-gray hair and sensible shoes.

  19. V2, contraception, women’s lib, perhaps lesbianism, lack of family support for vocations, loss of community living….all factors. I firmly believe the loss of habit was a factor too.

    There’s a brief passage in Greeley’s 1987 memoirs re the self-immolation of the women’s orders. Greeley was an oddly ambivalent figure. I doubt he had any time for orthodox doctrine or moral teaching or the Church he was ordained into as a social organism. At the same time, he was aghast at the disappearance of palpable features of pious observance.

  20. Our enemies want to create more divisions inside the church. And on the inside, we have people, organizations and “religious” orders that have embraced the commands or our opressors.

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