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.