Melinda Gates, a self-described Catholic who is spearheading a campaign to raise billions to push contraception on the developing world, said in an interview with CNN that even in a meeting with the Pope, she would defy Catholic teaching on contraception.
“If you were meeting with the Pope, what would you tell him?” asked CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
“I would tell him that I think this is right for all women. That if you believe in helping poor women, if you believe in children living and thriving, I think this is a necessary tool in this day and age,” said Gates.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “‘[E]very action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible’ is intrinsically evil.” The Catechism also states, “The regulation of births represents one of the aspects of responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Legitimate intentions on the part of the spouses do not justify recourse to morally unacceptable means (for example, direct sterilization or contraception).”
The Catholic Church is clear in its teaching that artificial contraceptives are immoral, but Gates continues to say that she is a practicing Catholic despite her views and activism against Church teaching.
The Gates Foundation is working with the British government and others, including the largest abortion providers in the world (Marie Stopes International and Planned Parenthood) to host a Summit on Family Planning in London on July 11. Though the campaign for greater numbers of contraceptives is labeled “No Controversy,” the location of the summit has so far been kept secret, and is by invitation only.