The billionaire Catholic Melinda Gates has thrown down the gauntlet to the Vatican with a vow to dedicate the remainder of her life to improving access to contraception across the globe.
Mrs Gates…predicted that women in Africa and Asia would soon be ”voting with their feet”, as women in the West had done, and would ignore the church ban on artificial birth control.
Mrs Gates…said since she announced her new direction a few weeks ago she had been inundated with messages of support from Catholic women, including nuns. ”A church is made up of its members, and one of the things this campaign might do is help women speak out. I’ve had thousands of women come on to websites and say ‘I’m a Catholic, but I believe in contraception’. It’s going to be women voting with their feet.”…
She admitted she had agonised over whether to speak out in defiance of the church hierarchy.
She said: ”Of course I wrestled with this. As a Catholic I believe in this religion, there are amazing things about this religion, amazing moral teachings that I do believe in. But I also have to think about how we keep women alive.”
The only amazing thing about the Catholic religion is how an intelligent, well-informed person like Gates can possibly go on believing in it.