At another point in the interview, Gates opines, “…I think what this pope sees is that if we are going to lift people out of poverty, you have to do the right thing for women.” By “right thing”, she, of course, means giving and promoting artificial contraception to women in poverty. How does Gates gauge whether a certain thing or activity is “right” or not?Recently in the news, we have an example of a dissenting Catholic in Melinda Gates, who was baptized Catholic as a child and is the wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates.Gates is very well known for promoting artificial contraception both in the United States and abroad, especially in poorer countries.Sadly, many of our brothers and sisters have either not been properly catechized, have become lukewarm to the faith, or have completely lapsed from the faith yet may still make a claim to a sort of Catholic identity.In all three cases, there is a common thread: the opinions of the secular world creep in and replace the Catholic worldview to which these people, at one time, purported to adhere.Mindful of Christ’s words to his apostles: “He who hears you, hears me”, the faithful receive with docility the teachings and directives that their pastors give them in different forms. “By this appreciation of the faith, aroused and sustained by the Spirit of truth, the People of God, guided by the sacred teaching authority (Magisterium), … If the Church is wrong about any of its teachings, even just one, this is tantamount to admitting that Jesus is a false god, because He allowed the Church He founded to teach error.This brings up a pressing question: are dissenting Catholics ready to admit this?
That is the logical conclusion dissenting Catholics must face when their opinions come under scrutiny.We call this authority the Magisterium of the Church. The People unfailingly adheres to this faith, penetrates it more deeply with right judgment, and applies it more fully in daily life.” Large numbers of Catholics worldwide ignore the Magisterium on a variety of subjects.Before we continue, it’s necessary that we understand exactly what this Magisterium is. [T]his Magisterium is not superior to the Word of God, but is its servant. At the divine command and with the help of the Holy Spirit, it listens to this devotedly, guards it with dedication and expounds it faithfully. Since they ignore and dissent from this “sacred teaching authority”, they are faced with a dilemma.In this case, either Gates is wrong, or Christ in His Church is wrong.
And if it’s the latter, all those who profess to be Catholic have quite the dilemma.
Does she believe that the Church can make an accurate pronouncement on the morality or sinfulness of a certain action?