According to an article published in the Daily Mail website, Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has spoken about the tensions between her faith background as a practicing Roman Catholic, and her work for the Foundation, which includes discussing contraception with poor women in Africa.

Asked if the teaching of the Catholic Church on this issue and her own commitment to family planning made this aspect of her work difficult, Gates replied with a simple: "Yes".

According to the article, while Gates' faith is a significant part of what drives her to do her work for the Foundation, nonetheless, there are times when her commitment to Catholicism and the Foundation co-reside in uneasy tension.  Gates, however, says there are two things which help her mediate this tension: a quote from the Gospel according to Luke ('For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.’) and what gates calls 'the voluminous Catholic literature on God’s commitment to the poor'.

The full story can be read here.
 


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