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Melinda Gates is in the mission of saving millions of lives in this world while Benedict XVI's mission is to condemn people's lives to Hell if they do not "Pray, Pay, Obey" blindly the Vatican. Benedict XVI as the totalitarian ruler imposes his Vatican dogmas and doctrines and condemns all non-baptised Catholics to the fires of Hell and excommunicate Catholics who disagree with Vatican Laws and he silences priests who openly criticise the Pope or Vatican out-of-touch-with-reality laws http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2012/04/hypocrite-benedict-silenced-outspoken.html .
The Vatican did nothing to save the most vulnerable children in the 20th century who were victims of the JP2 Army-John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army named aptly after the longest reigning papacy who said and did nothing to stop this most heinous crimes against children but is now being rewarded as the fastest tracking saint and biggest Opus Dei Golden Cow, his statues worldwide here http://stella0maris.blogspot.ca/
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http://youtu.be/aQzg8JUd6I8 Melinda Gates interview : she's giving millions of free contraceptives to 200 million of women thus saving their lives adn this will be her lifetime work. Dare Benedict XVI excommunicate her?
July 27, 2012
Vatican Titanic hit by Melinda Gates iceberg in London! Vatican sinking in moral bankruptcy. Melinda Gates saves millions of women while Benedict XVI wallows in luxury.
There was a time when the Vatican and or the Pope were the “moral authority” in the world and people feared of going to Hell if they disobeyed them but now that “moral voice” is gone because John Paul II (together with Cardinal Ratzinger) for 27 years with his longest papacy failed to speak that Vatican moral voice and failed to act morally to protect children from the most heinous crimes of the 20th century committed by the JP2 Army – John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army named aptly after the pope who covered up these thousands of pedophile priests.
The Urbi et Orbi annual Christmas messages have become Pied Pipers messages, read more here, http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2011/12/pope-rides-high-horse-with-christmas.html that powerful politicians and powerful secular women today now defy openly and they couldn’t care less about the Heaven or Hell judgement made by self-proclaimed “infallible”
The moral authority of the Vatican Titanic is sinking before the world stage to see as it is being hit by the biggest icebergs possible. In New York, Governor Cuomo successfully defied Cardinal Dolan and Catholic lobbyists against homosexual marriage by passing the bill allowing gay marriages, read about it here http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2011/07/vatican-titanic-ship-hits-icebergs-in.html
The Eucharist, the Rosaries and the theological writings of John Paul II the Great failed to address this most heinous crimes against children in the latter half of the 20th century and under his watch and he has become a mere Golden Opus Dei Cow. If the Vatican Titanic is offering salvation through the Eucharist or the Rosaries or the saints, it is sinking as fast as Melinda Gates is distributing free condoms and free contraceptives to millions of women worldwide. Yes, Melinda Gates is saving lives of more than 200 million of women while Benedict XVI lives in luxury with his homosexual few hundred population in the smallest country of the Vatican, read the UN must end the Vatican as a nation here http://popecrimes.blogspot.ca/2012/07/why-vatican-must-end-as-country-vatican.html , watch her video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQzg8JUd6I8&feature=youtube_gdata or http://friendfeed.com/theguardian/e85cfd4b/melinda-gates-interview?embed=1
Melinda Gates hits out at 'war on women' on eve of summit
Added: Sunday, 08 July 2012 at 10:14 AM
Campaigners have attacked a "war on women" being waged by religious organisations before an international summit on family planning to be held in London this week.
The conference, co-hosted by the Department for International Development (Dfid) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, plans to raise money and awareness to bring contraception to millions of women and girls in the developing world.
This weekend Melinda French Gates, the wife of the Microsoft founder and one of the world's richest women, tried to deflect controversy around the summit. In an interview to be broadcast on CNN on Sunday, she said giving women better access to contraception had become her lifetime's work.
Gates, who is a practising Catholic, has been targeted by religious groups, which have described her mission as a "blatant attack on morality" and an elitist effort at population control.
In response Gates said the lack of family planning available to 210 million women was "a crime". She added: "We made birth control and contraceptives way too political in the US. I think if people understood that 200 million women want this around the world they would start to say, 'OK that makes sense.'"
Her view is backed by Andrew Mitchell, the minister for international development, who told the Observer that no attention should be paid to "noises off" in setting a new agenda. "We have to focus on what we know there is widespread support for," he said. "It may be an edgy agenda, but we are very clear that what we are seeking to do is to reduce by half the number of poor women who want contraception but can't get it. We're trying to ensure that women have the opportunity to decide for themselves.
"We know it makes economic sense and, if we are successful, it would mean 100 million fewer unintended pregnancies, 200,000 lives saved, 50 million abortions averted," he said.
The London summit, which takes place on Wednesday, will kick off the Gates Foundation's official campaign – Gates wants to raise $4bn worldwide.
There is a strong consensus to suggest that with access to voluntary family planning, poverty declines, education rates rise, the health of women and children improves and the numbers of women who die in childbirth and children who die under the age of five falls.
Yet despite decades of campaigning, family planning became so politicised it fell off the agenda, becoming the "step-child of development", said Neil Datta, co-ordinator of the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development. He said three new anti-abortion groups had opened offices in Brussels in the past three years.
"The anti-choice websites are springing up too," he said. "There is without doubt a war against women and women's rights. But people who are against family planning also tend to be largely against any type of sexual relationship not within a heterosexual marriage which exists to produce a child."
Welcoming the summit, the sexual health charity Interact Worldwide said demand had to be created as well as supply. "For the summit to achieve any of its goals it must balance the supplies of commodities with resources for creating demand," said its chief executive, Marie Staunton, adding that a stigma was firmly attached to contraception.
Interact's research in the Indian state of West Bengal found that information, access to media and peer-to-peer discussions were vital to increasing contraception use. "It's a good start," said Staunton, "but for it to be transformative, we need to keep coming back to women's rights. These aren't abstract – they're tangible."
Anti-abortion campaigners in the US have seized on comments by a Harvard professor, Lant Pritchett, who attacked Gates for counting women who have not expressed a desire for contraception as needing it.
However, the experience of people on the ground is that, once women are offered education about contraception, it is welcomed. "There is a lot of ignorance," said Faustina Fynn-Nyame, country director of Marie Stopes International in Ghana. "Women think, for example, that an implant or coil will stab them. Once they see other women are fine, then they want to control their families. It empowers them to choose."
She said that she and her staff went home each night "completely exhausted… because we are fighting a battle on the ground here. It's a war against women, and not one we feel we are winning.
"This is an issue that we have ignored for far too long and every day women are dying and having children they struggle to feed and cannot send to school because they have too many. But they cannot choose how many they have. They deserve the right that women in the west take for granted," she said.
Campaigners are keen to make sure donors understand that family planning means shipments of pills as well as education. "Pregnancy-related deaths are the leading cause of mortality for 15- to-19-year-old girls, and those who give birth aged under 15 are five times more likely to die than women aged over 20. For this, and other reasons, family planning is important, but it's not as simple as ensuring contraception is available," said Anna Feuchtwang, chief executive of international development charity EveryChild.
"It has been reported that leaders at Rio+20 dismissed reproductive rights as a 'health issue', so this summit comes at a crucial time. Dfid and the Gates Foundation should be congratulated. We need to enable women and children to take charge of their lives, make positive decisions and keep families together."
Benedict XVI Titanic Ship hit by Galileo Iceberg! http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2008/01/benedict-xvi-titanic-ship-hit-by.html
John Paul II Titanic Ship hit not only by American iceberg of priest pedophilia, also Irish iceberg, German iceberg, Austrian...Canadian icebergs.... http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2010/03/john-paul-ii-titanic-ship-hit-not-only.html
Benedict XVI rejected by Rome's Sapienza University students and professors http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2008/01/benedict-xvi-rejected-by-romes-sapienza.html
This is an article that explains why the Church continues to fool people especially Catholics up to this day inspite of all the papal and Vatican evils.
It survived the tempestuous challenge of Martin Luther and the Reformation. Its expertise in conducting immense and long-standing wars is simply mind-boggling. The Crusades are just one example. It emerged unscathed from the second world war thanks to the notorious neutrality it maintained with the two horrendous dictators: Hitler and Mussolini. In fact, few remember today that the papal state of
The point is, the Church is a tough nut to crack. It remains doubtful if it can be reformed even if the Pope were inclined to try. Because, its empire is today flung far across continents, nations, cultures and civilisations, and there are the machinations of countless vested interests at work. The Pope might be able to ensure that the cardinal principles of faith remain uniform and sacrosanct. But even that is not easy. For instance, saints deposed by the
Like all religious hierarchies that have gained influence in the modern world, the Catholic church too, by and large, keeps word and deed apart. By word, I mean the word of Jesus, which is the bedrock of the Church. Perhaps it isn’t possible at all to make the two one if you wish to obtain and retain great power and great wealth. For who can live today the beggarly life that Jesus lived and expect to be taken seriously by presidents and prime ministers?
The Church is as worldly an institution as—a comparison to aid clarity—the United States of America, holding monopoly over an unbeatable brandname: Jesus. The J-brand, sedulously built up over 2,000 years, is so powerful that the blatant aberrations of the Church go unnoticed under its overpowering spiritual glamour. Without its charisma, the Church would collapse like a house of cards. Therefore, the last thing the Church wants is to let people find the real Jesus: a poor, wandering dreamer and revolutionary who just lost out.
But somewhere in the glitzy interior of this behemoth, Jesus’s civilising messages—love and mercy, for example—continue to survive in their many guises. That is how the Church continues to be able to legitimise its materialistic goals. It’s a simple question: if you are poor, can you help others? The answer is, no. You need to be wealthy to be charitable, to build educational institutions, hospitals, orphanages, old people’s homes. Not to mention, the churches, seminaries, convents, pilgrim-centres and so on.
But there comes a point, as with the church in Kerala, when the goal of profit-making overrides all else, as happens with any heartless business empire. And the spiritual message becomes just a gaudy, conspicuous robe to cover the currency bundles. But luck is with the Church. Because the faithful don’t see this as a problem. The more the glitter and the pomp, the better. For them, the church is more status symbol than spiritual center. Without the splendour of the rituals and ceremonies, their weddings and funerals will turn into shabby, boring affairs. The Church for them is a grand event-producer.
The Church can be reformed only from the inside because it is a closed and closely guarded system—and afforded further protection by its minority status under the Indian Constitution. The Church’s most consistent critic in Kerala, Joseph Pulikunnel, calls for all church assets—thought to be worth a few billions—to be transferred to the laity. But his is a utopian dream. For, the laity are no saints. They are, on the other hand, congenital sinners! And they have more use for money than the priests!