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Doubling Down – Dallas Ursuline nuns defend Gates’ contraception campaign May 10, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, religious, sadness, sickness, Society.

And Gates describes them as “incredibly progressive,” which I know will shock most readers.  A note to parents, some photos below of Ursuline girls may be scandalous:

A group of Ursuline nuns whom billionaire Melinda Gates had claimed in a recent speech supports her campaign to inject tens of millions of women in impoverished countries with Depo-Provera and other contraceptive drugs, has issued a statement defending Gates and the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, while simultaneously claiming to support Catholic moral teaching.

Gates recently told Newsweek that the nuns at the Ursuline Academy of Dallas, where she once attended school, were delighted to hear about her plans to initiate a global contraceptive campaign and contacted her to tell her: “We’re all for you. We know this is a difficult issue to speak on, but we absolutely believe that you’re living under Catholic values.” [Then, these sisters – not nuns – have a faulty, even apostate understanding of “Catholic values.”]

Nothing says Catholic like showing some leg

“It was just so heartening,” Gates said of the phone call, which she says the Ursuline nuns made to her hotel room in Berlin, where she had just announced her intentions at a TEDxChange conference in early April.

In a statement on the matter issued yesterday to “employees, parents, students, alumnae, and other members of our school community” and obtained by LifeSiteNews.com, [Ursuline] Academy President Margaret Ann Moser says that the nuns are “proud of Melinda French Gates, her dedication to social justice, her compassion for the underserved, and the great work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.” [Work that includes things completely antithetical to the Faith, such as the widest possible distribution of contraception. I should also note the truly demonic plan to formulate chemical contraception cocktails into vaccines, to be issued even without people’s knowledge, but Bill and the very Catholic Melinda Gates know what is best for you. I must wonder if the “new contraceptive technologies” Gates mentioned in the post I did yesterday could include these new vaccines. Imagine being given the choice – you can vaccinate your child against measles, mumps, etc, but it will make them sterile.  Forced sterilization has occurred to millions of women in the Third World, often with US funding.  Of course, chemical contraception also frequently induces abortion]

Moser – the spittin’ image of a nun!

Melinda Gates leads from her conscience, and acts on her beliefs as a concerned citizen of our world,” adds Moser, explaining, “The mission of Ursuline Academy of Dallas is to educate young women for such leadership.” [that is a pretty strong endorsement. She is basically saying that we think what she is doing is great, and find nothing to criticize.  I am certain she is held up as a role model for the girls at Ursuline – Moser just endorsed her.  What kind of Catholic Faith will the present generation of girls at Ursuline then develop?  A false faith, a faith that rejects core beliefs, like Gates?  It’s a virtual certainty that most will]

While claiming that “Ursuline is committed to the moral and doctrinal teachings of the Catholic Church” and recognizing that “Melinda’s beliefs on birth control are different from those of the Catholic Church,” the sisters nonetheless say they “respect her right” to “speak from her research and experience of the world we live in.” [Well, then you are liars, and you aren’t committed to the Dogma of the Faith regarding contraception and abortion.  You cannot issue statements supportive of a person pursuing an agenda antithetical to the Faith, and then turn around and say you support that Faith.  It’s a lie.  Shame on these twisted sisters]

The nuns do not address Gates’ claim that they endorsed her contraceptive campaign. [Of course they don’t. They either don’t believe what the Church believes, or they don’t want to offend a huge donor, or likely both] Spokeswoman for the Ursuline Academy of Dallas told LifeSiteNews.com that “Ursuline Academy is not participating in interviews or other discussion of Ms. Gates’ remarks or the statement. The attached statement is the extent of Ursuline’s comment at this time.”….[What cowards…….]

Ursuline drill team.
Appropriate for little Catholic girls?

…When an interviewer at the Berlin TEDxChange conference asked Gates if the Ursuline nuns “are going to be horrified, or are they cheering you on?” regarding her campaign, Gates responded: “Well, I know they’re going see the TED Talk, because they know that I’m doing it, and I plan to send it to them. And, you know, the nuns who taught me were incredibly progressive.[of all the things a nun should be, progressive is about the very last]

I suggest you contact the Diocese about this.  This is simply unacceptable.  Catholics have the right to know that their children are being taught the Faith in the Catholic schools Bishop Farrell has made such a priority. I think we have dump trucks full of evidence that they don’t, that the progressivism, as Gates says, is deeply ingrained, and that the Faith is constantly repudiated or trivialized.

You can contact the following folks about this:

Vicar General, Greg Kelly: gkelly@cathdal.org 214-379-2826

Elsa Espinoza, Secretary to Bishop Farrell: eespinoz@cathdal.org  214-379-2816

Mary Edlund   Chancellor, Dallas Diocese   chancellor@cathdal.org 214-379-2819 [Don’t expect much sympathy, here!]

I thought seriously about doing something very stupid here, but stopped myself at the last minute.  I am too dumb to know certain things!

I love this review of Ursuline on Judy’s Book.  I think it says it all:

Ursuline is a great girls school. It is nominally Catholic, but don’t let that hold you back if you don’t happen to be part of the Catholic Church. You can still send your child there are there will be no problem. The environment can be a little cut-throat with all those girls competing to be the best, but it is still a good place to be. [Nothing says “Catholic school” to me like some good ol’ cutthroat competition. It actually sounds like a very WASPy (I can say that, I am one) prep school, dudn’t it?  Kidding aside, this place sounds like the apotheosis of the problems in “Catholic” education since the Council – secular, materialist, and devoid of the Faith] The teachers and classes are very very good and the extracirriculars are good. Classmates often stay friends for a long time

h/t reader Janet!


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2. Annie Fitzsimmons - May 14, 2012

As the mother of four daughters who have either graduated, attend, or will attend Ursuline Academy, I am compelled to say that while I certainly agree with you 100% about your assessment of the Uruslines and Mrs. Gates, a couple of your comments strike me as simply mean-spirited. There is nothing wrong with that picture of a group of girls admiring their new saddle shoes. It is innocent, why print a comment that suggests otherwise? And the comment about the drill team, seriously, what inspired that remark? Those girls are someone’s daughters, be kind-hearted when you refer to them. The school is not completely devoid of faith, there are teachers and students who lead holy lives at Ursuline. Who live for Christ and love the Church. The school chaplain, a conservative priest, is forming the souls of the students properly. On one retreat, he spent nine hours hearing confessions. Several theology teachers are Benedictine graduates. And there is more. Pointless criticism doesn’t help our cause. Please just stick to the facts, they speak for themselves. I hope that you have spent as much time praying for the nuns, the school, and Mrs. Gates as you have in blogging about them. Prayer changes things and offers solutions that we might overlook otherwise. You are in my prayers. Thank you.

tantamergo - May 14, 2012

I’m glad you agree on some points. Modesty is an issue that has been tragically ignored for years in the Church. Modest dress is almost totally ignored. The drill team outfits – and even more many of the routines – are inappropriate for anyone. So are short “school-girl” skirts whose revealing nature is so great that there is an entire fetish industry and porn market designed around them. I’m not certain why pointing out the immodest nature of this attire is so beyond the pale. Yes, my comments were snarky but they had a point – the problems at many Catholic schools are endemic and are present at almost every level, from what some may consider to be small details like dress to overarching tendencies to reject what the Church believes.

We do not know what we have lost, as Catholics. Would a St. Therese have ever worn a short school-girl dress? Would she be on a drill team doing high kick routines? We as parents have to raise up our children to be saints! I think so many of these “small details” reveal a worldly attitude and focus that is bereft of so many virtues. We don’t know what we used to know. We don’t know how many people we’ve lost because of “compromises” that have been made with the prevailing, very fallen, culture. What is now commonly accepted as routine would once have caused great scandal. The eternal standards have not changed. We have.

I am grateful to you for your prayers. You have no idea how much I need them.

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5. Annie Fitzsimmons - May 15, 2012

It is best to be charitable and refrain from judging girls who you don’t know. Nor is it efficacious to extol the virtues of a bygone era, though it is tempting to view our broken, toxic culture through the lens of better days. Really, the truth does not need comparisions from times gone by, it stands on its own, crystal clear and beautiful for all to see. I do understand your heart on the matter. We should ask ourselves how the saints would respond, how to go about making a real change. Let’s keep praying about this.

tantamergo - May 15, 2012

Dear Lord, we have to make judgments all the time. I’m not judging the state of their souls, or implying God is going to punish them for some sin (the kinds of judgment Christ forbade us to make), I’m simply stating that, to my mind, high school age girls shouldn’t dress so revealingly. To some degree, it’s not the girl’s fault, the school specifies the uniform (both school and drill team), but I guess they could refuse to participate, at least in the drill team, because of the outfit. But, on the other hand, I see the 8th grade girls at St. Mark letting still wearing their 6th grade skirt and it’s about 6″ or more above the knee. That’s immodest – the Church used to have actual guidelines for modest dress, and 6″ above the knee was well outside those. But mostly shame on the school for failing to enforce those guidelines. And that was the point of my comments – it’s really the school’s responsibility to enforce its dress code and insist on modesty. So much of the failure in Catholic schools is a failure of discipline – doctrinal discipline, moral discipline, and even details like dress codes.
I am guessing I hit a nerve. It’s never my intent to offend, but I’ve got to speak as I feel called to do.

God bless you!

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