One solution to poverty: contracept it out of existence!
The article is an entirely laudatory piece about one of the richest women in the world's work in undermining the family and promoting sterility in African countries in particular (presumably poor Africans don't buy many computers, so aren't a market worth encouraging).
Mrs Gates' promoting contraception for these women in contravention to Church teaching. So the first question is, just why does this rate being reported on Cath News Perspectives?
Worse, instead of investing in changing attitudes and behaviours, she is doing it by supporting three monthly injections of depo-provera, so that husbands don't know that their wives are contracepting.
She is promoting a contraceptive approach, moreover, that has some major health risks and side effects associated with it.
And the liberal cheer squad is out in force...
Worse, of the five comments by Cath News posters so far (Saturday am), only one in support of actual Church teaching.
Instead we get to read nonsense like:
"These women have such incredibly difficult lives, it is so unfair for Church hierarchy, who live in luxury and safety, to make decisions for them."
Why Africans are poor....
Rather than lauding the work of Mrs Gates, perhaps we should be questioning instead how any one person, viz her husband, could accumulate an estimated $US 61 billion by way of net worth in 2012.
It is surely a grave indictment on our economic system.
And it means his empire is actually worth more than the annual GDP of 45 of Africa's 52 nations.
That kind of money actually invested in productive infrastructure could go a long way to solving the real causes of poverty in Africa.
But hey, I guess hers is a more permanent solution to the problem...