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Does LifeSiteNews influence the world’s most powerful people? CNN thinks so.

On Friday the huge international news outlet reported on the fact that Melinda Gates – a self-professed “Catholic” – has been receiving criticism after announcing that she is spending billions of dollars promoting population control in the third world.

“Responding to simmering controversy among Catholic bloggers about her new birth control program, Melinda Gates—a practicing Catholic—said she will not shrink from her role as an advocate for poor women,” CNN reported.

And then, two paragraphs later, CNN singled out one website in particular as the source of these criticisms – criticisms that have provoked Gates to go the circuit of the mainstream media defending her actions.

Can you guess which website it was?

“One blog in particular, LifeSiteNews.com,” CNN reported, “has frequently published diatribes against Gates, calling into question her faith, and calling her plan a ‘blatant attack on Catholic sexual morality.”

Aside from their intentional or not error of calling LifeSiteNews a “blog”, I don’t know what CNN considers a diatribe. If calmly pointing out that population control harms rather than helps women in the third world, and that it also happens to go against clear Catholic teaching, is a “diatribe” – then I guess we’re guilty as charged!

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world. You’d think with all those billions of dollars and all their power and influence it would be well nigh impossible to prick their consciences when they go off the beaten track.

But evidently LifeSiteNews’ reporting is being heard, even by the Gates family.

Of course, it’s worth pointing out that the Gates have also done much good work with their money.  They’ve provided medicine and other real necessities to the sick and impoverished. We fully support them in these life-giving endeavors.

However, at the same time, a huge amount of their cash is aimed at population control measures – although they don’t like calling it that: in fact they flat out deny it. 

But, as the saying goes, ‘follow the money.’  Right now they are rolling out the largest-ever expansion of population control, with a $4 billion contraception campaign directed at limiting the fertility of 120 million women in the third world.

When you consider that Melinda Gates publicly proclaims herself to be ‘Catholic’ and claims that what she is doing is just fine according to her faith, you can see just how big a problem this new initiative of hers is.

Now, in a sane world, trying to getting rid of the poor by forcing on them something they don’t want – contraception - rather than helping them by providing them with things they actually need – food, health care, education – would be seen for what it is: condescending and harmful.  In the same way, in better times a billionaire who called herself a Catholic while pushing contraception on an unheard of scale would be downright laughable.

Unfortunately, however, the mainstream media not only fully supports Gates’ campaign, but, even worse, religious leaders seem to either outright support her, or to be averse to the idea of correcting wayward Catholics like her in the public eye.

After all, this is the age in which public figures like Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius, who frequently attack the Catholic Church and its teaching on things like abortion and gay “marriage,” are allowed to call themselves “Catholic,” and are rarely called to account for it. In fact, you might remember that we reported that the Ursuline nuns who educated Melinda Gates have issued a statement expressing their enthusiastic support for her birth control program!

That’s why it is often left to LifeSiteNews to do the ‘dirty work’ of simply reporting the uncomfortable facts that no one else will report. 

It’s not easy work. But somebody’s got to do it.

Will you assist us in this work, which is often thankless and even results in venom and hatred being thrown at us?

This is the case even though we always do what we do out of love - caritas. The truth is, we care enough about Melinda Gates to warn her that what she’s doing with her money is often hurting rather than helping women - and it’s hurting her soul too.

When no one else will speak the truth, know that LifeSiteNews will stand up and be your voice in these times. And know that LifeSiteNews – your voice - is being heard in the highest echelons of power and influence, and in the mainstream media.

Help us continue to be that voice. Please donate as much as you can today
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Steve Jalsevac
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Pressure mounts as Catholic Relief Services fails to act on VP in gay ‘marriage’

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Rick Estridge, Catholic Relief Services' Vice President of Overseas Finance, is in a same-sex "marriage," public records show. Twitter

BALTIMORE, MD, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Nearly a week after news broke that a Catholic Relief Services vice president had contracted a homosexual “marriage” while also publicly promoting homosexuality on social media in conflict with Church teaching, the US Bishops international relief agency has taken no apparent steps to address the matter and is also not talking.

CRS Vice President of Overseas Finance Rick Estridge entered into a homosexual “marriage” in Maryland the same month in 2013 that he was promoted by CRS to vice president, public records show.

Despite repeated efforts at a response, CRS has not acknowledged LifeSiteNews’ inquiries during the week. And the agency told ChurchMilitant.com Thursday that no action had been taken beyond discussion of the situation and CRS would have no further comment.

"Nothing has changed,” CRS Senior Manager for Communications Tom said. “No further statement will be made."

LifeSiteNews first contacted CRS for a response prior to the April 20 release of the report and did not receive a reply, however Estridge’s Facebook and LinkeIn profiles were then removed just prior to the report’s release.

CRS also did not acknowledge LifeSiteNews’ follow-up inquiry later in the week.

“Having an executive who publicly celebrates a moral abomination shows the ineffectiveness of CRS' Catholic identity training,” Lepanto Institute President Michael Hichborn told LifeSiteNews. “How many others who hate Catholic moral teaching work at CRS?”

CRS did admit it was aware Estridge was in a “same-sex civil marriage” to Catholic News Agency (CNA) Monday afternoon, and confirmed he was VP of Overseas Finance and had been with CRS for 16 years.

“At this point we are in deliberations on this matter,” Price told CNA that day.

ChurchMilitant.com also reported that according to its sources, it was a well-known fact at CRS headquarters in Baltimore that Estridge was in a homosexual “marriage.” 

“There is no way CRS didn't know one of its executives entered into a mock-marriage until we broke the story,” Hichborn said. “The implication is clear; CRS top brass had no problem with having an executive so deliberately flouting Catholic moral teaching.”

“The big question is,” Hichborn continued, “what other morally repugnant matters is CRS comfortable with?”

While the wait continues for the Bishops’ relief organization to address the matter, those behind the report and other critics of prior instances of CRS involvement in programs and groups that violate Church principles continue to call for a thorough and independent review of the agency programs and personnel.

“How long should it take to call an employee into your office, tell him that his behavior is incompatible with the mission of the organization, and ask for his resignation?” asked Population Research Institute President Steven Mosher. “About thirty minutes, I would say.”

“The Catholic identity of CRS is at stake,” Hichborn stated. “If CRS does nothing, then there is no way faithful Catholics can trust the integrity of CRS's programs or desire to make its Catholicity preeminent.” 

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- At noon on Saturday, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and dozens of cosponsors, coalition partners, and speakers will launch the third annual March for Marriage. Thousands of people are expected to take place in this important event to show the support real marriage has among the American people.

As the sole media sponsor of the March, LifeSiteNews is proud to exclusively livestream the March. Click here to see the rally at noon Eastern Time near the U.S. Capitol, and the March to the Supreme Court at 1:00 Eastern Time.

And don't forget to pray that God's Will is done on Tuesday, when the Supreme Court hears arguments about marriage!

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Hillary Clinton: ‘Religious beliefs’ against abortion ‘have to be changed’

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NEW YORK CITY, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking to an influential gathering in New York City on Thursday, Hillary Clinton declared that “religious beliefs” that condemn "reproductive rights," “have to be changed.”

“Yes, we've cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health,” Hillary told the Women in the World Summit yesterday.

Liberal politicians use “reproductive health” as a blanket term that includes abortion. However, Hillary's reference echoes National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill's op-ed from last May that called abortion “an essential measure to prevent the heartbreak of infant mortality.”

The Democratic presidential hopeful added that governments should throw the power of state coercion behind the effort to redefine traditional religious dogmas.

“Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources, and political will,” she said. “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.”

The line received rousing applause at the feminist conference, hosted in Manhattan's Lincoln Center by Tina Brown.

She also cited religious-based objections to the HHS mandate, funding Planned Parenthood, and the homosexual and transgender agenda as obstacles that the government must defeat.

“America moves ahead when all women are guaranteed the right to make their own health care choices, not when those choices are taken away by an employer like Hobby Lobby,” she said. The Supreme Court ruled last year that closely held corporations had the right to opt out of the provision of ObamaCare requiring them to provide abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization to employees with no co-pay – a mandate that violates the teachings of the Catholic Church and other Christian bodies.

Clinton lamented that “there are those who offer themselves as leaders...who would defund the country's leading provider of family planning,” Planned Parenthood, “and want to let health insurance companies once again charge women just because of our gender.”

“We move forward when gay and transgender women are embraced...not fired from good jobs because of who they love or who they are,” she added.

It is not the first time the former first lady had said that liberal social policies should displace religious views. In a December 2011 speech in Geneva, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said perhaps the “most challenging issue arises when people cite religious or cultural values as a reason to violate or not to protect the human rights of LGBT citizens.” These objections, she said, are “not unlike the justification offered for violent practices towards women like honor killings, widow burning, or female genital mutilation.”

While opinions on homosexuality are “still evolving,” in time “we came to learn that no [religious] practice or tradition trumps the human rights that belong to all of us.”

Her views, if outside the American political mainstream, have been supported by the United Nations. The UN Population Fund stated in its 2012 annual report that religious objections to abortion-inducing drugs had to be overcome. According to the UNFPA report, “‘duty-bearers’ (governments and others)” have a responsibility to assure that all forms of contraception – including sterilization and abortion-inducing ‘emergency contraception’ – are viewed as acceptable – “But if they are not acceptable for cultural, religious or other reasons, they will not be used.”

Two years later, the United Nations' Committee on the Rights of the Child instructed the Vatican last February that the Catholic Church should amend canon law “relating to abortion with a view to identifying circumstances under which access to abortion services may be permitted.”

At Thursday's speech, Hillary called the legal, state-enforced implementation of feminist politics “the great unfinished business of the 21st century,” which must be accomplished “not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.”

“These are not just women's fights. These have to be America's fights and the world's fights,” she said. “There's still much to be done in our own country, much more to be done around the world, but I'm confident and optimistic that if we get to work, we will get it done together.”

American critics called Clinton's suggestion that a nation founded upon freedom of religion begin using state force to change religious practices unprecedented.

“Never before have we seen a presidential candidate be this bold about directly confronting the Catholic Church's teachings on abortion,” said Bill Donohue of the Catholic League.

“In one sense, this shows just how extreme the pro-abortion caucus actually is,” Ed Morrissey writes at HotAir.com. “Running for president on the basis of promising to use the power of government to change 'deep seated cultural codes [and] religious beliefs' might be the most honest progressive slogan in history.”

He hoped that, now that she had called for governments to change religious doctrines, “voters will now see the real Hillary Clinton, the one who dismisses their faith just the same as Obama did, and this time publicly rather than in a private fundraiser.”

Donohue asked Hillary “to take the next step and tell us exactly what she plans to do about delivering on her pledge. Not only would practicing Catholics like to know, so would Evangelicals, Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and all those who value life from conception to natural death.”

You may watch Hillary's speech below.

Her comments on religion begin at approximately 9:00. 

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