Mother Teresa……saint (or sinner)

Pope Francis has paved the way for Mother Teresa, the Nobel Prize winning Catholic missionary, to become a saint, according to a new report. Avvenire, an Italian Catholic daily newspaper, reported that the Pope had credited the late Mother Teresa on Thursday with performing a second miracle—the curing of a Brazilian man of a deadly brain disease after members of the man’s family prayed to Teresa, according to Reuters.


Pope Francis attributed the second miracle to intercession with God, according to the paper, which Reuters reports is required for canonization. Francis is likely to hold a canonization ceremony for Teresa in September, Avvenire reports.

Mother Teresa had previously been beatified in 2003 by Pope John Paul II for performing one miracle; a recognition of one’s entrance into heaven that proceeds sainthood. Two miracles are a requirement for canonization. The Vatican has not confirmed the miracle’s recognition and has no comment on the report. According to Catholic America magazine the Church will likely announce the second miracle in the coming days.


Until the 1990s, Mother Teresa’s activities were treated in the mass media with relatively little criticism. This tendency in reporting is generally believed to be the result of a trend started by BBC reporter Malcolm Muggeridge, who portrayed Agnes Bojaxhiu as a modern day saint in his TV documentary “Something Beautiful for God” and best-selling book of the same title (this is the same man who attacked Monty Pythons “Life of Brian” as blasphemy without ever having seen the film).

The strongest attack against her came in 1994, when Christopher Hitchens and Tariq Ali wrote the scathing Channel 4 documentary Hell’s Angel. The next year, Hitchens published The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, a 100-page pamphlet which repeats many of the accusations in the documentary.

Hitchens views Teresa’s organisation as a cult, which promotes suffering and does not help those in need. He states that the impression the general public has about Mother Teresa’s work is the opposite of reality, and that this is more the fault of the mass media than of Teresa herself. In his view, the idea that someone, somewhere is helping the poor of the world appealed to western viewers and quieted their conscience.

Hitchens cites Teresa’s own words on poverty as evidence that her intention was never to help people. {…}

“Mother Teresa, what do you hope to accomplish here?”

“The joy of loving and being loved.”

“That takes a lot of money, doesn’t it?”

“It takes a lot of sacrifice.”

“Do you teach the poor to endure their lot?”

“I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people.”

Hitchens states that Teresa was always perfectly honest that her goal was not to heal people, but to help them in their endurance of suffering….


Watch Hitchens in this short video explain why he considers Mother Teresa a charlatan and anti- women.

Mother Teresa may be synonymous with selflessness, but according to a team of Canadian researchers, the Catholic nun was “anything but a saint,” the Times of India reports. In a study to be published this month in Religieuses, a French-language journal of studies in religion and sciences, they suggest the nun’s approach to caring for the sick was to glorify human suffering instead of relieving it. Mother Teresa was lavish with her prayers, but penny-pinching with the wealth amassed by her foundation, according to Serge Larivée and Genevieve Chenard from the University of Montreal’s department of psychoeducation, and Carole Sénéchal of the University of Ottawa’s faculty of education.

The beatification of Mother Teresa, which the Vatican completed in October, 2003, is the last step before sainthood. But according to Larivée and colleagues, the Vatican turned a blind eye to Mother Teresa’s “rather dubious way of caring for the sick, her questionable political contacts, her suspicious management of the enormous sums of money she received, and her overly dogmatic views regarding … abortion, contraception and divorce.”

Mother Teresa believed the sick must suffer like Christ on the cross they suggest.

“There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion. The world gains much from their suffering,” the journalist Christopher Hitchens reported her as saying. (Hitchens referred to her as fanaticiat, a fundamentalist and a fraud)

The study authors note that doctors visiting many of the 517 “homes for the dying” run by Mother Teresa observed unhygienic conditions and a shortage of actual care, food and painkillers. Lack of funds was no explanation, since Mother Teresa’s order of the Missionaries of Charity had raised hundreds of millions in aid money. When the nun herself was in need of medical treatment, “she received it in a modern American hospital,” they point out.

According to Larivée and colleagues, Mother Teresa’s image of altruism is a myth. Even so, he acknowledges the power of her extraordinary reputation.

“It is likely that she has inspired many humanitarian workers whose actions have truly relieved the suffering of the destitute and addressed the causes of poverty and isolation,” he said. “Nevertheless, the media coverage of Mother Teresa could have been a little more rigorous.”

So, the more one examines the background and approach of Mother Teresa the more questionable the idea of sainthood becomes.

And for those who really wish to see Hitchens in full flow against the “saintly Mother Teresa” with a devastating critique of her attitude, beliefs and actions may I suggest you invest 30 minutes of your time watching the above video.

Sorces: Time Magazine, The Globe and Mail, DemocraticUnderground


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One Response to Mother Teresa……saint (or sinner)

  1. mikethepsych says:

    Couldn’t agree more. Well said.


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