Mother Teresa was no saint

Many of us already knew this thanks to Hitch.

Mother Teresa ‘saint of the media’, controversial study says – Times Of India.

The controversial study, to be published this month in the journal of studies in religion/sciences called Religieuses, says that Teresa – known across the world as the apostle of the dying and the downtrodden – actually felt it was beautiful to see the poor suffer.

According to the study, the Vatican overlooked the crucial human side of Teresa – her dubious way of caring for the sick by glorifying their suffering instead of relieving it.

According to Larivee, facts debunk Teresa’s myth. He says that the Vatican, before deciding on Teresa’s beatification, did not take into account “her 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.”

According to the study, the doctors observed a significant lack of hygiene, even unfit conditions and a shortage of actual care, food and painkillers. They say that the problem was not a paucity of funds as the Order of the Missionaries of Charity successfully raised hundreds of millions of dollars. Researchers said that when it came to her own treatment, “she received it in a modern American hospital”.

teresaThis isn’t so much “news” since the late Christopher Hitchens wrote a book about Mother Teresa and incidents like this in his book The Missionary Position. Apparently this confirms his work and his opinion of her. Although, facts mean little to those who have created a mythos about how wonderful she was. She wasn’t. The bottom line is, she didn’t really help people and she profoundly hurt the status of women.

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  6 comments for “Mother Teresa was no saint

  1. March 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    CAUSE – “and her overly dogmatic views regarding … abortion, contraception, and divorce.”

    and

    EFFECT – “He says that the Vatican, before deciding on Teresa’s beatification, did not take into account “her rather dubious way of caring for the sick, her questionable political contacts, her suspicious management of the enormous sums of money she received”

  2. March 7, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    I should not, but I sometimes get irritated by people who castigate other’s lives. Everyone is as they are and the little Albanian girl, living her childhood in Macedonia, was the real ‘Teresa’ not what she, by chance, became. There are no bad or good people, some of us have more interesting lives than others but even that is frequently not quite as it seems.

  3. Warren
    March 7, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Criticizing her for her dogmatic beliefs on abortion and contraception really undermines the discussion. It just comes across as digging for something to complain about. When you feel someone shouldn’t be sainted because they were a hard line Catholic, you are not helping. They don’t make saints out of libertarian atheists after all.

    The rest is, of course, right on target. I just feel the one gratuitous comment undermines the whole thing badly.

    • March 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      Sadists make good saints?

  4. Geoff Offermann
    March 7, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Saints make good sadists. Just ask Gregg Williams.

  5. Flucksy
    March 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Huh… Maybe I should check out Ghandi. This is interesting.

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