Why Mother Teresa’s sainthood is tainted by controversy
“A lying, thieving Albanian dwarf”
For years before her death in 1997 and in the 19 years since, Mother Teresa has been lauded in the media, held up high as an icon of peace and benevolence. Her charity was not questioned, her good deeds weren’t interrogated and the millions she received in donations were reportedly never audited.
The controversy surrounding her is not new, it’s just not very popular.
Mother Teresa became the subject of investigation when accounts of her dogmatic Catholicism began to circulate. Her reputation for aiding Kolkata’s poorest was undercut by persistent allegations of misuse of funds, poor medical treatments and religious evangelism in the institutions she founded.
Dr. Aroup Chatteree, a native of Kolkata, wrote a book in 2003 which researched the “cult of suffering” in homes run by Mother Teresa’s organisation, the Missionaries of Charity. Over years of research, he uncovered accounts of children tied to their beds, nothing but aspirin being given to dying patients and hypodermic needles being reused.
Multiple accounts have also emerged of Mother Teresa attempting to convert the sick and baptising the dying.
Christopher Hitchens, who made a documentary, Hell’s Angel, about the new Saint, famously dubbed her “a lying, thieving Albanian dwarf”. He continued his criticism of Mother Teresa in his book, The Missionary Position.
To qualify for beatification, the first step in the process of Sainthood, Mother Teresa needed to have performed a miracle from the afterlife. There is scepticism around the authenticity of this.
The miracle involved a Bengali woman who claimed that a beam of light emerged from a picture of Mother Teresa, which she happened to have in her home, and relieved her of a cancerous tumor.
Her physician, however, Dr. Ranjan Mustafi, says that she didn’t have a cancerous tumor in the first place and that the tubercular cyst she did have was cured by a course of prescription medicine.
Why, critics ask, when the miracle that Mother Teresa was supposed to have performed have been disproved, would the church continue on this path of canonisation?
Perhaps, as Hitchens suggests, because Mother Teresa is the most successful image the Catholic church has succeeded in creating in the last century. She was charismatic in her appearance, she had an ability to pen quotes of love and she was adored by celebrities including Princess Diana.
Mother Teresa is for the Catholic Church a pillar of positive publicity on which they can continue to build.
Mother Teresa publicly denounced contraception and reproductive rights, denouncing abortion as “the great destroyer of peace” in her Nobel Prize acceptance speech. In Kolkata, a city that was over-populated and desperately poor, Mother Teresa warned against all contraception and promoted abstinence as a means of family planning.
By opposing reproductive control, Mother Teresa was in many ways condemning the ‘poorest of the poor’ to a life ruled by the same forces of poverty that generations of Indians had lived through before.
Her adherence to the strictest of Catholic teachings included writing to the people of Ireland in 1997 to tell them to vote against the Divorce referendum. Saying that the children of divorce would grow up to be “spiritually poor” and that it “breaks, destroys and causes terrible temptations. Divorce is one of the biggest killers of family, love and unity”.
Questions over Mother Teresa’s benefactors also remain. Christopher Hitchen’s documentary pointed to her relationships with dubious figures all around the world, including Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier and the corrupt American financier Charles Keating. She accepted their donations and, in return, supported their causes.
Mother Teresa is a Saint, yet the controversy over the realities of her charitable care continue to emerge after her death. Her positive influence on the Catholic Church’s public image however is unlikely to be affected by the details.
Christopher Hitchen’s documentary, Hell’s Angels, is available below.
The whole idea of saints is not Christian, according to Jesus:
> “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone.” – Mark 10:18
If fact, the whole idea of exalted church leaders (i.e. The Pope) is counter to Jesus’s teachings:
> “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. – Matthew 24:8-11
Christopher Hitchens wrote an extremely eye opening book about Mother Teresa called ‘Missionary Position’ – he rips her to shreds to reveal what she really was. ABSOLUTELY worth the read.
There’s a pretty well known conspiracy about Ms Teresa, it’s the one that claims she was a good person and not a sadistic amoral psychopath.
> She refused to give any pain relief to people at hospices because “Suffering brings them closer to Jesus”. Read the accounts from the ex nuns, they didn’t distinguish between curable / Incurable people and frowned upon having any actual medical knowledge because “Only God can intervene.” They put more effort into ushering people into a non existent afterlife than actually trying to comfort or save them.
> Most donations she received went on having convents named after herself…not actually helping the poor just proselyting, there’s plenty donations made by shady organizations which she refused to return to the people who were ripped off by the donators…a lot of it still unaccounted for.
> Then the icing on the cake she all but confessed to an absolute lack of faith towards the end. It’s all there in black and white in her published letters. So throw hypocrite into the mix as well.
> True to form the Catholic church is already bullsh–ting her to Sainthood, she’s had beatification on the basis of a “Miracle” where a woman’s claimed a picture of Ms Teresa cured her cancer…despite the actual Doctor who treated her and even her husband pointing out her cure was from purely conventional medicine.
> The church knows this and has still chalked it up to a legitimate miracle, they only need one more to qualify her for Sainthood and I’d bet anything they’ll be pulling another one out their ass sometime soon, They’ve never let the truth get in the way of good PR.
> …I’d encourage any Catholics to follow her progress to Sainthood and take note of how gullible the Vatican obviously thinks you are, and remember there’s no reason to doubt this is precisely how every other Saint was “made” they rely on the passage of time to conceal the obvious fraudulent nature of the process. They’re relying on you wearing ignorance like a badge of honor as usual.
At the very least the title should be marked as “misleading” because the article content doesn’t include what the title states.
Read “Missionary Position” by Christopher Hitchens. Fair and balanced reporting on the good and bad of her process. The takeaway? See for yourself. It’s amazing, and accurate.
Seems like a requirement to be beatified by Vatican these days is to be a monster. Look up Aloysius Stjepinac, a Nazi bishop of degenerate Independent State of Croatia during WW2:
Continued to give absolution to fucking monsters who ran a wholesale kingdom of horror, with concentration camps so fucking brutal that actual *Nazi generals wrote back to motherfucking Hitler himself* to tell him to rein in the psychopath Croats.
For example, take a look at a Roman Catholic priest called Fra Sotona (Father Satan):
And here’s the video on Jasenovac (NSFL):
For the really deep rabbit hole, look into “Rat Lines” — the official Vatican op to offer nazis the escape routes to Southern America (ever wonder how they inhabited Argentina and Chile so easily)?
Fuck the Roman Catholic church. It’s a death cult. The western world is finally waking up to these monsters through pedophilia scandals, but they’ve done much, much worse.