A new study by Canadian academics says Mother Teresa was a product of hype who housed the poor and sick in shoddy conditions, despite her access to a fortune.
The Times of India, reporting on the controversial essay, wrote that the authors asserted Mother Teresa saw beauty in the downtrodden's suffering and was far more willing to pray for them than provide practical medical care. Meanwhile, researchers say, the Vatican engaged in a PR ploy as it threw aside concerns about her suspicious financial dealings and contacts to forgo the five-year waiting period to beatify her.
One of the researchers, Serge Larivee of the University of Montreal's department of psychoeducation, told the school's website, “Given the parsimonious management of Mother Teresa's works, one may ask where the millions of dollars for the poorest of the poor have gone?”
The research paper claims that the celebrated nun had 517 missions in 100 countries at the time of her death, but that the majority of patients were not cared for properly and many were left to die, according to the university website. In addition, the Vatican is said to have ignored a doctor's assertions when it concluded that a Mother Teresa miracle healed a woman who had tuberculosis and an ovarian cyst.
Researchers Carole Senechal of the University of Ottawa and Larivee and Genevieve Chenard from the University of Montreal came to their conclusions by examining 96 percent of the originally researched, published works about Teresa, according to the U of M website. Their findings are to be published in French-language journal Studies in Religion/Sciences.
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Well, gee whiz, what took them so long? Christopher Hitchens was debunking the supposed saint of Calcutta back in 1995 with his book, The Missionary Position. Why should it take 18 years for the rest of the world to wake up to the fact that Ma. Teresa was a fraud who seemed to worship suffering, particularly that of her charges, rather than take any meaningful action to ameliorate that suffering?
I doubt this will have any impact on the efforts of the RC church to fast-track the process of promoting Ma. Teresa to sainthood, but perhaps it will wake up some others to the propaganda surrounding her and her cult.
"Hell's Angel" was shown on British TV years ago, but no American network (not even PBS) had the guts to run it here. I'm appalled that even some skeptical fiction writers have used her name as an example of selflessness and kindness.
The woman was so despicable that I refuse to call her by her chosen "saintly" name...I refer to her by her given name, Agnes, which also has religious connotations, but few people realize that.
The biggest problem with all religious matters is that, when presented with concrete evidence that it's ALL fantasy and fraud, people tune it out. They don't want to think about even the possibility that they've been duped. Agnes was not well-liked in India when she was alive, but nobody in the rest of the world paid any attention.
It's disappointing to hear that no American television station or network has been willing to air "Hell's Angel." If there is any consolation, there is its presence on YouTube, apparently uploaded either in whole or in parts by several members. No, they don't have as many hits as any of us would like to see, but it is there and available for anyone who wishes to refer to it or embed it on a webpage.
One way or another, the word will get out, via these sources and likely more as time goes on.
I have TWO copies of The Missionary Position; both are now badly dog-eared and highlighted because I've read them so often, and found more incriminating stuff. Agnes Bojaxhiu was a fanatic who made no secret of the fact that her sole ambition was to found her own order of nuns, and there is enough testimony from women who have left the order to condemn her memory for eternity. Except, as with "Hell's Angel," they CANNOT get their books and papers published in the US.
It's a Catholic article of faith that individual suffering somehow "helps Jeezus on the cross." They never explain how that is supposed to work, and if there ever was a Jeezus, he wasn't on that cross for very long. Most women in labor suffer more pain (unless they have a spinal block or something) than he ever was supposed to.
Sainthood? *eyes roll* Her clinics didn't even provide pain killers, because suffering is holy. But her holiness got the best medical care when she was ill in later life.