Mother Teresa is being canonized today. Thanks to the people here, actually, they showed me a Christopher Hitchens documentary on her showing her cruelty, extortion, supporting evil dictators, and the appalling conditions for her hospice in Calcutta.

Not that her sainthood title means anything to us atheists, but it spreads the propaganda that she was a good person. Mother Teresa was one of the greatest con artists of our lifetime and got away with it with impunity.

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Comment by James on September 12, 2016 at 8:38am
Comment by Talons on September 11, 2016 at 5:15pm
Comment by Amit Malik on September 8, 2016 at 10:36am

Its an effort to renew the excitement of Christianity. Religions are like businesses, they have to periodically bring out new schemes to lure people. Her associates saying that she performed miracles and everyone believing it makes me sick. Unfortunately, India is a different kind of secularism which means instead of separating religion and state, it will indulge in all of them equally. A lot of the Indian leaders went to attend the function in Rome and I bet none of them would show up if an Indian won the Nobel prize.

Comment by James on September 6, 2016 at 9:13am

That's all true Loren. I think you're right.   After further research, it seems that they had the ability to use some analgesics, but did not, even though they had the financial resources to supply them. Under Indian law, morphine was not permitted outside of hospitals, but codeine was. Not only that, but some of the hospice patients could've been transferred back died to hospital where morphine was available. Here is some info from wikipedia which criticized the Missionaries of Charities, which she worked for, that call that assumption into question. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missionaries_of_Charity

This makes me sick.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 6, 2016 at 7:04am

Honestly, James, I'm not convinced that her intentions were all that great.  When someone says that suffering is good and that the greatest evil in the world is abortion, I tend to have a problem with their Weltanschauung.  This doesn't even mention whom she used to fund her hospices (the Duvaliers and Charles Keating) or the contrast between the care (or lack thereof) her charges got versus the kind of medical treatment she received when ailing.

There are entirely too many contradictions and outright problems with the career of Agnes Bojaxhiu for me to cut her any kind of slack.

Comment by Michael Penn on September 6, 2016 at 6:19am

My wife's grandfather is a saint in Legio Maria. I will give the story on here someday.

Comment by Daniel W on September 5, 2016 at 10:11pm
Agnes is one of those names we don't see much for babies these days. Maybe the next generation.

I think her role as a saint-to-be is to bring many people into Catholicism. I don't think saints have to be nice people, just super Catholics. I think she was vile, arrogant, callous, cruel. Given her PR and the Catholic PR machine, it looks to me like she is a perfect choice for the newest celebrity Saint.
Comment by Gary S on September 5, 2016 at 10:02pm

I also concur. I think that part of her work was to help the Vatican Bank continue its money laundering.

Comment by Michael Penn on September 4, 2016 at 8:06pm

I agree she was terrible. The reason the Catholic church will wear blinders here is that she got it right. Religion is based on death and suffering and that's what she was about. A close study of the bible brings out the discarding of other books from the cannon because it was believed the suffering of poor Jesus was the way to go with this doctrine. Everybody suffers (at least a little bit) so you are to suffer with Jesus, be on the cross with him or in place of him, and even if it ends up in your own death you become righteous and pure by your suffering. Agnes let them starve and provided little or no medical treatment.

Of course, many today cannot see this and think their god and religion is all about love and niceness, feeding the poor, helping mothers and children, taking care of the homeless, etc. All they have to do is look backwards a few centuries to see this wonderful love in action, - or just follow what Mother Teresa said and did.

Comment by James on September 4, 2016 at 1:26pm

Religious morality is often very twisted in hindsight. I think she was well intentioned but terribly wrong. We now know the consequences of her actions today. Her actions were morally wrong under utilitarian ethics, but morally "perfect" under Catholic doctrines that are more virtue based. Sainthood is supposedly moral perfection while alive. As if!

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