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Was Mother Teresa
actually sort of a jerk?

The Week, by Keith Wagstaff

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 3/7/2013 3:07:55 PM

A new study claims the beloved nun might not have been as helpful to the poor as she could have been. It´s highly likely that one day, the Catholic Church will officially recognize Mother Teresa as a saint, a position she´s held in the popular imagination for years. A new study in the religious studies journal Religieuses, however, says that the late Mother Teresa´s reputation is mostly hype — a result of a church declining in popularity trying to boost its image. (Snip) Of course, this isn´t news to fans of Christopher Hitchens, the erudite atheist who made it

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Drive, 3/7/2013 3:19:28 PM     (No. 9213496)

What Hitchens and these libs don´t understand is that Mother Theresa never claimed to be a Dr. Sweitzer. She was not a doctor or a scientist. She was faced with the dying and wanted to console them in their lasting hours and showed them the love they deserved. Nothing more. You can ask Cindy McCain about the good she did because she adopted her daughter from one of her orphanages


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Reply 2 - Posted by: mitzi, 3/7/2013 3:20:04 PM     (No. 9213498)

... and the gates of Hell (aka The Week) shall not prevail ...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: woodsman, 3/7/2013 3:23:49 PM     (No. 9213508)

I dont know....some of those nuns with the ruler across your palm seemed like jerks at the time....but then again...I did learn to behave

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 3/7/2013 3:25:48 PM     (No. 9213514)

I´m pretty confidant that, even on the most jerkiest days of her life, Mother Teresa was a lot more holy and closer to God than Keith Sagstaff and Christopher Hitchens ever could have dreamed of being.

I´m also 1,000% confidant that Mother Teresa´s eternity is a lot more pleasant than Mr. Hitchen´s is about now...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Grant Hodges, 3/7/2013 3:25:52 PM     (No. 9213515)

Hitchens and Keith Wagstaff seem angry because Teresa didn´t consult them first about what her mission was. Too bad for their luck.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: noproblems, 3/7/2013 3:28:24 PM     (No. 9213520)

guess i am not sure why this story was posted.

why elevate stupidity and bigotry? talk radio does this alot (hannity Rush Beck) to sell commercials

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Namma, 3/7/2013 3:31:14 PM     (No. 9213529)

sounds like ole Hitch and Wagstaff believe that Mother Teresa sat behind a desk and counted all the millions that were donated...
IF other Teresa was as bad as these two are claiming then the Clintons and Hussien Obama would have loved her...say one thing,.do another....

If one child was saved by Mother Teresa then we can honostly say she has done more to protect LIFE then when senator hussien allowed a child to die because it faild to die during an abortion...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 3/7/2013 3:35:04 PM     (No. 9213535)

I read some place Jesus was a jerk. Parents are often seem like jerks as well. Everyone seems like a jerk if they are trying to make you a better person.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Bevan, 3/7/2013 3:36:04 PM     (No. 9213537)

Too bad she didn´t die with $2 Bil in an account like Chavez.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: wws, 3/7/2013 3:52:45 PM     (No. 9213569)

Thanks for reminding me why I´m glad that Hitchens is dead.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Prescient33, 3/7/2013 3:57:58 PM     (No. 9213578)

Mother Teresa´s reply to this drivel more than likely would have been in the vein of Christ´s treatment of his crucifiers, "Forgive them for they know not what they do."

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Reply 12 - Posted by: hot coffee, 3/7/2013 3:59:04 PM     (No. 9213579)

Blessed Mother Teresa was a jerk once toward Slick Willie and HRH Hillary--it was pure awesome and we practicing Catholics loved it.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 3/7/2013 4:11:10 PM     (No. 9213606)

Another atack on the Catholic Church and religion in general...Little Keithie ought to stick to his usual writing topics for Vice, Village Voice, Huffington and the like...homosexual marriage, homosexual power, etc., or drivel about his idea of saintly females, Ellen Degenerate, Rosie, Kardashian, Rhianna, etc...

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Reply 14 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 3/7/2013 4:11:32 PM     (No. 9213608)

As Hitchens roasts on a spit for eternity, I wonder if he thinks about how maybe he should have helped the poor in India instead of mocking someone who gave her life to it.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Kingbubo, 3/7/2013 4:16:19 PM     (No. 9213620)

Yes

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Reply 16 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 3/7/2013 4:24:43 PM     (No. 9213638)

"her dubious way of caring for the sick by glorifying their suffering instead of relieving it."

Sort of like the libs and their ´breast cancer awareness´ pink bracelets...

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Reply 17 - Posted by: stablemoney, 3/7/2013 4:28:46 PM     (No. 9213646)

That comes up in conversations a lot. I wonder about it often.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: ChazzPalm, 3/7/2013 4:34:27 PM     (No. 9213658)

Mother Theresa...bad.
Catholicism....bad.
Catholic Charities....bad.
Hugo Chavez/Che/Fidel/Obama/Welfare State...GOOD.

See how easy this is?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: dman, 3/7/2013 4:40:34 PM     (No. 9213668)

No good deed, and all that.

Fortunately, neither Hitchens nor those behind the "study" will be doing any of the judging - when it will count.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: DARling, 3/7/2013 4:43:08 PM     (No. 9213672)

Maybe having been a nun, she gave them a dose of religion with her health care, especially if their suffering was the result of sinful behavior. People who know what is best for you and tell you so often come across as jerks. The question is, how many times did Christopher Hitchens walk the streets of Calcutta and offer his services in any fashion? The critics of this world are often the least likely to actually do anything. And you can bet that more people will probably jump on my case for showing disrespect for the deceased Mr. Hitchens than they would for anyone mocking Mother Teresa.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: cheeflo, 3/7/2013 4:44:26 PM     (No. 9213673)

Gandhi was less than his legend, too, and deserving of criticism, especially for his position on the Holocaust -- that the Jews should submit to their extermination because martyrdom would bolster their righteousness. I don´t think Mother Teresa should be exempt from criticism, either. She was only human.

From a 1981 press conference: "Do you teach the poor to endure their lot?" She replied: "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."

You simply cannot convince me that suffering and squalor is beautiful or ennobling. And I take issue with anyone who professes that notion.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: squiggle, 3/7/2013 4:46:01 PM     (No. 9213676)

Mother T was HUMAN--she never claimed otherwise. Part of her message was that one was still called to serve, warts and all, and still do tremendous good.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Hermoine, 3/7/2013 4:51:23 PM     (No. 9213682)

Q: Was Mother Teresa
actually sort of a jerk?


A: No, but Keith Wagstaff and the Religieuses Journal sure are.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 3/7/2013 4:54:44 PM     (No. 9213687)

I prefer to think that Teri and Hitch are dancing and laughing together and are both glad to be free from this purgatory planet.

I suffered under the Dominicans for many years but I can diagram a sentence and I was made to understand the importance of finding and seeing the good in everyone.

The NFL is a cult of suffering too.

Ask any linebacker.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Bpl40, 3/7/2013 5:01:39 PM     (No. 9213700)

In India Mother Teresa had the reputation of denying treatment to a dying person brought to her doorstep until his family agreed to convert. The curious part is that all the people she so converted were Hindus. She dared not touch one Muslim.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Rafter, 3/7/2013 5:19:14 PM     (No. 9213727)

#22 makes valid points.

A relative who is a four-year seminary graduate and ordained Protestant minister
had a callous attitude toward elderly family members and stubbornly pointed out
that "people have to suffer."

She once had a senior pastor position with a large prosperous congregation, but, lo and behold, quit that job (despite being the major earner for her family including college kids) and cashed out all her pension funds to take a six-week fling cross-country, which was curtailed by running out of money, even though she picked up tens of thousands of dollars from other family on the way (depriving her own elderly mother of ten thousand dollars).
She then bought a yacht but still refused to fix her car´s engine problems for months.

She terrorized us with various ploys after she ended up living uncomfortably near us.
I´ve incurred financial losses because of her shenanigans, and worse...
(which I cannot go into).

I unfortunately know prominent "charity" people who´ve been accused of being unable to account for (to be diplomatic) large sums ($50K to $100K estimated).
(It was front page news several times.)

When it comes to religion/s, buyer beware.
Religious organizations are not the same as faith and spirituality.
Eventually you learn the hard way what the differences may be in certain cases.

As to the facts alleged in this article, nothing would surprise me, but I don´t
really know without seeing firsthand.
Experience is a hard teacher, though.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: farmwife, 3/7/2013 5:22:08 PM     (No. 9213736)

If she was a ´jerk´ in their opinion, the world needs legions just like her.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: mcparland, 3/7/2013 5:35:05 PM     (No. 9213764)

There are always those who try to tear down and criticize the righteous among us. Leftist academics despise and denigrate religious charities, because government is their only savior. Read the report of these left-wing Canadian academics. They criticize Mother Theresa for, among other things, holding "inflexible views about abortion and contraception"!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: mcparland, 3/7/2013 5:41:38 PM     (No. 9213774)

Those who attack Mother Theresa for saying that acceptance of suffering is beautiful seem to forget Jesus´ Sermon on the Mount, not to mention His own accetance of pain, sfering ad death. Note she did not say that suffering is beautiful, but that acceptance of suffering is beautiful. That is a very different thing.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: cheeflo, 3/7/2013 5:45:25 PM     (No. 9213782)

I don´t think the acceptance of suffering is beautiful or ennobling, either.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Videodrone, 3/7/2013 5:48:47 PM     (No. 9213787)

Penn & Teller did a rather scathing episode on her in one of the early shows titled Bull$hit

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Reply 32 - Posted by: columba, 3/7/2013 6:24:46 PM     (No. 9213842)

If you approve of ignoring the poor and killing babies, you probably thing Mother Teresa was sort of a jerk.
I suspect that God would disagree with you.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: udanja99, 3/7/2013 7:41:27 PM     (No. 9213942)

The College of Cardinals is meeting in Rome and the Catholic Church is in the news every day so it´s time for the left to come out with their baseball bats and bash away.

I will always love Mother Teresa for the way she put Bill and Hillary on the spot over abortion at the National Prayer Breakfast. Kinda like what Dr. Carson just did to zippy.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Elvira, 3/7/2013 8:05:30 PM     (No. 9213966)

Yes, #31 along with your previous posts, we got your point. Don´t you have satanic ritual to go to? I.e., some dem meeting?

Mother Thersesa did not promise death without pain. She brought the dying off the streets and filth of gutters - where their families had left them to die - into as clean and caring a place as she could provide. I don´t recall her having been taught accounting. More likely she gave that to others to handle.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Elvira, 3/7/2013 8:23:34 PM     (No. 9213982)

To anyone who ascribes to the "heresay" of her damands of conversion - I would direct you to the article in today´s "Hindu" written by one who knew her for 23 years!!! So much ignorance! Educate yourself before you denegrate such a person as Mother Theresa!

Some of the comments make me ashamed of being in the same parlor as you!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 3/7/2013 8:52:12 PM     (No. 9214016)

What Is ennobling about a cushy life where there is no suffering?

Was Jesus´ suffering on the cross a meaningless torture?

Who should we admire, the person who has every luxury handed to them on a plate? Or the person who does the right thing even without compensation, and even when it hurts?

Should we praise a man who becomes Secretary of State who divorced his multimillionaire wife so he could marry a billionaire widow? Or some nobody lance corporal who risked his life over and over again trying to save his friends´ lives? What if he received multiple maiming wounds while saving multiple stranger´s lives only to find his friends dead in a ditch? Which is more noble?

The fist man is a "success." The second man considers himself a "failure."

If you can´t see the beauty in the sacrifice and suffering of the second man then you are truly blind.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: LaVallette, 3/8/2013 5:43:54 AM     (No. 9214284)

The upper caste Hindus dislike Christianity and its message of equality of all men as much as the lower caste Hindus love it. The first see it as undermining their top dog status among the people of India and the others see it as a way to their liberation from their permanent underdog status. The Upper caste Hindus are doing their damnedest to besmirch any thing Christian, especially Christian leaders. ministers and priests and to get rid of Christianity from India in order to retain their overlordship over the lower classes. So when a Hindu says anything negative against a Christian leader or Christianity be aware of the political agenda behind it.Incidentally, the Government of India granted Mother Teresa a State funeral: a most unlikely gesture to an oppressor of the Indian people.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: plumnellie, 3/8/2013 12:05:55 PM     (No. 9215105)

Slowly but surely, the secular world that is ruled by Satan is working to damage Christianity. But, I know who wins and it ain´t the bad guy.

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The Individual Mandate Goes Poof
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Wall Street Journal, by Abby McCloskey and Tom Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/26/2014 9:11:56 PM     Post Reply
One by one, the myths of the Affordable Care Act have been revealed. When the curtain on open enrollment falls on March 31, the last remaining big myth of ObamaCare will be fully exposed: The individual mandate has failed. After a last-ditch effort with President Obama himself encouraging "young invincibles" to sign up before the deadline, the administration is scrambling to boost enrollment. On Tuesday, the White House announced that people who applied for coverage on the federal health-insurance exchange will have until mid-April to finish the paperwork. The mandate was supposed to be the administration´s magical elixir for the assorted shortcomings

More than 6 million Americans
enrolled under the ACA, WH says

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Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/27/2014 3:39:18 PM     Post Reply
More than six million Americans have now signed up for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to the White House, with just four days to go until the end of its first open enrollment period. While traveling in Italy on Thursday, President Obama shared the news in a conference call with thousands of health-care navigators and volunteers helping enroll people on state and federal marketplaces. As the volume of consumers seeking health plans has surged -- there were over 1.5 million visits to HealthCare.gov Wednesday and more than 430,000 calls to the marketplaces´ call centers -- Obama urged those on

As Obama meets the pope,
Francis´ smile masks a serious message

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Los Angeles Times, by Doyle McManus    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/27/2014 3:45:00 PM     Post Reply
When Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis a little more than a year ago, the first thing that struck those who knew him well was his unexpected, beatific smile. “In Argentina, he didn’t smile like that,” Sergio Rubin, the pope’s biographer, said this week at a conference sponsored by the Ethics and Public Policy Center. “That was the big surprise.” Since then, the pope has mostly kept on smiling — in homilies, in audiences, in meetings with the homeless and the poor. If you look at the pictures from Francis’ meeting with President Obama on Thursday, though, the smile is there only some of the time.

The New Republican Reformers
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Wall Street Journal, by Karl Rove    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/27/2014 7:56:35 AM     Post Reply
Their target is the GOP, but they are not angry liberals bent on destroying it. They are reform-minded Republican leaders intent on strengthening it. These Republicans are applying conservative principles to 21st-century challenges, focused on middle-class concerns like lowering costs and improving access to college, modernizing health care and reforming the tax code. They aim to broaden prosperity´s reach through markets and merit, not government and corporate cronyism. They´re also concentrating on helping the poor by changing Washington´s dizzying assortment of antipoverty programs to emphasize work and make the safety net more effective and sustainable. The reformers´ success in providing

Getting popularity tips? Barack Obama hopes
for ´Francis bounce´ as he meets Pope for
first time and tells him he is a ´great admirer´

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Daily Mail [UK], by Tara Brady    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/27/2014 8:17:00 AM     Post Reply
One is a world leader who has been praised for his humility and outlook on the world. The other is an American president, once the international superstar of the political stage. So it is no surprise that President Barack Obama has travelled to the Vatican in Rome possibly to get some tips from the popular Pope Francis who now even has own weekly glossy magazine dedicated to him. As he sat down with the Pontiff at the Vatican this morning, Obama called himself a ´great admirer´ of the pope. Their historic first meeting comes as Obama´s administration and the church

Watch Chris Hayes Get
Hammered After Personally
Attacking Conservative Guest (Video)

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Breitbart The Conversation, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 3/27/2014 4:42:34 PM     Post Reply
Usually the type of Republicans MSNBC hosts invite on their shows are either craven RINO types who can be depended upon to trash talk fellow Republicans, or the more inarticulate, dimmer bulbs in the party who fail to communicate conservative positions effectively. MSNBC host Chris Hayes had an entirely different type of animal on his hands with PA Americans For Prosperity Director, Jennifer Stefano. In fact, he´s probably still licking his wounds after the nasty confrontation he had with her, Wednesday night in a debate over the latest ObamaCare delay. He got off on the wrong foot by introducing Stefano

Oversight Dems Ask Issa to Call
Off Benghazi Investigation

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PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/28/2014 3:06:55 PM     Post Reply
All 17 Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have called on Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to end the “partisan” investigation into the Benghazi attack “and begin focusing instead on conducting responsible oversight to implement constructive reforms.” The Dems, led by ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), charged that the probe “has been characterized by wild and unsubstantiated political accusations that turn out to be completely inaccurate.” They proceeded to outline those instances in the five-page letter. “Continuing this reckless pattern of launching wholly unfounded accusations on national television — and racking up more and more Pinocchios in the process —


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