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
Comments: Must be getting close to Easter. The Christian bashing stories are cranking up to full speed.
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
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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