No doubt there is a lot of talk about Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She is a symbol of charity and care – and yet she is the exact opposite. Lurking in the shadows of the news, there are tons of articles about how Mother Teresa really is – but I want to include my list of misdeeds from Saint Teresa.
- “Suffering is a gift from God”
Mother Teresa honestly believed suffering is a gift from God, there for, assisting any pain of death or sickness is taking away that gift. She once said to a dying patient, “Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus – a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you” to which the patient replied, “can you tell your Jesus to stop kissing me?” One must not forget that when this Saint passed, it was not in her “house of the dying” – it was in one of the world’s best facilities.
One instance of blatant disregard for her patients, when a building was donated, fully furnished with the best beds and equipment, Teresa and staff threw out all furnishings and replaced them with sleeping bags and cots. Everything from medicine for AIDs patients to simple furnishings, Mother Teresa loved suffering.
“There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion. The world gains much from their suffering” – Mother Teresa
2. Mother Teresa was a fraudster
Her organizations received about $100 million in annual receipts – and yet her patients lacked any pain medication, any medical eduction (defiantly not condoms or sexual education), or any comforting bedding in which to die. In fact, the rooms for her dying children were windowless, bedless cold rooms. It was in this room where her “miracle” was “witnessed”. The room was dark and packed with sick people and a single hanging light bulb – when a picture was taken, the light produced a halo above her… yup, that was her “mericle”.
The Missionaries of Charity always relied on charities. Food, clothes, etc were all provided by donations. So this $100 million seems to have been kept by the Vatican Bank – never to see the light of day (kind of like the dying at Calcutta).
3. Mother Teresa: the friend of dictators
No one can forget the relationship the Catholic Church had with the Axis powers – but their love for abusive dictators still hasn’t ended. Especially with Mother Teresa. When Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s suspened civil liberties in 1975, Mother Teresa said, “People are happier. There are more jobs. There are no strikes.” Mother Teresa’s comments were even criticised outside India within the Catholic media Indira Gandhi’s.
Teresa flew all the way to Haiti to visit dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier who donated tons of the people’s money to her cause. As if he people of Haiti weren’t suppressed enough.
Teresa also took money from Robert Maxwell, a corrupt publisher who was later convicted for embezzling $450 million. When asked for the money back so the money could be returned to the victims, Mother Teresa refused to return it.
4. Mother Teresa had no respect for the dying
Along with denying the sick when medication, comfort, and care – Mother Teresa was also involved with secret baptisms. Her and her staff would baptize the dying in their sleep or before death. A member of her staff reported, “Sisters were to ask each person in danger of death if he wanted a ‘ticket to heaven’. An affirmative reply was to mean consent to baptism. The sister was then to pretend that she was just cooling the patient’s head with a wet cloth, while in fact she was baptizing him, saying quietly the necessary words. Secrecy was important so that it would not come to be known that Mother Teresa’s sisters were baptising Hindus and Muslims.”
The people of India also saw Mother Teresa as a symbol of lingering colonization because she supported the suspension of civil liberties among other things. Historian Vijay Prashad wrote, “When it comes to saving the poor, the dark bodies are again invisible, for the media seem to celebrate only the worn out platitudes of such as Mother Teresa and ignore the struggles of those bodies for their own liberation. To open the life of someone like Mother Teresa to scrutiny, therefore, is always difficult. […] Mother Teresa’s work was part of a global enterprise for the alleviation of bourgeois guilt, rather than a genuine challenge to those forces that produce and maintain poverty.”
Of all the Popes to make Mother Teresa a saint, it is surprising that it is the most humanist Pope Francis. But do not forget the corrupt, immoral, disregard for human life. Chirstopher Hitchens was correct when he said, “Mother Teresa wasn’t a friend of the poor, she is a friend of poverty”.