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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:44 am
 


Mother Teresa was 'anything but a saint,' new Canadian study finds

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Mother Teresa may be synonymous with selflessness, but according to a team of Canadian researchers, the Catholic nun was “anything but a saint,” the Times of India reports.

In a study to be published this month in Religieuses, a French-language journal of studies in religion and sciences, they suggest the nun’s approach to caring for the sick was to glorify human suffering instead of relieving it.

Mother Teresa was lavish with her prayers, but penny-pinching with the wealth amassed by her foundation, according to Serge Larivée and Genevieve Chenard from the University of Montreal’s department of psychoeducation, and Carole Sénéchal of the University of Ottawa’s faculty of education.

The beatification of Mother Teresa, which the Vatican completed in October, 2003, is the last step before sainthood.

But according to Larivée and colleagues, the Vatican turned a blind eye to Mother Teresa’s “rather dubious way of caring for the sick, her questionable political contacts, her suspicious management of the enormous sums of money she received, and her overly dogmatic views regarding … abortion, contraception and divorce.”

Mother Teresa believed the sick must suffer like Christ on the cross, they suggest.

“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,” the journalist Christopher Hitchens reported her as saying.

(Hitchens referred to her as “a fanaticist, a fundamentalist and a fraud.”)

The study authors note that doctors visiting many of the 517 “homes for the dying” run by Mother Teresa observed unhygienic conditions and a shortage of actual care, food and painkillers. Lack of funds were no explanation, since Mother Teresa’s order of the Missionaries of Charity had raised hundreds of millions in aid money. When the nun herself was in need of medical treatment, “she received it in a modern American hospital,” they point out.

According to Larivée and colleagues, Mother Teresa’s image of altruism is a myth. Even so, he acknowledges the power of her extraordinary reputation.

“It is likely that she has inspired many humanitarian workers whose actions have truly relieved the suffering of the destitute and addressed the causes of poverty and isolation,” he said. “Nevertheless, the media coverage of Mother Teresa could have been a little more rigorous.”

In death, as in life, there’s no rest for the weary.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the ... le9317551/


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:01 am
 


What the woman did during her lifetime speaks for itself and her critics can f*ck the h3ll off.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:03 am
 


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What the woman did during her lifetime speaks for itself and her critics can f*ck the h3ll off.

Ditto. R=UP


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:09 am
 


BartSimpson wrote:
What the woman did during her lifetime speaks for itself and her critics can f*ck the h3ll off.

The system won't let me rep you but here's [B-o] X 5


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:11 am
 


BartSimpson wrote:
What the woman did during her lifetime speaks for itself and her critics can f*ck the h3ll off.

According to the article, she may not have done as much as we think she did. Is it so wrong to atleast inquire?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:16 am
 


And then there's other people who do nothing else in life but shit on others.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:19 am
 


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BartSimpson wrote:
What the woman did during her lifetime speaks for itself and her critics can f*ck the h3ll off.

According to the article, she may not have done as much as we think she did. Is it so wrong to atleast inquire?


Forgive me, but I am sick to death of the odd compulsion that some people have that drives them to rip down anyone who ever does anything decent while at the same time lifting up perverts and degenerates as role models.

Mother Teresa routinely exposed herself to leprosy, cholera, typhoid, and she also challenged a cultural paradigm in India where an entire class of people were considered to be less than human. The mere fact of her charity to these people upset the upper castes in India and she will forever be a hero to me for what she accomplished not just in terms of her charitable works but in terms of the human rights she asserted for millions of people.

Let the critics walk a mile in her shoes before they tear away at a dead woman from the comfort of their air conditioned offices.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:23 am
 


life is about balance. Her accomplishments outweigh any of her human failings. No historical great person was without weaknesses because they were human beings


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:38 am
 


Good responses. I'm sure she's in no danger of being overly tarnished.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:13 am
 


I love this line:

"and her overly dogmatic views regarding … abortion, contraception and divorce.”

Oh you mean she was a devout Catholic? Nawww...really? :roll:


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“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,”


Guess she was a 1 percenter.

Hitchens obviously is not going to idolize her. But this is a criticism often thrown at catholicism and other denominations too - they serve the rich and help to keep the poor in their place. The North American socialists used to call it Pie in the Sky. Want to help the poor with their suffering? Advocate for policies that reduce poverty.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:51 am
 


these criticisms aren't new. If we're going to idolize, or in this case, cannonize, somebody, it's also a good idea to take a peek at their feet. From wiki:

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Mother Teresa has been criticized for having few scruples about where donations came from.[1]
She risked her credibility by taking money from former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier. [2] In 1981, Teresa flew to Haiti to accept the Legion d'Honneur from right-wing dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, who, after his ouster, was found to have plundered the impoverished country.[3]
The donation issue came up in the early 1990s when it was revealed that Charles Keating, an American banker known for the infamous "saving and loan scandal," had donated up to $1.25 million to Missionaries of Charity. Amidst calls to return the money, Mother Teresa chose to remain silent, an incident that is still cited by her critics who demand transparency. [4] Typically, friends, family and colleagues write the judge urging leniency. Mother Teresa asked the court to show mercy on Mr. Keating, a generous contributor to her charities. [5]
She also accepted money from the British publisher Robert Maxwell, who, as was later revealed, embezzled UK£450 million from his employees' pension funds.[6]
There is no suggestion that she was aware of any theft before accepting the donation in either case; criticism instead focuses on Teresa's plea for leniency in the Keating case, and her failure to return the money. In their Book, Mother Teresa,CEO:Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership, authors Ruma Bose and Lou Faust suggest that the cause was right, even if the source of the money was tainted.[2] Mother Teresa's view was that if someone offers charity for the poor it should be accepted for their sake regardless of the merits or otherwise of the giver.[7]
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A report in German magazine Stern, revealed that in 1991 only seven percent of the donations received at Missionaries of Charity was used for charity.[4]


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She was sometimes accused by Hindus in her adopted country of trying to convert the poor to Catholicism by "stealth".[11] Christopher Hitchens said that Teresa's own words on poverty proved that her intention was not to help people. He quoted Teresa's words at a 1981 press conference in which she was asked: "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."
Chatterjee added that the public image of Mother Teresa as a "helper of the poor" was misleading, and that only a few hundred people are served by even the largest of the homes. According to a Stern magazine report about Mother Teresa, the (Protestant) Assembly of God charity serves 18,000 meals daily in Calcutta, many more than all the Mission of Charity homes together.}
Chatterjee alleged that many operations of the order engage in no charitable activity at all but instead use their funds for missionary work.He stated, for example, that none of the eight facilities that the Missionaries of Charity run in Papua New Guinea have any residents in them, being purely for the purpose of converting local people to Catholicism.


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In 1991, Dr. Robin Fox, editor of the British medical journal The Lancet visited the Home for Dying Destitutes in Calcutta (now Kolkata) and described the medical care the patients received as "haphazard". He observed that sisters and volunteers, some of whom had no medical knowledge,had to make decisions about patient care, because of the lack of doctors in the hospice. Dr. Fox specifically held Teresa responsible for conditions in this home, and observed that her order did not distinguish between curable and incurable patients, so that people who could otherwise survive would be at risk of dying from infections and lack of treatment.
Fox conceded that the regimen he observed included cleanliness, the tending of wounds and sores,and kindness, but he noted that the sisters' approach to managing pain was "disturbingly lacking".There have been a series of other reports documenting inattention to medical care in the order's facilities. Similar points of view have also been expressed by some former volunteers who worked for Teresa's order. Mother Teresa herself referred to the facilities as "Houses of the Dying".
In contrast to the conditions at her homes, Mother Theresa sought medical treatment for herself at renowned medical clinics in the United States, Europe, and India, drawing charges of hypocrisy from critics such as Hitchens.[14]


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:56 am
 


It's okay to criticize Mother Theresa. But, don't you dare criticize David Suzuki.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:04 am
 


jj2424 wrote:
It's okay to criticize Mother Theresa. But, don't you dare criticize David Suzuki.


Seems to happen on this forum with the regularity of Ex-lax.


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