Mother Teresa was “anything but a saint” say research scholars – Kounteya Sinha

Kounteya Sinha“Researchers Serge Larivee and Genevieve Chenard from the University of Montreal’s department of psychoeducation, and Carole Senechal of the University of Ottawa’s faculty of education, analysed published writings about Mother Teresa and concluded that her hallowed image, ‘which does not stand up to analysis of the facts, was constructed, and that her beatification was orchestrated by an effective media campaign.'”  — Kounteya Sinha

Mother Teresa & Pope John Paul IIA study conducted by Canadian researchers has called Mother Teresa “anything but a saint”, a creation of an orchestrated and effective media campaign who was generous with her prayers but miserly with her foundation’s millions when it came to humanity’s suffering.

The controversial study, to be published this month in the journal of studies in religion/sciences called Religieuses, says that Teresa — known across the world as the apostle of the dying and the downtrodden — actually felt it was beautiful to see the poor suffer [sadism – IS].

According to the study, the Vatican overlooked the crucial human side of Teresa — her dubious way of caring for the sick by glorifying their suffering instead of relieving it.

Instead, the Vatican went ahead with her beatification followed by canonization “to revitalize the Church and inspire the faithful especially at a time when churches are empty and the Roman authority is in decline”.

Mother Teresa & Michele Duvalier of HaitiResearchers Serge Larivee and Genevieve Chenard from the University of Montreal’s department of psychoeducation, and Carole Senechal of the University of Ottawa’s faculty of education, analysed published writings about Mother Teresa and concluded that her hallowed image, “which does not stand up to analysis of the facts, was constructed, and that her beatification was orchestrated by an effective media campaign”.

According to Larivee, facts debunk Teresa’s myth. He says that the Vatican, before deciding on Teresa’s beatification, did not take into account “her 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.”

At the time of her death, Teresa had 517 missions or “homes for the dying” as described by doctors visiting several of these establishments in Kolkata. They welcomed the poor and sick in more than 100 countries. Two-thirds of the people coming to these missions hoped to a find a doctor to treat them, while the other third lay dying without receiving apt care.

Malcolm Muggeridge‘Miracle of medicine’

According to the study, the doctors observed a significant lack of hygiene, even unfit conditions and a shortage of actual care, food and painkillers. They say that the problem was not a paucity of funds as the Order of the Missionaries of Charity successfully raised hundreds of millions of dollars. Researchers said that when it came to her own treatment, “she received it in a modern American hospital”.

The three researchers also dug into records of her meeting in London in 1968 with the BBC’s Malcom Muggeridge who had strong views against abortion and shared Mother Teresa’s right-wing Catholic values.

The researchers say Muggeridge had decided to promote Teresa. In 1969, he made a eulogistic film on the missionary, promoting her by attributing to her the “first photographic miracle”, when it should have been attributed to the new film stock being marketed by Kodak.

Monica BesraFollowing her death, the Vatican decided to waive the usual five-year waiting period to open the beatification process. According to the researchers, one of the miracles attributed to Mother Theresa is the healing of Monica Besra, who suffered from intense abdominal pain, after a medallion blessed by her was placed on Besra’s abdomen.

Larivee said, “Her doctors thought otherwise: the ovarian cyst and the tuberculosis from which she suffered were healed by the drugs they had given her. The Vatican, nevertheless, concluded that it was a miracle. Mother Teresa’s popularity was such that she had become untouchable for the population, which had already declared her a saint.”

Larivee however signs off on a surprisingly positive note and says there could also be a positive effect of the Mother Teresa myth. “If the extraordinary image of Mother Teresa conveyed in the collective imagination has encouraged humanitarian initiatives that are genuinely engaged with those crushed by poverty, we can only rejoice,” they signed off. – Times of India, 2 March 2013

Mother Teresa & Fr. Donald McGuire

3 Responses

  1. So she did not heal the dying. But then where were the so called TRUE HUMAN HINDUS? Why dont the SO CALLED HUMAN HINDUS feed the hungry on the streets of Calcutta? She didnt deserve to be a sain but You dont deserve to point a finger at her cuz you did care bout the dying either. so STFU

    • Besides your arrogance and bad mouth, you are grossly ignorant of the thousands of Hindu social service organisations and NGOs that feed the hungry, give them clothing and medical care, school them, build toilets and teach hygiene, and any of the other services villagers require but the government does not provide.

      For example there is the Hindu shopkeeper who supplies free of cost the shrouds for those unidentified persons who die on the railway tracks in Mumbai. He also arranges for their cremation or burial with an appropriate service if their religion can be identified.

      The difference between Mother Teresa and the Hindu outfits is that she got the international attention and recognition and prizes because she was a foreign Christian missionary lady working among the ‘unregenerate’ heathen, while the Hindu service organisations don’t even get media coverage at home in India.

      The other difference is that Mother Teresa had an ulterior motive, an agenda of conversion of Hindus to Christianity which she furthered by secretly baptising her destitute victims under the pretext of bathing them.

      Hindu service organisations do not distinguish between the people they serve on religious, ethnic or linguistic grounds. The Hindu view is that all are God’s children whatever their religious and ethnic differences and all are to be treated the same. This is even the view of the RSS, the world’s largest social service organisation, though they are criticised as being a fundamentalist Hindu outfit that doesn’t care for Muslims and Christians.

      You should do some homework Ms Liza Daniella, before shooting your mouth off about things you know nothing about!

  2. As such, those miracles are no more than the trickery of a seasoned magician. Since in India we don’t care about details, such things can be passed off as miracles. Not just by these missionaries, but anyone who has the expertise in it.

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