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Why On Earth Is The Catholic Church Making Mother Teresa A Saint?

By Nickolaus Hines

Five reasons this widely beloved figure did much more harm than good.

Mother Teresa racked up a disturbing legacy on her way to becoming a saint.

Ever since this past March, when the Vatican announced that Mother Teresa would be made a saint, the response has been controversial and polarizing.

To achieve sainthood, the Vatican had to recognize two miracles that Mother Teresa performed in her life. Pope John Paul II recognized the first miracle in 2003, just six years after her death in 1997; Pope Francis was behind the second.

Both popes claim that Mother Teresa performed a miracle when she cured one man and one woman from their respective tumors, and both are medically disputed by the doctors who worked on the “miracle” cases.

Pope Francis — who has a history of surprising people — is now set to canonize Mother Teresa on September 4 as part of his Jubilee Year of Mercy. Mother Teresa’s sainthood may seem well-deserved to some, but the realities of her life’s work belie these saintly claims:

Mother Teresa’s “Selfless” Intentions Were Hardly Selfless

Teresa and Pope John Paul II wave to well-wishers in Calcutta in 1986.

Mother Theresa was intent on converting as many people to Catholicism as possible, even at the expense of the poor.

No one builds a church purely for the love of God — especially in third-world countries where critical services, like hospitals, are lacking. Religious groups that erect houses of worship in these areas do so not just out of the kindness of their heart, but to increase the number of people who believe in their faith.
Like those missionaries, conversion — the Church’s key to survival — was Mother Teresa’s primary goal. In the context of the Catholic Church, charity can be viewed as a self-interested act.

Mother Teresa’s “Selfless” Intentions Were Hardly Selfless
“It’s good to work for a cause with selfless intentions,” Mohan Bhagwat, the head of the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak, said. “But Mother Teresa’s work had ulterior motive, which was to convert the person who was being served to Christianity. In the name of service, religious conversions were made.”

When they reviewed the British documentary Hell’s Angel, a film that highlighted Mother Teresa’s flaws, The New York Times concluded that she was “less interested in helping the poor than in using them as an indefatigable source of wretchedness on which to fuel the expansion of her fundamentalist Roman Catholic beliefs.”

But helping the poor is helping the poor, and regardless of any possible ulterior motives, at least the people she cared for were better off for it, right? Wrong…
The conditions at Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India were horrific

A group of Indian schoolgirls hold a poster during a march celebrating the Beatification of Mother Teresa in 2003.

Though Mother Theresa’s medical centers were meant to heal people, patients were subjected to conditions that often made them even sicker. In the same documentary, an Indian journalist compared Mother Teresa’s flagship location for “Missionaries of Charity” to photographs he had seen of Nazi Germany’s Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

“Workers washed needles under tap water and then reused them. Medicine and other vital items were stored for months on end, expiring and still applied sporadically to patients,” said Hemley Gonzalez, a noted humanitarian worker in Indoa, when describing the Missionaries of Charity location he briefly volunteered at.

“Volunteers with little or no training carried out dangerous work on patients with highly contagious cases of tuberculosis and other life-threatening illnesses. The individuals who operated the charity refused to accept and implement medical equipment and machinery that would have safely automated processes and saved lives.”

It wasn’t just a select few cynical journalists who criticized Mother Teresa’s hospice care, either. In her hospice care centers, Mother Teresa practiced her belief that patients only needed to feel wanted and die at peace with God — not receive proper medical care — and medical experts went after her for it.

In 1994, the British medical journal The Lancet claimed that medicine was scarce in her hospice centers and that patients received nothing close to what they needed to relieve their pain.

Doctors took to calling her locations “homes for the dying,” and such a name was warranted. Mother Teresa’s Calcutta home for the sick had a mortality rate of more than 40 percent. But in her view, this wasn’t a bad thing, as she believed that the suffering of the poor and sick was more of a glory than a burden.

“There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion,” Mother Teresa said. “The world gains much from their suffering.”

When it came to her own suffering, however, Mother Teresa took a different stance. The ailing altruist received care for her failing heart in a modern American hospital.

Mother Teresa Ran In Some Questionable Circles

Portrait of Mother Theresa taken in 1991.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Mother Theresa had connections to corrupt world leadership. While neglecting the needs of the sick, Mother Teresa rubbed elbows with the powerful.

She had a close relationship with the Haitian dictator and tyrant Jean-Claude Duvalier, who was charged with crimes against humanity for his abuse of fellow Haitians.

She also received $1.25 million from her friend Charles Keating.

Keating was one of the key figures behind the 1980s savings and loan crisis, brought about by housing market and loan speculation, which ended up costing American taxpayers $124 billion.

And speaking of money

No One Knows Where All Her Money Went

Nuns offer prayers in front of a portrait of Mother Theresa on the 12th anniversary of her death.

Well-meaning Catholics gave money to Mother Theresa’s charitable organizations, but many of them would never see their money go toward good works.

Keating’s $1.25 million donation alone would seem large enough to lift all of those in her care out of poverty, but one volunteer said that “even when bread was over at the soup kitchens, none was bought unless donated.” In one incident, after running up an $800 tab at a grocery store to feed people at her charity, Mother Teresa refused to get out of line until someone else paid.

The German magazine Stern estimated that only seven percent of the millions of dollars Teresa received was used for charity.

But seven percent of what total figure, exactly? The world will never know, since the new leader of Missionaries of Charity, Nirmala Joshi, said that the donations were “countless,” and there was only one person with the actual numbers: God. “God knows,” Joshi said. “He is our banker.”

She Wasn’t Exactly A Champion Of Reproductive Rights

Mother Theresa prays during mass at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mother Theresa’s goals got in the way of her support for women’s rights.
When Mother Teresa gave her 1979 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, she did so with an agenda. Mother Teresa was a staunch opponent of both abortion and birth control, and she made it clear that she believed “natural family planning” would solve the woes of pregnant women who were not ready for a child.

Mother Teresa held that opinion even for cases of rape. On the subject of Bosnian women who had been raped and impregnated by Serbian militants, Mother Teresa said, “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing — direct murder by the mother herself.”

What Mother Teresa did promote in the realm of family planning — like abstinence — didn’t help anyone, either. She stuck by her abstinence claims, however, despite preaching about abstinence being proven ineffective again and again.

In hindsight, it’s hard to view the actions of the Catholic Church’s new so-called Saint with anything other than horror. Mother Teresa claimed to help the poor and the sick, but her very beliefs and practices ensured they were mired in poverty and pain till their dying days.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people -- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4
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