Mother Teresa - The Missionary Position

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paddys4anarchy

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Anyone shared my delight with this one? By Christopher Hitchens, funnily enough brother of upstart Daily Mail "journalist" Peter.

Amazon.com: The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice: Christopher Hitchens: Books

Review: What's next--The Girl Scouts: The Untold Story? How could anybody write a debunking book about Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity order? Well, in this little cruise missile of a book, Hitchens quickly establishes that the idea is not without point. After all, what is Mother Teresa doing hanging out with a dictator's wife in Haiti and accepting over a million dollars from Charles Keating? The most riveting material in the book is contained in two letters: one from Mother Teresa to Judge Lance Ito--then weighing what sentence to dole out to the convicted Keating--which cited all the work Keating has done "to help the poor," and another from a Los Angeles deputy D.A., Paul Turley, back to Mother Teresa that eloquently stated that rather than working to reduce Keating's sentence, she should return the money he gave her to its rightful owners, the defrauded bond-holders. (Significantly, Mother Teresa never replied.) And why do former missionary workers and visiting doctors consistently observe that the order's medical practices seem so inadequate, especially given all the money that comes in? (Hitchens acidly observes that on the other hand, Mother Teresa herself always manages to receive world-class medical care.) Hitchens's answer is that Mother Teresa is first and foremost interested not in providing medical treatment, but in furthering Catholic doctrine and--quite literally--becoming a saint.
 
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Blueneck

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Anyone shared my delight with this one? By Christopher Hitchens, funnily enough brother of upstart Daily Mail "journalist" Peter.

Amazon.com: The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice: Christopher Hitchens: Books

Review: What's next--The Girl Scouts: The Untold Story? How could anybody write a debunking book about Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity order? Well, in this little cruise missile of a book, Hitchens quickly establishes that the idea is not without point. After all, what is Mother Teresa doing hanging out with a dictator's wife in Haiti and accepting over a million dollars from Charles Keating? The most riveting material in the book is contained in two letters: one from Mother Teresa to Judge Lance Ito--then weighing what sentence to dole out to the convicted Keating--which cited all the work Keating has done "to help the poor," and another from a Los Angeles deputy D.A., Paul Turley, back to Mother Teresa that eloquently stated that rather than working to reduce Keating's sentence, she should return the money he gave her to its rightful owners, the defrauded bond-holders. (Significantly, Mother Teresa never replied.) And why do former missionary workers and visiting doctors consistently observe that the order's medical practices seem so inadequate, especially given all the money that comes in? (Hitchens acidly observes that on the other hand, Mother Teresa herself always manages to receive world-class medical care.) Hitchens's answer is that Mother Teresa is first and foremost interested not in providing medical treatment, but in furthering Catholic doctrine and--quite literally--becoming a saint.
Dude, that's pretty old.

I think it's interesting that to become a saint, you have to die and then people ascribe miracles to you.

And the question I can't help but ask about the MT thing is, did the harm done by the corporate religion known as the Catholic church outweigh the good done by Mother T and those she inspired to become selfless servants of the poor and sick?
 
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paddys4anarchy

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Dude, that's pretty old.
However I am not on these boards so hopefully you'll forgive me.

The question I can't help but ask about the MT thing is, did the harm done by the corporate religion known as the Catholic church outweigh the good done by Mother T and those she inspired to become selfless servants of the poor and sick?
Good done? Refusing to return stolen money, using the money not to elevate the poor out of poverty but to make them poor Catholics and to create a multitude of doctored bluescreen photos of her supposedly with the poor, officially saying she was in favour of the poverty gap. What good did she do?
 

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