Mother Teresa is often pointed to as an example of a good, moral human being, along with Gandhi and others. But the truth may be something quite different. Over time Mother Teresa has received much criticism for her actions and the actions of her organization.
Hitchens was the first to question her, calling her “a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud” and exposing that the Vatican has made some considerable effort to make her a saint, bypassing the 5 year waiting period for her beatification and coming up with a cringe-worthy ‘miracle’ in order to justify making her a saint. In their supposed miracle, a woman named Monica Besra claimed that a beam of light emerged from a picture of Mother Teresa and relieved her of a cancerous tumor. Her physician, Dr. Ranjan Mustafi, says that she didn’t have a cancerous tumor in the first place and that the tubercular cyst she did have was cured by a course of prescription medicine.
Christopher Hitchens had this to say about her in a 2003 critique:
“Mother Teresa was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.
And she was a friend to the worst of the rich, taking misappropriated money from the atrocious Duvalier family in Haiti (whose rule she praised in return) and from Charles Keating of the Lincoln Savings and Loan. Where did that money, and all the other donations, go?
Many more people are poor and sick because of the life of Mother Teresa: Even more will be poor and sick if her example is followed. She was a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud, and a church that officially protects those who violate the innocent has given us another clear sign of where it truly stands on moral and ethical questions.”
Mother Teresa has been accused of baptizing patients before death, regardless of their religion, and providing inadequate conditions when helping the sick, from failing to sterilize needles properly to not separating people with infectious diseases from those without. But her treatment of the sick, which in some reports include her denying medical care to patients to offer their suffering as a gift to her God, is not the only questionable thing about her. Acting as if they were poor whilst hoarding away donations is another thing Mother Teresa and her organization is accused of.
When Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 she insisted the 190,000 prize fund be donated to the poor, but a study released in the Journal of Studies in Religion/Sciences claims that she had suspicious financial arrangements.
I cannot find much proper evidence to back up these claims, but I will leave several links for anyone who wishes to further research the topic.
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