Mother Teresa was no saint, say scholars in new research paper


Turns out the wimple is an imperfect defence system: critics are after Mother Teresa again.

Based on an exhaustive reading of the literature detailing her good works, three Canadian scholars have concluded that she’s a fraud who built her own saintly myth througha well-honed media campaign.

The paper, which appears this month in Studies in Religion, calls her methods of caring for the ill “rather dubious.” When told her missions were unhygienic and skimped on care, she replied that seeing the poor suffer was “beautiful” and “like Christ’s Passion.”

The paper also calls her management of the huge sums of money she received “suspicious.”

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Mother Teresa was no saint, say scholars in new research paper

  1. Hmm. Too bad the late Christopher Hitchens didn’t write a book in 1995 called “The Missionary Position” about the real legacy Mother Teresa leaves behind. His book would have really challenged the teachings of this woman and the church, and he would have done it a good 17 years ago.

    • Yes, but had Hitchens written such a book, surely the scholars in this project would have had to read that book and then realize their scholarship was in territory well-covered.

  2. My fave anecdote about Hitchen’s “The Missionary Position” is that he actually wanted (and was thwarted by his publisher) to call it “Sacred Cow.” Heh.

  3. I don’t understand. Why would anyone want so desperately to tear down the image of someone who serves as a symbol of good works and compassion? Why would anyone be interested in bumming everyone out with yet another boring character assassination? Why is it so important to prove that nobody is perfect? That fact has already been established. Nobody needs any more proof. Couldn’t these jackholes find ANY better use of their time???

  4. This sounds like a load of bull. i mean it’s so typical of consumer media to hype up a random paper someone has produced… i don’t believe it for a minute. I think the scant quality of this journalism (if it can be called that), seems a little superficial to say the least,

    • Just as typical as it is for consumer media to hype up a random nun, who glorifies poverty and suffering and sets up houses for the dying using money from Haitian dictators. Typical for the media to hype her up to the point that they claim she performed “miracles”. This is the same woman that in her speech after receiving the Nobel peace prize, claimed that the biggest threat to the world was contraception (the one sure-fire way to alleviate both poverty and disease in the third world).

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