Mother Teresa, the deranged nun who was declared a saint

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Mother Teresa, in the Roman Catholic Church known as St. Therese of Calcutta (born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, Albanian, August 26, 1910 - September 5, 1997), was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She was born in Skopje (now the capital of Macedonia), then part of Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire.

The key question is, 'how do you become holy in the Roman Catholic Church?'

"To be declared holy, it is necessary within the Roman Catholic Church to perform posthumously two miracles that have been recognized by the Church as such. With one recognized miracle someone can be declared blessed: this is often a step towards a canonization. Today, a canonization can only be pronounced by the pope.

Until the middle ages, a random bishop could do this, or sometimes a spontaneously grown cult was confirmed afterwards (Confirmatio Cultis). The latter can still be done today, albeit only by the pope.

What is the effect of the holy declaration in the church? The saint should give an example to those who are still alive with his or her way of life. In addition, a saint gives intercession to God, then you do not have to bother the creator with your problems, but you turn to a saint.


There is a weird hierarchy behind this. Would the Supreme Being listen more to a saint who intercedes for the soul in need who calls for help? That gives the saint a lot of influence!

'After Teresa's death in 1997, the Holy See began the process of beatification (the third step to canonization) and Kolodiejchuk was appointed postulator by the Diocese of Calcutta. Although he said, "We did not have to prove that she was perfect or never made a mistake ...", he had to prove that Teresa's virtue was heroic. Kolodiejchuk presented 76 documents, a total of 35,000 pages, which were based on interviews with 113 witnesses who were asked to answer 263 questions.'


The first miracle:

'In 2002, the Vatican recognize the first miracle by the healing of a tumor in the abdomen of Monica Besra, an Indian woman, after holding a medallion with Teresa's photo to her abdomen.

According to Besra, a ray of light came out of the picture and her cancerous tumor was healed; but her husband and the medical staff had a different story, namely that conventional medical treatment had eradicated the tumor.

Dr. Ranjan Mustafi, who told the New York Times that he had treated Besra, said the cyst was caused by tuberculosis: "It was no miracle... She took medications for nine months to a year." According to Besra's husband, "My wife was healed by the doctors and not by a miracle ... This" miracle "is a joke!

In any case, the first miracle was recognized by the pope and Mother Teresa was now in the state of bliss.

The second miracle:

On 17 December 2015, the Vatican press service confirmed that Pope Francis recognized a second miracle attributed to Teresa: the healing of a Brazilian man with a brain tumor in 2008.

The miracle first came to the attention of postulation (officials who determine the cause of events) during the celebration of World Youth Days 2013, when the Pope was in Brazil in July.

A subsequent investigation took place in Brazil from 19-26 June 2015, which was later handed over to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which issued a decree determining the investigation to be completed.

A team of medical experts reported that until 10 September 2015 there was no scientific explanation, while theologians found that the miracle came about after prayers addressed to Teresa.

Skeptics among us would say that the second miracle also rattles a bit. No explanation for something, is that the definition for a miracle?'


'But the road to canonization lay open, because the preconditions were met.

Pope Francisco declared her holy on the Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City at a ceremony on 4 September 2016.

You know, it is an old saying, 'there is no cow so brown or you'll find a stain on it', and that was something that was thought by several people who thought about her way of life and mindset.

Very few of us can be held up to the light and speaking from my own experience, I think that there would be a lot of spots staining me if I were held up to the light.

The list of critics grew staggeringly fast, these were not people who acted out of envy but from a conviction that Mother Teresa was not the person that should have been sainted by the church at all.

The Indian author and physician Aroup Chatterjee, who worked briefly in one of Mother Teresa's homes, later examined the financial and other practices of Teresa and became highly crtical of her.

In 1994 two British journalists, Christopher Hitchens and Tariq Ali, produced a critical British Channel 4 documentary, Hell's Angel, based on the work of Chatterjee. (he refers to Mother Theresa and not the motorcycle club).'


'The following year Hitchens published The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, a book in which many of the accusations in the documentary were repeated. Chatterjee published "the final verdict in 2003, a less polemic work than that of Hitchens and Ali, but equally critical of Teresa's operations.

 In 2016, the American sociologist, activist and president of the Catholic League Bill Donohue wrote a critical response to Mother Teresa the full length of a book; 'Quality of medical care'.

In 1991 Robin Fox, editor of the British medical journal The Lancet, visited the Home for Dying Destitutes in Calcutta (now Kolkata) and described the medical care that the patients received as "haphazard". He noted that sisters and volunteers, some of whom had no medical knowledge, had to make decisions about patient care. . Fox specifically held Teresa accountable for the conditions in this home and noted that her service did not distinguish between curable and incurable patients, so that people who would otherwise survive would run the risk of dying from other people's infections and lack of treatment.

Fox noted that the sisters' approach to managing pain was "disturbing". The formulary in the Fox facility visited did not have strong painkillers. Fox wrote that needles were rinsed with warm water, so that they were insufficiently sterilized and that the facility did not isolate patients with tuberculosis. There have been a series of other reports documenting inattention to medical care in the facilities of the order. Similar views were also expressed by a number of former volunteers who worked for Teresa's order.

In 2013, in a comprehensive overview of 96% of the literature on Mother Teresa, a group of Université de Montréal academics reinforced the previous criticism, including the practice of the saint "caring for the sick by glorifying their suffering" instead of treating pain, ... her dubious political contacts, her suspicious management of the enormous sums of money she received, and her exaggerated dogmatic views regarding, in particular, abortion, contraception and divorce. "

According to the study by Canadian academics Serge Larivée, Geneviève Chénard and Carole Sénéchal, Teresa's clinics received millions of dollars in donations, but they were not spent on medical care, systematic diagnosis, necessary nutrition and enough painkillers for people with pain; the three academics, quote the statement of the saint "Mother Teresa believed that the sick should suffer like Christ on the cross". That would bring them closer to God.'


Christopher Hitchens, wrote in an article from 2003: "This brings us back to the medieval corruption of the church, who sold indulgences to the rich while they preached hell and continence to the poor.

Mother Teresa was not a friend of the poor, she was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God.

He accused her of hypocrisy for choosing advanced treatment for her own heart condition in a private hospital. Hitchens said that she had stated after he interviewed her: "that it was not her intention to help people", and that she lied to donors about how their contributions were used. "It was by talking to her that I discovered that, and she assured me that she was not working to alleviate poverty", "she was working on expanding the number of Catholics." She said, "I am not a social worker. it is not for this reason, I do it for Christ, I do it for the church.

"... The best thing that can happen to anyone is to suffer as Christ, my husband, my man, on the cross."



- winning souls

 For nothing the sun rises, as they say. She helped poor, sick people, but only at the expense of their soul, quite literally. She forced conversions on these poor, miserable people who could not go anywhere else and had no other hope. When you stand for such a choice, between starvation, death by illness, the only answer is of course to repent and live at least a week or two longer.

There were cases of those who were unconscious so that they could not even willingly repent. She baptized these people anyway, without their permission. It is no different than the other scandal where the Mormons, baptized Jewish Nazi victims like Anne Frank, after death.

- Secondly, she gave terrible medical care

Mother Theresa's medical centers had a death rate of 40%. When British doctors and journalists from all over the world came to observe the circumstances, they discovered that the clinics were sanitary disasters with untrained volunteers who had no idea what they were doing.
Infectious diseases were not treated properly, needles and other materials were only washed with tap water. People in pain did not get painkillers until they died, because Mother Teresa enjoyed the suffering they experienced, she felt that it brought them closer to Jesus.

There are volunteers who noticed that there were many people in her clinics who could have lived if they had the right medical care, but that was taken away from them in the name of suffering and coming closer to Jesus. Her clinics were so bad that they were called 'Homes for the Dying'.

She was certainly more than a bit mentally disturbed, and the sick part was that she glorified the suffering. But she only glorified another's suffering; When it came to her own suffering, she went to posh American hospitals for her own heart condition.


- dodgy money:

Mother Theresa received millions of donations for her work, from devoted Catholics who thought they contributed to charity, and from her wealthy relationships such as Charles Keating and Jean-Claude Duvalier. But no part of modern medical equipment has been purchased from all her donations to alleviate the patient's suffering.

She even refused donations for medical equipment, she preferred cash, "because she could use it elsewhere," as she herself said, but donated medical equipment went straight to her "Homes for the Dying'.

Money was donated for food, but the patients got a cup of soup once a day. "There was a holy suffering in hunger," said our saint.

Nobody knows where all her money went, but most of the money did not go to the poor. (according to the research of the academics. Probably straight to the Vatican).

She was probably mentally disturbed:

After her death, journalists discovered that she had had a lot of correspondence with her colleagues and superiors in the church, letters that told about the torment and doubt she had in her soul about her faith. These letters were published by Random House in the book "Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light"

It is almost certain that her glorification of the pain was the result of the bad advice that her confesses fathers and superiors gave her in her times of doubt. Mother Theresa's sisterhood practiced self-chastisement; something that has been done in many Catholic countries as penance in solidarity with Jesus Christ. She lashed herself with a chew to experience the pain of her crucified husband Jesus Christ and to wallow in the pain that would bring relief.
One of her mentors was Father Joseph Neuner of the Jesuits, who wrote her such words of 'wisdom' that it really brought her to the brink of insanity.

     "Your darkness is the divine gift of union with Jesus in his suffering, your pain brings you close to your crucified husband, and is the way you share his mission of salvation, there is no higher oneness with God."

It is no wonder that she was driven to such a madness, told by your trusted mentor and confidant. Suffer more, come closer to Christ! And she passed that feeling on to the thousands of people she "cared about" in her clinics and she did not relieve their pain, the money for antibiotics or painkillers was not spent, she wanted to bring them closer to God.

In spite of her good works, she was likely to have been religiouly deranged and caused much unnecessary suffering.

All that should not spoil the fun, if the Pope declares you holy, then you are holy, right?

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24/12/2018 14:47

Reacties (1) 

27/12/2018 15:37
She did much good ,
I thank her for that.
Declaring holy looks more an publicity stunt, I wonder when they will see her again.
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