As Her Sainthood Approaches, Let’s Remember Mother Teresa’s Disturbing Legacy April 16, 2016

As Her Sainthood Approaches, Let’s Remember Mother Teresa’s Disturbing Legacy

A Catholic nun recently wrote an article deriding all those critics of Mother Teresa, chief among them, the late Christopher Hitchens.

The title of that piece is, “5 Responses to the Ridiculous Rancor of Some Toward Mother Teresa,” though the URL gives away what appears to be the original title: “5 Responses to the Ridiculous Reasons Some Atheists Hate Mother Teresa.”

We don’t hate her, of course. Many atheists who have looked into her legacy simply don’t buy into all the hype.


But given that Mother Teresa is set to be canonized, Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble wants to debunk all the so-called myths about her — like the notion that she mismanaged money and enjoyed suffering.

Thankfully, Godless Mom does an excellent job of providing a response to all of her claims. Here’s just one example:

Sister Theresa says:

Critics point to what they call deplorable conditions in the homes the sisters run — a charge that betrays how completely they misunderstand the Missionaries of Charity. The sisters join the poverty of the people they serve. Their mission is not to build state-of-the-art hospitals, or work for political or social change, which many Catholics do. They provide care for children and adults in the most desperate of situations, people who would otherwise be living and dying on the streets. The sisters themselves live in complete and utter poverty, sleeping on the floor and washing their one habit in buckets and drying them overnight.

Sister, when criticism of the conditions and perceived abuses at Missionaries of Charity homes are voiced, it is not out of concern for the Sisters themselves. It is out of concern for their subjects. Before the sisters were there to “help” them, they lived in destitution, and after the sisters were there to “help” them they still lived in poverty. They lived suffering through the pain of their illnesses before the sisters came along, and after these sick became the subjects of the Missionaries, they still suffered through the pain of their illnesses. They had no medical treatment before the sisters, and none after the sisters. Orphans slept huddled together in deplorable conditions before Mother came along, and they did after as well.

This begs the question, what is it that the Missionaries did? What charity did they offer? It seems to me, it was limited to company and a pat on the back. Is that really charity?

Read the full takedown right here.

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