With Mother Teresa officially becoming a saint tomorrow, nearly two decades after her death and only after “confirmation” that she performed two miracles, it’s not too late to remember why her miracles are dubious at best and her legacy itself is questionable.
We’ve written at some length why the two miracles attributed to Mother Teresa hardly qualify as such.
Recently, the New York Times published an excellent profile of Dr. Aroup Chatterjee, a vocal critic of Mother Teresa, who argues that her reputation as a humanitarian in what was once called Calcutta is completely overblown.
Over hundreds of hours of research, much of it cataloged in a book he published in 2003, Dr. Chatterjee said he found a “cult of suffering” in homes run by Mother Teresa’s organization, the Missionaries of Charity, with children tied to beds and little to comfort dying patients but aspirin.
He and others said that Mother Teresa took her adherence to frugality and simplicity in her work to extremes, allowing practices like the reuse of hypodermic needles and tolerating primitive facilities that required patients to defecate in front of one another.
“[Western audiences] don’t care about whether a third-world city’s dignity or prestige has been hampered by an Albanian nun,” he said. “So, obviously, they may be interested in the lies and the charlatans and the fraud that’s going on, but the whole story, they’re not interested in.”
It’s disturbing commentary that was confirmed by those who worked closely with her. Copies of Chatterjee’s book are currently available on Amazon.