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Mother Teresa : Saint or the biggest evangelist of Independent India?

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Mention of Mother Teresa creates a larger than life image and evokes deep respect in the air, as she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and was declared saint by Pope Francis at Vatican in 2016, 19 years after her death. Last two or three generations are fed with how Mother Teresa had served the sick, the dying, the poor and the orphaned. Hence, it takes truckloads of courage to ask some questions, which may sound uncomfortable about her saintly image. However, questions about Mother Teresa must be asked with due respect to her.

Mother Teresa was an Albanian born on 26 August 1910. She wanted to become missionary, so she left her home at the age of 18, to join the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as the Sisters of Loreto, in Ireland. She came to Calcutta, India in January 1929.

Why would someone come all the way from Ireland in Europe to Calcutta, India to help poor and underprivileged? Were Albania, Ireland and the rest of Europe devoid of sick, poor and orphaned?

What is to be highlighted is World War I continued from July 1914 to November 1918. Post World War I, Europe was bleeding, there was nothing but death, destruction and despair even at her home country. Europe was trying to recover the trauma of World War I, nevertheless, Mother Teresa ignored suffering Europe to come to India.

Missionaries of Charity, now known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was established by Mother Teresa in 1950. World War II had again struck Europe from September 1939 to September 1945. Mother Teresa set up Missionary of Charity Church five years after World War II had ended, when the entire Europe was reeling under death devastation and misery. Cities were in ruins, children were orphaned and homeless.

Why didn’t Mother Teresa offer her service at her own home country or in Europe, where her service was more required?

People in her home country and in Europe were already Roman Catholics or belonged to some other Christian branches. Mother Teresa would not help a Christian destitute child (because there is no scope to convert him to Christianity), but raise a Hindu orphaned child, (as he is prime target to be converted to Christianity).

Nickolaus Hines, the journalist writes, “No one builds a church purely for the love of God — especially in third-world countries where critical services, like hospitals, are lacking. Religious groups that erect houses of worship in these areas do so not just out of the kindness of their heart, but to increase the number of people who believe in their faith.

Co-author of an academic study on Mother Teresa writes, “Mother Teresa’s Missionary of Charity was (and still is) one on the richest organizations in the world, and yet medical facility under her watch was pathetic, such as, used syringes were rinsed with cold water, tuberculosis patients were not put in quarantine. What was most horrific was Mother Teresa didn’t allow painkillers to be used on the patients in her orphange as she believed that suffering made you closer to God and Jesus manifests in him.” In another words, the sick must suffer like Christ on the cross.

Aroup Chatterjee, British Indian author of the book, Mother Teresa: The Final Verdict, also found that more than $2.5 million was transferred to the Vatican in 1993 alone. The money she had at her disposal—which was donated by people like Princess Diana of Wales, the Reagans, the Clintons and Yasser Arafat—could have built a modern hospital of India. In 1991, German magazine Stern revealed that only 7 percent of donations to the organization were used for charity. The rest of the amount was diverted into secret bank accounts or used to build more missions.

Mother Teresa encouraged members of her order to secretly baptise dying patients, without regard to the individual’s religion. Susan Shields, a former member of the Missionaries of Charity, writes “Sisters were to ask each person in danger of death if he wanted a ‘ticket to heaven’. An affirmative reply meant consent to baptism. Then, the sister pretended that she was just cooling the patient’s head with a wet cloth, while in reality she was baptising him, chanting quietly the necessary words. They maintained secrecy so that people had no idea how Mother Teresa’s sisters were baptising Hindus and Muslims.

When it came to her life and health, Mother Teresa took no risk. She travelled first class, when flying around the world. When faced with illness, she enjoyed the most modern medical treatment in world-renowned clinics in the United States, Europe, and India, although poor patients in the facilities run by her could not receive even basic treatment.

Those who come to India to build Churches misusing the name of Jesus, in the garb of serving poor, orphaned, sick or homeless do not serve underprivileged or destitute, but serve Christianity by converting non Christian specially Hindus to Christianity. Mother Teresa was a warrior of Christianity not for needy and underprivileged.

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A nun working at Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity the order set up by Mother Teresa in India in 1950, which provides shelter for unmarried pregnant women in Ranchi, Jharkhand had been arrested for allegedly selling a 14-day-old baby on 5 July 2018. Police are investigating into the matter in which 5-6 new born babies were already sold by Mother Teresa’s Charity home.

Was such evil practice conducted under Mother Teresa’s watch the way she supported Charles Keating, the lawyer even after he was convicted of fraud, racketeering and conspiracy, destroying the savings of tens of thousands of customers in Los Angeles in 1992?

There are many disturbing questions about Mother Teresa, is there anyone to answer these questions?

Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/03/25/should-mother-teresa-be-canonized/mother-teresa-doesnt-deserve-sainthood

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