Mother Theresa

Saint of fraud

mtssaPublished on: 7 Sep 2016, updated 16 July 2018

Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun who many believe devoted her life to helping India's poor and she was declared a saint in a canonization Mass held by Pope Francis in the Vatican on September 4 2016.

Because so many actually revere Mother Theresa, it can appear insensitive to fact-check her more odious pronouncements, but any journalist should check the facts and not just be a voice of the establishment as there's more to this story.

Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was born in August 26, 1910 in Skopje which was then part of Kosovo Vilayet in the Ottoman Empire. This was a volatile period and she lived in the shadow of the First Balkan War in 1912 and the Armenian Genocide of 1915, and world war one which no doubt coloured her world view or damaged her psyche.

After the war, Agnes left home in 1928 at the age of 18 to join the Sisters of Loreto at Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham, Ireland to learn English and she arrived in India as a missionary in 1929 to became a nun on 24 May 1931.

We do not know the details of her life as a child or how she grew up. Living in a war zone it seems probable that there would have been periods of great hardship and she would have witnessed great suffering. But life in Ireland would have been far from rosy.

The Irish Catholics were renowned for their miserliness and brutality. There were part of a tradition that insisted that any suffering was always the fault of the sufferer and never the person causing the suffering. One must remember that this was a period where feudalism was transitioning into a democracy and it wasn't so long since the Irish were being sold as slaves into the Americas. Back in 1970s, the mass graves of hundreds of children were found in the vicinity of Catholic institutions. Dispossessed children were regularly beaten, raped and starved to death.

Life was about the survival of the fittest and if one wasn't physically strong one had to be very cunning. For those who conformed, the church provided a means of survival and is survived as it always has by sweet talking the rich and powerful while walking over the poor because the fact that they were poor and suffering was their own fault, not the social and political system that deprived millions of people of their most basic human rights.

It seems probable that simply to survive, Agnes found herself a niche and a means of survival. It seems unlikely that she ever found love or if she did, it went sour and permanently marked her face as even from middle-age, it seems likely her smile would have scared some people.

“I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people.” ~ Mother Teresa

Is this the face of a girl damaged and hardened by life?

Is this the face of a girl damaged and hardened by life?

The Catholic Church course is an institution based on unprovable beliefs. If you read the Bible in which they believe, it is little different to the Koran. This is a belief system based on the idea of one masculine and unknowable God, and women are little value other than for breeding and temporary pleasure.

The church has done a great deal to promote misogyny, like many corporations it cozies up to the rich and powerful regardless of their politics and human rights abuses. At the end of the day as long as money keeps flowing into the church coffers, all is well and blessings cost nothing to dispense.

As for Mother Teresa as she became known, she enjoyed the jet set lifestyle and the attention of the rich and famous, but of the people she was there to serve, we don't know if she really enjoyed their suffering or just considered it their proper fate?

Although she had 517 missions in 100 countries at the time of her death, a study conducted by Canadian researchers found that hardly anyone who came seeking medical care found it there. Doctors observed unhygienic, “even unfit,” conditions with inadequate food and no painkillers — not for lack of funding, in which Mother Theresa’s world-famous order was swimming, but what the study authors call her “particular conception of suffering and death.”

She was anything but a saint, a creation of an orchestrated and effective media campaign who was generous with her prayers but miserly with her foundation's millions when it came to humanity's suffering.

Since the sinners should die as per God's Wish and Plan, the ill patients were not given medicines and sterilized we not needles used. The destitute were made fit to die. Pain free status of the dying was contrary to her Catholic teachings. Hence they died in Agony. God is Great. Allah O Aqbar.

The reason she is being acknowledged by the Vatican in this ostentatious and rather costly fashion is much more to do with the fact that she represents one the greatest PR victories of the Church in the past hundred years yet like everything the church stands for, it has little to do with relieving suffering.

There are two tragedies here, one is that she perpetrated suffering that she could have relieved, and the other is she never got India and the joy of karma yoga (that of truly helping others). She is long dead and the church may use her as a trump card, but the lesson is in failure and her entrapment in suffering.

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