Mother Teresa was . . . not a saint
Mother Teresa was . . . not a saint

Mother Teresa was . . . not a saint

Mother Teresa was . . . not a saint. Well, technically she was, but in practice, not so much. How dare someone criticize a saint? It’s easier if you realize that religion is a human construct, and that saints and miracles don’t exist except in the minds of people who built one of the largest and most successful systems of control in human history.
–On This Day in History Shit Went Down: October 7, 1950–
Born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in 1910 in what is now North Macedonia, then later becoming Sister Teresa, she proclaimed that while visiting Calcutta (now Kolkata) she received an “order” as a religious experience to help the poor. Her missionary work received enough attention that on October 7, 1950, the Vatican okayed the Missionaries of Charity. She claimed its intention was to help “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society . . .” Just how well she cared for such people became a subject of much debate.
Being she won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, and the Catholic Church canonized her in 2016, there has of course been much criticism of the criticism, but the criticism is based on direct observation and research, so here we go.
Dr. Aroup Chatterjee, a physician born and raised in Kolkata, spent years as an activist in the city’s slums and worked in one of Teresa’s charitable homes. Disgusted with what he saw, he conducted over a hundred interviews to write a book describing Teresa’s “cult of suffering.” Noted atheist Christopher Hitchens penned his own short polemical tome criticizing Teresa for using the wretched state of those she professed to help as propaganda pieces to promote fundamentalist Catholicism.
Tremendous amounts of money poured into the Missionaries of Charity, but most didn’t appear to find its way to helping those in need. Rather, it went toward converting people to Christianity. Children were tied to beds. Those dying in agony were given little more than aspirin. Hypodermic needles were reused, and there was zero privacy even for defecation. People with no medical training administered long-expired medicines. Shit-stained blankets were washed in the same sink as dishes.
The editor for The Lancet, who visited Teresa’s Kolkata hospice in 1994, described the care as “haphazard” and observed that many in the hospice weren’t actually dying, but simply ill; yet there was no proper diagnosis or effort to save them. Pain management was practically nonexistent. And a 2013 academic study out of the University of Montreal revealed that her hallowed image was carefully constructed by the Catholic Church rather than earned via merit, and that the missions practiced “caring for the sick by glorifying their suffering instead of relieving it.”
Mother Teresa said in 1981, “I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot . . . I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people.”
That’s fucked-up.
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