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Mother Teresa ‘Anything But A Saint,’ Researchers Claim

Mother Teresa 'anything but a saint'

Canadian researchers are calling Mother Teresa “anything but a saint,” claiming that her generosity does not stand up to analysis and that her beatification was simply an effective media relations campaign.

The researchers making the claim are Serge Larivee and Genevieve Chenard of the University of Montreal’s Department of Psychoeducation and Carole Senechal of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education. Their study will be published this month in the journal Religieuses.

According to the Daily Mail, the researchers studied nearly 300 documents about the life of Mother Teresa and concluded that several issues were ignored by the Vatican. They said the Vatican did not take into account “her rather dubious way of caring for the sick, her questionable political contacts, her suspicious management of the enormous sums of money she received, and her overly dogmatic views regarding … abortion, contraception, and divorce.” In fact, they claim, Mother Teresa actually thought it was beautiful to watch the poor suffer.

Still, the trio claims, the Vatican went ahead with her beatification and canonization “to revitalize the Church and inspire the faithful especially at a time when churches are empty and the Roman authority is in decline.”

The Times of India reports that doctors who visited some of the 517 “homes for the dying” that Mother Teresa opened in over 100 countries before her death observed a lack of hygiene and a shortage of food, painkillers, and care in these establishments. However, the problem wasn’t that there was a lack of funds, as the Order of the Missionaries of Charity raised hundreds of millions of dollars.

Larivee said, “Given the parsimonious management of Mother Teresa’s works, one may ask where the millions of dollars for the poorest of the poor have gone?”

The researchers also said that one of the miracles attributed to Mother Teresa, the healing of Monica Besra, was actually caused by drugs doctors had given her for an ovarian cyst and tuberculosis. However, the Vatican called it a miracle because a medallion blessed by the nun was placed on her abdomen.

“Mother Teresa’s popularity was such that she had become untouchable for the population, which had already declared her a saint,” Larivee said.

Still, even though her image may not be deserved, the researchers believe there is a positive effect to the “myth of Mother Teresa.

“If the extraordinary image of Mother Teresa conveyed in the collective imagination has encouraged humanitarian initiatives that are genuinely engaged with those crushed by poverty, we can only rejoice,” Larivee said.

Do you think the researchers are correct in saying that Mother Teresa was “anything but a saint”?

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15 Responses to “Mother Teresa ‘Anything But A Saint,’ Researchers Claim”

  1. Abraham Yeshuratnam

    Researchers have failed to realize the ground reality and that's the reason for accusation. Mother Teresa's facility was not a posh, super specialty hospital. It was an asylum for lepers and homeless patients. Patients themselves were not clean and in rags. You cannot expect ultra-modern treatment in that infrastructure. These researchers who cannot stoop even to touch such a patient or to accommodate these stinking patients should not throw mud on Teresa after her death.

  2. Juliet Jimenez

    Why was her facility not a "posh, super specialty hospital"?
    "… the problem wasn’t that there was a lack of funds, as the Order of the Missionaries of Charity raised hundreds of millions of dollars … Larivee said, 'Given the parsimonious management of Mother Teresa’s works, one may ask where the millions of dollars for the poorest of the poor have gone?' "

  3. Anonymous

    Why is it that people will attack good religious people to make a name for themselves? Don't we have enough evil in our world that we should appreciate and love those like Mother Teresa who give their ENTIRE life to help the poor and help those that their own countries do not care for? and abandon? I believe these people are truly the workers of the devil himself and we should ignore their research as a work of the devil which they themselves make money by selling their trash. How much money did they make or will make by continuing these false accusations against Mother Teresa? Please, let me see your bank accounts? May God have mercy on their souls because they will have to answer to God who is just and merciful…..(not like them) at their judgment day! I hope I will be there to see God's mercy on them. May Mother Teresa rest in peace in the arms of Jesus…her just reward for her charity and love for and to the poorest of the poor.

  4. David Latchman

    "Mother Teresa opened in over 100 countries before her death observed a lack of hygiene and a shortage of food, painkillers, and care in these establishments."
    Many of the people who came to these facilities came expecting medical care and were not given and were also put into unhygienic conditions. It wasn't that there weren't in an "ultra-modern" facility but the manner in which they were treated. There were doctors and specialists who volunteered their services but were turned down because of the "spiritual" belief that the poor and sick should suffer because Jesus suffered and died on the cross. This led to many people suffering. They weren't even given medication to alleviate that suffering.

    The point is, if this occurred in a secular hospital, administrators would be sued or called to face human rights abuses. Why should religion be held to a different regard in society and not be held accountable? No one should be able to use religion as an excuse to be inhumane to another.

  5. Anonymous

    David Latchman a Bullshit artist and knowlegable of nothing spouting his ignorance and lack of morals.

  6. Richard Byrnes

    Its sad that in this vain vapid world we have people who look to besmirch the reputation of a woman who tried to do some good in the world.

  7. Brian Haug

    That sounds awfully judgmental there… It appears you will have to be judged yourself for judging. :) I'm personally still on the fence about the Mother Teresa accusations – don't know and don't really care if they're true or not. As this article even states:
    "
    “If the extraordinary image of Mother Teresa conveyed in the collective imagination has encouraged humanitarian initiatives that are genuinely engaged with those crushed by poverty, we can only rejoice,” Larivee said.
    "

  8. Armando P Diaz

    "How much money did they make'? What I would want to know is how much money Mother Teresa really made and where did the millions she collected for the poor went. The facts are the facts and no faith can change them. It is no different than how many priests sexually abuse children and what the Catholic faith did to protected them.

  9. Maureen Hawkins

    As you say, the patients were not clean & were in rags–so, why didn't the staff gives them baths & clean clothes out of all the donated money?

  10. Tim Bentler-Jungr

    They are suffering from a fundamental misunderstanding of the concept of sanctity. No one is perfect, saints often least of all. Among the things that disturb them is that an elderly Catholic nun held conservative, dogmatic views. Shocker!