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Instead, I find petulance and nastiness take over, just like when I read any kind of fundamentalist, whether it be Christian, Islamic, liberal, feminist, American exceptionalist, or whatever.

They would also have to attack and discredit Susan Shields, Dr. And a lot of the donations came from questionable sources like Charles Keating, a fraud who was imprisoned for 10 years for his part in the Savings and Loans scandal in the early 90s.

Mother Teresa made a great show of helping only the poor. Dave Clarke nothing, that’s kinda of the point, in her twisted ideology, pain and suffering brought you closer to her imaginary friend in the sky She valued their suffering and felt that it was in service to Jesus.

Christopher Hitchens has removed the veil of Sainthood from the much publicized and adored Nobel Peace Prize winner and looked at her critically by analyzing stone cold facts.

Hitchens – brilliant in his prose, unpopular in his opinions.

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens

Mother Teresa is probably the last person I’d expect to be the target of an angry expose. Nowadays I am a lapsed Catholic and willing to admit many failing in the Church’s practices. A short and pithy read for questing minds. Much of the publicity around Mother Teresa is revisionistic and dubious, and her displays of humility are an act.

Quotes from The Missionary Po No one knows how much money she had, but she never used it for the poor, these had to continue to suffer and to live in poverty. Feb 29, John rated it liked it Shelves: May 25, Among his many books, perhaps none have sparked more outrage than The Missionary PositionChristopher Hitchens’s meticulous study of the life and deeds of Mother Teresa. Hitchens cites testimonials that make it appear that people under the care of the Missionaries of Charity suffered needlessly not because of a lack of funds, but because Mother Theresa sought to maintain conditions of poverty.


Its citations are sloppy. Fundamentalism is fundamentalism, and Hitchens is as fundamentalist as they come. I also don’t really understand why he would put himself in any other position than his own? While she certainly held some political proclivities that I wouldn’t agree with, I’m not sure how valid it is to criticize Theresa for photo ops with Reagan and Thatcher.

Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. This book needed to guide the reader, but Hitchens never constructs anything like a narrative. I’m assuming the letter was viewed by the lady herself, and that the ill-gotten gains weren’t instead kept or diverted by administrators – yet either way, the charge remains: He tackled issues which defines history, and attracted debate and headlines.

The point is not the honest relief of suffering but the promulgation of a cult based on death and suffering and subjection.

Missinaria think that Catholics shouldn’t read this book, they would never believe it and I don’t think that it would open their eyes. This is a woman whose fame rests upon her help with the poor, and yet she failed to use her power and hittchens to alleviate their suffering by encouraging the many world leaders she met to work on this issue.

Of course, when it came her own health problems, she had no problem blowing off the kisses of Jesus and seeking care in the best medical facilities the West has to offer. I rated it so low only because it was too short. Hitchens dances around this, but never quite nails it. View all 15 comments.

She does seem to have been very consistent on those issues, although Hitchens’ critique of her position suffers from Hitchens died this week so I figured it was high time to read his critique of Mother Teresa. Lewis is to American Evangelical Christians. Mother’s theology glorifies suffering.

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

The second group of objections definitely has more validity. He has a premise and he looks for evidences to support it. Seeing the pain caused by the blunt needles, some of the volunteers offered to procure more needles, but the sisters refused. Can you follow in Mother Teresa’s footsteps? I have never known Mother Teresa personally to be able to say anything about her but the kind the work she had started and the kind of work that the Missionaries of charity are still doing especially in India surely deserves praise and nothing less: A Bengali woman named Monica Besra claims that a beam chritopher light emerged from a picture of MT, which she happened to have in her home, and relieved her of a cancerous tumor.


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To aid in this point, Hitchens marshals testimony from medical professionals who had visited the Missionaries of Charity home for the dying in India, who nearly unanimously decried the unacceptable conditions under which people were receiving treatment.

Mother Teresa is a font of unhelpful platitudes which do not hold up to scrutiny but are viewed as profound simply because she said them. It’s good to know that things changed and aren’t anymore as explained in the book. Dec 14, Greg Brozeit rated it it was amazing Shelves: Suffering isn’t something to be avoided. It’s hard to see how someone who professes to work for the poor would keep money chriwtopher was basically stolen from ordinary people.

I have read several rumors about Mother Theresa through the years and was curious.

You would be surprised how many Catholics actually do not believe that Mother Teresa was all that saintly. March 4, — Shelved as: That is her aim dela life – all else, the hospitals, the orphanages, the care for the destitute and dying – are only the tools of the trade. I would agree with Hitchens that, ultimately, she might have even ended up doing more harm than good.

Hitchens wonders what became of those funds, but can provide no answers. Refresh and try again. The conditions i This book is quite shocking and insightful book book for me.