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A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beatified by the Catholic Church inMother Teresa of Calcutta was celebrated by heads of state and adored by millions for her work on behalf of the poor.

This was to guard against local or popular enthusiasm in the promotion of dubious characters. Unless by her utilitarian calculus the greater good is served by the money, of course. The scale alters with the perspective, and the perspective alters with the scale. 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: One can only observe the obvious: She has herself purposely blurred the supposed distinction between the sacred and the profane, to say nothing of the line that separates the sublime from the ridiculous.

She seemed missionsria with using only the simplest of means for our work. But this not the first time I am hearing such things about Mother Teresa. Robin Fox, who in was editor of The Lancet and who christoher his findings in that journal in an article hitchwns “Mother Theresa’s Care for the Dying” September 17, It makes for fascinating reading.

Hitchens initially wanted to title the book, Sacred Cowwhich would have been typical of his satirical onslaught. It also touches upon her friendship with John-Roger, the leader of a dangerous cult. This book made me think about a lot of things and raised a lot of questions. Of course this was only the case where politics didn’t involve moral issues, and she didn’t hesitate to give her blessings to demagogues who shilled her line. Hitchens makes a compelling case against her enterprise.

Because it’s so brief, I’m going with three stars instead of four. This makes true compassion difficult if not impossible. It’s too long and too comprehensive to work as an essay, but it’s too short and disorganized to work as a edlla. Christopher Eric Hitchens was an English-born American author, journalist and literary critic. Who would be so base as to pick on a wizened, shriveled old lady, well stricken in years, who has powizione her entire life to the needy and the destitute?


All facts are righ there.

Chrustopher, I think she was probably a very good woman, but it’s apparent that her methods in helping the poor were often misguided, to say the least. She mentions one patient in particular who was able to escape the hostel for a while, because a caring friend of Gillespie’s offered to take him in. See 1 question about The Missionary Position….

Jan 26, Kurt Pankau rated it it was ok.

View all 4 comments. The point is not the honest relief of suffering but the promulgation of a cult based on death and suffering and subjection. And in grand Hitchens style, he proceeds to midsionaria us, through facts and witnesses willing to be named and go on the record, a woman who uses her fame to hob-nob with the evil and infamous Charles Keating, Duvalier, Mariam of Ethiopia, Hoxha of Albania and on and on and on.

Whilst proselytising might not harm the poor many low-caste Indians have benefited materially by becoming Christians oosizione, damning abortion and birth-control is unlikely to alleviate the lives of the impoverished. Ever since Something Beautiful for Godthe critic of Mother Teresa, in small things as well as in great ones, has had to operate against an enormous weight of received opinion, a weight made no easier to shift by the fact that it is made up, quite literally, of illusion.

I happen to read ‘The Missionary Position: No chairs anywhere, there were just these stretcher beds.

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

I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a Hitchens title without broadening my cultural perspective a bit, and without learning a new word or two, as often as not some archaic Anglo-Saxonism–case in point, “pelf”, meaning “money”, from the same root as “pilfer”. This rather oblique compliment belongs to a more serious age. But I find Hitchens writing with an agenda. Lone self-sacrificing zealot, or chair of a missionary multinational? Vella enterprise is not only missionary in nature, a fact which is simultaneously taken for granted and completely ignored, but surprisingly unmerciful.

In her own words: They’re not being given painkillers really beyond aspirin and maybe if you’re lucky some Brufen christoopher something, for the sort of pain that goes with terminal cancer and the things they were dying of The inevitable result of this combination was an indifference to human suffering.


He is not objective. I wasn’t able to understand. del,a

I don’t know for certain, but at this point I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt occasionally. My initial impression was of all the photographs and footage I’ve ever seen of Belsen and places like that, because all the patients had shaved heads.

Mother Teresa is a religious figure and does not claim otherwise; it’s only natural that she would promote anti-abortion views and consort indiscriminately with despised characters, feeling that God loves everybody. In fact, Mother Teresa consistently resisted any moves to have adequate medical care there, while she availed herself of the best hospitals in the Western world when she was battling her own medical ailments.

The sisters planned to convert them into a homeless shelter. Mother Theresa had only one thing in mind to “save people for Jesus.

Mother Theresa was a calculating posizlone who knew exactly what she was doing.

La posizione della missionaria

Unremitting suffering is seen as ennobling and medical care is not a priority. He was a one-man-band against the ‘evils’ of the world and collected a global following which defied logic and common sense. Sam Thank you for mentioning Dr. That is her aim in life – all else, the hospitals, the orphanages, the care for the destitute and dying – are only the tools of the trade. Because if you were unaware of Hitchens’ argument, Mother Theresa of Calcutta seems to be one of the least appropriate target for such harsh criticism, even when the bile is produced by such a virulent contrarian and secularist as Hitchens.

To ask other readers questions about The Missionary Positionplease sign up. If Hitchens was right, and I know of no reason to believe otherwise, Mother Teresa was actually anything but a good person.