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Mother Teresa Humanitarian Image A 'Myth,' New Study Says

Posted by on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:09 PM
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A new study by Canadian academics says Mother Teresa was a product of hype who housed the poor and sick in shoddy conditions, despite her access to a fortune.

The Times of India, reporting on the controversial essay, wrote that the authors asserted Mother Teresa saw beauty in the downtrodden's suffering and was far more willing to pray for them than provide practical medical care. Meanwhile, researchers say, the Vatican engaged in a PR ploy as it threw aside concerns about her suspicious financial dealings and contacts to forgo the five-year waiting period to beatify her.

One of the researchers, Serge Larivee of the University of Montreal's department of psychoeducation, told the school's website, “Given the parsimonious management of Mother Theresa's works, one may ask where the millions of dollars for the poorest of the poor have gone?”

The research paper claims that the celebrated nun had 517 missions in 100 countries at the time of her death, but that the majority of patients were not cared for properly and many were left to die, according to the university website. In addition, the Vatican is said to have ignored a doctor's assertions when it concluded that a Mother Teresa miracle healed a woman who had tuberculosis and an ovarian cyst.

Researchers Carole Senechal of the University of Ottawa and Larivee and Genevieve Chenard from the University of Montreal came to their conclusions by examining 96 percent of the originally researched, published works about Teresa, according to the U of M website. Their findings are to be published in French-language journal Studies in Religion/Sciences.

Some of their references included medical journals and British journalist Christopher Hitchens, who called Mother Teresa a "fraud."

Other researchers have criticized Mother Teresa's efforts in the past. Mother Teresa: A Biography, written by Meg Greene and published in 2004, recounts an article by the Lancet medical journal that outlined the neglect and lack of expertise in a Calcutta facility established by Mother Teresa.

The website of the Nobel Peace Prize, which Mother Teresa won in 1979, takes a far more positive view of her deeds. It celebrates her early work in Calcutta's slums and credits her order and its outgrowths with providing "effective help to the poorest of the poor in a number of countries." Indeed, the U of M paper even concedes that one of her legacies is the generation of humanitarians she inspired.

Mother Teresa died at age 87 in 1997

by on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:09 PM
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DonnaNoble
by Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:10 PM
Christopher Hitchens said this for years.
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:14 PM
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I have often heard, and read, much of what is stated in this article.

What is the 'truth'?

Some where in the middle probably.

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Honestly I don't know what to think about it. I always thought about her as this saint wonderful kind woman who saved lives.

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:17 PM

 

I didn't know.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

I have often heard, and read, much of what is stated in this article.

What is the 'truth'?

Some where in the middle probably.


 

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:18 PM
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Quoting annabl1970:


I didn't know.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

I have often heard, and read, much of what is stated in this article.

What is the 'truth'?

Some where in the middle probably.



I'm sure some here may have never heard about this before.  Some, no doubt, will go to their own graves praising her.  

It's always good to post what  you want and let people discuss it.  Or just read it. ;)

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:20 PM
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Quoting annabl1970:

Honestly I don't know what to think about it. I always thought about her as this saint wonderful kind woman who saved lives.

No one could be as 'saintly' as she was portrayed.  At least I don't think so.  

Not to say she did not do good.  But to the decree we are all lead to believe, I just have never truly believed it.

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:31 PM

 

That so true! I just never thought about her like that.

Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting annabl1970:

Honestly I don't know what to think about it. I always thought about her as this saint wonderful kind woman who saved lives.

No one could be as 'saintly' as she was portrayed.  At least I don't think so.  

Not to say she did not do good.  But to the decree we are all lead to believe, I just have never truly believed it.


 

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