Christopher Hitchens on Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Based on his book, The Missionary Position, Xopher Hitchens presents a short film on the woman who duped us all.

Fast-tracked to sainthood by the man who helped protect the murderers of his predecessor, Karol Józef Wojtyła (Pope John Paul II), the self proclaimed champion of the poor, spent much of her life courting the rich and the powerful, turning a blind eye to the despotic regimes and raised millions in donations for her squalid ‘home for the dying’ in Calcutta, India. But where did all that money go?

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Discovered after the making of this film and the first edition of Hitchens’ book, it was revealed in numerous letters Teresa wrote to her bishop, during her life, that she in fact had lost her faith in God and was encouraged to shoulder the burden of her deceitful life, as Christ had borne the weight of the one true cross.

5 comments on “Christopher Hitchens on Mother Teresa of Calcutta

  1. Found you (again) because I am listening to Christopher Hitchens audiobook “God is not great” and wanted to see what blogs were out there about C.H. This documentary against M.T. is quite interesting — I think its interesting my generation has always been admonished to be more like her, when it turns out she’s so far from any form of ethical compassion.

  2. Glad you found me (again) Kaekiri – I take it you used to read the old blog too? Did you used to have a different user name?

    I’ve just ordered The Missionary Position by Hitchens, which should be a great read. Check back soon!

  3. She is so revered, and it makes me ill. I can’t tell you how many times over the years her name has come up in my English classes and people swoon, oh, Mother Teresa. Try to get into any discussion of what she actually did and you’ll draw a blank, but try to play devil’s advocate and suggest she’s overrated. People get very touchy.

  4. You have got to be kidding. You have obviously never worked with the poor or spent any time with the women of her order. I suppose those facts don’t matter.

  5. I would have thought the real problem for people like yourself, who’ve decided no matter what people like me say, simply because I disagree with your religious beliefs, I must be therefore automatically wrong on everything I understand to be true; that the real facts that matter, regardless of her having been discovered to be an atheist after her death, are those questions about her financial activities, which can be distinguished as truthful and therefore separate from the blatant Vatican propaganda.

    Assuming we can agree this is reasonable position to move forward from, surely you can also agree that her defenders insistences which go along the lines of making a special exception in her case, or that it doesn’t matter where the millions of dollars in donations to her order actually went; that there must have been some divine rhyme or reason as to why the nuns to which you refer were instructed to throw out perfectly good beds and soft furnishings from a building which was donated to their order in downtown San Francisco – so as to make it a place where the poor would feel closer to the poverty of Christ, simply holds no water as any kind of defence – especially of someone so popularly assumed even among non-religious people, to be the very definition of kindly and good.

    No genuinely posed questions of her actual motives (if she indeed had any, other than to spread the hard line brand of Catholicism which she shared with the then Pope) are answered by bleeding heart sympathy for the woman, who was demonstrably and actively disinterested in alleviating actual suffering and staunchly against any form of liberation theology or renewal.

    If she had any interest at all in ending the suffering of the people in her hospitals, you would hope that, as a demonstration of this, her followers and supporters might be able to account for where at least a small percentage of the donations given to her were best spent – but as you can read simply from the efforts of Deputy District Attorney, Paul W. Turley alone, none of those funds (which in Charles Keating’s case weren’t even hers to keep in the first place) were ever traced (or given back to the people they were illegally taken from) – least of all were any of them properly accounted to have been spent on specific areas of treatment for specifically ill people in her specific “care”.

    If you can prove otherwise, there’s a comment box in front of your mouse gasping for links and verifiable evidence to be pasted into it – but I rather suspect from your defensive tone, this will be either the last we’ll hear from you, or you’ll attempt to defend her further with either a line from the bible or some other religious vocabulary, which among the converted to which you usually preach passes for an answer, but in reality is the exact opposite.

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