Charles Keating gave other people’s money to Mother Teresa

Charles Keating\'s campaign against ‘Hustler’ magazine was featured in the film ‘The People Versus Larry Flynt’

Charles Keating's campaign against ‘Hustler’ magazine was featured in the film ‘The People Versus Larry Flynt’

This is Charles Keating. He stole $252,000,000 (£126,671,335) from people who he tricked into thinking they were making low risk investments, but were in fact funding his exuberant lifestyle and his frothing at the mouth hate campaign against anything non-catholic which he considered to be therefore pornographic and sinful.

Mother Teresa really liked Charles Keating. So much so, in fact, did she really not want him to go to prison, for fleecing thousands of hard working Americans out of millions of dollars, some of which she had gratefully received as gifts from Keating, that she wrote to the trial judge on his behalf, begging for the understanding Jesus would show to such a generous man.

Mother Teresa\'s letter to judge Ito in the trial of Charles Keating

Mother Teresa's letter to judge Ito in the trial of Charles Keating, taken from Christopher Hitchen's book 'The Missionairy Position: Mother Teresa in theory and practise'

In her letter to the judge, she claimed to know nothing of Mr. Keating’s business or politics. To remind her of these trifling details, the deputy district attorney replied to Mother Teresa – explaining in no uncertain terms that, in his view, Jesus himself, if confronted with a man like Keating, would have no qualms about returning the money which had been given to him as it had been given to her, by a confidence trickster of Mr. Keating’s gaul and self-righteous insistence that other people are to blame for his actions.

Dear Mother Teresa:
I am a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County and one of the persons who worked on the prosecution of your benefactor, Charles H. Keating, Jr. I read your letter to Judge Ito, written on behalf of Mr. Keating, which includes your admission that you know nothing about Mr. Keating’s business or the criminal charges presented to Judge Ito. I am writing to you to provide a brief explanation of the crimes of which Mr. Keating has been convicted, to give you an understanding of the source of the money that Mr. Keating gave to you, and to suggest that you perform the moral and ethical act of returning the money to its rightful owners.

The biblical slogan of your organization is ‘As long as you did it to one of these My least brethren. You did it to Me’. The ‘least’ of the brethren are among those whom Mr. Keating fleeced without flinching. As you well know, divine forgiveness is available to all, but forgiveness must be preceded by admission of sin. Not only has Mr. Keating failed to admit his sins and his crimes, he persists in selfrighteously blaming others for his own misdeeds. Your experience is, admirably, with the poor. My experience has been with the ‘con’ man and the perpetrator of the fraud. It is not uncommon for ‘con’ men to be generous with family, friends and charities. Perhaps they believe that their generosity will purchase love, respect or forgiveness. However, the time when the purchase of ‘indulgences’ was an acceptable method of seeking forgiveness died with the Reformation. No church, no charity, no organisation should allow itself to be used as salve for the conscience of the criminal.

Mother Teresa meeting the then head of the world\'s oldest intelligence agency and executor of the richest tax exempt organisation in the world.

Mother Teresa meeting the then head of the world's oldest intelligence agency and executor of the richest tax exempt organisation in the world.

I remind myself of the biblical admonition of the Prophet Micah: ‘0 man, what is good and what does the Lord require of you. To do justice, love mercy and walk humbly.’ We are urged to love mercy but we must do justice. You urge Judge Ito to look into his heart – as he sentences Charles Keating – and do what Jesus would do. I submit the same challenge to you.

Ask yourself what Jesus would do if he were given the fruits of a crime; what Jesus would do if he were in possession of money that had been stolen; what Jesus would do if he were being exploited by a thief to ease his conscience? I submit that Jesus would promptly and unhesitatingly return the stolen property to its rightful owners. You should do the same. You have been given money by Mr. Keating that he has been convicted of stealing by fraud. Do not permit him the ‘indulgence’ he desires. Do not keep the money. Return it to those who worked for it and earned it!

If you contact me I will put you in direct contact with the rightful owners of the property now in your possession.

To this day Paul W. Turley awaits a reply from Mother Teresa, as do the thousands of people Charles Keating swindled. If she is the shining light of Catholic Christian values; the torch barer of all that is moral and good, we are constantly told by the religious only those with faith in God can espouse and exude, you’ll forgive me if I don’t hold my breath while waiting for someone to effectually excuse her simple inability to read the above, understand its modest requests and act appropriately.

19 comments on “Charles Keating gave other people’s money to Mother Teresa

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  2. So she had approximately 5 years to give the money back before she died. And to think they’re trying to rush her to sainthood. Perhaps these people should sue the Missionaries of Charity? And if the catholic church moves forward in reference to her sainthood, these people should sue the church. We’re sue-happy here in America. This is actually something worthy. I’m not quite sure who I hate more – George W or the catholic church.

  3. Great letter. Was the D.A. writing because he was involved with the case, or on his own?

    Oh, and for a wonderful skewering of the Catholic Church in L.A., see the movie True Confessions with Robert duVall and Robert DeNiro. Brilliant.

  4. Interesting, her name is a part of culture, linked to excessive empathy. I was talking this over with friends, and we always commented that if we did something too nice as kids, our parents would rebuke us by saying, “Who do you think you are, Mother Theresa?” They were sold the story of her generosity and so our generation totally bought into it, cause, we’re kids, how the heck do we know who mother theresa is? I’m grateful for people like Christopher Hitchens, and this DA, and Penn &Teller, and countless others who have brought this issue to light for her supposedly loving treatment. It wasn’t just the fact that she was bribed by the Catholic Church — the conditions in her ‘hospital’ were deplorable by medical and especially ethical standards.

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  8. If there is least truth in the DA’s letter to The Mother Theresa – The person proven to be guilty of stealing money (of every single person – deprived or well off), should voluntarily accept and return the money as his tribute to The Mother Theresa who has chosen to write a letter to the Judge for him.

    By the way, Hi SarahHeartburn – Does motives matter or should the facts?

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  11. Never knew about this until watching a Dave Hunt video the other day. I am now in research mode. There are many things I do not know about thus far. Did Paul W. Turley actually write this letter of which we have no official copy? Did Mother Theresa ever actually receive it if it was in fact written to her? if the answer was yes to the 2 prior questions, Had Mother Theresa already utilized the money in one of her many projects to help the poor? Why is it that Paul W. Turley an assistant D.A., responded to Theresa’s letter which was written to Judge Ito? Should it not have been from Judge ITO himself?
    I have more of an issue with Mother Theresa accepting the John Templeton award for theological promise in 1973. John Templeton Did not stand for biblical principle. He instead embraced all religions (including islam) per his book “wisdom from world religions” {Every religion has an assemblage of acknowledged spiritual ideas or truths, often recorded in sacred scripture and literature and practiced in the accumulated teachings and traditions of many generations. This book offers a selection of readings from the teachings of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Persian, Native American, Sikhism, Taoism, Zen, and Zoroastrianism}. It is my belief that Templeton’s vision was to help create a one world religion, picking and choosing from all known religions.
    If I was offered 5 billion dollars to accept an award that represented something so far and removed from my Biblical Christian beliefs, and values, I would absolutely turn it down politely. Billy Graham is also a recipient of the Templeton award.

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  13. First of all she never did any kind of charity with the money she received in India, second all her So called Miracles were FAKE and managed, No one knows what happened to her Billions of green back, now see whats happening in her charity homes, they snatch Babies from poor mothers and sell them to make money. I mean all these in the name of Christianity? what kind of belief is this?

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