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Friday, August 05, 2005

Mother Teresa slammed. Again

After Christopher Hitchens damning indictment of Mother Teresa, we now have another reflection on her tarnished legacy. Widespread abuse has been discovered in many of her orphanages and as one doctor says, "the Indian government is 'terrified' of her reputation but if similar practices were found in any other home, it would have been shut down."

Try this on for size:

"She cynically campaigned against birth control and contraceptives and did everything that she could to make the population problem more acute. The more born in misery and hopelessness, the more souls she would be able to save and more the brownie points that she would have to win the prize in heaven (sit next to Jesus Christ) and on earth (made into a saint by the bishop of Rome.)"


Blogger arZan said...

This is a great post.

I stumbled upon it through Atanu Dey's post.

Read my comments on the issue there. Keep on plugging away. U r doing yoemen service.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 2:17:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Thanks, keep reading. I rather like having readers in New York.
The halo over Teresa needs to end.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 9:53:00 am  
Blogger Vasco Pyjama said...

Thanks for these, Antony.

I have a confession to make. *blush* I decided to become a development pracitioner / aid worker at the tender age of ten, and my two sources of inspiration were Mother Teresa and Bob Geldof. They were my heros and icons.

It was only later that I realised that Mother Teresa did not practice development, but charity. She did not believe in changing existing structures and the sick system that feeds her with leprosy sufferers and orphans. It is work like hers' that inspired the old Community Aid Abroad (now Oxfam Australia) slogan of For Change, Not Charity. This slogan still sits snugly in my mantra list.

Thanks for reminding me why.

Saturday, August 06, 2005 1:25:00 pm  

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