» 03/04/2013, 00.00
Canadian study criticizes Mother Teresa. Mumbai Doctor: Vulgar defamation
A group of researchers accuse the founder of the Missionaries of Charity of mismanaging large amounts of money and of having "loved" the suffering of the sick, but not curing them. They also accuse the Vatican of exploiting her beatification to bring faithful to the Church. Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, "Her hostels are places of love, in its purest form."
(AsiaNews) - A vulgar exercise in defamation intended to tarnish the work of
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. This is the
reaction of Dr. Pascoal
Carvalho, a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, to the controversial report
issued by a group of Canadian researchers, in which the founder of the
Missionaries of Charity is defined as "anything but a saint." The
article will be published this month in the journal of religious and scientific
According to the
authors - Serge Larivee and Genevieve Chenard, Dfrom Montreal University's Department
of Educational Sciences, and Carole Senechal, rom the Faculty of Education at
the University of Ottawa - the figure of Mother Teresa is the result of an
orchestrated and highly effective
media campaign, which has been "generous" in giving prominence to her
prayers, but "miserly" in speaking of the millions received by
the foundation. The study says that Mother Teresa actually felt it was
beautiful to see the poor suffer and preferred glorify the pain of the sick
rather than alleviating it. Moreover, the report charges that her hostels have
poor hygiene standards and lack food and medicine. The Vatican, says the investigation, overlooked this
aspect, proceeding to her beatification to "revitalize the Catholic
community and inspire the faithful, at a time when the churches are empty and
the authority of the Church is in decline" .
Teresa - is Dr. Carvalho'se response to AsiaNews commenting on the Canadian
study -was always very clear about her mission and was well aware of the
criticism. She said: 'We are not social workers, we are contemplatives in the
heart of the world, because we touch the
body of Christ, 24 hours a day. 'I myself have met Mother Teresa and I went to
Nirmal Hriday [the first house open by the Blessed in 1962 in Calcutta, ed]: it
is a place where love, in its purest form, is practiced
In the study, Larivee
also levels criticism at the Blessed for her "overly dogmatic" view
of abortion, contraception and divorce. But
Mother Teresa, notes the Mumbai doctor,
was "an ardent and tireless champion of the unborn, according to who the
greatest destroyer of peace is abortion, because it is a war against the child,
a direct killing of the small and innocent,
the murder of a mother. 'Human life is sacred, and its dignity and sacredness
are part of our Catholic identity. "
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