Mother Teresa was no saint

Mother Teresa was no saint

Mother Teresa was no saint

Agnes Gonxha, the Albanian nun who became famous as Mother Teresa, was a political tool of the Vatican, adroit in legitimising corrupt dictators and outright crooks rather than in serving the sick and dying in whose name she earned her enviable reputation and fabulous wealth. Far from being a saviour, she was a suppressor of the poor, according to Christopher Hitches, author of Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice.

Teresa is currently the subject of scrutiny by Canadian researchers Serge Larivee and Genevieve Chenard of the University of Montreal’s department of psychoeducation and Carole Senechal of the University of Ottawa’s faculty of education. The trio debunks her sainthood as the creation of an orchestrated media campaign, a fact that Der Spiegel and author Aroup Chatterjee have long exposed as the brainchild of BBC documentary filmmaker Malcolm Muggeridge. Many have since attributed Teresa’s sustained glorification as part of Cold War propaganda regarding the ‘humanitarian face’ of the West as opposed to the stodgy harshness of the Soviet bloc.

One of Christopher Hitchens’s most startling exposes of Teresa pertain to her association with Robert Maxwell and Charles Keating, Jr. The flamboyant Maxwell somehow involved her in a fund-raising scheme run by his newspaper group, the Mirror Group. He then made off with the money. In fact, after his death it was revealed that he had even misappropriated the group’s pension fund. Many wondered how Mother Teresa had time to spare for such a wicked man.

Actually, she was exceedingly generous with her time when it came to rich (and dubious) persons. In the 1980s, Charles Keating (sentenced to 10 years in jail for his role in the Savings and Loan scandal, then among the greatest frauds in American history) set his eyes on the savings of small investors. Five US Senators doled favours to him in return for huge campaign donations disguised as other people’s money.

Keating donated $1.25 million to Teresa at the height of his success, though not out of his own pocket. He gave her the use of his private jet. Teresa, on her part, permitted Keating to exploit her prestige and gave him a personalised crucifix which he carried everywhere. But in 1992, after several political and financial crises, Keating was finally brought to trial. It was certain he would receive the maximum sentence permissible under California law.

Teresa made a dramatic intervention in the trial, writing to Judge Lance Ito for clemency for Keating, but omitted to mention her original involvement with him. Clearly expecting her reputation to do the trick, she said, “We do not mix up in Business or Politics or courts. Our work, as Missionaries of Charity is to give wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor. I do not know anything about Mr Charles Keating’s work or his business or the matters you are dealing with. I only know that he has always been kind and generous to God’s poor, and always ready to help whenever there was a need. It is for this reason that I do not want to forget him now while he and his family are suffering. Jesus has told us ‘Whatever you do to the least of my brethren … YOU DID IT TO ME’. Mr. Keating has done much to help the poor, which is why I am writing to you on his behalf. Whenever someone asks me to speak to a judge, I always… ask them to pray, to look into their heart, and to do what Jesus would do in that circumstance. And this is what I am asking of you, your Honour.”

The false innocence of this appeal riled Paul Turley, Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles, who was one of the prosecutor’s in the case. He crafted a response on his own initiative and as a private citizen, which he sent to Teresa.

This letter, which was made available to Christopher Hitchens exclusively, states, inter alia, “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.

“Mr Keating was convicted of defrauding 17 individuals of more than $900,000. These 17 persons were representative of 17,000 individuals from whom Mr Keating stole $252,000,000. Mr. Keating’s specific acts of fraud were that he was the source of a series of fraudulent representations made to persons who bought bonds from his company and he also was the repository of crucial information which he chose to withhold from bond purchasers, thereby luring his victims into believing they were making a safe, low-risk investment. In truth and in fact, their money was being used to fund Mr. Keating’s exorbitant and extravagant lifestyle.

“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.

“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.”

Needless to add, Turley received no reply from Teresa. This episode bears repetition as it is the best documented evidence of the hypocrisy and priorities of the person being fast-tracked to sainthood by a Church challenged by sexual and financial scandals.

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  • DarkAlley

    Sandhya you have so devotedly raised your voice against the paid-agents of the West.
    As it comes now, you stand vindicated.
    However,Christopher Hitchens actually called the bluff on Mother Teresa’s sainthood way back in !1996, when she was actually alive.
    I faintly remember reading a India Today-Hindi Edition with the cover magazine carrying the tagline something like- ‘Mother Teresa humne aapke bare mai aisa nahi socha tha’.

    I would try to look into India Today archives to locate thatedition, and would postlink should i get it.

    By the way, Mam kudos for being so blunt in your analysis of these Media Heros.

    • Rajalakshmi

      Sandhya Jain has always consistently been exposing the insidious chicanery of christian missionaries. Teresa is just one among those agents.

      Graham Staines from Australia followed soon. Who was actually exposed by Varsha Bhosle. They came armed with medicines for “eradication of leprosy
      and upliftment of tribals in Orissa (Odisha). But were heavily badmouthing HINDUS’ Sree Hanuman , Ram & Seetha. And lots more.

      English press & ndtv along with Somnath Chatterjees, DMK & CONgress misled the entire world distorting it. It was GROSS miscarriage of JUSTICE. Whoever set fire to Graham Staines was PROVOKED & WOUNDED enough to do so.
      Why can’t these christians accept their deaths as The LORD’s WILL & COMMAND???

    • Rajalakshmi

      Actually Sandhya Jain stands vindicated.

      Earlier Varsha Bhosle ALSO got it right EXACTLY the same way as Sandhya Jain. That ISLAM is NOT the threat BUT it is christian missionaries , their agents comprising of kollybolly filmstars , communists , CONgress , entire media , educational institutions , history books etc etc. Ofcourse corruption that is all pervasive among most HINDUS & Indians.

      You would find it is mostly brahmins who constitute communists , maoists & marxists of india.

      I have also SEEN & EXPERIENCED the TYRANNY & CLOUT of christian missionaries.

      Christopher Hitchen gets dwarfed before Swami Vivekananda. Who trenchantly warned them:-

      ” DO NOT sell your god. Sell your goods & services by all means.NOT your churchianity & god”.

      The missionaries have converted a lot of CHINESE students also who travel abroad for education. I attended one such evangelical meet & experienced. They capitalise on scarcities , ill health etc frequently engineering them. Too suave & knavish.

      SriVidya daughter of M.L.Vasanthakumari married a converted christian from Kerala. Who took all her earnings & THEN divorced her. She fell at the feet of this same GHOUL Teresa who advised the already tormented & penurious SriVidya to ” give & give , donate & donate more to wash off all your sins”.

      SriVidya died of cancer recently.

      • Atanu Dey

        I think that it is not necessary to overuse CAPITAL letters to make your point. In fact, if you have to shout to make a point, perhaps the point does not have much to begin with. Using capital letters is like shouting.

        This piece of unsolicited advice is given in the spirit of solidarity.

        Thank you.

        • Bharath

          Why are you so miffed if someone uses CAPS to stress their point? Either read the comment or be gone. Nothing personal.

  • Rajalakshmi

    Myself & my son were “learning” driving of both scooter (two wheel) & car (four wheel) from that dubious Raghavendra Driving school of Coimbatore owned by Brahmin hating DUBIOUS CHEATS.

    One of their female instructors was one insolent converted christian girl with bindi, holy ash , flowers in hair , bangles clad sometimes in simmmple looking salwar kameezes & suddenly in expensive Kanjeevaram Silk sarees. Who even before marriage was merrily having premarital “relationship” with another converted christian who called himself !!!!!!! *thirunavukkarasu*.

    Their entire family was more than affluent with CASH , WHITE GOODS & various FREE luxuries including a FREE HOUSE , FREE vehicles handed over FREE by christian missionaries.

    She tormented me to no end.Purposely came very late and / or absented herself. Would NEVER inform me at all.

    While riding one useless scooty belonging to that DACOITS infested Raghavendra Driving School she NEVER would let me balance or even help me in achieving balance.I know no cycling. (My father working in Jute Mills could not afford to buy a single bicycle. Other children of D.Gupta & one Dolly Pujari or Tijari , Sinhal , Mulesh Jain , Dikshits etc were always riding bicycles in those verdant lawns of Budge Budge New Central Jute Mills).

    This converted christian INSOLENT LYING CHEAT tamilian instructor PURPOSELY always held on to my scooty for that designated 30 mins ONLY so that they could protract on & on thus making FILTHY LUCRE.

    One day she turned up five hours late in that SaiBaba colony flat. I asked her reasons for non punctuality. At once she threw a WILD TRANTRUM SCREAMING & CRYING :-
    ( SIC)
    ” This upper caste BRAHMIN woman coming from Gulf country whose ancestors practised untouchability (peppered with routine aryan dravidian diatribe) is so arrogant, treating me disrespectfully….” went on & on.

    Not a single person despite knowing facts stood up for me.Including the brahmin RICH landlords & landladies.

    Serendipitously, one day she was accosted by her converted christian boyfriend while “teaching” me , she left me alone. At that time someone who has been watching this charade of “scooty learning” who was professional coconuts picker atop a coconut tree in that area tersely gave me verbal instructions on the secret of achieving balance. I did & suddenly to my delight was merrily riding all over making turns & twists.

    At once she came RUNNING & UPBRAIDED me insultingly with her menacing paramour shouting:-

    ” Who asked you to ride? How dare you ride ?? How dare you get balance without my permission & certifying “.

    And snatched the scooty & zipped away with that paramour.

    ALL the petrol cost , mobile grease etc etc were all BILLED to me. She always had a gala time with her boyfriend tirunavukkarasu in that scooty BUT BILLED everything to ME Justifying with CRIMINAL AUDACITY I ought not to object as I spent some years in Kuwait & I am a BRAHMIN.

  • Rajalakshmi

    Sandhya Jain ,

    When this GHOUL of Calcutta Albanian Nun Teresa was allegedly “indisposed” Rajdeep Sardesai , Sonia Verma , Barkha Dutt , Prannoy Roy the whole team of NDTV routinely were praying , CRYING & glorifying this GHOUL. At that time Rajdeep Sardesai was with NDTV. Incidentally Barkha Dutt was almost sure of marrying this Rajdeep Sardesai. The duo of CONNIVING CHEATS were inseparable once upon a time.

    Then he got married to Sagarika Ghose. All these open secrets were getting published in various newspapers & journals.

    Teresa’s expenses were all borne by OUR NATION.

    DMK’s murasoli maran despite being UBER rich looted OUR TAX MONEY to keep his own CADAVER respirating for a very very L….O…..N….G time.
    Shockingly this LOOTING was never questioned by RSS & various hindutvavadis as apparently this murasoli maran thundered at WTO or Davos trotting out words like free markets , liberalisation blah blah. Thus feted by FICCI IDIOTS & Omkar Goswamis of Business India . And India Today.

    • arvin

      So you are upset because u sucked at driving a two-wheeler. Lol.

      • Rajalakshmi

        Impressed by your amazing comprehension skills:-((

        With cretins like you infesting Planet Earth in plenty, indians DESERVE lots of bomb blasts !!!!

  • Atanu Dey

    True evil is that which disregards human suffering. Hitchens called Teresa hell’s angel

  • Padmaja

    Christianity is like Hypertension- The Silent killer. Unfortunately this has penetrated so deeply throughout this country , especially Kerala, Mangalore and Northeast.All over India , if you see any orphanages run by the Mother Teresa mission , even a slum in Dharavi would look more cleaner than these orphanages. and people think that these guys are doing a yeoman’s service.
    Their method and mission is only evangelism , charity was never their motto.
    Unfortunately these aspects can never be highlighted in the mainstream media to create awareness, because of the “pseudo secular approach”
    Its high time we unite to eradicate this silently virulent menace in this country

  • Rajalakshmi

    Let me have the pleasure of busting the EGO of certain IITians & allegedly computer & tech savvy globe trotters.

    That use of capital letters in en ENTIRE post reads like shouting was told by an ENGLISHMAN many many years ago on BBC. I forget the name of that British Gentleman. He was the one who hosted Click Online first on BBC.

    Many womenfolk used to like him very much for his good looks I have read & heard.

    There is an extremely simple & honest reason for my resorting to capitals.As I am not at all computer savvy. I just DO NOT KNOW to use italics & highlighting etc.

    I SPURN “solidarity” coming from egoistic & DISHONEST TITANS. So what if they lecture at Berkeley:-((

    I know such people also cringe at emoticons used by me.

  • KK

    Gosh! Why are we still giving out Mother Teresa memorial awards like these:

    If only the awardees bothered to find out !

  • Rajalakshmi

    My late brother J.Prakash never got a chane to read Christopher Hitchens and Swami Dayananda of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam.

    On HIS OWN visited several orphanages run by Teresa’s missionaries of charities in Calcutta ( KOlkata) & told me the really starving , famished sick & poor were left to languish uncared for further. They were not even given milk to drink , the fruits many altruistic people donated , even bread loaves were often cruelly snatched away from them. Many were physically assauted with sticks , chains & brooms. All done by local goondas ostensibly doing voluntary service in her missionaries.

    My brother visited not one but several of Teresa’s orphanages & centres. Everywhere it was the same he told me.

    I was appalled as so called investigative reporter M.J.Akbar a close pal of Rajiv Gandhi had a lot to talk about “police brutality” BUT had nothing but UNALLOYED praise for this GHOUL Teresa. One entire SUNDAY magazine was devoted to glorification of this Teresa.

    Jug Suraiya’s Junior Statesman published the same Teresa exhorting all Indians to forego their occassional cone ice cream , cup ice cream of koooality ( many of us are not Sachin Tendulkars to eat vada paavs in upscale five star hotels but had to do with all fake ones .Thus bought calculators made by SHRAP company ( optical chicanery substituting SHRAP for SHARP of JAPAN)koooality for Kwality, ulhasnagar sindhi association was abbreviated into made in “USA”) & donate that to Teresa instead.

    Today you find Harvard returned wicked ‘baxter’ oops P Chidambaram calling aam janata spendthrifts for enjoying an occassional choco bar.
    FICCI IDIOTS find nothing wrong with such haranguing:-((

    • Bharath

      Astounded by your words.. GOSH!! Great…. :)

      • Rajalakshmi

        Thank you very much !

        It is important I point it out here & now itself. Many preceded atanu deys & rajeev srinivasans in literally crucifying me for what I AM & my style of expressing myself. I refused to bend myself to be “accepted & approved”.So the next cruel step by my adversaries was to brand me “insane/bipolar/mad/arrogant/uncompromising/ not fit for kaliyuga blah blah….You know the rest.

        My Homeopath told me NEVER to go against the grain of my NATURE. The moment you do it or get coerced into recanting by forcefeeding of psychitry drugs, threats, blackmailing you end up confronting a “stranger in the mirror”.

        It is the SAME SIMPLE truth that is told by ALL SEERS. Let there be perfect alignment between thought , word & action. That is Sathyam. That is Ssivam. That is Beauty ( John Keats).

        It is actually INDIANS who thwart originality. Muzzle truth. Indians are excessively UNPARDONABLY self congratulatory.And CRUEL , MALICIOUS , MEAN MINDED.

  • Rajalakshmi

    The TRUTH being Varsha Bhosle was threatened by communists of India as she was stating all facts not cut & paste articles. Varsha Bhosle is not a coward who could be muzzled easily. The threats were dire. Thus she stopped writing in rediff. Rediff’s Keralite one Balakrishnan Varsha Bhosle FEARLESSLY wrote is ” a communist a treacherous one not to be trusted ” who along with others ensured she was intimidated & had her removed from

    Varsha Bhosle being a woman , a sharp shooter far more perceptive than many good for nothing males , hindus like Nagabhushanam & Shadow Warriors were did not stand up for her. Nagabhushanam gloated writing “….she was booted out”. Shadow Warrior IITian called her “militant maratha”.

    After her death caused by psychotropic mind altering toxic drugs the same shadow warrior came up with most inane comment in turgid prose like “one seat yonder among the stars in the sky always reserved for warriors like you hail to theeeee…….”.

    I stand vindicated again. Most IITians are brain dead hiiiighly qualified.

  • Rajalakshmi

    What about Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswathi who had bullets pumped into Him at close range when He was in His Bath ??

    Evangelicals in cahoots with maoists did that. Odisha’s Patnaik is a wily christian appeaser.

    All media went into overdrive blaming it on hindus, casteism blah blah.What about rape of nuns of Madhya Pradesh by hindu upper castes when NO RAPE ever took place?

    President Musharraf DID get it RIGHT. He observed with acerbic wit:-

    ” Those wanting to go abroad get themselves gangraped “.

  • Rajalakshmi

    BEWARE of this Vijay tv Tamil Nadu. A tad too over smarmy. Extremely anti Hindu. Anti Vedic. Or rather SECOOOLAR.

    In a programme called Acchamillai Acchamillai hosted by sanctimonious secooolar brahmin actress Lakshmi ( Julie / Chattakkari / Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal) several times married , abandoned her own legitimate daughter but ADOPTING some orphan christening her sarmishta as that is so buddhist dalai lamaish secoolaar.

    That Lakshmi told an OUTRAGEOUS LIE on Viajy tv in that programme that she was an “unwed mother” as though her first husband Bhaskar had raped making her give birth to an illegitimate daughter. NOT AT ALL. It was a formal traditional wedding as Lakshmi herself chose this Bhaskar calling him her “lover”. She wrote a detailed article ” My Love Marriage”.

    Many filmstars like Padmini , Kanchana etc attended it.All photos in colour were published.Parupputhengai etc she wore nine yard saree with a rose garland around her & Bhaskar like all men wore suits & ties sitting cross legged with a rose garland around his neck.Her daughter was named Shanthameena & some “poet” called Suradha claimed he came up with some impromptu compositions soon after her delivery etc etc.

    This Lakshmi was very close to DMK Karunanidhi confessing “she could not resist falling in love with his kannithamizh”.Acted in many of Karunanidhi’s movies.

    Suddenly joined BJP standing beside Advani one day.

    God alone knows what transpired after that.

    In that show on tv a blind Pentacostal man appeared with his wife telling honestly how very CRUEL christian missionaries ACTUALLY ARE when this Lakshmi at once MUZZLED him. Prevented him from talking further asking him to leave. She shouted telling:-

    ” Do you know how cruel Hindus are….ask Arundathi Roy…..the Hindus took away the womb of a MUSLIM woman , carved OM on her forehead …..”

    This OUTRAGEOUS FABRICATION has been PROVED a wanton one by Sri.Balbir Punj much earlier.

    YET Lakshmi had the gall to repeat it on Vijay tv. Trust me none of the programmes aired are LIVE. I know. Everything gets censored , manipulated to suit their agendas.

    Lakshmi is very close to kamalhassan & was quite close to late writer Sujatha also. Her husband Bhaskar found her disloyal while she acted in Chattakkari with Kerala actor Mohan. She said “the role demanded intimacy…I am very pure”. Subsequently she started living with Mohan.
    Then separated & married one Sivachandran.

    In between she impresses gullible masses like Amala wife of Nagarjuna blue cross socialite by feeding an abandoned fawn some milk allegedly got from a cow in her OWN house..the orphan sarmishta….all dutifully photographed & presented by paid columnists.

    You get the drift????

    • Rajalakshmi

      I am sorry.
      Lakshmi christened the orphan girl after adoption ‘Sangamithrai’ not Sarmishta. And it was reported she was forever “donating a lot” to one Udhavum Karangal organization. She herself sain on that programme how “forward & liberal” she is unlike “stupid orthodox” hindus. By inviting all kinds of women widows , married & blah blah during Navarathri doing nalangu to them ALL & giving the usual betel leaves blah blah.

      In the same breath encouraged & forcefully advocated pre marital , extra marital , lesbian & ilicit sex among women. She justified all with the following opening lines:-

      ” My hummmmble pranams to all..women also have lots of SPECIAL desires ..please I hereby request you all to understand ( here she gave her very special smile that make idiots get swayed enough conferring awards & crying what a talent…what emotive capabilities) & make latitude for that..”

      Then many women would either tell over phone or in her studio about their clandestine promiscuous sex with married men , boys etc etc….All of it were justified by telling “because of lack of manithaneyam in Tamil Nadu they were RESPONSIBLY creating manithaneyam pannpaadu blah blah with such promiscuity …boo hooo…after all love is god….better to have loved & died than to have never loved….all SHOULD somehow or other fall in love …otherwise life is not worth living…this is the ONLY birth chance we all get…so enjaaay (ENJOY) by loving here & there & happily leave the world satisfied you have lived a fulfilling manithaneyam filled life”.

      All clapped & she bowed & smiled.

      • Rajalakshmi

        The guffawable statement of Lakshmi in the same programme was:-

        ” I have also read the entire works & sayings of Kaanchi Paramacharya…I also know everything….you know that cycle pedalling….momentum carrying you forward…..”

  • Rajalakshmi

    There is another celeb called Gita Bennett settled in America.

    Daughter of some well known Carnatic male singer.Plays veena , writes short stories , novellas ( I personally found them all extremely boring , SILLY & pretentious) married to an American called Bennett who apparently came to learn music from her father & fell in love with this daughter married etc etc.

    Once she interviewed this actress Laksmi asking the same IDIOTIC questions
    ” how do you manage to stay slim & sexy(!) despite being a mother & much married” etc etc where in the midst of lies mixed with half truths she again said she “suffered” under her Bhaskar…I eat enormous kilos of ghee, cream , full cream milk , sugar , butter , parathas YET I somehow manage slim body….”.

    Suhasini the wife of Mani Rathnam allegedly belonging to freedom fighters family ZAMINDARS from Ramanathapuram had the MOST SHOCKING question to ask the same Gita Bennett. They are perennially globetrotting. Her son a COMMUNIST in LONDOn , one sister a doctor in Holland …..honeymooning in Australia with Mani Rathnam…yet Mani Rathnam’s OWN male sibling committed suicide as he could not pay his creditors.

    The question asked by Suhasini bosom pal of Khushboo is:-

    ” Gita Bennett , you have been living in AmericaAAAA for so long….please help me solve one puzzle without which I cannot get over my insomia….how come the lipstick on Hollywood actresses’ lips remain perfect even after kissing the men on screen tellmetellmetellmetellme…..”

    Know the QUALITY of poltroons we the aam janata gape at awestruck. This is very imperative as we are empowering the same people to govern, guide & counsel…

  • DoesItMatter

    Check out what Aroup Chatterjee has to say about Teresa, there have been voices all the time brining attention about her intentions and activities. However, the public sentiment is strongly in favor of Teresa.

  • Rajalakshmi

    Apologies for typo.


    Lest any IITian bitten by solidarity bug point out this BIGGGG mishtakke (mistake).

  • Bong

    The first time i ever heard Teresa criticized was in the late 1980s or early ’90s in an article by Germaine Greer. It was a reprint in one of the few national papers of the time (i think, a Sunday edition of IE, but i may be wrong). I have always been deeply suspicious of missionaries so i started reading this with a ,”Ho hum, not another adulation of that old hag.” But the article tore into her holy facade, presenting it as so much acting to impress the gullible, of her cadging free tickets off airlines. It also savages her for getting special permission from a credulous Gen. Manekshaw to allow her workers to follow the victorious Indian Army into Bangladesh to snap up any available orphans for conversion. Apparently, the atrocities of the Pakistani army had provided a windfall of orphans. If this is true, it is depravity of the worst sort. Even vultures feed on the dead, but at least they wait till the victim is dead. Since Greer was a feminist, her main grouse, naturally, was of Teresa’s stand on divorce, contraception and abortion.

    I haven’t been able to find that article again, even on the internet, though there are a few references to the fact that Greer was an early critic of Teresa.

    But even now criticism is a voice in the wilderness. This selfsame Canadian study mentioned in Sandhya’s article also appeared in an edited form in the UK paper Daily Mail a couple of days ago. The readers’ comments were mainly a storm of protest with the strongest comments getting the largest number of approvals from the readers. Truly, the education standards in UK are appalling. They still believe that Teresa used to pull dying people out of the gutters (she never did any such thing), that the benighted caste-riddled Hindoos would have still been wallowing in their misery but for these missionaries, and the rest of the hogwash. The more the church feels the heat, the more grimly they’re going to hang on to their mythology. And Teresa is a part of that mythology.

    • Rajalakshmi

      @Bong ,

      Actually I like this Germaine Greer very much.I bought her book called ‘The Female Eunuch’ as a lot of what she states is amazingly SO TRUE.

      I had to get that cover concealed with an opaque thick paper which was done by my guileless male colleague Manas Dutta Chowdhury of UCo bank Southern Avenue.

      Within a week Mohan my CRUEL Duryodhana brother snatched it away from me like everything else.Much later in Kuwait when I mentioned my liking Germaine Greer at once I was pounced upon & ridiculed by jean clad bobbed haired modern yuppie women hailing from ostensibly cosmopolitan Bombay (Mumbai). They had the silliest arguments to silence me brutally:-

      ” Rajalakshmi …don’t ever mention her name…Germaine Greer is a (sic) feminist , lesbian blah blah “.

      Both neighbours are heavy globe trotters shopping in JCPennys , wearing only made in Germany expensive footwear , have tinted hair , drool over Robert Redford , listen to Rod Stewart, watch harcoreporn REGULARLY along with lots of friends , cricket etc. Both are muslims. One of them is settled in Canada. Husband from IIT. The other one lives in Kuwait.Born & brought up here. Both have branded me hindu foe / traitor &…..

      WHAT A BLESSING in disguise!!!

  • A

    The christian saints are the exact opposite of the Indian concept of holy men. The cult of christianity gives sainthood to anyone who is useful to the church, i.e., propagates the jesus cult. The Pagan mathematician philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria was murdered on the order of Cyril, the Bishop of Alexandria, and Cyril was given a sainthood for this. Quite a few popes had mistresses and were paedophiles, one can find a few christian saints among these. Mass murderer of Hindus in Goa, Xavier, is a christian saint as well.

    More info on Teresa –

    • Shrinivas Tilak

      “A” in his comment said,”Quite a few popes had mistresses and were paedophiles…” Hope 135 cardinals who have arrived in the Vatican to elect the new Pope will keep in mind this serious charge. In fact, a group representing American survivors of sexual abuse by priests named a ‘Dirty Dozen’ of cardinals it said shouldn’t be ‘papabili’ or candidates because of their handling of child sex abuse claims. The list of those deemed unsuitable to succeed Benedict XVI was announced on Wednesday (March 6, 2013)on the basis of “their actions and/or public comment about child sex abuse and cover-up in the church,” according to SNAP (the Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests): (1) Norberto Rivera Carrera (Mexico); 2) Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga (Honduras); (3) Timothy Michael Dolan (NY USA); (4)Angelo Scola (Italy); (5) Tarcisio Bertone (Vatican Secretary of State, Italy); (6) George Pell (Australia); (7) Dominik Duka (Czech Republic); (8) Donald Wuerl (Washington DC USA); (9) Marc Ouellet (Quebec, Canada);(10)Sean O’Malley (Boston, USA); (11) Leonardo Sandri (Argentina); (12)Peter Turkson (Ghana).

  • Vikram Venkatesh

    What is happening is that Satya Sai Baba is trying to prevent the revival of our culture, and he is trying to prevent anyone who can help that, or who has helped that (Rabindranath Thakur) in the right way through knowledge, from doing that by associating them with foreigners, demeaning their names, or devaluing their contributions in some way. Ram Swarup died the day after Christmas. He’s made Prema Sai Baba look like Jesus.

  • Dr. Arthur Ide

    Agnes Gonxha has a checkered past: from her earliest childhood years to that fortunate day when her body no longer breathed. I have many Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim friends in India, and for the past thirty years heard not a single favorable comments concerning this con-artist. Instead my mailbox, and then my e-mail was saturated with accounts of how she would beg for money to buy shelters for the poor, diseased and dying people of Calcutta, and turn the money over for investment or to build homes for aged Roman Catholic priests, confiding “it is god’s money, and god must decide its use” that always matched the needs of fat Christian priests and those whom the Roman Catholic hierarchy in India felt were the most deserving: including pedophiles who attacked young girls and boys.

    One of those who was in contact with this non-saint was the flagellant Josemaria Escriva, the founder of the odiously opportunistic Opus Dei that demanded a world conversion to Rome. He whipped his flesh so raw that his bathroom was splattered with his blood, and the vile creature who history records as Mother Teresa of Calcutta was heard to remark frequently “through pain there is joy” and “by suffering there is salvation” a mark of masochism that levels any rise in human actualization to the nadir in psychosis. This is what the Roman Catholic Church wants, an institution that did not exist before 325 CE when the Emperor Constantine created his “catholic [universal] church” at his Council of Nicaea (Eusebius, Vita Constantini” 36-37).