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Mother Teresa: a saint, or the face of the Catholic Church’s good publicity?

by Michelle Ylaya 

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The recent canonization of Mother Teresa into sainthood has brought out criticism from the secular world.

In a recent online article from The Independent, Douglas Robertson echoes some of the views of Mother Teresa’s critics, reiterating that Mother Teresa promoted Christianity that many consider dogmatic and concludes that the hype surrounding Mother Teresa’s entry into sainthood is simply just for the Catholic Church’s publicity.

“Mother Teresa was a celebrity, with a very well-managed brand,” the article says. Robertson points out that The Catholic Church is merely using Mother Teresa’s  “hippie” image to cover the negative connotation that surrounds the Catholic Church.

And that’s why according to Robertson, the Vatican is celebrating Mother Teresa “in this ostentatious and rather costly fashion.”

The author attacked “the good person with a benevolent heart” view that most people have about Mother Teresa and argued that her stance on most issues such as contraception, abortion, and homosexuality were weak.

Robertson quoted the nun’s views on abortion and contraception and hinted that her views were shallow and lacked enlightenment.  This is perhaps the author’s main criticism of Mother Teresa – that her views on issues critical to poverty did not help the argument for the creation of policies that could have improved the lives of the needy.

The article slams Mother Teresa in a rather unkind manner as other critics have done in the past (most notable is Christopher Hitchens’ description of Mother Teresa as “a lying, thieving Albanian dwarf) but fails to clearly point out the deficiency in Mother Teresa’s outreach. In defense of which has helped millions of people in India.

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Robertson’s criticism of Mother Teresa is really a criticism against the Catholic Church and everything it stands for.  Mother Teresa was after all only a devout nun who followed the Catholic Church.

And out of everything that the article has said, one thing stands true and that’s the fact that Catholic Church does indeed not have access to the political system in England (the land where The Independent hails) and especially not in India where Mother Teresa serves the poor.  Therefore, what influence did Mother Teresa have in terms of policy-making while the separation between Church and State stands?

Mother Teresa’s “brand,” as Robertson puts it, is that of love, mercy, and charity it cannot be more than what it says its.  The Catholic order Mother Teresa founded has helped millions of people in India

If Mother Teresa’s view of Christianity is merely dogmatic, as other Christian foundations can be found to be, what other religious dogma or indeed other non-religious affiliated organizations can attest to the same thing?

Mother Teresa is a saint and the occasion made world headlines, whether Douglas and the rest of her critics like it or not.  Mother Teresa has given her life for her cause and by doing so she has changed the world.

To read Robertson’s article on Mother Teresa visit:


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