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Who is the Real Mother Teresa?

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
    Portland, OR
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    Mother Teresa is well known for her work with the poor and sick throughout the world and that image has been cemented in countless of people's minds. In 2003, the Catholic church beatified her after concluding that she healed Monica Besra, an Indian woman suffering from a tumor in her abdomen, even though many people thought that the Church's decision was made in haste and without reasonable proof of Mother Teresa's role in curing her. The doctor working on Ms. Besra insisted that the tumor wasn't malignant, but instead was caused by complications to tuberculosis and was cured by a regime of medicines that she took for up to a year.

    Regardless of the controversy surrounding her beatification, Mother Teresa's holier than thou persona is starting to be heavily scrutinized. A recent report out by a team of Canadian scholars seriously questions Mother Teresa's actions regarding the poor. They claim that Vatican didn't seriously take into account her ''rather dubious way of caring for the sick, her questionable political contacts, her suspicious management of the enormous sums of money she received, and her overly dogmatic views regarding, in particular, abortion, contraception, and divorce.''

    The researchers claim that Mother Teresa was far more interested in glorifying the poor and weak's suffering instead of using the vast wealth at her disposal to actually do something about it. There are multiple instances of her offering prayers to individuals after disasters, but not giving any monetary or food aid.

    Many people may not agree with me, but I think it's suffice to say that Church politics may be the driving force behind the drive to elevate her to sainthood. The Church would much rather people not know about her dealings with dictators and tyrants throughout the world and instead focus on the saintly image that they have worked so hard to present to the world.