Mother Teresa News: A saint or a fraud?

Mother Teresa News: A saint or a fraud?

Beatified in 2003, Mother Teresa or now known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, has become one of the most influential religious personalities of this generation. She was finally canonized into sainthood by the Catholic Church after almost two decades of being beatified by John Paul II. The canonization of Mother Teresa may be one of the world’s most trending news today, a truly momentous event for many, but not everyone has the same sentiment towards her.

An article published by Huffington Post stated that according to a 2013 study conducted by the University of Ottawa, Mother Teresa’s image did not live up to the facts about her kindness and generosity. The study described it as a ‘result of a forceful media campaign from an ailing Catholic Church’.

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“Her Missionary of Charity was (and still is) one of the richest organizations in the world, and yet at the facility under her watch, used syringes were rinsed with cold water, tuberculosis patients were not put in quarantine and pain medicine was not prescribed. Mother Teresa believed that suffering made you closer to God,” Genevieve Chenard said in an article she wrote for the New York Times. “Maybe her reputation influenced people to do good, but her real work doesn’t stand up to her reputation, and she certainly doesn’t deserve a sainthood.” Chenard is a professor at the University of Montreal and was a co-author of an academic study on Mother Teresa.

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Although allegations of fraud are piling up against Mother Teresa and the Catholic Church, many believers still defend the newly canonized nun. Some say that these ridiculous attacks were made by people who do not really understand situations people experience living in developing countries.

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