|St Theresa with the Reagans – who unleashed the Contras on Nicaragua and supported the death squads of Central America|
surrounds the canonisation of Saint Theresa of Calcutta has nothing to do with
her ‘saintly’ qualities and everything to do with a propaganda exercise by an
institution that is in desperate need of a public relations makeover.
|An Indian worker at Bhopal where thousands died and thousands were injured by the US multinational Union Carbide|
Christopher Hitchens, who infamously defended the Iraq War and George Bush’s ‘war
on terror’. An ex-Trotskyite he panicked
with 9/11 and fell for the flattery of the neo-conservative Right. He took the path that many on the Left took
before him when he bestowed his talents on the very war mongers and mass
murderers that he himself had castigated.
|Baby Doc – tyrant of Haiti and friend of Saint Theresa|
But despite his
eventual failings, Christopher Hitchens produced a remarkable film and a book Mother
Theresa, ‘The Missionary Position. In 2001, Hitchens testified in opposition before the body of the Washington Archdiocese
that was considering the cause of Mother Teresa’s sainthood. He described his
role as that of the traditional devil’s
advocate charged with casting doubt on the candidate’s sanctity.
Mother Teresa was beatified in October 2003.
Hitchens marked the occasion by questioning the speed of the modern
beatification process and describing “the obviousness of the fakery”
of the miracle attributed to her. He repeated his thesis succinctly: she
“was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty”
and “a friend to the worst of the rich”. He wrote that the press was
to blame for its “soft-hearted, soft-headed, and uninquiring
propaganda” on her behalf.
|When receiving the Nobel Peace Prize St. Theresa singled out abortion as the greatest evil in the world|
Calcutta had no proper beds, gave no medical attention or succour to the dying,
had an open toilet. Yet millions of
dollars were raised on account of this shabby building, for which no accounts
have been produced. Watch the film and
see for yourself how the Catholic Church has consciously used the myth of the
dictator’s friend Mother Theresa to rehabilitate its image in the wake of the
continuing scandal of its child abuse.
|Father Bernard Aristide – popularly elected President of Haiti who the Catholic Church forbade to say mass and who was expelled from his Order|
|St Theresa urged Thatcher to repeal the 1967 Abortion Act|
|Haitian military that St Theresa supported|