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For many, it would be simply sacrilegious to even suggest, let alone accuse Mother Teresa of being uncaring, but a new Canadian study calls her a creation of an "organized, effective media campaign". The study says that she was generous with prayers but miserly with money when it came to helping humanity.
In this respect, the study resembles conclusions drawn by the documentary “Hell’s Angel” made some two decades ago for the BBC by Tariq Ali. The film had also tried to somehow prove that she tried to “feed off” the sufferings of the poor and the sick. Evidently, at that time too, it had raised a lot of controversy.
The new, controversial study to be carried by Religieuses, says that Teresa — known as the apostle of the sick and the downtrodden — actually felt that it was beautiful to see the poor suffer. The study adds that the Vatican overlooked her crucial human side and her way of caring by glorifying suffering instead of relieving it. Instead, the Vatican canonized her (made her a saint) to revitalize the Church and inspire the faithful.
The researchers have concluded that her hallowed image was “constructed” and that her beatification was "orchestrated" by the media. The Vatican, before her beatification, ignored "her rather dubious ways of caring, questionable political contacts, suspicious money management, and dogmatism over abortion, contraception, and divorce."
Teresa had 517 missions which welcomed the poor and the sick in 100+ countries. Two-thirds of the people coming going there hoped for a doctor, while the rest lay dying without proper care. Her popularity was such that she had become sacrosanct for the masses, which had already declared her a saint.
The study, however, concludes on a surprisingly positive note and says that there could be a positive effect of the Mother Teresa myth, "If the extraordinary image of Mother Teresa in the collective imagination has encouraged humanitarian efforts for with the poor, we can only rejoice".
(N. B. We would like to clarify here that we hold Mother Teresa and her work in the highest esteem. The views expressed above belong solely to the researchers and we have reproduced them here with the sole intention of providing information to our readers. The article should not be construed to mean our endorsement of any view / s expressed herein)