Mother Teresa ‘a friend of poverty, not of the poor’ ~ Carol Hunt, Sunday Independent, 20/12/2015.
Evidence shows that Mother Teresa took pleasure in the suffering of the poor, so why do we revere her, asks Carol Hunt.
When her helicopter touched down at Knock in 1993 there were thousands ready to greet her. She met everyone who mattered. Taoiseach Albert Reynolds and his wife Kathleen were among the faithful who stood in line to give obeisance to the diminutive, ostensibly humble nun, the famous Mother Teresa. As Christopher Hitchens succinctly put it (C4 documentary, Hell’s Angel); “Not many claims made by the Irish clergy are widely or uncritically accepted, even in Ireland, but the saintliness of an Albanian nun, named Agnes Bojaxhiu, is a proposition that’s accepted by many who are not even believers.” He added drily: “Mother Teresa herself receives extravagant adulation as no more than her due.” And why shouldn’t she? As Hitchens wrote: “Who would be so base as to pick on a wizened, shrivelled old lady, well stricken in years, who has consecrated her life to the needy and destitute?”