I don’t believe I have been doing either interrogating Newcomer or dissecting her beliefs. I merely agreed that MT (Mother Teresa) might not be as good as her PR and she entered a conversation with me. We have always gotten along fine despite that we don’t see the world the same.
I have given you eyewitness accounts and a story from a respected news outlet. I purposely skipped over the similar stories from Mr. Hitchens because some bias would be claimed because he is an noted atheist and not a big fan of any church. The fact that she accepted some of the money Charles Keating swindled from his investors, asked the prosecutor to be lenient on him and didn’t return the money when asked is all a matter of public record.
Of course these things look like sour grapes. They always do. I remember when Lance Armstrong was at the top of his popularity and a few lone reporters were saying, hey wait a minute, there is some evidence he may have been doping. The response then? Not that, hey you may have a point and we should look into that some more. The response was, hey that’s sour grapes, why are you trying to take him down?
There is plenty of good evidence in just what I provided that she may not have been everything that her PR says she was. This isn’t just some crackpot conspiracy theory, there is good information behind it. The people who raised the complaints, regardless of their views, deserve better than accusations of sour grapes.
Would you believe a Dr. who viewed her facilities and found an lack of use of anesthetic which kept people needlessly in pain and purposely operated inefficiently because of the belief in providence which most likely led to plenty of needless death? Is that good enough?
“There are doctors who call in from time to time but usually the sisters and volunteers make decisions as best they can. I saw a young man who had been admitted in poor shape with high fever, and the drugs prescribed had been tetracycline and paracetamol. Later a visiting doctor diagnosed probable malaria and substituted chloroquine. Could not someone have looked at a blood film? Investigations, I was told, are seldom permissible. How about simple algorithms that might help the sisters and volunteers distinguish the curable from the incurable? Again no. Such systematic approaches are alien to the ethos of the home. Mother Teresa prefers providence to planning; her rules are designed to prevent any drift towards materialism…Along with the neglect of diagnosis, the lack of good analgesia marks Mother Teresa’s approach as clearly separate from the hospice movement. I know which I prefer.”
Dr Robin Fox, The Lancet, 17 September 1994 issue
I’m sure she wouldn’t have thought herself as evil or as a sadist. But her own quotes reveal a person that thinks that poverty and suffering bring one closer to god and she dedicated her life to bringing people closer to god. Her actions would seem to be entirely consistent with that belief.
Bad things are done under good intentions all the time.