Sunday, December 20, 2015

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The manufacture and sustenance of the impression that "Calcutta is a hellhole" was therefore "Essential indeed to the whole Mother Teresa cult."
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The manufacture and sustenance of the impression that "Calcutta is a hellhole" was therefore "Essential indeed to the whole Mother Teresa cult."

Christopher Hitchens' iconoclastic polemic against Mother Teresa makes for riveting reading. Uncomfortable questions are raised that beget even more uncomfortable answers. An icon suffers from the harsh gaze of an unsentimental critic.
Given Christopher Hitchens' strong atheist views, it is perhaps not surprising and even inevitable that he would have trained his guns on Mother Teresa at some point. Mother Teresa was the brightest beacon of the Church in Asia, a continent where the Church remains convinced a "great harvest" of heathen souls awaits in the new millennium.
What does surprise, however, is the persuasiveness of the author's arguments, the polemic against theSaint of the Gutters. At the end of this short book – all of 128 pages, I was more convinced that there had been something fundamentally fake about Mother Teresa, and more's the pity, since she commanded the kind of attention and following that could have been used for effecting great, and good, change for the poor.
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