Mother Teresa a saint, but no action on pedos

The new Pope has declared that Mother Teresa is a saint, but strangely remains silent on the problem of pedos lurking in the clergy.

I guess his priorities are elsewhere.

Tens of thousands of pilgrims have flocked to St Peter’s Square for the Mass and canonisation.

Two miraculous cures of the sick after Mother Teresa’s death in 1997 have been attributed to her intercession.

In India, a special Mass was celebrated at the Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded in Kolkata.

Many pilgrims arrived at the Vatican before dawn on Sunday to get a good spot for the ceremony.

Cardinal Angelo Amato read a brief biography of Mother Teresa’s work, then asked the Pope to canonise her in the name of the Church.

Pope Francis responded: “After due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother bishops, we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a saint and we enrol her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church.”

Hundreds of Missionaries of Charity sisters attended the event, along with 13 heads of state or government.

Some 1500 homeless people across Italy have also been brought to Rome in buses to be given seats of honour at the celebration – and then a pizza lunch served by 250 nuns and priests of the Sisters of Charity order.

Oh great, some homeless people got a seat in a square…tomorrow they will still be homeless.

I’m a Christian but really struggle to believe in saints.


-Radio NZ

  • Charlie

    I’m descended from a saint and I struggle to believe in either them, their “miracles” or any of the primitive religious fairy tale that seem to do nothing but cause conflict and misery.

  • Cadwallader

    Some years ago the late Christopher Hitchens compared Mother Theresa to Paris Hilton on various grounds. Paris Hilton, he concluded, was more honest, less hypocritical and more likeable than the now Saint. Hitchens made the point that the Saint refused painkillers for the terminally ill at her hospital in Calcutta claiming “the more pain you feel, the closer you are to the Lord Jesus Christ who suffered on the Cross for you.” When the Saint herself contracted cancer she took advantage of modern medicine including painkillers as she sought solace in a private clinic in California at the expense of numerous charities. How close was she to the Lord in there?

  • andrewo

    Don’t look too hard at the saintliness of old Theresa: She worked in an Indian slum and part of her role was discouraging these poor, downtrodden women from using contraception.

  • exSME

    Let me put this as delicately as I can.

    Christianity has a large number of different denominations or “churches”. The Bible makes it very clear (Rev. 2 & 3) that some of them stray greatly from the teachings of Christ. And that the Lord will judge them at some point – His job, not ours.

    So if we are a little uneasy at the actions of a “church”, whether someone being declared a saint or much more egregious examples like the Spanish Inquisition, just remember that often these are not in accordance with the Bible.

  • Seriously?

    It is easy to be skeptical about the temporary suspension of the laws of physics, chemistry, and nature that allegedly allow some people and gods to perform miracles. But I have to say I was almost convinced by Dan Carter’s performances against the Lions in their 2005 tour of New Zealand. If Barrett can emulate that next year, I may have to reconsider religion.

  • Greg Nelson

    I have no issue whatsoever with someone questioning the concept of ‘sainthood’ as believed by Catholics, but it is disppointing that the issue of bestowing sainthood on someone like Mother Teresa who devoted her life to helping the poorest and most destitute of slum dwellers is used to bash yet again the Catholic Church for a totally unrelated matter. Please join the dots as to how the church’s recognition of selflessness on the part of a simple woman of faith and dedication has anything to do with pedophilia. Only an obsessive would make any connection.

    • ex-JAFA

      I think the criticism is that an organisation would rather make up fairy stories about an evil woman who is dead than address the wrongs its own people have visited, and continue to visit, upon the living.

      Another classic example is the penultimate sentence in the post: putting on a one-off feed for the homeless does nothing to stop them being homeless.

      • Greg Nelson

        ‘an evil woman who is dead’- dear heavens what kind of nasty planet do some people inhabit when they can write a phrase driven solely by hatred and cancerous malignancy. Very sad that your world view is so distorted.

        • Chris Bell

          Isn’t it great we can discuss this and not feel at risk of being described an apostate or a blasphemer – proof Christianity challenges us to seek an explanation for various actions without running the risk of being accused of betraying our God – same can’t be said for Islam where if you had such a discussion (yeah OK they don’t have saints) you would be subject to being killed!!

      • Nige.

        Have i missed something? Was mother Theresa evil? Or are you talking about someone else?

        Please, tell me more……

        • Doug

          The usual stories after someone like this dies, they didn’t do enough to help, they did things according to their religious beliefs which others disagree with, rumours of her having access to more money than she actually used to help.
          I would take a lot of these stories with a grain of salt, the rest by trying to understand her point of view

          • Rebecca

            Missionaries of Charity nuns vow to live lives of chastity, poverty, obedience and “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the
            poor.” That’s what MT lived by. Others prefer to pick through her life looking for nits to conflate, but they don’t like to talk about these inconvenient vows that she embraced wholeheartedly in a way that detractors never do.

        • Whitey

          I suggest reading The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, by Christopher Hitchens.

          • Usaywot

            Poor bitter Christopher Hitchkins. Sad man

        • Seriously?

          The Catholic Church used to hire a “devil’s advocate” to be a part of the process whereby they considered a candidate for sainthood. The advocate was tasked with arguing against the sainthood. A tester if you like.

          I understand that Chistopher Hitchens was hired in that role when on a previous occasion they were considering Mother Theresa’s sainthood, and that he did a particularly good job. I think Hitchens wrote the book that Whitey has cited as a result, and he did not have very nice things to say about her.

          I understand the Church has now discontinued the devil’s advocate part of the process, perhaps preferring faith to facts.

    • Wayne Hodge

      Except there are many like me, who question her ‘saintliness’

      • Greg Nelson

        And you are an expert on saintliness, are you?

    • Hard1

      I think Mother Teresa was caring in an environment where no-one else cared. I believe her motives were pure, and she was subject to human frailties like the rest of us.
      No-one can perform miracles, but the Catholics must maintain their dominance over the rising tide of Islamic Fundamentalism. Imagine, for example, a rigid Wahhabi Philippines in the place of extreme Catholic circumstantial poverty caused by too many children. Do Muslims use Condoms, by the way?
      I give Mother Teresa 7/10 for effort, in a world where few make any effort beyond their kinfolk at all.
      I still haven’t found a human leader who will give all for nil return. Gandhi may have been an exception, but no doubt there is a back story there as well. Every single Religious and Political leader these days follows the money, gets rich, gets friends and supporters rich, gets rid of opponents, with few exceptions. I think John Key is one of those exceptions.
      Is there a person alive who is beyond criticism?

  • Hard1

    You may have noticed that Faith Healers don’t work in hospitals. The Church’s desperate hunt for miracles includes people in entirely different continents. Shouldn’t there be an abundance of those healed, or does a Saint only get a couple per lifetime?

    • Seriously?

      As I understand it the Catholic Church only bestows sainthood on people that are shown to have performed at least two posthumous miracles (among other requirements). Pope Francis has canonized 29 saints so far – a minimum of 58 miracles.

      The Catholic Church is a fraudster.

      If they can prove just one miracle, that would be a miracle.

  • zotaccore

    Now this is something I don’t get “After due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance,…” What is this devine assistance, an 0800 number? So it’s a prayer (frequent at that) seeking assistance that is devine in order to make a decision about something that’s already been decided. I’m glad I gave up religion when I was an 8 yr old kid – it didn’t take too much convincing when the Sunday School teacher kept hitting me. Still I guess there must be some grand design plan in all this. In the meantime, will M.Teresa even know what’s happened?

  • Chris Bell

    It’s a bloody joke alright – and to think that John Paul 2 was made a saint by some very dubious miracles – and he was the Pope who went out of his way to protect pedophiles – I guess he is now the Patron Saint of Pedophiles…don’t believe it? – look at the film “Silence in the House of God”

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  • Martin

    Do you believe Jesus turned water into wine and walked on water? Noah’s ark? Decaying dead people brought back to life? I would have thought beliving in saints would be a snip.