New Delhi: The Vatican City will be canonising Mother Teresa on September 4, effectively putting an end to questions about whether the healing nun would be honoured with sainthood or not. Many around the world remember Mother Teresa as a saintly figure bestowing help to those who are in dire need of it, and many have read of her miraculous power over the sick and the diseases that crippled them.
However, there is a prominent voice resonating in the country where Mother Teresa actually served, one that reiterates accusations of medical negligence and financial mismanagement at her care homes.
Mother Teresa was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu to Albanian parents in what is now Macedonia. Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity homes for the dying won the Christian nun the Nobel Peace Prize, effectively making her a figurehead of Christian missionaries all around the world.
Mother Teresa has been criticised for her staunch opposition to contraception and abortion by one of her most vocal critic Christopher Hitchens. Hitchen’s accused Teresa of using the passion of the Christ as an inspiration for treatment of the poor and sickly. The glorification of suffering under Mother Teresa’s care home allegedly exacerbated the symptoms of the poor people who needed immediate medical treatment.
Another critic of Mother Teresa’s care home, Hemley Gonzalez, said that the nuns washed the needles under tap water and that facilities inside the care homes were horribly messy. Gonzalez accused Mother Teresa’s Missionaries for Charity homes as practicing medical negligence.
Many who criticise Mother Teresa also make it a point to draw out huge financial donations that came her way when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. After her fame, her charity gained insurmountable number of donors, some of whom were allegedly from corrupt financiers.
However, for the believers of the faith and the faith in the motherly love of Kolkata’s selfless nun, Mother Teresa is a saintly figure rightfully deserving of sainthood in the Vatican City.