Mother Teresa Humanitarian Image A 'Myth,' New Study Says

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    Mar 05, 2013 6:50 AM GMT
    Mother Teresa Humanitarian Image A 'Myth,' New Study Says

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/04/mother-teresa-myth_n_2805697.html
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    Mar 05, 2013 2:25 PM GMT
    Honestly, I don't know what to believe....

    One of my closest friend's brother, Ron, was dying from AIDS back in the 80s and went overseas to work in one of her charities. He said nothing but great things about her on his return and had established a good friendship with her.

    He could be very outspoken and hot-headed, so had she judged him on his sexuality or illness I think there would have been no friendship.
    One day she called the house to speak with Ron. My friend's Mom at first didn't believe it was her calling, lol.

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    Mar 05, 2013 3:10 PM GMT
    True, most organized religions scare me at least a bit, some a bunch, but there's little to dispute that catholic charities overall have done a lot of good in the world. I don't know what to believe here. I'm very reluctant to believe that she was some wicked witch.

    Everyone makes mistakes and not everyone will agree with tough decisions that must be made so the temptation and opportunity is always there to slime someone of good repute.
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    Mar 05, 2013 3:37 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree saidTrue, most organized religions scare me at least a bit, some a bunch, but there's little to dispute that catholic charities overall have done a lot of good in the world. I don't know what to believe here. I'm very reluctant to believe that she was some wicked witch.

    Everyone makes mistakes and not everyone will agree with tough decisions that must be made so the temptation and opportunity is always there to slime someone of good repute.


    I don't think she was a witch, but was human.

    Too often we think of these people as pure goodness in human form without realizing that we all have good and bad qualities to us.
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    Mar 05, 2013 3:59 PM GMT
    Mother Teresa wasn't actually a living saint. Shocking news.

    As for the less than stellar conditions of her missions all over the world... let's all be real. Calcutta was a squalid nightmarish hellhole when she got there. It didn't turn into a paradise through her presence, but I don't think any of those "Untouchables" suffering in terrible agony from leprosy were complaining that the glass of water she handed them in the desert wasn't as big as it could be.
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    Mar 05, 2013 4:31 PM GMT
    topathlete saidWhatever the truth to the study, it seems to be part of a larger trend of the left to diminish symbols or figures of Christianity and gloss over the faults of Islam.


    You've noticed that too?
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    Mar 05, 2013 4:35 PM GMT
    Who cares?!?!?! The woman is dead, and whether it is true or not she did work for the poor and helped lives. Did she like suffering too much? Yes, but weren't all the people suffering already before she got there? Didn't she make their lives better, with her presence?

    The woman did no harm in her entire life...it's not like she covered up some big conspiracy. Just let the woman rest in piece. geez icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 05, 2013 4:41 PM GMT
    This seems in poor taste...and I'm not even the biggest fan of organized religion.

    She certainly did a fair amount of good - and trying to defame her and trash her name in death is just...shitty.
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    Mar 05, 2013 4:43 PM GMT
    Just forget it...Take the good, leave the bad(if you believe it)
    Just Inspire from the good things she did...and you help others who are in desperate need!
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    Mar 05, 2013 4:47 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]meninlove said[/cite] Honestly, I don't know what to believe..../quote]

    I certainly wouldn't believe the religion-bashing media.

    And if she knew how to "rake in donations" so what? Most of her charities were funded largely by and relied heavily on private donations.

    At over a billion world-wide Catholics and their church provide more in the way of charity to the needy than any other religious group around, independent of religious affiliation. Most of Mother Teresa's charity cases were either Hindu or Muslim.

    The Archdioses of New Orleans (where I live) was a pioneer in providing housing and hospice to the victims of AIDS at a time when most healthcare professionals were afraid to even touch them.

    I could recount more but to paraphrase author Franz Werfel: For those who want to believe otherwise, no amount of apologetics is possible.
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    Mar 05, 2013 4:52 PM GMT
    7Famark saidThis seems in poor taste...and I'm not even the biggest fan of organized religion.

    She certainly did a fair amount of good - and trying to defame her and trash her name in death is just...shitty.


    I whole heartedly agree but really must add: A fair amount of good?! I would venture to say she did far more good than all her detractors combined. Also, her religious order continues to thrive and is carrying on her mission around the world. That's more than can be said for her shitty detractors.
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    Mar 05, 2013 4:53 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan said
    topathlete saidWhatever the truth to the study, it seems to be part of a larger trend of the left to diminish symbols or figures of Christianity and gloss over the faults of Islam.


    You've noticed that too?


    It's disturbing.
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    Mar 05, 2013 4:53 PM GMT
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    7Famark saidThis seems in poor taste...and I'm not even the biggest fan of organized religion.

    She certainly did a fair amount of good - and trying to defame her and trash her name in death is just...shitty.


    I whole heartedly agree but really must add: A fair amount of good?! I would venture to say she did far more good than all her detractors combined. Also, her religious order continues to thrive and is carrying on her mission around the world. That's more than can be said for her shitty detractors.


    Okay....nit picky on wording much?
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    Mar 05, 2013 4:59 PM GMT
    7Famark said
    UndercoverMan said
    7Famark saidThis seems in poor taste...and I'm not even the biggest fan of organized religion.

    She certainly did a fair amount of good - and trying to defame her and trash her name in death is just...shitty.


    I whole heartedly agree but really must add: A fair amount of good?! I would venture to say she did far more good than all her detractors combined. Also, her religious order continues to thrive and is carrying on her mission around the world. That's more than can be said for her shitty detractors.


    Okay....nit picky on wording much?


    Not nitpicking, just taking the opportunity to piggyback on your words to illustrate the magnitude of what she's accomplished. I meant no harm to you. After all I said I whole-heartedly agreed with you!

    Sheese! Some of you guys are soooooooooooooooooooooo touchy.
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    Mar 05, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
    topathlete saidWhatever the truth to the study, it seems to be part of a larger trend of the left to diminish symbols or figures of Christianity and gloss over the faults of Islam.


    LOL. Crap, as warm and as smelly as it gets.

    Because your post is so agenda laden and idiotic, I'm only going to give you a tiny taste of how wrong you are.
    http://www.thechristianleft.org/

    Pay close attention to this: "Ed Schultz asked on his radio show recently, “Is there a ‘religious left’?” Yes, Ed. There is. We are The Christian Left. We’re all around you. We’re among the people. Take a look. We’re part of the Body of Christ. We’re Christians. We’re Liberal. We make no apologies. In fact Jesus' ways are “Liberal.” That’s why He was killed. The Pharisees and the Sadducees were the conservatives of their time. This is clear. Oh and Ed, we love you. Keep up the good fight!"

    and this: "See, it wasn’t just Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection that matter. It was his life too! The life he lived is a huge part of the deal, and he asked us to do a few things if you look at his words. Not only is what Jesus said the Word of God, but what Jesus DID is also the Word of God. Looking at the life of Jesus we see that Jesus made room for those cut off from the rest of society. Jesus put a name and a face on all who had been forgotten or pushed aside, even the dead. Jesus called us to carry our cross daily and follow him. That’s what Social Justice means.

    “The Christian Left” -- left hate behind; left prejudice; left callous attitudes; and followed Jesus as HE left the 99 in the fold, to go find the ones who were lost, ignored, excluded, overlooked, abandoned, uncared-for -- all “the least of these.” We left hard-heartedness in order to be like the Samaritan who stopped to care for those in need."

    Now do have a nice day.

    PS bear in mind that the Conservatives have been contaminated with the Religious Right who see secular as dangerous. The left embraces secularity, and so there you will find those that eschew religion entirely.

    Freedom.

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    Mar 05, 2013 5:17 PM GMT
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    topathlete saidWhatever the truth to the study, it seems to be part of a larger trend of the left to diminish symbols or figures of Christianity and gloss over the faults of Islam.


    LOL. Crap, as warm and as smelly as it gets.

    Because your post is so agenda laden and idiotic, I'm only going to give you a tiny taste of how wrong you are.
    http://www.thechristianleft.org/

    Pay close attention to this: "Ed Schultz asked on his radio show recently, “Is there a ‘religious left’?” Yes, Ed. There is. We are The Christian Left. We’re all around you. We’re among the people. Take a look. We’re part of the Body of Christ. We’re Christians. We’re Liberal. We make no apologies. In fact Jesus' ways are “Liberal.” That’s why He was killed. The Pharisees and the Sadducees were the conservatives of their time. This is clear. Oh and Ed, we love you. Keep up the good fight!"

    and this: "See, it wasn’t just Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection that matter. It was his life too! The life he lived is a huge part of the deal, and he asked us to do a few things if you look at his words. Not only is what Jesus said the Word of God, but what Jesus DID is also the Word of God. Looking at the life of Jesus we see that Jesus made room for those cut off from the rest of society. Jesus put a name and a face on all who had been forgotten or pushed aside, even the dead. Jesus called us to carry our cross daily and follow him. That’s what Social Justice means.

    “The Christian Left” -- left hate behind; left prejudice; left callous attitudes; and followed Jesus as HE left the 99 in the fold, to go find the ones who were lost, ignored, excluded, overlooked, abandoned, uncared-for -- all “the least of these.” We left hard-heartedness in order to be like the Samaritan who stopped to care for those in need."

    Now do have a nice day.





    You're being disingenous and you know it. You know damned good and well he was't talking about this "Christian Left" but the liberal media who glosses over at best and otherwise completely ignores the atrocities committed by Muslims today in the name of Allah.
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    Mar 05, 2013 5:21 PM GMT
    topathlete said
    meninlove said
    topathlete saidWhatever the truth to the study, it seems to be part of a larger trend of the left to diminish symbols or figures of Christianity and gloss over the faults of Islam.


    LOL. Crap, as warm and as smelly as it gets.

    Full of baloney as usual. You listen to Ed Schultz?



    Uh no. Do you? I didn't know who he was. The article is addressing Ed Shultz.

    ...and my world is not nearly as small as yours. icon_wink.gif

    ...and here's another small taste to fit with your tiny reality.

    http://www.religioustolerance.org/prog_chr.htm
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    Mar 05, 2013 6:49 PM GMT
    Like most people, I tended to believe the conventional wisdom about MT, until I saw this Penn & Teller documentary. It's safe to say, Christopher Hitchens was not her number 1 fan.



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    Mar 05, 2013 7:00 PM GMT
    "Michael Moore is to a Ham Sandwich" AHAHAHAA love it
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    Mar 05, 2013 7:12 PM GMT
    UnderCoverman said,

    "You're being disingenous and you know it. You know damned good and well he was't talking about this "Christian Left" but the liberal media who glosses over at best and otherwise completely ignores the atrocities committed by Muslims today in the name of Allah."

    Well this is easy enough; show me where he mentioned the media.

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    Mar 05, 2013 7:49 PM GMT
    Aristoshark, this is such an enormous obvious truth that so many like to think isn't so.

    " Liberals on the other hand are famous for arguing with each other because we are all too damned independent-minded to agree even with our friends."

    You rock.
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    Mar 05, 2013 7:56 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidThis is the kind of whiny crap you hear from "Christians" all the time. Liberals don't think Islam is better, we just don't think it deserves your demonization. Is that too hard for your little "Christian" brain to process?
    Thats the one thing I have a problem with. Christianity is demonetized way more than Islam in the West now-a-days. But I don't think it has anything to do with right or left politics. I think people are afraid to address it, in order to not offend anyone.
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    Mar 05, 2013 8:01 PM GMT
    Topathlete, Undercoverman said that you were talking about the liberal media.
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    Mar 05, 2013 8:01 PM GMT
    Mother Theresa bashing? wow.....I'm surprised somebody hasn't turned even this subject into something about dick size or tops/bottoms......but it's still a pretty crazy subject.
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    Mar 05, 2013 8:01 PM GMT
    meninlove said UnderCoverman said,

    "You're being disingenous and you know it. You know damned good and well he was't talking about this "Christian Left" but the liberal media who glosses over at best and otherwise completely ignores the atrocities committed by Muslims today in the name of Allah."

    Well this is easy enough; show me where he mentioned the media.



    As soon as you show me where he mentioned the Christian Left.