The Catholic icon, Mother Teresa, had much in common with sleazy evangelist, Franklin Graham.
After the disastor in Haiti, agencies were rushing supplies and medical help to Haiti. I remember being astounded by a press release in ChristianPost from Graham’s organization bragging that his trip to Haiti was to save souls for Jesus, not to delivery anything else.
Mother Teresa was a public relations gift to the Catholic hierarchy. When it was bogged down with sexual scandals, it could divert attention from that to this saintly woman.
The real Mother Teresa was more complex. Like Franklin Graham, she was obsessed with life after death. She felt is was more important to save the souls of the poor than help them leave poverty. She was also very concerned about her own future after death.
The attached link is an interview with a former member of Sister Teresa’s Order. Her assessment is Teresa had good traits, but her focus was not on addressing the problems of being poor.
I know there are large and successful programs sponsored by the faith to both aleviate hunger and help lift people out of poverty. It’s unfortunate there are also parts that have little interest in anything other than the myths of heaven and hell. People of faith, and everyone else, are at their best when they do good deeds leave it at that.
Mother Teresa is a lesson in both the good and bad of religion. All of us can learn from her story.