Chai Tea wrote:
I'm in the same position as flusd.
CerealKiller...can you provide some articles giving more facts and details?
Hi Chai Tea.
Here are some excerpts and sources I have read about criticisms of MT.
All the millions and millions she collected and adminstrated were not spent were she promised it would be spent, in fact, she even went so far as to lie about it. Donors were told the money they contributed went to aid and the construction of healthcare facilities in India and elsewhere. There is evidence that it was spent largely on missionary work. No hospitals were built, because, in her own words: "the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people."
Dr. Aroup Chatterjee, a physician who formerly worked with the Missionaries of Charity, claims that she dishonestly exaggerated the good work she did among the poor, that she failed to spend the very large amount of money donated to her on helping the poor and that the medical care given to people in her homes is grossly inadequate.
He stated, for example, that none of the eight facilities that the Missionaries of Charity run in Papua New Guinea have residents living there; their sole use is converting people to Catholicism.
Christopher Hitchens is a British-born journalist now living in Washington, D.C. He described Mother Teresa's organization as a cult which promoted suffering and did not help those in need. "I would describe Mother Teresa as a fraud, a fanatic, and a fundamentalist... she was corrupt, cynical, nasty and cruel". Hitchens further alleged that while Mother Teresa and her order had the money to help save lives, victims of disease got no medical care whatsoever.
Chatterjee contends that, among India's charitable organizations, Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity is the only one which refuses to release a public financial account. Hitchens asserts, "I would say it was a certainty that millions of people died because of her work, and millions more were made poorer, stupider, more sick, more diseased, more fearful, and more ignorant".
Susan Shields is a former member of Mother Teresa's order who is now critical of her. Having been in Mother Teresa's order for ten years, she states that large transactions of cash occurred; most were deposited in the Vatican Bank.
In 1991, Dr. Robin Fox, then editor of the British medical journal The Lancet, visited the Home for Dying Destitute in Calcutta and described the medical care the patients received as "haphazard". Dr. Fox specifically held Teresa responsible for conditions in this home, and observed that her order did not distinguish between curable and incurable patients; people who could otherwise survive their ordeals would be at a heightened risk of dying from infections and lack of treatment.
Fox conceded that the regimen he observed included cleanliness, the tending of wounds and sores, and kindness, but he noted that the sisters' approach to managing pain was "disturbingly lacking". The formulary at the facility Fox visited lacked strong analgesics which he felt clearly separated Mother Teresa's approach from the hospice movement. Fox also wrote that needles were rinsed with warm water, which left them inadequately sterilized, and the facility did not isolate patients with tuberculosis.