The theological train wreck of calling Teresa a “saint”

They had to use a lot of creativity just to get her to meet the un-biblical/anti-biblical Catholic guidelines, and there are serious questions about whether she was even an authentic Christian.

You’ve probably seen the headlines: Mother Teresa to Be Sainted After 2nd Miracle Declared: Vatican

Mother Teresa, who dedicated her life to helping India’s poor, will be made a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican said Friday.She will likely be canonized in September to coincide with the 19th anniversary of her death and Pope Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy, according to an Italian Catholic newspaper report.The pontiff marked his 79th birthday on Thursday by approving a decree that the nun had performed a second miracle 11 years after her death, the Vatican confirmed in a statement.

There are lots of problems with this.  For starters, the Catholic concept of sainthood is just another un-biblical/anti-biblical practice.  There are 62 uses of saints in the New Testament and all apply to any believer and not someone who allegedly did a couple bonus miracles.

And her cult of personality made it nearly impossible for any mainstream media — except for atheist Christopher Hitchens’ excellent analysis of her — to tell the truth.  The audience was too eager to just believe the lies about this icon.  There were all sorts of unanswered — and un-asked — questions about her finances and about how her actions squared with her rhetoric.  So her “good deeds” weren’t all that good.

And one could seriously question whether she even meets the biblical standard of being a real saint — i.e., a true Christian.  Anyone saying something like this is either not a Christian or was saved and really, really confused:

In an interview with her biographer, the following exchange was recorded:

Biographer Naveen Chawla: “Do you convert?” Mother Teresa: “Of course I convert. I convert you to be a better Hindu or a better Muslim or a better Protestant. Once you’ve found God, it’s up to you to decide how to worship him.”

An immature Christian might get a temporary pass on saying something so false, but a leader and an icon like her?  No way.

And don’t get me started on the goofiness of the alleged miracle or the Catholic standards for sainthood.  From Hitchens’ article:

As for the “miracle” that had to be attested, what can one say? Surely any respectable Catholic cringes with shame at the obviousness of the fakery. A Bengali woman named Monica Besra claims that a beam of light emerged from a picture of MT, which she happened to have in her home, and relieved her of a cancerous tumor. Her physician, Dr. Ranjan Mustafi, says that she didn’t have a cancerous tumor in the first place and that the tubercular cyst she did have was cured by a course of prescription medicine. Was he interviewed by the Vatican’s investigators? No. (As it happens, I myself was interviewed by them but only in the most perfunctory way. The procedure still does demand a show of consultation with doubters, and a show of consultation was what, in this case, it got.)

More here about her false beliefs.

The Mother Teresa case is a classic example of mass intellectual laziness.  It is so much easier to prop up the myth than to think carefully about the truth.

2 thoughts on “The theological train wreck of calling Teresa a “saint””

  1. Wow. I remember many years ago there were a lot of discussion about her first miracle being fraudulent. Her wrong view of other religions is disturbing, among other things.


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