Lisette Elise Paris
Instructor Matt Hampton
FRIEND OR FOE OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH?
I have chosen the personage Mother Teresa for this worldview essay. In explaining her worldview, there will be an attempt to compare her belief system with my own. While explaining her family values, how she viewed and utilized money and career, and her social issues, I will in the process compare these with my own personal belief system, and why I have decided that she is a fraudulent role model. The reason why I have chosen to write about her is because though she appeared to be performing Christian acts; her views and work have made her into a polarizing figure in academic circles. During her lifetime, she claimed to be feeding the poor of Calcutta, which she was doing, she frequently embellished and exaggerated the facts. The streets of Calcutta were actually empty the day of her funeral. This might be because her hostels were poorly run; she frequently turned people away from the doors, people who would of course, later die from neglect; and she amassed millions of dollars, mostly from elitists who felt guilty about their ill gotten gains. The essay will explore the reasons why her methods and motivations were suspect, and why, after her death and Beautification, her persona as a Christian Role Model is suspect.
Mother Teresa was born Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in August 1921. When she was twelve, she thought about becoming a nun. When she was seventeen she went ahead with her decision.
Having read many articles about the work Catholic missionaries were doing in India, Mother Teresa was determined to go there. Thus, Mother Teresa applied to the Loreto order of nuns, based in Ireland but with missions in India. In September 1928, 18-year-old Mother Teresa said goodbye to her family to travel to Ireland and then on to India. She never saw her mother or sister again. (About.com).
This fact is very strange to me. Despite the fact that she became a nun, the fact that she never saw her mother again is deeply disturbing to this writer, because the love for one’s mother is one of the strongest anyone can experience.
“Drane (Teresa’s mother) raised her children firmly and lovingly, greatly influencing her daughter’s character and vocation”.
My experience of people who are estranged from their mothers is that they appear to be unhappy people. Fractured relationships and a constant whine of self-pity accompany “mother estrangement”. I have yet to meet a chronically unhappy person who loves their mother. However, perhaps in those days when women became missionaries and nuns, certain orders did not permit nuns to see their families ever again.
Mother Teresa was riding a train one day when she heard Jesus entreat her to care for the “neglected poor”. She founded the Missionaries of Charities to answer Jesus’ entreaty. Within several years time, she frequently asked American millionaires for money – and received it. There is a saying: behind every great fortune is a great crime. I understand that millionaires, of course, have plenty of money. But did Mother Theresa have to ask and receive money from criminals such as Charles Keating, Baby Doc Duvalier, and The Rockefeller Foundation? Of course the latter organization’s goal and purpose is to give away money. However, the patriarch of the Rockefellers stole oil rights from widows and their children.
Mother Teresa was a virulent anti-abortion opponent. During a Banglesh/Pakistani border war, the women were being raped in large numbers and becoming pregnant. Their families because of this in turn, ostracized them. National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) president Robin Chandler Duke, was called in at one point to erect a field hospital; the idea being that if the women returned to their families not pregnant, the families...
References: Chatterjee, Aroup, Mother Teresa The Final Verdict Meteor Press
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