The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice [Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Mallon] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The. Missionary. Position. •. Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice. CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS. VERSO. London. New York. In a frank expose of the Teresa cult, Hitchens details the nature and limits of one woman’s mission to the world’s poor. He probes the source of the heroic status.

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She even rejected the city’s offer to pay for the elevator never mind that she could easily have afforded to pay for it herself.

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Christopher Hitchens’one of the most prolific, and well as brilliant, journalists of our time’ Observerwas a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School in New York.

Jan 06, G. That such neglect occurred moreover in the presence of ample donations simply hammers the point home. The best part were the depositions of the volunteers, in the middle of the book.

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Big Blue Sky Peter Garrett. Well, in this country we question every1 unless stopped by the threat of beheading ofcourse be it Mahatma Gandhi or Narendra Modi or Lord Krishna or Lord Rama. Hitchena instance, she accepted over a million dollars from Charles Keating, who was a prominent and convicted player in the Savings and Loan scandals in the s. Mar 07, A.

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens

They won’t do it. As Hitchens argues, a shallow, almost sinister, duplicity underlies her life and legacy. Should Mother Teresa be canonized?

She does seem to have been very consistent on those issues, although Hitchens’ critique of her position suffers from the false assumptions that almost always intrude on the arguments hktchens those who countenance abortion. She left unanswered a letter from the prosecutor asking her to return those funds so that they could be dispersed to his victims. When the city of San Francisco donated a fully furnished shelter to her for a shelter for homeless men who had AIDS she promptly had all the couchs, beds and televisions thrown out insuring that the dying would live as comfortless as possible.

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Shields was a sister in the Missionaries of Charity. The most recent of his numerous books are the international bestsellers God is Not GreatHitch and Arguably.

Mother Teresa who herself, it should be noted, has checked into some of the finest and costliest clinics and hospitals in the West during her bouts with heart thr and old age once gave this jitchens away in a filmed interview. Teresa, despite supposedly caring for the poor, does little for them – she demands that they accept their lot and live with poverty rather than try to help them hitches it.

View all 21 comments. In a frank expose of the Teresa cult, Hitchens details the nature and limits of one woman’s mission to the world’s poor. Retrieved March 4, As I have done so often in the past, I tried reading one of the “new atheists” in the hopes of finding calm, dispassionate, unemotional discourse. Personal attacks on Hitchens or his religious views cannot in any way negate this evidence.

The pope’s clear intention has been to speed the process up in order to perform the ceremony in his own lifetime. Religion, according to him, included ‘nuclear-armed mullahs, as well as insidious campaigns to have stultifying pseudo-science taught in American schools.

According to the author, the myth of the saintly mother was created hitcehns Malcolm Muggeridge through a dubious “miracle” – and he also built up her reputation as a kind of angel patrolling the streets of a hellish Calcutta; and in the process of building her up, he hte Calcutta.

Hitchens cites testimonials that make it appear that people under the care of the Missionaries of Charity suffered needlessly not because of a lack of funds, but because Mother Theresa sought to maintain conditions of poverty. He was a one-man-band against the ‘evils’ of the world and collected a global following which defied logic and common sense.

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Who cares if Mother Teresa ripped them off? The Missionary Position is more an extended journal article than a book in its own right.

When it came to money, on one hand the rule of her order took the firm position that the sisters were to trust in Providence from day to day in one convent the sisters were berated by Teresa for canning an abundance of donated tomatoesbut on the other hand her order took in millions of dollars given by individuals, corporations, foundations, and governments for the relief of the poor, money that was never used for such purposes and that still remains unaccounted for.

The Missionary Position has a number of testimonials about the dirty conditions, re-use of unsterilized needles, lack of appropriate pain medication, and refusal to send people with treatable conditions to the hospital.

They’re not being given painkillers really beyond aspirin and maybe if you’re lucky some Brufen [ibuprofen] or something, for the sort of pain that goes with terminal cancer and the things they were dying of.

Hitchens seems to be just a little too comf The Missionary Position does a great service in alleviating much of the hype surrounding Mother Teresa.

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

Hitchens mentions this incident in a quote from Susan Shields on pp. Mother Theresa had only one thing in mind to “save people for Jesus. She was a friend of poverty ” and “a friend to the worst of the rich”. At what point—her apologists might want to permit themselves this little tincture of skepticism—does such association cease to be coincidental?

To Hitchens she was nothing better than the televangelists who ripped people off under the guise of religion. Retrieved 27 March A relentless campaign against abortion and contraception. Hitchens also ridicules Mother Theresa’s supposed refusal to engage in politics.