The reality is far grimmer. According to those who’ve volunteered there, Mother Teresa’s missions are squalid cesspits run along violent, authoritarian lines. There are reports of unruly children being tied to beds and beaten, of outdated equipment not being replaced, and of needles being reused in countries with high HIV infection rates (such as Haiti) until they were so blunt they caused pain. All of this wrapped up in a culture of unquestioning obedience, secrecy, and control that is said to resemble a cult.

This might all be okay if the Missionaries were doing some good, but they’re not. In 1991, German magazine Stern revealed that only 7 percent of donations to the organization were used for charity. The rest was funneled into secret bank accounts or used to build more missions.

There were reports that missions won’t even buy bread to feed their inmates, preferring instead to rely only on donated food.And where does all this money come from? Well, some of it comes from regular, kind-hearted folk giving what they can. A heck of a lot more came from some of the most evil men who ever lived. Mission Teresa herself personally took large donations from the psychopathic Haitian dictator “Baby Doc,” publicly defending his blood-soaked rule in return.

In the 1990s, fraudster Charles Keating donated $1.25 million of stolen money to the Missionaries. When asked to return the fraudulent money, Mission Teresa simply stayed silent.

Mission Teresa “dedicated” her life to eradicating poverty. She gave up the 20th century world of materialism to help the destitute and diseased, often risking her own life on the front lines of her missionary work. She said sweet things like “peace begins with a smile”. By the time of her death in 1997, she had won the Nobel Peace Prize and was operating 517 missions in 100 different countries. Or at least, that is the official line created by 35 years of aggressive campaigning by the Church to make Mother Teresa the poster of modern Catholicism.

And let’s make it extra clear; Mission Teresa was motivated almost wholly by ministry. She publicly bragged about coercing vulnerable people into conversions on their deathbeds. Her staunch views on women’s bodies were made clear when she declared abortion ‘the biggest destroyer’ of ‘love and peace’ — a speech she received a standing ovation. Two people who refused to stand for her in that moment were President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, his wife. She was a loud critic of contraception and divorce laws, and spent most of her life campaigning in country after country against women’s rights. Whilst she claimed to believe that these issues were the enemies of those she was supposedly trying to help — or, convert — she was happy to dissent where it concerned her rich, white friends, such as Princess Diana, for whom she lent her public support after her divorce from Prince Charles.

She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction. And she was a friend to the worst of the rich, taking misappropriated money from the atrocious Duvalier family in Haiti (whose rule she praised in return) and from Charles Keating of the Lincoln Savings and Loan. Where did that money, and all the other donations, go? The primitive hospice in Calcutta was as run down when she died as it always had beenshe preferred California clinics when she got sick herselfand her order always refused to publish any audit.

– Excerpt from ‘Mommie Dearest’, an article in Slate magazine
  1. Facts revealed that Mission Teresa refused to allow painkillers or antibiotics to her flock and to the needy and poor claiming that she could cure them by faith healing while the lady herself took western medicines for her own ailments without a seconds thought of demur.
  2. Facts revealed that Mission Teresa spent less than 7% of the huge donations that were collected on the poor and the bulk of these donations went to the Catholic Church in Rome. It is estimated that a lot of money collected as donations did not ultimately reach the poor.
  3. Facts revealed that Mission Teresa was quite biased towards Non Christians in her orphanages and in her social work in Kolkata and Christians were given special benefits as opposed to non Christians.
  4. Facts reveal that Mission Teresa despite her claim for no material benefits, traveled business class and always had a luxury AC van (back in the 1990s – an imported van) for her personal travels.
  5.  In 2010, Forbes revealed that the first home she set up had a mortality rate of over 40 percent. To paraphrase an old saying, if the poor have friends like her, they no longer need enemies.

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