The issue started with RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement about Mother Teresa that conversion to Christianity was the objective behind Mother Teresa’s service to the poor.
Social service or Religious conversions?
There is a need to look in to the facts that becomes even more important when the whole media is declaring Mohan Bhagwat’s statement a “disgrace and insult” to Mother Teresa. Religious conversions are not something new in India. But doing it under the garb of social service is more demeaning.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha in Albania and founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta. There is no doubt that Mother Teresa rendered a great service to poor and sick people. But she was also instrumental in converting poor Hindus into Christians. A large number of people, who were converted, did not know anything significant about Christianity. It proves that many times conversion was done by lure of money.
Rather than worshipping human beings as gods, one should try to look at the material facts as well. People like TV anchors, Arvind Kejriwal and Digvijay Singh have condemned the statement and lashed out at RSS chief and asked him to apologize publicly. The RSS chief has not questioned Mother’s service to poor he has opened our eyes on the hidden side of service – Conversions.
“Self styled Mother”
The "beatification" of Mother Teresa was questioned by Christians themselves. Many of them called her “self styled Mother” and some called her beatification surrender on the part of the church to superstition and populism.
In regard to claims for Mother being a saint, there is a fact that one should read. A Bengali woman Monica Besra claimed that a beam of light emerged from a picture of Mother Teresa that she had at her home. She claimed that the beam relieved her of a cancerous tumor. Her doctor, Dr. Ranjan Mustafi said that she did not have a cancerous tumor and the tubercular cyst she had was cured by medicines.
Opposition with in the Church
According to a report in an Italian paper L'Eco di Bergamo, the Vatican's secretary of state sent a letter to senior cardinals, asking whether they favored making Mother Teresa a saint. It is astonishing that the response was in the negative. Mother Teresa was beatified to sainthood in 2003 by Pope John Paul II. Mother Teresa was nominated by the Pope for sainthood in 1998, a year after her death, instead of five years which is the usual practice.
She was against abortions, divorce and remarriage. Like the Muslim fanatics, she was against contraception. After receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, she said, “...I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion”. Later in 1996, she told Ladies Home Journal that she was pleased by the divorce of her friend Princess Diana, because it was an unhappy marriage. So, she had different rules for rich and the poor.
She treated poor in her set ups but she preferred California clinics when she got sick herself. Her patients did not have access to pain-relieving and illness-combating medical support in her charitable organisations. But Mother Teresa herself used to check into costly and sophisticated hospitals in the West.
Lack of financial audit
Her order always refused to publish any audit. According to her own claim she opened 500 convents in more than a hundred countries. From where the funds came and where were they spent is a cloudy mess of information which is not disclosed completely. There was suspicious management of the enormous sums of money she received.
The large amount of money that Mother Teresa received was not meant for poor. Evidently very little of this money actually went to the poor. A large sum of money was used in the upkeep of Nuns and Brothers and the training of priests around the world. In an interview she said, “We are not nurses, we are not doctors, we are not teachers, we are not social workers. We are religious, we are religious, we are religious." This statement sums up her agenda. Her main mission was to spread Catholicism and her h3 anti-abortion beliefs. She had overly dogmatic views regarding abortion, contraception and divorce.
Support for corrupt businessmen
Mother Teresa was accused of hypocrisy on many occasions. She had once said, "I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people." She openly supported corrupt businessmen Charles Keating and Robert Maxwell as well as dictatorial family Robert Duvalier. This stand of hers received harsh criticism. She had a dubious way of caring for the sick. She had questionable political contacts.
'Homes for the dying'
At the time of her death, Mother Teresa had opened 517 missions for the poor and sick in more than 100 countries. But these missions are described as 'homes for the dying'. Doctors observed a significant lack of hygiene, unfit conditions, and shortage of actual care, inadequate food, and no painkillers.
Mother Teresa and her nuns have secretly baptised dying men and women without their consent. This is a charge denied by the Missionaries of Charity. But they were involved in Baptisms of dying people. So, one can decide whether it was a service in true sense or Baptisms of poor dying souls.