Mother Teresa’s Controversy Explained

Mother Teresa is a self-humanitarian who is most popular for her work in elevating neediness and aiding the people. She is seemingly perhaps the most unmistakable figure in the Catholic church. The vast majority would certainly recognize her name and face more than those of the last couple of popes (heads of the catholic church).

Indeed, even today, assuming that her name is brought up, the main idea that strikes a chord is of a devout lady with the most flawless goals and a serene face adorned with a welcoming smile. You say her name, and individuals will promptly connect it with liberality, her work in India, her Nobel prize, a picture of her with a little kid in her arms, and many more images ring the bell. 


However, the reality might be slightly different from our perception of her. Due to her sketchy practices in the missionary of charity and questionable approaches to dealing with the cash donated by dubious individuals, her image of a selfless humanitarian has lost its sheen leading to the so-called Mother Teresa Controversy.


About the Great Mother Teresa

Mother Theresa, whose birth name is Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, was born in 1910 in Skopje, presently known as North Macedonia, to a poverty-stricken family after her dad kicked the bucket when she was eight years of age. After her father’s death, she came across a church, and hence, at the age of 12, she decided to dedicate her life to Jesus.

To join the Catholic Sisters of Loreto, she went to Dublin at 18 years old and, after a year, to Calcutta, presently known as Kolkata, to educate. Seeing the distress and passing brought by the starvation of 1943 in Bengal. Dead bodies of people found on roads and streets had a colossal impact on her, and she professed that Jesus addressed her on a train after three years, giving her new directions.

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What led to the Mother Teresa Controversy

Mother Teresa turned into the subject of examination when records of her unyielding Catholicism started to go around the town. Her stature for supporting Kolkata’s most unfortunate was undermined by tireless charges of exploitation of grants, bad clinical medicines, and strict evangelism in the organizations she established.

Dr. Aroup Chatteree, a local of Kolkata, composed a book in 2003 which explored the “cult of misery” in the Missionaries of Charity run by Mother Teresa’s association. Over long stretches of examination, he revealed records of kids attached to their beds, only anti-inflammatory medicine given to people on their deathbeds, and the same hypodermic needles used on several patients. Various records have additionally arisen of Mother Teresa endeavoring to convert the sick people and christening the departing.

Mother Teresa openly reprimanded contraception and contraceptive privileges, condemning early termination of pregnancy as “the extraordinary destroyer of harmony” in her acceptance speech. In Kolkata, an overpopulated city and frantically poor, Mother Teresa cautioned against all contraception and advanced celibacy for family planning.

She also stated that children whose parents were divorced would grow up to be “profoundly poor” and that it “breaks, annihilates and causes horrible enticements. Due to this, several questions were raised about Mother Teresa. In his documentary, Christopher Hitchen highlighted her associations with questionable figures from different places, including Haitian Jean-Claude Duvalier and the deceitful American agent Charles Keating. She acknowledged their gifts and, consequently, upheld their causes.


Is Mother Teresa Saint or Not

After her death in 2016, Teresa was conceded the title of Saint, one of the greatest positions for teaching individuals, by Pope Francis I, and her life was consecrated in the Roman Catholic Church.

To be granted the title of a Saint, the person needs to perform two known miracles that would then be recognized and sanctioned by the Catholic Church. Teresa’s two wonders occurred in 1998 and 2008. In only seven days, the Catholic Church finished its examination, and Pope Francis later conceded Mother Teresa with the title of Saint.

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Mother Teresa was declared Saint by Pope.


Mother Teresa is a Saint person, yet the discussion over the natural factors of her magnanimous consideration keeps on arising after her demise. Her sure impact on the Catholic Church’s public picture anyway is probably not going to be impacted by the questions raised by the people.