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Friday, September 19, 2014
Date Posted:
10/20/2003

Mother Teresa


Hell’s Puppet Beatified: The Unseen Hands Behind Mother Teresa Of Calcutta


Dr Clive Gillis

Rome is racing ahead with the fast track beatification of the bent little nun with a white and blue striped habit, known to the world as Mother Teresa.

The ceremony takes place on the 19th October.  The papal diaz is up and St Peters square is filled with seats and cordoned off.  Indian nuns with doleful, dark brown eyes wander around looking lost.  Notices advertising the event are everywhere.  It only remains for the huge swinging TV cranes to arrive and St Peters will once again be hosting the “greatest show on earth”.

John Paul II is the most rabid saint making pope of all time.   His Apostolic Constitution Divinus perfectionis Magister of the 25 January 1983 swept away the 17th century red tape and made possible this frenzy.

The occasion corresponds with the Pope’s own 25th year in the papal chair and, because the old nun was seldom without rosary beads in her hand, clearly visible against her while habit, the occasion provides a fitting climax to Rome’s year of the rosary.

Protocol swept aside

Mother Teresa of Calcutta embodies “goodness” in the eyes of billions of people from whatever background.  Escriva’s canonisation was a political cause and even Padre Pio was really a Romanist phenomenon, but everyone loves the little nun.  The lengthy process leading up to sainthood normally takes decades or centuries – a process in which money undoubtedly talks.  But this delay was declared to be unnecessary when Mother Teresa died in Calcutta on 5th September 1997 at the age of 87.

The present Pope swept away the obligatory, five year, minimum interval before the process of canonisation could begin.  Archbishop D’Souza of Calcutta and a diocesan commission started work in 1999, only two years after Mother Teresa’s death.

In support of her cause, the commission dispatched to the Vatican 35,000 pages of evidence collected into 76 volumes. When she was declared Venerable in the Sala Clementina on 20th December 2002, tickets were already available for the Beatification.

Problems with the miracle

The Vatican needs one miracle following the candidate’s demise for her beatification, and another later for the canonisation.  This has caused the Vatican problems.  Monica Besra claimed healing from a stomach swelling.  “As soon as I stepped into the church, (of Mother Teresa’s order the Missionaries of Charity, in Kolkata) there was a photograph of Mother Teresa, and there was a light from the photograph that came toward me and I was stunned.  Later, the sisters prayed for me, and I went to sleep.  When I got up at one in the morning, I found the big tumour had disappeared”.  The delighted physician reporting the event, R.N. Bhattaccharya, said, “I did not find any reason that without an operation a tumour of such size would disappear overnight … So I think maybe the Mother’s blessings were on Monica.”  His delight is understandable as he was acting as both Besra’s doctor and as a promoter of Mother Teresa’s cause.

Prabir Ghosh, general secretary of the Indian Rationalist and Scientific Thinking Association, has challenged Hindu “godmen” and exposed their miracles as what Ghosh describes as cheap hypnotic tricks better performed by magicians.  “Now Mr Ghosh is challenging the claim of the Missionaries of Charity, who say a photograph of their founder, Mother Teresa, when placed over the stomach of 30-year-old Monica Besra, cured her of a tumour.   Mr Ghosh described the claim as bogus and typical of the process of cult building in all religious orders.   Several doctors have reported to the West Bengal government that Ms Besra continued to receive treatment long after Mother Teresa died”.  Local doctors say that the illiterate and poor villagers may stop taking rational medical treatment.  Mr Ghosh is pressing the West Bengal Government to take legal action against the Missionaries of Charity.

Hell’s Angel

When Channel 4 TV screened a protest, Hell’s Angel, a huge media storm blew up condemning the programme.  Naturally Rome found sympathy in all quarters.  But the programme’s indictment has not disappeared.  The Diocesan Inquiry team for the cause of Mother Teresa’s sainthood has requested that, “Hells Angel be excluded from a film festival supported by the Missionaries of Charity in his own Archdiocese of Kolkata as a preliminary to Mother’s beatification celebrations”.

Unfortunately, Hell’s Angel places the blame upon the nun herself and not on the evil ministered to her from an early age by the priests.  The commentator Christopher Hitchens had, as a backdrop, a huge Gerald Scarfe portrayal of the nun as if she were the devil incarnate.  The fault really lies with Rome’s priests who worked the nun for decades as a puppet on the public stage.  They used both her and Channel 4.  Channel 4 avoided the issue of the evils of Romanism apart from one reference to the present Pope’s politicised papacy.

Malcolm Muggeridge converted from radical socialism to Roman Catholicism on meeting the nun.  He introduced her to a wider UK public in 1969 through a documentary, Something Beautiful for God.

Newly developed Kodak film was used for shooting in the dark Home for Dying Destitutes and the Orphanage of Abandoned Children.  Cameraman Ken McMillan recalled in Hell’s Angel how amazed he was when Muggeridge insisted that the ability to film in the dark was a miracle of the nun’s divine light and not the new film.

The hospice was dominated by a placard, “I am on my way to heaven”.  But Mother Teresa’s earthly care fell below the standards of Indian state hospitals.  Patients were classed as terminal who had treatable conditions made worse by the hospice environment.  The attitude: “They will be dead soon, what does it matter,” proved lethal to judgement.  The case of a fifteen year old boy with kidney infection was cited by one volunteer who described the place as “like Belsen”.

Ticket for St Peter

Forced conversion is against Indian Law and naturally it is vehemently denied by the Missionaries of Charity, but Hindu groups have much evidence to the contrary.  Hitchens says, “In the homes for the dying, Mother taught the sisters how to secretly baptize those who were dying.  Sisters were to ask each person in danger of death if he wanted a ‘ticket to heaven’.  An affirmative reply was to mean consent to baptism.

The sister was then to pretend that she was just cooling the person’s forehead with a wet cloth, while she was in fact baptising him, saying quietly the necessary words.  Secrecy was important so that it would not come to be known that Mother Teresa’s order was secretly baptising Hindus and Moslems.”

“The nun herself is recorded on video saying: ‘Something very beautiful … not one has died without receiving the special ticket for St Peter we call it.  We call baptism ticket for St Peter.  We ask the (dying) person do you want a blessing by which your sins will be forgiven and you receive God. They have never refused.  So 29,000 have died in that one house (in Kalighat) from the time we began in 1952’.”  And as the money rolled in, the same arrogant formula multiplied around the world in 156 new Missionaries of Charity convents.

Dictators and swindlers

Mother Teresa had a penchant for using dictators and swindlers when they were at their peak.  The Vatican was the only state to recognise the corrupt military regime of fat playboy Jean Claude “Baby doc”

Duvalier, in Haiti, who fled to the South of France in 1986.  He left the Salesian priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide to face the wrath of the Vatican simply for wanting to help his people.  The old regime had sougth respectability from Mother Teresa in 1980 when she gracefully accepted the Haitian Legion in exchange for donations form Haiti.  “It was a beautiful lesson for me,” purred the nun.

Robert Maxwell the embezzler of the Mirror newspaper pension fund had a mutually beneficial trust with her, as did Mr Charles Keating the fundamental Romanist financier whose savings and loan fraud was at the time the biggest in American financial history.  She was dying when Lady Diana sought to ally with her, but her death was included by the Archbishop in prayers at Diana’s funeral.

Yet when the Union Carbide chemical spill killed thousands of Indian workers she pleaded on behalf of the fat cat industrialists, “Forgive” rather than sue.

Ardoyne ‘peace mission’

Mother Teresa was born in Skopje on the 27th August 1910 as Agnes Bojaxhiu.

Under the communist dictator and Stalinist puppet Enver Hoxha (pronounced Hodger) Albania became a poor atheist state which sent anybody confessing to worshipping anyone other than the dictator to the camps.  The nun went to Albania unofficially three times in the 80’s and with the pope officially in 1993.  The Vatican cared less for the orphans than to see Rome regain control following the collapse of communism.  Never mind the persecution over decades of her fellow Romanists under Hoxha, she still laid a wreath on his tomb and at the monument of Greater Albania.   Ulster readers recall how Rome fielded Mother Teresa twice in Ardoyne on a “peace” mission, exploiting school children and taking their collections.

The nun received a Nobel peace prize in 1979.  Rome is reaping the harvest of fifty years of grooming.

Her puppet masters

Mother Teresa’s puppet masters were the Jesuits.  It was none other than the wartime, Jesuit controlled, Pope Pius XII who was advised to grant permission for her to leave her order and allow her to inaugurate the Missionaries of Charity in 1950.  How the Society of Jesus must be seething to see the suppressor of their own order, Pope John Paul II, picking up their kudos.

“Mother Teresa had habitually preferred Jesuits as retreat preachers, spiritual directors and confessors for herself and her Sisters.  Many Jesuits of Calcutta Province were in close contact with Mother Teresa … Fr. Celest Van Exem wasthe spiritual director to whom Mother Teresa confided her inspiration and who first sought to discern the authenticity of her experiences.   He was the first to support Mother in requesting Archbishop Perier to begin the process for her to leave (her former) Loreto Congregation.  He made major contributions to the writing of the Constitutions of the Missionaries of Charity”.

Jesuit “Archbishop Ferdinand Perier, Archbishop of Calcutta, … was her confidant and spiritual guide, as well as her Superior until she became Superior General of the new Congregation. … Mother had an extraordinary, childlike confidence in the Archbishop as the spokesperson of God’s will.  In turn, he guided her with a truly extraordinary wisdom and prudence.”

Jesuit boasts

Jesuit “Fr. Julian Henry was a spiritual friend and close co-operator of Mother … Jesuit Fr. Edouard Le Joly, right from the beginning and for many years, was giving instructions to the Missionaries of Charity Novices.  He had frequent contacts and dialogues with Mother.  He was spiritual adviser to the novices at Mother House and to the Sisters preparing for their final profession.”

Also Jesuit “Cardinal Trevor L. Picachy was spiritual guide, confidant, confessor and retreat director to Missionaries of Charity Sisters.  He was one of the most influential of her spiritual directors, in whom she confided a great deal.  He gave much support and cooperation when he was Archbishop of Calcutta.  He helped her in times of depression and low spirituality.”

Hell’s puppet indeed.

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