Christopher Hitchens hates "Mother" Teresa.  This is not a secret.  
Given some of Hitchens' proclivities, I am not necessarily prone to 
uncritical acceptance of his viewpoint, but the man is very intelligent 
and, I think, makes a few good points.  (Not that I know enough about 
the issues to make an informed judgment.)  Given the praise of "Mother" 
Teresa taking place when I first returned to this list a few weeks back, 
I thought some might find this piece interesting, even despite its URL:

http://slate.msn.com/id/2090083/

Excerpt:

"MT was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said 
that suffering was a gift from God. 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 been—she preferred California clinics when she got sick 
herself—and her order always refused to publish any audit. But we have 
her own claim that she opened 500 convents in more than a hundred 
countries, all bearing the name of her own order. Excuse me, but this is 
modesty and humility?

"The rich world has a poor conscience, and many people liked to 
alleviate their own unease by sending money to a woman who seemed like 
an activist for 'the poorest of the poor.' People do not like to admit 
that they have been gulled or conned, so a vested interest in the myth 
was permitted to arise, and a lazy media never bothered to ask any 
follow-up questions. Many volunteers who went to Calcutta came back 
abruptly disillusioned by the stern ideology and poverty-loving practice 
of the 'Missionaries of Charity,' but they had no audience for their 
story. George Orwell's admonition in his essay on Gandhi—that saints 
should always be presumed guilty until proved innocent—was drowned in a 
Niagara of soft-hearted, soft-headed, and uninquiring propaganda."

Stephen

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