A Bengali tribal woman named Monica Besra claims that a beam of “blinding light” emanating from the portrait of Mother Teresa, relieved her of a cancerous tumor. Her physician, Dr. Ranjan Mustafi, says that she didn’t have a cancerous tumor in the first place and that the tubercular cyst that she did have was cured through her course of medical treatment. Was Dr. Mustafi interviewed by the Vatican’s investigators ? – NO. The Catholic Bishop Salvatore Lobo, who chaired the  committee that investigated Besra’s case for the Vatican, said they repeatedly asked Mustafi and  two others to testify but they never appeared – how convenient !!!. Meanwhile, he said, several “other doctors” confirmed Besra’s version of events although Bishop Lobo declines to provide their names. Prabir Ghosh, the general secretary of the Indian Rationalist and Scientific Thinking Association, who has successfully exposed several “Godmen” in the past informs that multiple doctors had reported to the West Bengal government that Besra continued to receive treatment long after Mother Teresa died. Nevertheless, in 2002, Pope John Paul II signed decrees accepting as authentic this so-called “miracle” attributed to Mother Teresa, putting her a step closer to sainthood.

Monica Besra soon become an overnight celebrity in September 1998 when she reported that she had been cured of a tumour after praying to Mother Teresa. However almost a decade later in 2007, Besra complained to media including The Telegraph that she has been abandoned by the nuns who escorted her to Rome exhibiting her as living proof of their Mother’s healing powers. She said “My hut was frequented by nuns of the Missionaries of Charity before the beatification of Mother Teresa. They made of lot of promises to me and assured me of financial help for my livelihood and my children’s education. After that, they forgot me. I am living in penury. My husband is sick. My children have stopped going to school as I have no money. I have to work in the fields to feed my husband and five children.” In 2016 as Mother Teresa is canonized in to Saint Teresa of Calcutta , Besra who now owns 5 Bhigas of land declares a few days ago to the Hindustan times, “We have a TV at home. We will be watching the Mother’s sainthood ceremony on it, What can I say? I am so happy”. Besra is once again all praises for the Missionaries of Charity, nevertheless she missed on the ceremony on the TV because of power-cut. The second so-called “miracle” happened to Marcilio Haddad Andrino from Santos, Brazil in December 2008  and Teresa of Calcutta assured for heself a seat in heaven as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

In an article Mother Teresa: Where Are Her Millions?, Stern, a German magazine reported that Missionaries of Charity receives an estimated $100 million in annual revenue. In the same article, former Missionaries of Charity nun Susan Shields (Sister Virgin) stated that her order in the Bronx regularly accepts cheques for upwards of $50,000 . And yet, despite all appearances of being a  charity, she disclosed that the resources and care provided there (one of its best-known facilities) are horrifically and disproportionately negligible. Simply put, Mother Teresa’s business was: Money for a good conscience. The donors benefitted the most from this, the poor hardly. Most of the money however flowed into Vatican Bank. Therefore Mother Teresa´s fast-track to sainthood comes hardly as any surprise given her suspicious management of the enormous sums of donations and how the Holy See seems to have profited from it.

Robin Fox, editor of the British medical journal “The Lancet” who visited the Home for Dying Destitutes in Calcutta described the medical care the patients received as “haphazard” and was terribly disappointed. Two-thirds of the people coming to these missions hoped to a find a doctor to treat them, while the other third lay dying without receiving appropriate care. He observed a significant lack of hygiene, even unfit conditions, as well as a shortage of actual care, inadequate food, and no painkillers. He soon published it in the Lancet in 1994 for the world to know – “Mother Teresa’s care for the dying”. The Lancet. 344 (8925): 807–808. The problem was not a lack of money – the foundation created by Mother Teresa has raised hundreds of millions of dollars but rather a particular conception of suffering and death – “There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion. The world gains much from their suffering” was often her reply to criticism. Nevertheless, when Mother Teresa required palliative care, she received it in a modern American hospital.

Of all Catholic rituals, one must admit, the sanctification and creation of Saints drips shamelessly with medieval nonsense and the Catholic predilection for saints, I dare say, is almost like the Hindu obsession with cows

 

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