Mother Teresa was a through and through fundamental, Orthodox, Catholic nun. She may have dedicated her life to help ease the pain of the destitute in their last moments, but she didn’t get them the treatment that could have saved many of their lives. Yes, it’s an irony coming from someone who has done neither, but that doesn’t make this criticism any less valid. Teresas mission was less about altruistic charity and more about self serving salvation and iconography. Even as she extended the outreach of her missionary work and raked in millions from her rich sponsors and endorsers, she never got to improving the living conditions of the destitute and orphans under her wing or providing them the basic medical facilities. Instead she went on undertaking even more such damned souls and marketing off their suffering and indignity. She didn’t care about their lives as much as she cared about their deaths. She allowed infants and children with easily treatable conditions to die and denied them medical attention.
Those glorifying her today are the ones who ignorantly want to believe that there truly was a selfless woman who dedicated her life to serve the poor. They are desperately optimistic. They want to see the good in her and in the world. They are unaware that her worldwide popularity is not for her charity but of the western, white patronization, that felt validated a white, Catholic woman, ones from amongst them, was working for the poor destitutes of a third world country. It satiated their ego.
Even today her principles are inhibiting the charities in her name from actually helping enrich the lives of the orphans and destitutes in their care. Because of her stances on abortion, contraception and family planning. The mission would rather not let their orphans have any future than allow any single, divorced or unmarried parents adopt a child.
Those arguing that at least she eased the suffering of the dying, are committing the fallacy of using a right to justify two wrongs. Yes, she did a lot of actual help by easing the pain of some of the dying but in the process she also murdered many that could have been saved. Her mission was a noble yet, a misguided one. She was no saint, but a well meaning human, who, caught up in her religious beliefs did more harm than good.