|Researchers reveal Mother Teresa’s suspicious deals
The saintly Albanian nun Mother Teresa may have stashed donor money in secret bank accounts, a media report said.
The Independent newspaper in London citing two researchers who investigated the Nobel laureate, reports the nun was involved in ‘suspicious’ financial arrangements and that large amounts were transferred into ‘secret’ bank accounts.
Writing in the Journal of Studies in Religion/Sciences after analysing 300 documents surrounding Mother Teresa’s life, Dr Serge Larivie and Dr Genevieve Chenard say they have uncovered details that compromise the Albanian-born nun’s saintly image
They also accuse Mother Teresa of spreading hardline right wing Catholic ideology, saying she held “overly dogmatic views regarding, in particular, abortion, contraception and divorce.”
Dr Larivie said that much of Mother Teresa’s saintly public image was shaped by the BBC journalist Malcolm Muggeridge, who shared her conservative Catholic views, particularly on abortion, and whose promotion of her led to the nun’s international fame.
They allege that many of the ‘missions’ set up by Mother Teresa were unfit their inhabitants, calling them ‘homes for the dying’ due to their poor hygiene and a shortage of food, care and medication, the paper reports.
The researchers questioned why, despite openly offering prayers and medallions bearing depictions of the Virgin Mary, Mother Teresa provided no direct or monetary aid to victims of a number of natural disasters in India.
Dr Larivie says: “Given the parsimonious management of Mother Teresa's works, one may ask where the millions of dollars for the poorest of the poor have gone?”
The researchers went on to query Mother Teresa’s politics and political contacts, accusing her of accepting a financial grant from the brutal Duvalier dictatorship, which is deemed responsible for the murders of over 30,000 Haitians between 1957 and 1986.