An Unquenchable Thirst: A journey of hope, sadness and redemption for one of Mother Teresa’s former nuns.


Review by: Hemley Gonzalez, Founder of STOP The Missionaries of Charity.

The author with Mother and Monsignor Sidney Marceaux meeting briefly with her family.

The author with Mother and Monsignor Sidney Marceaux meeting briefly with her family.

 

Reviewing this book proceeded from a lively and insightful conversation with the author. Since my horrific experience as a volunteer a few years ago with The Missionaries of Charity, my investigation of Mother Teresa’s medically negligent and financially fraudulent organization has led me to discover many deeply disturbing accounts and experiences from different volunteers, nurses, journalists and now former nuns like Mary Johnson.

In her lengthy tome, Johnson shows us in detail what it was like to be a ‘sister’ for twenty years with the world-famous catholic order, chronicling the searing hopes of a young woman in search of god who instead is met with sobering and often cruel repression, unnecessary suffering and a constant and immense spiritual conflict laced with specific accounts of guilt-ridden sexual episodes despite her vows of celibacy.

Although Johnson never made it to Calcutta, she did however spend enough time with high ranking nuns of the order and Mother Teresa herself to properly asses the moral compass, primary mission and mishaps of the organization as a whole. Being shuffled between nunneries and houses in Brooklyn, Washington DC and Rome, aside from medial tasks with the poor in some of these locations, her work remained primarily planted in the theological teachings and logistical aspect of the operation.

The first sign of trouble emerges when she is scolded by one of the senior nuns just days after starting her vocation for not using a bucket (while taking a freezing-cold shower) but instead for standing under the shower head. The older nun hissed at her words like ‘selfish, disobedient, wasteful and immodest’ for not suffering enough, a cornerstone and a troubling aspect of the organization which dwells on punishment and penance as a way to get closer to god. Suffering from this point on prevails and the irrational repression and illogical abuses only continue to escalate as power struggles and the expected absolute obedience turns into conflict with the author’s common sense and emotional stability.

Astonishingly, Johnson manages to find patches of personal peace by learning to avoid some of the oppressing nuns and by trying to convince herself as she was systematically told by her superiors and Mother Teresa that one day all of these doubts and suffering would bring her closer to Jesus.

Becoming further entrenched in the organization over the years, she was sent to Rome where she began to oversee new nuns who were joining the order from all over the world and eventually also saw them leave to other places where she herself desired to go to the most. Disappointingly, she was always skipped for these remote missions because she had become a useful and encouraging superior herself and these are important attributes which the organization needs in order to keep nuns who have difficulty adapting to the dismal rules and abusive behaviour from defecting.

Education of non-ecclesiastical subjects were strictly forbidden as they were an evident threat to the order, at one time prompting Mother Teresa herself to admit that such was one of the reasons for so many nuns leaving the organization. So when even the theological programs which Johnson had been specifically instructed to revise and teach were met with opposition during debates on the issues of birth control and the conception of life (which sharply divided some of the nuns) the prospect of leaving began to emerge. For an intelligent, curious and spiritually seeking woman like Johnson this environment of repression, Machiavellian survivorship and the omnipresent pettiness of gossip simply became impossible to handle.

Naturally, sexual desires and urges were present, and as it is expected she wasn’t the only one suffering from the restrictive vows of chastity and celibacy. A proposed “emotional and spiritual marriage” to Jesus while observing strict celibacy was one of many ironies far too grand to ignore, let alone uphold until her death. Soon she found herself giving in to physical encounters with other nuns and paying the consequences of her mental turmoil through years of confessions with priests, sporadic conversations with her superiors and the negative effects of the emptiness which occupied her heart. At one point, she even became the target of another nun’s unwanted sexual advances, although she had reciprocated this individual’s advances at first, when she decided to end the relationship the other woman turned aggressive and abusive. Later on she managed to also make love with one of her confessors thus reconciling in her mind that fearing such natural desires was incompatible with reality and the essence of love as she understood it.

The brash and sporadic encounters with Mother Teresa, the manufacturing-like attitude of preparing scores of young women to become nuns and Mother Teresa’s stern and irrational instructions on how to achieve god’s love were unavoidably disconnected from the idyllic image she had of the organization from the time she first learned of it while in high school. In a note which Johnson wrote and at times of emotional hardship often read to herself, readers can feel the pain of a human being losing its individuality and self-confidence:

 “Sister Donata, you are nothing, you have always been nothing, and you will always be nothing. Your desire to be someone special is just pride. And everything you have, including your existence itself, is a gift. You breathe only at the pleasure of the lord. You are privileged to be invited to intimacy with the Maker of the Universe. You will belong to God, and Jesus will be your husband. There is no higher honour.”

As she began to admit to herself that praying to the image of Jesus was spiritually unsatisfying, she had come to view god as a larger and much more complex essence in her mind versus the male character inculcated and rehashed by a male-dominated church for centuries which hypocritically demanded sacrifice from others, specially the women in the church’s lower ranks while many of the leading men in the institution lived a life of luxury with far less restrictions.

After much consideration, she realized that her search for god was incomplete and that god was incompatible with the image of Jesus and neither was present inside The Missionaries of Charity. Once in a hospital while recovering from an operation she had gazed over the rolling hills of Italy’s countryside and remembered feeling an overwhelming and calming sense of peace; this simple awareness of the world around her seemed much more in line with her spiritual quest than anything she had experienced in all her years as a nun.

One feeling that permeates throughout the book is Johnson’s desire for comradeliness. There’s melancholy in her words, and also sadness for the ‘sisters’ which she left behind, the reader can see the love jumping from the pages at times but also it is impossible to ignore the many instances in which the author seems to be drowning in a sea of sadness.

How long can any human being bear such sadness? This was a question which took Johnson exactly twenty years to answer and when she did, she found the light at the end of the tunnel and the personal and spiritual happiness she had been seeking for all along immediately after leaving Mother Teresa’s cult.

About Mary Johnson:

Mary Johnson joined the Missionaries of Charity, the group commonly known as the Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, at age 19. For fifteen of Mary Johnson’s twenty years as a sister, she was stationed in Rome and often lived with Mother Teresa for weeks at a time. Johnson also lived and worked as a nun in the South Bronx, Washington DC, and Winnipeg. Mother Teresa sent her to study theology at Regina Mundi, a pontifical institute aggregated to the Gregorian University in Rome, where she received a diploma in religious studies. Johnson was assigned to compose and revise some of the governing documents of the Missionaries of Charity, and for six years was responsible for the formation of sisters preparing to vow their lives as nuns. After leaving the sisters in 1997, Johnson completed a BA in English at Lamar University and an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College. She also married. A well-respected teacher and public speaker, Johnson has led retreats, workshops, classes, and training sessions of various kinds for nearly thirty years. Most recently she has taught creative writing and Italian to adults and is Creative Director of A Room of Her Own Foundation’s retreats for women writers. For more information please visit: http://www.maryjohnson.co/

About STOP The Missionaries of Charity:

STMOC is an on-going international investigation focused on holding Mother Teresa’s charity accountable for their monumental medical negligence and financial fraud. It began in 2008 after a volunteer who had spent two months working inside one of the homes operated by the organization discovered a series of medically negligent and financially fraudulent incidents which had being taken place for decades ad still continue today. For more information please visit: www.facebook.com/missionariesofcharity  

An Unquenchable Thirst - Mary Johnson (Cover image)

An Unquenchable Thirst – Mary Johnson
We highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about Mother Teresa and The Missionaries of Charity.

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Another of Mother Teresa’s houses of horror: Electroshock therapy as punishment, women chained to beds and more…


(PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE PHOTOS AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW)

 

The following is Hemley Gonzalez’s hour long interview with a volunteer currently working inside Shanty Dan, a home for mentally challenged women in Kolkata, India. This particular volunteer has asked that her identify remains private as she is still working inside this home.  The following is a shocking and terrifying look at one of the medical institutions operated by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and another primary example of the rampant negligence that is now far too common with this organization.

 

January 24th, 2011

Interview by Hemley Gonzalez

www.stopthemissionariesofcharity.com

 

Hemley Gonzalez: Please tell us about this home you are volunteering in:

Volunteer: This particular facility holds between 250-300 female patients at any given time; it consists of a large building with two stories, general dormitories packed with beds, a large interior hallway where the patients spend most of their time, bathrooms and a dining room.

 

HG: What exactly is the specialty of this medical facility?

V: Actually from what I understood initially, it’s not meant to be a medical facility, but rather a home that women with mental health problems go to, and once they get better they return to their homes.

 

HG: Would you then say it is a mental institution?

V: Yes, it seems like a psychiatry-unit type of place.

 

HG: When you say psychiatry unit, are there any certified psychiatrists permanently in the building who actually administer treatment? And could you please elaborate on the type of treatment these women receive while in this house?

V: There’s a doctor who comes in once a week, on Tuesdays, none of the volunteers are quite sure on his credentials and or qualifications in psychiatry, psychology or otherwise. In addition to this man’s visit, there is a nun who resides in the home and is in charge of handing pills to all the patients, again, not really sure what the pills are exactly as information is rarely shared with volunteers but the number of pills handed out is staggering.

 

HG: Do you think these are psychotropic medicines that are being given to ALL patients?

V: Definitely a mood altering drug and it is handed to both the upstairs and downstairs patients.

 

HG: And this broad regiment of pills for all the patients is prescribed by one doctor who comes in only once a week?

V: Yes, there is no proper diagnosis, but rather some ideas which they come up with while quickly observing the patients. I believe sedation is more of the goal rather than specific diagnosis.

 

HG: How many nuns are on staff and how many paid workers who operate this house?

V: Six paid workers and three nuns

 

HG: Do they provide meals for these patients?

V: Yes, breakfast, lunch dinner and tea and biscuits as snacks.

 

HG: How many volunteers come to the house and for what length of time each day?

V: Usually ½ a dozen or less, we come in the morning about 8:00AM and leave by 12-1PM

 

HG: What are volunteers asked to do?

V: We do practical chores, check and treat for lice, combing and cutting hair, nails, etc. Although I thought the focus was and should be rehabilitation programs with these patients.

 

HG: When you talk about lice, are these in patients who are just arriving or some of the ones who have been in the home for a while?

V: Well, it looks like the problem is always present, even when new patients come in without it; we seem to have the lice in our long term patients as well.

 

HG: Doesn’t it seem odd that a medical facility has an ongoing lice problem?

V: Well, the way I had been presented with information about this house, I thought I was coming to a home and not a medical place, but now after been here for over a month, I see how it completely is a medical facility, as all these women are constantly being given drugs and on Tuesdays there is additional treatment performed by the visiting doctor.

 

HG: What kind of treatment?

V: It’s actually been one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen; it is electroshock treatment, and something that now I’ve noticed is far too common. Many of the women who first come in are given it for six weeks, especially those who are physically unruly, and to the point where they only stop the treatment in some of them until they completely stop talking.

 

HG: So are you saying that patients who come in and aren’t properly diagnosed or as it seems to be the case, not diagnosed at all are receiving electroshock therapy so they can be subdued?

V: Yes. A lot of the women are suffering from incidents that have happened in the past, not necessarily being physically violent, suffering from internal trauma, perhaps some anger issues, asking for attention, and perhaps a range of other psychological ailments but the problem is that no one assesses the problem, how to treat the problem and actually treat the problem properly. They are just given electroshock therapy!

 

HG: So they are resorting to deliberately applying electroshock to these women without actually diagnosing their conditions as a way to try and calm them down?

V: Yes

 

HG: How many instances of these electroshock therapies have you personally witnessed?

V: Usually on Tuesdays is when they do these treatments because that’s the only day the doctor comes, and the first time I witnessed 6 women going into the room.

 

HG: How different was the behavior prior and after receiving these treatments?

V: There is one patient for example who is very outspoken, likes to sing and engage in conversation with volunteers and other patients, when she came out of the room she was almost in a comma stage, foam coming out her mouth, unresponsive and was wheeled out in a stretcher. A few hours later she became somewhat conscious and was complaining of a massive headache and dizziness as well as being extremely confused. Clearly a horrible feeling for anyone who is submitted to this sort of procedure.

 

HG: So this goes on Tuesdays. Have you witnessed it take place on more than one week?

V: Yes I’ve seen it a number of weeks since I’ve been here and many women going through the same, but more recently since myself and other volunteers have been very worried and spoken about it they started to do it in hiding, so it’s hard to tell which women are being submitted to it and how many.

 

HG: How do they hide the treatments now?

V: One of the French volunteers who spoke up a week ago was kicked out by one of the nuns and was asked to never come back. Then I spoke up and went as far as writing a report which the nuns in charge refused to read, basically telling me I didn’t know anything about what was going on, and that I didn’t have any medical experience to question them.

 

HG: Do any of these nuns themselves have any medical experience and or certification in the psychiatry field?

V: No. The nun in charge used to be a dentist, and that is the extend of the medical knowledge from any of them in this house.

 

HG: So one volunteer has been kicked out and your concerns and report ignored?

V: The report I gave to the nun, was intended for the nun, and the interaction between her and the doctor who could care less about any of these women. He doesn’t diagnose them and seems to be more interested in just applying the electroshock when he does his weekly visit. If the women are kept sedated so they don’t create additional work for the nuns or the paid workers, then the doctor does his job “well”. There is a nun who is basically in charge of choosing which women are to receive the electroshock, and incidentally also has the power to stop it, so I figure I would research some information about electroshock therapy and show her the devastating effect this type of treatment could have on people who are not candidates for it in hopes of stopping this madness.

A lot of the information available in the web and medical sites all point to the same problematic side effects, such as memory loss, and in applying the findings to the patients directly I started to see how a lot of the cognitive functions were affecting their brains; particularly in women where there was some sort of normalcy days prior to them being placed under this barbaric therapy and after having essentially a mental meltdown.

What really unsettled me was the fact that a lot of these women came into Shanty Dan to get better and leave, but this isn’t happening because after electroshocks some of them have actually made them worse.

 

HG: Why aren’t the nuns at Shanty Dan hiring full time psychiatrists? For an institution holding nearly 300 patients with a wide range of mental illness, you would have to have several professionals on staff at all times. What’s happening here?

V: When I asked one of the nuns why weren’t any doctors she said the most ridiculous thing: “there are no counselors in India” “You find them and bring them here” “you wouldn’t be able to find any around”

 

HG: Pardon the expression but that seems to be a crazy thing to say, wouldn’t doctors love the opportunity to accept a high paying job to look after 300 patients?

V: Agreed.

 

HG: So there is one nun who has some dentistry background, one doctor who comes in once a week who is supposedly a psychiatrist and prescribes a broad regiment of pills to about three hundred patients and about six medically untrained workers who look after the patients. What is your take of the actual state of this institution?

V: Is a big joke, they don’t care about any of the women there; they just have some workers to look after them and don’t seem to take seriously their conditions, certainly not a home for mentally challenged women where the goal would be to improve their lives. It’s basically a building filled with women with lots of mental issues who are vulnerable and in real need of help.

 

HG: Where you told or explained prior to volunteering that this was a place where women would be helped and or empowered to get better from certain mental illnesses?

V: Actually we weren’t actually told anything of value at the orientation/registration which was just two minutes long and they basically said the place was a home for mentally challenged women. And of course I assumed this was a place where women got treated properly so they could get on with their lives, I really didn’t think I would encounter what I have witnessed in my time here.

 

HG: Now that you have been forbidden to participate or witness the electroshock sessions of which you spoke against so strongly, what else are you asked to do with your time there?

V: We try to do some fun activities with the women, playing games, speaking to them kindly (unlike the forcefully and aggressive manner in which the nuns often speak to them).

 

HG: When you speak of aggressive behavior, is this something that happens frequently by the women and workers who operate the house?

V: Nuns and workers often treat the women angrily and harshly, they show signs of disgust and exhaustion in working there and understandingly so as some of the patients can be a handful, but for a place with three hundred patients and so little workers, it is expected that problems will arise. The patients are often beaten by workers who without any proper medical training often resort to violence in an effort to institute order.

 

HG: What kind of financial compensation do some of these workers get for their time in this home?

V: I know they are not getting a lot, especially since a lot of them live in slums.

 

HG: So these are women from the slum who are themselves in great financial need and even less likely to obtain medical training to deal with almost three hundred mentally ill patients?

V: The workers have their own issues, and they even have come to accept the idea that the shock therapy is actually a good thing because they hear it from the doctor and the nuns, in particular nun Benedicta and another who we’ve branded the evil nun, especially after personally seeing her torturing some of the older patients.

 

HG: One of the nuns tortures the women how?

V: Stupid stuff, emotional abuse for instance, demeaning them, I seen her doing that with some of the older patients, for example, one of the volunteers who comes in and does some of the dressing and cures for patients who need it, an old lady who has a wound in her back and the volunteer needed help moving the patient around  to get to the sore and the nun literally yanked her forcefully in front of the other patients, pulled up her dress and in degrading manner laid her down while asking the patient to stop being shy and exposing a private and serious wound to the rest of the floor, zero dignity, while telling her to stop crying in front of the volunteers and remind her that once the volunteers leave, she will still be here to deal with her. How sadistic and frightening is this?

 

HG: Basically this home becomes a house of horror for a lot of these patients once the volunteers leave?

V: Yes, especially with this nun who we now call the evil nun, she is middle aged, heavy.

 

HG: Are most of the nuns obese? I seem to find a large number of sedentary women who work for this organization. Why is that?

V: She’s actually quite big, a round face Bengali women, and she’s almost as big as the other two nuns in the house, Benedicta and Maria. The often just sit around and let the volunteers and workers do most of the work, of course, their diets are well proportioned with proteins and items which the patients don’t often get themselves.

Speaking of this “evil” nun, it’s actually evident that she has some mental issues of her own, the way she behaves with other patients, very sadistically, and even the workers agree there is something wrong with her, as they too allude to the fact that she is especially abusive with the patients.

 

HG: So even workers actually admit that there is something wrong with this particular nun who is also running this house?

V: Yes, all the workers feel very negatively about her and even volunteers no longer listen to her. In one instance she began to stab the feet of the old lady with the infected wound.

 

HG: Stabbing the patient’s feet?

V: Yes with a pair of scissors.

 

HG: For what reason?

V: It was very strange; it seemed like a personal thrill for her.

 

HG: And this is being done by a nun who is clearly disturbed?

V: Yes, clearly no sane person does some of the things this woman does.

 

HG: What would you say is required for this house to operate as the mental facility you thought you were coming to work in?

V: For starters, a must is a range of doctors, psychiatrists, psychologist and therapists and not these robotic tools such as the electroshock machine and this massive distribution of psychotropic medicines to all patients without diagnosis. There are no personal assessments of the ailments and or diagnosis for a cure and a long term plan to get these women to a somewhat normal life and in many cases to a full integration back to society.

 

HG: Is the broad application of medicines to all patients without understanding the specific issues of what each of them were brought to this house for in the first place creating more problems?

V: Exactly. And really to get any of these women to a path of improvement, there needs to be some consistent and professional counselling, they come in and many of them could truly be healed with the proper professional and consistent help.

 

HG: Would you say any of the nuns currently on staff are in any shape to adjust to any of the changes you would like to see for this particular house?

V: No. As it stands right now they refuse to listen to suggestions, apparently they’ve rejected ideas and or programs suggested by many volunteers.

 

HG: What did they do with your report when you suggested all these possible treatments?

V: The head nun, Benedicta basically laughed in my face and flat out said she “I wouldn’t have time to read any of this documents”

 

HG: If they are too busy to read reports pertaining the work they are there to do, what exactly do they occupy their time with instead?

V: Looking after the women I suppose and not very efficiently obviously.

 

HG: As other houses operated by the Missionaries of Charity, does Shanty Dan also have hours of prayers where the nuns are absent from the facilities and neglect the patients?

V: Yes, and they  leave the women workers from the slums in charge the same group who are medically untrained and get paid very little money for all the work they do. What’s even more alarming is the fact that the “evil” nun as we have resorted to calling her has begun punishing unruly patients by administering electroshock therapy, regardless of their condition, she has been doing this as a way to subdue them physically which is disturbing and aggravating to say the least.

 

HG: Electroshock therapy is actually being applied as punishment?

V: Yes, unfortunately.

 

HG: Did you actually witness some of the electroshock procedures and how many?

V: Yes, I saw a line of women waiting for the application and after seeing the first one being applied, it horrified me. The women waiting in line were not told anything that was about to happen and became apprehensive as some of the other women who had been submitted to the electroshock were being wheeled out of the room in a stretcher while foaming at the mouth.

 

HG: After you spoke about this barbaric practice, what happened?

V: Almost immediately they banned volunteers from coming near the room where the electroshocks are performed. The glass window that looks into the room was covered with a curtain and on Tuesdays, the day they are performed, volunteers were being asked to perform other tasks away from the area where the treatments take place. What’s even worse now, the nuns are considering to close the doors to volunteers, so the horrors will continue without witnesses who can defend these patients.

 

HG: Do you believe these nuns are actually performing electroshock therapy themselves without the presence of the doctor who comes in once a week?

V: I wouldn’t put it pass them. And in any case, they line up the women they want to punish and makes the doctor apply the electroshock on Tuesdays. Some of them up to six weeks which basically render them useless for a long time after.

 

HG: Let’s talk about a bit more about the facility. Are there any outdoor areas or spaces where they could spend some time in the sun and receive natural light and other necessary sensory experiences?

V: There is actually a courtyard with some nice outdoor areas but unfortunately the nuns have closed off the area to the patients. Their main complaint is that some of the women were defecating in the grass and that became too much work for the paid janitors and nuns to handle, so now all the patients are confined to an inner corridor with some windows that look out to the exterior but basically all their time is spent indoors. They really get no natural light anymore and are essentially confined to these interior corridors, bathrooms and dining room.

 

HG: I think it is fair to say that the entire facility is wrongly and inefficiently staffed, given the fact that there are no permanent doctors, nuns with basically no medical training and workers who are at best cleaning and janitor women, wouldn’t you agree?

V: It would most certainly help to bring in professionals to asses all the cases of the women currently being kept in the house. While volunteers come in and try to help, their duties are usually limited to washing clothes, dishes and some grooming of the patients.

 

HG: Are there any washers and dryers in the house?

V: No. They’ve refused to accept them.

 

HG Do you think this house will change and or improve?

V: Not really. After several weeks of suggesting changes, researching, handing over helpful documents and speaking to the nuns and workers, I’ve come to realize they are not interested in altering their culture of abuse and neglect.

 

HG: One would also have to assume that the workers are trying to protect their income, however little it is and in essence are conspirators to the medical negligence perpetrated by these nuns on a daily basis.

V: Yes, they do pretty much whatever the nuns say including systematic beating of the patients at the request of the nuns themselves.

 

HG: It is my understanding that nuns within this organization are shuffled around the different houses they operate around the world, one of the reasons being is the mounting complaints and as a way to diffuse the public’s outrage or concern they continue to change some of them in charge and dispatch them to different places. How long before they resort to their malevolent practices in their new positions?

V: Well, we have already noticed some abusive behaviour by nun Benedicta who is recently new in Shanty Dan; we’ve seen her hitting patients sometimes and using forceful language, almost as if these patients are wild animals. I am afraid the behavior is chronic and symptomatic of these nuns. The same goes for the workers.

 

HG: Have there been any deaths during your time there?

V: Yes. Three. One was a new lady that had arrived; she was quite small and fragile. She seemed fine and had some difficulty walking, but other than that she was cognitive and responsive. After I returned two days later I found that she had passed and when I asked for the cause of death, I was told she had a stroke but there was a lot of ambiguity on the actual answer, especially when another volunteer felt that the medicine she had been given was the wrong kind and thus caused her to have a fatal and allergic reaction.

Another was a 40 something year old patient, her name Maduri, I remember her clearly because she was the very first patient I saw chained to the bed and now I see this more and more often. She was very active and always wanted to leave but one day I came to work and she also died.

And another patient who was ill was brought here which I thought was very strange, one who should have certainly been brought to a hospital.

 

HG: How many patients are chained to their beds?

V: At the moment from what I can tell probably half a dozen, perhaps more. And especially those who don’t want to remain in the facility.

 

HG: So patients who don’t want to stay are not allowed to leave?

V: No

 

HG: Are there medical histories for each patient?

V: No. There are just these cards where they sometimes make notes about the medicines they give to the women, but nothing in detail and certainly no diagnosis; another thing I noticed is a slew of women who arrive from jail.

 

HG: From jail? Please explain:

V: There seems to be some sort of agreement between the Missionaries of Charity and some of the women jails where they bring some of the inmates who are being released but their families don’t want them home, so they end up here. Many if not all of them have absolutely no mental disabilities, so I find this whole arrangement quite strange.

 

HG: So perhaps for some sort of rehabilitation program? Except this is a mental institution which doesn’t even seem to rehabilitate their own mentally challenged patients in the first place!

V: Yes, very strange. There are no televisions or rehabilitation programs or visual or physical activities, they just sit there all day, almost rotting away. Also, all of the women who arrive from jail join the distribution of pills and almost immediately become subdued. And most of the women change their behaviour completely and overnight, as if becoming zombies. There is one in particular which is very troubling to me, it is a pregnant patient who is constantly given medicines, and her mood changes drastically.

 

HG: These type of pills are being administered to a woman who is pregnant?

V: Yes, even injections that basically knock her unconscious.

 

HG: Do we know if the one doctor who visits this home once a week has actually researched that the medicines he is administering to this pregnant woman won’t hurt the fetus?

V: No.

 

HG: You also mentioned another patient who had a baby recently and the baby was taken to an orphanage hours away from this facility, something quite strange considering the fact that the Missionaries of Charity operate another orphanage literally next door to the same place where the new mother is. Why would they do this?

V: When I asked the same question to the nun in charge her answered was: “God bless you and your compassion” and she laughed and walked off.

 

HG: Why aren’t other volunteers talking about the same things you have witnessed?

V: I just don’t think they care enough. They come here for a few days and don’t want to raise any issues. A lot of them are nice folks but they just feel helpless at the time or rely on the fact that someone else like you or me would speak up about it. Or worse, they think these nuns are actually doing a good job.

 

HG: I understand that a first rate health care facility, one that is typically found in develop countries such as the US, Britain, ect, is not something that is feasible or realistically possible to construct and execute in places like Kolkata, but for an organization that receives millions and millions of dollars in donations each year, is this the best they can do?

V: No, not at all, at best they are providing below minimum care. For an organization with European influence and the massive financial support they receive, this is shameful to say the least. There needs to be immediate and drastic changes. The electroshock therapy is running a lot of these women’s lives, they can never go back out into society and join a cycle of normalcy, their memories and even simple functions have been sucked out of them, almost if not all patients are treated like animals in a zoo.

 

HG: What happens when you leave?

V: Well, this is why I am talking about it. People like you who continue to raise awareness about these issues are a major source of hope for change and this why I couldn’t remain quiet any longer.

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Obedience Training & Social Conditioning by the Catholic Church


Group mentality can be a useful tool in a healthy and happily cohesive society.  However, it can also mean having to turn yourself into a social contortionist, especially in situations where adhering to socially acceptable behavioural patterns or ideas means putting aside our conscience or better judgements in order to conform to the will of the majority.  Individual behaviour can be easily swept away under the influence of a group who hold an opposing view-point.  Human psychology is greatly effected and influenced by such social issues and however much we are guided by our own personalities and act instinctively based on our genetic make-up, social-conditioning is a hugely important variable when considering human behaviour.

“Pressure is on to change the Roman Catholic Church in America, but it’s not coming from the usual liberal suspects. A new breed of theological conservatives has taken to blogs and YouTube to say the church isn’t Catholic enough.”-Catholic bloggers aim to purge dissenters – Yahoo News

The power of social-conditioning should never be underestimated.  It has played a huge part in human history and will continue to do so but what is important is realising and recognising when it is in play and then deciding, individually whether to allow ourselves to be subject to it.

 

Michael Voris

In this Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 picture, Michael Voris holds a sword used when he records for RealCatholicTV.com …

 

An Obsession with Obedience.

“Enraged by dissent that they believe has gone unchecked for decades, and unafraid to say so in the starkest language, these activists are naming names and unsettling the church.”

Even the idea of obedience to the Pope and any recognition of that authority is an aspect of behaviour that must be kept in constant check through reinforcement but individuals only have the authority over our lives that we allow them to have.  Once the reinforcement of a particular behaviour is removed, that same conditioned behavioural pattern will decrease and eventually disappear entirely.  With religion the reinforcement is built into the system of beliefs.  Hope of reward and fear of an eternity of punishment and torture for finite sins as minor as doubt or disbelief, rules their lives.  Not only that but they are conditioned to accept this same interference as ‘right’, without question.  As a method of control this is highly effective.  With the Church’s continued theocratic demands on, and intrusions into, the lives of followers and non-Catholics alike, what the church has always been is a bully and well on its way to re-emerging as the dictatorship it was in the days of the Inquisition.

One of the best Pat Condell videos I have ever seen.

Obedience is one of the strongest forms of conformity and it often involves betraying one’s own sense of right and wrong in order to go along with what one is told to believe or how to behave.  In 1965, Stanley Milgram orchestrated an experiment in which subjects were required to administer electric shocks to someone they believed to be wired to a machine on the other side of a divide.  The shocks would increase in strength (from 75 volts up to 450) after each subsequent wrong answer.  At a designated point the person who was believed to be being shocked was yelling for it to stop but the real subject was told by someone in a lab coat with a clipboard to ignore it and continue.  This shows a distinct human inclination to administer torture and cruelty ‘under orders’.  Nazi Germany is probably the most cogent example of the dangers of this form of conformity.  Even a degree of individual forethought and diversity, therefore, is an essential defence against complete conformity to arbitrary conformity.

This cruelty needn’t be physical either. The psychological and physical damage inflicted on children by members of the clergy will have lasting, if not permanent effects, but the victims were often mentally and emotionally tormented by their abusers as well; being told they were at fault for what had been done to them.  The church not only covered it up, but reinforced the problem by insisting on silence from all parties and a threat of the excommunication of the victim if silence was broken or the abuse was not reported within a certain time frame.  The more a group feels it is bound together or tightly organised, the more power it has over its members.  Unity is also increased by shared beliefs, particularly when they are directed against another group (See Stereotyping and Dehumanising Opponents).

The emotional distance (or physical) one individual has from their victim, makes it easier to act and think without compassion or empathy.  It is on record that those who had the power to rectify the problem of predatory clergy, refused to acknowledge the complaints, dismissed the complaints as an ‘American cultural issue‘, and denied all accountability to the victims.  The distance was deliberately maintained in-line with the culture of secrecy, perpetuated since the second century in order to protect the reputation of the church.  Church leaders, in the face of all the evidence, still refuse to admit any responsibility and claim that the stream of abuse and cover-ups is a total surprise to them.  This is born out of their own belief that they are immune to ‘earthly’ authority.  (See Illusion of invulnerability).

The proximity to the authority is also affected by the legitimacy of the figure wielding it.  A close proximity to authority makes obedience more likely but that depends on whether the authority is accepted or not.  We do NOT have to accept the church’s authority no matter how much they would like us to, or tell you how we’ll be better off if we would only step aside and allow them to run our lives.  Institutional authority only works as long as it is recognised by those at which it is directed, but when it is recognised, it can have an enormous effect on obedience.  A public response against certain behaviours can be an immensely powerful social tool.   The church found it easier to bully the victims of abuse and cover cases up by throwing money at the problems while their secrecy directives were taken seriously.  Since the Guathe case in 1983, and the public attention it earned the church it has recently had a huge amount of difficulty keeping their activities quiet.  It speaks volumes that they still speak out more against the publicity that their actions have attracted than against the abusers.  They have shown no remorse and no real compassion toward those who have suffered for decades at the hands of their minions.

 

Persecutory Delusions

“Critics of the bloggers contend the activists are motivated mostly by politics, not theology. The blogs feature nearly as many attacks on President Barack Obama as church leaders. McKinley’s site, until recently, was called “Throwthebumsoutin2010,” in anticipation of the midterm elections.”

A delusion is an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary.  The church is forever complaining of anti-catholic discrimination (the recent UK visit by the Pope to name but a single example) but in actual fact what they mean is that people are no longer afraid to stand up to this institutional-bully.  This is coupled with a grandiose delusion in which they are, as a group, experiencing an exaggerated sense of worth, importance, power, right of authority, knowledge and ‘personal relationship’ with a higher being.

“There’s a general sense among many faithful Catholics that no matter how much they write their bishops, no matter how much they go to the pastors, all of these unfaithful things keep getting taught,” Voris said. “I think enough Catholics are saying, ‘That’s it. I’ve had it.'”


Constructionist Views and Illusions.

“Constructionist learning is inspired by the constructivist theory that individual learners construct mental models to understand the world around them.”

Our perceptions are not merely a reaction to our sensory reactions, but we also partly construct our perceptions from what we expect to sense.  It is prevalent in the church to justify their responsibility in atrocities and will go to great lengths in order to either shift blame or take credit.  When the Pope spoke of ‘aggressive secularism‘ and ‘imposed atheism‘ in his opening speech in September, he set off a domino effect of fatuous comments across the church.  This included laying the blame of the Holocaust on these two entirely imagined phenomena, regardless of the historical evidence of the Vatican’s involvement and commendation. Priests, lay people, and ordinary parishioners have taken the bait and now those phrases are trotted out as they now look for, and find, instances of persecution and discrimination, where there are none.  The New Archbishop of Westminster, has also fallen into the Pope’s pit and has recently been on the war-path against secularism and bleating against what he sees as a ‘marginalisation of faith’.

 

Confirmation Bias

“The files show what the diocese knew about abusive priests, starting decades before any allegations became public, and that some church leaders moved priests around or overseas despite credible complaints against them.”

Confirmation bias is a form of cognitive error based on the tendency to seek only information which supports one’s beliefs, and ignore contradictory information;

 

Religious Involvement in a Secularized Society: An Empirical Confirmation of Martin's General Theory of Secularization

Article published in 1992 by The British Journal of Sociology

 

 

Illusion of Invulnerability.

“These documents demonstrate years and years and decades of concerted action that has allowed this community’s children to be victimised, and it is not until the community looks at these documents that this cycle is ever going to be ended.”

An illusion is a distortion of the senses, revealing how the brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. While illusions distort reality, they are generally shared.  They are often built by our unconscious perceptions, such as a magician performing a trick on a stage, making us think we see things disappear or, appear defy natural physical laws.  As much as something might seem real, the way our brains have evolved to organise sensory information – to unconsciously look for patterns – leaves us highly susceptible to illusions.  Cues from context and experience guide our understanding of given circumstances and can adversely affect our judgement.

“When the Pope visited Britain last month some said that everything had changed for good. That is not true in the sense of the nation being converted to the paths of righteousness. And there was also something which changed for the time being. That was the easy ride enjoyed by a small number of atheist zealots, the usual suspects, who had mocked him in the much the way that alternative comedians once mocked Mrs Thatcher.” What the Pope’s Visit Changed – The Daily Telegraph.

Our culture and everyday surroundings can have an incredible effect on the way we perceive our surroundings an the way a given course of action may seem completely rational despite all evidence to the contrary.  For centuries the Church has believed itself to be above man-made laws and codes of behaviour.   It has consistently resisted changes in everything from accepted scientific knowledge to public social opinion and has gone to great lengths to prevent those changes where they can.  In 1971 it was discovered that social-cohesion and group-participation can have adverse effects as groups are likely to work to squash dissent and disagreement in the name of ‘group-harmony‘.  This phenomena was referred to as groupthink.  When expressed views are contrary to the majority, they can evoke a very negative reaction. Possibly one of the most famous victims of this was Galileo, who was jailed as a heretic in order to maintain their illusion, for the terrible crime of disagreeing with the church and posing a threat to their authority.

 

Belief in Group’s Moral Superiority.

“Nearly 10,000 pages of previously sealed Catholic church documents have been made public and showed that the Diocese of San Diego long knew about abusive priests, some of whom were shuffled from parish to parish despite credible complaints against them.”

When a large group, particularly a religious organisation, believes itself to be the epitome of morality, it will even go so far as to ignore or deny instances of its own immorality;

This video has been reposted by another YouTuber so may be commented on.  The self-righteous bigot, Micheal Voris has blocked all legitimate comments  from their videos.  Their confirmation bias has been made loud and clear.  They do not want to be criticised.  Well, I say to them, that if fear of questioning is preventing you from listening to true objections then your faith cannot be as strong as you claim it to be.  On Saturday, I sent a challenge to the producers of RealCatholicTV to allow comments and ratings.  Not only have they not allowed this, but my message has gone ignored too.  So, Mr Voris, I again challenge you to open your channel to un-biased debate.

“We’re no more engaged in a witch hunt than a doctor excising a cancer is engaged in a witch hunt,” said Michael Voris of RealCatholicTV.com and St. Michael’s Media. “We’re just shining a spotlight on people who are Catholics who do not live the faith.”

Worth mentioning in this section is the Church’s prevalent preoccupation with outside ‘evils’ in a bogus and pathetic attempt to distract the world from their own misdeeds.  They have failed in this attempt and yet they still keep digging. I will not stop them because I am just one person, but as a group WE can make it very clear that we are not fooled by their tactics or diversions.  We are lucky to have a tool at our disposal, capable of countering any of the ridiculous claims they make ten-fold so lets use it.  It’s called reason and free thought.  If religion bore any real weight at all, it would not need to demand ‘blasphemy’ laws to protect the oh-so-sensitive feelings of its followers.  Their freedom of religion is a personal one; stops at them.  They have no RIGHT over anybody else’s life, and certainly have no right to decide who gets to take part in the democratic process.

 

Rationalisation.

“They are still murdering children, and that must stop,” said Zastrow. “Anybody can plan their family anyway they want to, but if they use surgery or drugs…then those are innocent children who need to be protected.”

This is a process by which an individual or group will create an incorrect explanation for their actions and beliefs.  The Church’s moves and public condemnation against contraception and AIDS prevention, abortion, LGBT rights, and the secularisation of western society is a prime example of this.  Their information is deliberately erroneous and despite all of their huffing and puffing against the evils of secular society, what they are trying to disguise (ineffectively) is really their own displeasure and concern that the church is being outgrown by society and is slowly ceasing to be the center of most people’s lives.  As a group, it will become even more close-minded (and secretive) as it collectively tries to justify their actions; both past and present.

 

Stereotyping and Dehumanising of Opponents.

“The Archbishop recalled the murder of James Bulger and said: “Catholic teaching is that every single human being is marked by original sin.”

“There is this fault line within us which we call original sin and sometimes it just breaks out.

“Sometimes people get furious and angry in response to that evil partly because they secretly know there’s a bit of it within themselves.”

When the opponent is viewed in an exaggerated and biased manner, any and all statements they (or we) make which contradict the group ethos are dismissed, ignored and denied.  RealCatholicTV’s videos could be used to demonstrate pretty much every section of this post but their vitriol is more of a symptom of their conditioning than a cause.  The presenter, Michael Voris, has been brainwashed with falsehoods and misconceptions about what it means to be anything other than a Catholic and he means to spread those views. They are designed to provoke a reaction of hatred and persecution against non-Catholics while putting the onus of ‘hate-speech’ on anyone who disputes his claims and argues openly.  It is a tactic commonly used in the absence of real thought along with the accusation of being ‘angry‘ or ‘militant‘ atheists.

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Yes, I am angry, but that is because I, and others are expected to sit back and take silently what they say about us , while attempting to lend (borrowed) weight to their fabricated claims. WE have been conditioned to refrain from arguing their claims or even objecting to the Church’s constant attempts to interfere with the running of secular society..  Failure to observe this social taboo means that we are considered rude and pushy, regardless of the circumstances.  It goes back to the Church’s obsession with obedience.  Any reference they make to dialogue does not mean open discourse, it means yet more of the ‘we talk and you listen‘ which has forever permeated from religious ‘authority’.  We are up against a wall, Comrades, and it’s time to start fighting back.  No violence is ever justified but this does not mean we cannot be very vocal against people like Voris and those higher-up. This man is probably not even on the Vatican’s radar yet he assumes he speaks for ALL Catholics. I know he does not but he does make them ALL look like mindless bigots to anyone who doesn’t know better.  This is another reason to be out and proud about being an Atheist.  We have nothing to be ashamed of and it’s well beyond time we ceased allowing the church to make atheism and secularism, their doormats and scapegoats.

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Undeserved Reputations.


It seems a current popular trend, within a media-centred and largely globalised society, to judge actions by reputation rather than the other way around.  It seems even more prevalent in well known figures such as Naomi Campbell, who is ‘known’ for having a volatile temper and to have faced court scrutiny for apparently being offered a valuable blood diamond as a gift.  How often do  we stop to think about who wrote these reports?  Do we ever pause to think about where a report of trivial so-called ‘celebrity-journalism’ (produced for same audience as the endless chat-shows and blatantly staged reality-TV that is passed off as entertainment) comes from?  The precedent of ‘reputation’ is a dangerous social construct which can be used to deliberately mislead us regarding the character and motives of persons we have either never met or are unlikely to ever meet.   Never more is trend apparent than in the case of one elderly Albanian nun who went by the name of Mother Teresa.  What I want to know is when word and deed ceased to take precedence before a ill-deserved reputation.

Mother Teresa with the Raegans

Credited the former President with virtues he did not posses - Ignored his involvement in the Guatemalan death squads.

In 1969, Malcolm Muggeridge filmed a documentary named ‘Something Beautiful for God‘ which began the nun’s very public campaign backed by both the prominent and the infamous.  His portrayal of Calcutta as a centre of despair and destitution was central to his very biased approach to his new pet-project.  This view is a wholly inaccurate marketing ploy used very carefully by The Missionaries of Charity in order to achieve two goals.

  1. Keep the donations coming.
  2. Justify their presence in the country.

The truth of the matter is that, despite Calcutta’s problems of poverty as a result of overpopulation, the city hosts theatres and universities, and produces it own high quality printed media.  Though plagued by religious conflicts over the years, it is predominated by secular and leftist politics.  This over population problem is not helped by the ever present Catholic Church working to spread disinformation about contraception and disease, and ban abortion among demographics of the poorly educated and already struggling families in what is most patronisingly referred to as the ‘third world’.  The problems of these countries will not be solved by these outright lies to prevent the less well off to manage the size of their families.  It should be noted that Mother Teresa saw no reason at all for humans to limit our rate of reproduction, a belief present in many religious ‘apologists’ due partly, I believe to her own adherence to dogma and superstitious ideas of ‘divine providence’.   If this were truly the case, then there would be NO NEED for these charities to begin with.

Mother Teresa with Charles Keating.

With Charles Keating - Savings and Loan swindler and imprisoned for ten years. Mother Teresa accepted $1,250,000 in stolen money: left hundreds without their life savings. The money has never been returned.

Between she and Muggeridge, Calcutta was brutally slandered from one side with a slur to human nature (the open incomprehension that anyone would even want to step out and help those in desperate need) and from the other side, the attempted ‘solution’ was stripped from the people it was meant to be aiding and made into a self-sanctifying ‘mission’ for god.  She believed that her mission was mandated by heaven but considering the letters published by the church (that she had requested be destroyed), she did not even believe in God. This moves her from being a fanatical fundamentalist to a cynical and shallow opportunist.  I find myself bemused in this case that either of their statements had not been ripped to shreds by the press, but rather heralded as praise worthy for the mere fact that 50% of the discourse was from a religious figure (and the other 50% from a deluded buffoon; I will allow you to decide which is which.), soon to become an icon for conscience-easing hypocrisy.

The apparent ‘first miracle’ was utterly refuted, even by it’s own author, but this came all too late.  The damage had already been done through Muggeridge’s own media circulation; it became a self-perpetuating myth of monstrous proportions.  What was described as ‘Divine Light’ by Muggeridge was in actual fact thanks to a new film produced by Kodak for use in low-light conditions.  This tragic lack of critical thinking, rather than exposing a fraud, had the effect of producing a huge body of preconceived opinions and has lent undeserved credence to a further four decades of needless misery for the poor of Calcutta.  These people are being shamelessly and unforgivably used as a publicity brand/stunt for the catholic church.  Combine this with the fact that on Christopher Hitchen’s visit to her Home for the Dying, he witnessed the nun display an air and attitude far from the humility for which she is acclaimed; “accepting kisses to her feet as if it were no more than her due“.

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Accepted unnamed sum of more stolen money from The Duvaliers before they bled the treasury dry and fled to France.

Even more worrying, was this discussion which itself is a telling disclosure of not only ‘Christian-values’ but also of the twisted non-logic that passed for morality in their eyes;

Muggeridge; You don’t think there’s a danger that people might mistake the means for the end, and feel that serving their fellow man was an end in itself? Do you think there’s a danger of that?

Mother Teresa; There is always the danger that we may become only social-workers or just do the work for the sake of the work…It is a danger; if we forget to whom we are doing it.  Our works are only an expression for our love of Christ. Our hearts need to be full of love for him, and since we have to express that love in action, naturally the poorest of the poor are the means of expressing our love for God.

Aside from this damning conversation, which is on public record, the reputation of this woman became such that her callous and irrational remarks have been overlooked in favour of a completely artificial and ostentatious affectation of poverty and unconvincing humility.  By her own words, her acts were cheapened and made both mercenary and self-congratulatory;  genuine humanitarian acts of altruism are ‘dangers’ to be avoided in her view, and those she ‘serves’ are mere tools of piety for her own cause.  It is a gross misconception, that her work was humane when she had so publicly confessed that she had no interest in any real practical and sustainable solution for the poor of Calcutta.  Her bizarre obsession with suffering has been turned into a dangerous cult; to proselytise to, and baptise, those in dire straits and so earn a reputation as a new discipline within the church.  Her filmed statements revealed this fact time and time again and if it were not for her false reputation, this woman would have been seen for the fraud and liar she was.

With Robert Maxwell.

Received monetary contributions and leant her name and support to his newspaper campaign. Turned out later that he had raided the pension fund.

The Missionaries of Charity are an organisation who willingly and deliberately perpetuate the poverty and suffering of people who have had little choice in their circumstances due at least in part to their lack of education.  By rectifying their involuntary ignorance, and enabling them to support themselves it would be possible for these people to lift themselves out of poverty.  While the MOC are active and continue in their fraudulent portrayal their own voluntary state of poverty as some form of tool for their own ends, the problem will continue.  This act seems enough to distract many from the fact that their ‘work’ serves no real purpose.  Mother Teresa, however, hypocritically enjoyed comfortable and expensive hospitals while her ‘sisters’ were taught that their own medical needs were a frivolous luxury.

While millions have been poured into the Order’s accounts, Mother Teresa enjoyed flights on private jets (owned by Savings and loan Fraudster, Charles Keating) and helicopter rides to Ireland, staged trips to chemical disasters, journeys to America, Ireland and the UK (to promote the Church’s own anti-abortion, divorce and contraception campaign).  The nuns in charge of banking the donations are trained to square their consciences with the flimsy non-argument that to question the highly suspicious practices of the order shows lack of trust in ‘Mother’ and pride.  Exactly the ideas used in cult conditioning.  The order even went so far as abandoning a housing project for the homeless in the Bronx,  due to the fact that the law required a lift be put in for the disabled, is ludicrous to the extreme.

Staged studio picture with John-Roger

Dangerous cult leader presented her with an 'Integrity Award' of $10,000

It is unnecessary false-modesty that these women display which is the worst form of conceit and arrogance as they silently gloat at and invoke the guilt of the rest of the world who choose not to adopt their entirely unnatural and artificial way of life.  Heralding these misguided women only serves to distract us from the fact that they have done nothing to ease the problems of the ‘poorest of the poor’.  If anything I would say that the order has exacerbated their problems.  Nothing substantial has been achieved by these women while they continue to operate and maintain their branding so their sponsors can gain an easy warm-fuzzy feeling by just donating money.

Thankfully those like Susan Shields and Hemley Gonzalez, no longer fear a bad reception now that the ‘truth’ about her ‘Order’ (cult) is finally being publicly recognised as a tawdry front for the Vatican and unsubtle distraction from their far from savoury history (Darfur, Rwanda…).  One visit from a Doctor Fox, documented in The Lancet in 1994 – confirmed by other volunteers -revealed that no proper tests are carried out so no real diagnoses can be made for patients, some of whom easily could easily be treated and return to society to lead a productive and fulfilling life The lack of even effective -or any- pain relief as demonstrated by Hemley Gonzalez, shows an appalling lack of empathy and consideration for the real well-being of the patients.  There are still more who refuse to acknowledge the contradictions exhibited so publicly but by making this issue very public and then continuing by being very loud until our concerns are recognised by the proper authorities (NOT the church) and acted upon, hopefully we may start making some real progress.

Christianity’s denial that the physical self has any import, is dangerous to say the least but what Mother Teresa was representative of was an outright denial of reality.  Her acceptance of stolen money may have been unintentional but I find it very difficult to believe that a woman capable of placing herself repeatedly so completely in the public eye and in the presence of rich, well known and often reprehensible characters was sincerely as ‘uninvolved with politics’ as she claimed herself to be.  I do not swallow the convenient and obvious excuses from her hero-worship-blinded supporters that the woman was SO INNOCENT that she was unaware of who these people were well before she accepted their hospitality and then their money while lending her name and her support.  The money stolen she accepted from Charles Keating was never returned to it’s rightful owners and considering how little has changed, it is very doubtful that that vast sum was ever used to solve Calcutta’s poverty issues.  Even if she did not know who they were the Vatican did and hers was not an independent order; they still had to answer to the the authority of Rome and these orders do not operate without either the instruction or permission of the church.

If I were to be extremely generous in this case, I would perhaps allow one single instance of uninformed ignorance. But which one?    The Vatican was open in it’s support of the Military Junta and dictatorship of Haiti.  The meeting with Ronald and Nancy?  Margaret Thatcher was the first female prime Minister of Great Britain (and probably that last considering the utter pigs-ear she made of it) so it is unlikely that that she was unbeknown to the church especially since by that point Mother Teresa had become their own trojan-horse.

Conclusion?

Take into consideration how truly mind-bogglingly ridiculous it is to quite happily nurse our comfortable western consciences that ‘somebody else’  is looking after the less well off while we, the rest of the global population, who are neither starving nor destitute, psychologically absolve ourselves of any responsibility if we can physically throw enough money at the problem.  It is time we all woke up and began to demand some accountability for the billions that are and have been sent to her order, The Missionaries of Charity, for the purpose of relieving poverty.  It is more than about time that we began to demand from THEM why, after six decades, nothing has improved in the slightest for the ‘poorest of the poor’?  The money that is being sent to them could be sent to charities who work to educate and help these people improve their own lives.  It could be sent to charities whose primary aim is not to proselytise and try to persuade those who use their services that they do well to accept their lot and do nothing but wait for divine providence to come to them despite all evidence that no such thing exists.

Effective and responsible organisations.

  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Oxfam
  • Non-Believers Giving Aid
  • Responsible Charity (Being set up)

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Podcast News.


Hi all.

Good news.  I will be recording the interview with Hemley Gonzalez today, and should hopefully have the whole thing recorded, edited and published by this evening!  It’s my first interview on my podcast so it’s all exciting!

I will of course post links when it is ready.