The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

By Christopher Hitchens

"A non secular fundamentalist, a political operative, a primitive sermonizer, and an companion of worldly secular powers. Her venture has consistently been of this type. The irony is that she hasn't ever been capable of set off anyone to think her. it truly is previous time that she used to be duly commemorated and brought at her word."

Among his many books, might be none have sparked extra outrage than THE MISSIONARY place, Christopher Hitchens's meticulous learn of the lifestyles and deeds of mom Teresa.

A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beatified through the Catholic Church in 2003, mom Teresa of Calcutta used to be celebrated by means of heads of kingdom and cherished by means of thousands for her paintings on behalf of the bad. In his measured critique, Hitchens asks in basic terms that mom Teresa's popularity be judged by way of her actions-not the opposite direction around.

With attribute élan and rhetorical dexterity, Hitchens eviscerates the fawning cult of Teresa, recasting the Albanian missionary as a spurious, despotic, and megalomaniacal operative of the rich who lengthy hostile measures to finish poverty, and fraternized, for monetary achieve, with tyrants and white-collar criminals in the course of the world.

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