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Originally posted by Kailassa
I used to believe Mother Theresa was some kind of saint until I learned more about her.
Don't expect anyone who idolises her to accept the truth without a struggle.
Re greedy churches, I was a single mum, struggling with no help from anyone else to raise 3 kids, two needing a lot of care because of handicaps, and paying off a house at exorbitant interest rates. I couldn't afford much food, we'd have starved if I'd not grown our own and foraged in supermarket dumpsters.
And I went to (Anglican) church every week, more because they needed me for their choir than anything else, and because I'd previously been friends with the minister and his wife.
One week in church the minister, instead of a sermon, gave us a lecture on how hard up he was. Only half of his children's private school fees were paid for him. The parish paid all his bills, but he had to buy a new TV and stereo for himself. Their second car was getting old. Etc.
After the service were were each given a bundle of envelopes with our name on it and the amount were were expected to give. My family didn't have a TV. My car was a bicycle. When my kids needed to go to hospital, which was frequently, I carried them on my back. When local schools got bad my kids got home-schooled.
And I was expected to give $50 a week.
I never went to church again.
By the way, I do know of a genuinely good Catholic priest. Father Ernie, who was in St Kilda.
You'd never have guessed it, he was a short, stout Irishman, always busy looking after people. He'd turned the lovely brick manse into an open house for the homeless, and used to sleep on the floor so there'd be an extra bed available. Not that he'd tell anyone, I got to know some nuns there who told me.
The parish hall had become a free lunch hall, where volunteers cooked donated food and served hundreds every day.
There was absolutely no religion in that hall, Father Ernie said that looking after the poor was true Christianity, and they could attend church if they wanted to pray.
Of course the Catholic bureaucracy did all they could to stop this dangerous example of Christ-like living, and finally succeeded.
Originally posted by megabyte
did you watch the Da Vinci code based movies?
were you shocked about the Opus Dei and their practice of causing pain to themselves etc?
Originally posted by megabyte
The Nobel peace Prize she got would have build a modern hospital and staffed it for 10 years and equipped it with the most modern of everything
The purse has increased since the 1980s, when the prize money was 880 000 SEK (c. 2.6 million SEK or US $350 000 today
Mother Teresa refused to attend the traditional Nobel banquet in her honor, asking that the $7,000 cost of the dinner instead be donated to the poor of India. Nobel officials offered to donate $7,000 and also hold a banquet; Mother Teresa held fast, asking that whatever money was available to honor her be donated to the poor. The people of Norway responded to her selflessness by raising an additional $52,000 to support her work.