The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher HitchensAmong his many books, perhaps none have sparked more outrage than The Missionary Position, Christopher Hitchenss meticulous study of the life and deeds of Mother Teresa.
A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beatified by the Catholic Church in 2003, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was celebrated by heads of state and adored by millions for her work on behalf of the poor. In his measured critique, Hitchens asks only that Mother Teresas reputation be judged by her actions-not the other way around.
With characteristic elan and rhetorical dexterity, Hitchens eviscerates the fawning cult of Teresa, recasting the Albanian missionary as a spurious, despotic, and megalomaniacal operative of the wealthy who long opposed measures to end poverty, and fraternized, for financial gain, with tyrants and white-collar criminals throughout the world.
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It is a critique of the work and philosophy of Mother Teresa , the founder of an international Roman Catholic religious congregation , and it challenges the mainstream media's assessment of her charitable efforts. In length pages,  it was re-issued in paperback and ebook form with a foreword by Thomas Mallon in The book's thesis, as summarized by one critic, was that "Mother Teresa is less interested in helping the poor than in using them as an indefatigable source of wretchedness on which to fuel the expansion of her fundamentalist Roman Catholic beliefs. Hitchens addressed the subject of Mother Teresa on several occasions before publishing The Missionary Position. In he devoted one of his regular columns in The Nation to her.
The Missionary Position , by the sake of its cover alone, is arguably one of the most bold polemics in recent memory. The title itself forces you to picture the wrinkled, ancient, and now deceased, woman on the cover Let me pause while I shudder quickly. Despite the pure shock power of the title, Hitchens' originally preferred title may have been more appropriate,. Despite the pure shock power of the title, Hitchens' originally preferred title may have been more appropriate, The Sacred Cow. Because if you were unaware of Hitchens' argument, Mother Theresa of Calcutta seems to be one of the least appropriate target for such harsh criticism, even when the bile is produced by such a virulent contrarian and secularist as Hitchens.
In my book, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa In Theory and Practice, I provide evidence that Mother Teresa has consoled and supported.
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Welcome sign in sign up. You can enter multiple addresses separated by commas to send the article to a group; to send to recipients individually, enter just one address at a time. In Defense of Mother Teresa from the September 19, issue. In my book, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa In Theory and Practice , I provide evidence that Mother Teresa has consoled and supported the rich and powerful, allowing them all manner of indulgence, while preaching obedience and resignation to the poor. Nobody was happy anyhow. That vote, quite apart from its importance in separating Church from State in the Irish Republic, had an obvious bearing on the vital discussion between Irish Catholics and Protestants as to who shall make law in a possible future cooperative island that is threatened by two kinds of Christian fundamentalism. Evidence and argument of this kind, I have discovered, make no difference to people like Mr.
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Jump to navigation. Christopher Hitchens, the late British-American journalist known as much for his outspoken atheism as his oratory and prose, pulled no punches when he went on the offensive: the Clintons were a " dysfunctional clan ", the actor Steven Seagal was "robotic and moronic ", and Mother Teresa was "a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud". But what, according to Hitchens, did Saint Teresa of Calcutta do wrong? That's not a bad-looking CV, is it? Writing in Slate magazine in , Hitchens pointed to Mother Teresa's description of abortion as the "greatest destroyer of peace" in her Nobel Prize acceptance speech, and her opposition to abolishing Ireland's ban on divorce and remarriage. The columnist also wrote that "during the deliberations over the Second Vatican Council