A feminist site has claimed that Mother Teresa was a hypocrite with no real interest in helping people – and a symbol of white supremacy to boot.
A post on the Babe website, which has a huge audience of millennial women, claimed that Teresa – who was declared a saint earlier this year – is as morally bankrupt as medieval crusaders, and did wilful violence to the people she cared for.
Writer Kitty Wenham – a London-based activist who was raised Catholic – also accused St Teresa of being a hypocrite because she accepted high-quality healthcare when she was dying.
Her article claimed:
Our fascination with figures like Mother Teresa and other white men and women who are applauded for their work ‘saving’ people in non-white areas makes it blatantly clear just how entrenched white supremacy still is in our collectivity.
It also claims that church missionary work is an act of cultural violence, and morally equivalent to a violent, armed invasion:
Often white, often rich individuals dedicate their lives to enshrining themselves in cultures that they know nothing about. It’s no coincidence that the main efforts of these delegations have been focused for the past few centuries on largely non-white countries. The church labels them as barbaric and languages, traditions, ancestry, culture are destroyed at the touch of a hand, in a matter of years. In the time of the crusades, this was done by a violent force, but the manipulative nature of emotional blackmail that missionaries use today is no more moral.
The forthright claims – which would seem to apply to any religiously-motivated act of charity – are, needless to say, at odds with the views of the church which canonised her earlier this year.
At a ceremony in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said of Teresa: “She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity; she made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime of poverty they created.
“For Mother Teresa, mercy was the salt which gave flavour to her work, it was the light which shone in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their poverty and suffering.”
But don’t let that get in the way of your woke cultural commentary.