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All dogs are pink Lou is a dog Therefore Lou is Pink WRONG!

  • Jun 17, 2000
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As a Catholic after recovering my shock at this book and the various reviews (AH HA NOW WE SEE THROUGH THAT CHARLITON etc...!) I decided to read this book myself to see what was being said. I found the book compact and easy to read and much to my surprise VERY AMUSEING!

It wasn't the facts as presented that amused me. They were presented in a fairly straight forward manner. It wasn't the attacks on Mother Teresa's order methods from the doctor or the nurse. Both have the right to their opinion aquired first hand though apparently the vast majority of people who also have the same first hand knowledge would disagree. It wasn't even the attacks on her for not rejecting people like Baby Doc, and Keating (I note the authors political leanings glaring out when he lumps Reagan with that group.) It doesn't seem odd to myself that a person unwilling to reject the lowest of the low of the poor and feeble would reject anybody from any station (that is the whole tennent of Christianity love of neighbor not of GOOD neighbors only) I'm sure that Mr. Hitchens would be happy to provide us all with an approved list of people we can associate with to be considered saintly.

The two things that got me laughing out loud was his SHOCKING DISCOVERY that a Roman Catholic Nun would have Roman Catholic Beliefs and would consider her primary mission to spread those beliefs! And his belief apparently in a Vast Vatican Conspiracy against the world of which he considers Mother Teresa a part. How amazing that a member of a religious order would consider the salvation of souls the most important thing there is above all else. I'm reminded of Lincoln when asked about slavery to paraphrase: "My primary purpose is to save the Union, If I can save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; If I can save it by freeing none of the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others in bondage I would do that too." Apparently her and her orders ACTIONS are inaquate since they don't come to the standard of Mr. Hitchens FEELINGS on how they should be done. Once again we see the example one who FEELS the right way is superior to one who ACTS and doesn't reach the level demanded by the feelings of the other. (For myself I don't see how refusing medical care offer to her would have made the lives of others better.) I'm sure that using the profits from this book and others the Hitchens hospice for the dying will do much better. Who would believe that a Catholic Nun would be more concerned with the soul than the body? Amazing! It is even more amusing to see Mr Hitchens make his arguement that it is all part of the evil Roman Catholic Churches' master plan. It displays a complete ignornace or misunderstanding of Christianity in general and the Roman Catholic church in particular at best or at worst a complete UNDERSTANDING of the Church and its message concerning the soul, that this world is transitory vs eternity. To any reader of this book I must recommend C.S. Lewis' Classic THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS (in particular #28) I suspect the reader will find its arguemnts similar to what he reads here.

In short Mr. Hitchens makes the following arguement: The Roman Catholic Church is an evil conspiracy; (All dogs are pink.) Mother Teresa is a member in high standing of the church; (Lou is a Dog) THEREFORE Mother Teresa is not a potential saint or even a doer of good works but mearly a cog in that conspiricy to harm mankind. (Therefore Lou is Pink.) The intelligent man, well read in history, will see through this arguement (DOGS AREN'T PINK) in the same way the child saw the emperor had nothing on. The incidious plan of the church if there is one is to repeat to all people in the world the offer of forgivness and salvation that Jesus Christ continues to make to all. If this is the conspiracy that Mr. Hitchens fears then I suggest that he needs Mothers prayers far more than the dying in her followers care.

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What's next--The Girl Scouts: The Untold Story? How could anybody write a debunking book about Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity order? Well, in this little cruise missile of a book, Hitchens quickly establishes that the idea is not without point. After all, what is Mother Teresa doing hanging out with a dictator's wife in Haiti and accepting over a million dollars from Charles Keating? The most riveting material in the book is contained in two letters: one from Mother Teresa to Judge Lance Ito--then weighing what sentence to dole out to the convicted Keating--which cited all the work Keating has done "to help the poor," and another from a Los Angeles deputy D.A., Paul Turley, back to Mother Teresa that eloquently stated that rather than working to reduce Keating's sentence, she should return the money he gave her to its rightful owners, the defrauded bond-holders. (Significantly, Mother Teresa never replied.) And why do former missionary workers and visiting doctors consistently observe that the order's medical practices seem so inadequate, especially given all the money that comes in? (Hitchens acidly observes that on the other hand, Mother Teresa herself always manages to receive world-class medical care.) Hitchens's answer is that Mother Teresa is first and foremost interested not in providing medical treatment, but in furthering Catholic doctrine and--quite literally--becoming a saint.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10: 185984054X
ISBN-13: 978-1859840542
Author: Christopher Hitchens
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Verso
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