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HITCHENS THE MISSIONARY POSITION PDF

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice [Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Mallon] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The. Missionary. Position. •. Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice. CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS. VERSO. London. New York. In a frank expose of the Teresa cult, Hitchens details the nature and limits of one woman’s mission to the world’s poor. He probes the source of the heroic status.

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Hitchens dances around this, but never quite nails it. Hitchens is the kind of guy you would never want to get into an argument you want to win with. There is no conceit equal to false modesty” is my year of Hitch. Believers are indeed positio to abhor and eschew abortion, but they are not required to affirm that abortion is “the greatest destroyer of peace,” as MT fantastically asserted to a dumbfounded audience when receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

And yet there’s an awful lot to be criticised. The scale alters with the perspective, and the perspective alters with the scale.

Or is it the fat cheques or other favours that these individuals are willing to contribute to the Mother’s mission? In he devoted one of his regular columns in The Nation to her.

While he was once identified with the Anglo-American radical political left, near the end of his life he embraced some arguably right-wing causes, most notably the Iraq War. A woman who believes that people must suffer, refusing to “Mother Teresa in theory and practice. Hitchens writes, “The hitchnes to go forth uitchens multiply, and to take no thought for the morrow, sounds grotesque when uttered by an elderly virgin whose chief claim to reverence is that she ministers to the inevitable losers in this very lottery.

The fourth or fifth of his books that I have read, I find Hitchens’s writing to be consistently acerbic, honed, cultured, and funny. Its title, “The Missionary Position,” is juvenile. Apr 09, Chuck rated it it was amazing Shelves: If suffering is good, and if feeling emotional responses toward the patients is bad, then any uncomfortable emotions that may arise from witnessing their suffering must be quickly switched off.

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One thing is sure however – Mother’s outlets in poor countries do not benefit from largesse of the rich countries. Mother Teresa’s alleged false modesty, while hardly admirable, is certainly no crime.

The procedure still does demand oosition show of consultation with doubters, and a show of consultation was what, in missinary case, it got. The point is not the honest relief of suffering but the promulgation of a cult based on death and suffering and subjection.

Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus – a sign that you have come pisition close to Him that He can kiss you.

A woman who believes that people must suffer, refusing to give painkillers to her “guests” in her Home for the Dying. He wrote that the press was to blame for its “soft-hearted, hichens, and uninquiring propaganda” on her behalf.

What is so striking about the ‘beatification’ of the woman who styled herself ‘Mother’ Teresa is the abject surrender, on the part of the church, to the forces of showbiz, superstition, and populism. I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a Hitchens title without broadening hitcheens cultural perspective a bit, and without learning a new word or two, as often as not some archaic Anglo-Saxonism–case in point, “pelf”, meaning “money”, from the same root as “pilfer”.

Charles Keating, a sort of Bernie Madoff of the 80’s, donated 1. Hitchens’s aim is clear. The only drawback to this book is its disrespectful title.

Truly I tell you, they have received their reward” Matthew 6: Suffering is good for the world because suffering is getting a big wet sloppy kiss from Jesus. In the first, tales of archaic methods of caring for the sick leaves one almost breathless: Hitchens demonstrates quite adequately that this woman who claimed to be apolitical repeatedly played the game of politics in the worst way in support of the worst leaders and regimes, from Hoxha to Duvalier.

But he works them towards a flimsy thesis that Mother Theresa was some kind of diabolical genius.

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens

A relentless campaign against abortion and contraception. Everyone on earth knows that the sisters have a lot of money. Cancer pain can be unimaginable, and considerable intravenous morphine infusions are often scarcely enough to contain it. It’s hard to wrap one’s mind around her thought process–she was keenly aware of the effects of poverty, yet worked against a practical solution to it.

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His essay matched the tone of Hitchens’s prose: Hitchens disclaims any argument with Mother Teresa herself and says that he is more concerned with the public view of her. I feel if he were given concrete evidence that Mother Teresa were a completely selfless and honest woman, then this book would not have been written?

Forgotten were the elementary rules of logic, that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence and that what can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence. They give the name of “God” to some vague abstraction which they have created for themselves; having done so they can pose before all the world as deists, as believers in God Theresa had no interest in alleviating suffering because she believed suffering is good.

Imposing selflessness on others is something else. Aspirins are the only anaesthetics provided to terminally ill patients. They would also have to attack and discredit Susan Shields, Dr. They had bulk of money but they wouldn’t spend on poor or even improve the facility.

Shields knows this because one of her assigned tasks was recording those donations. I rated it so low only because it was too short.

The Missionary Position

The response was in the negative, according to Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, the Canadian priest who has acted as postulator or advocate for the “canonization. She described a person who was in the last agonies of cancer and suffering unbearable pain.

She valued their suffering and felt that it was in service to Jesus.