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Warning: Due to the distressing nature of the images, I’ve posted all of them at the very end of this post. May not be suitable to be viewed at work. Viewer discretion is advised.

Hemley Gonzalez, currently back in India, has found another volunteer for the Missionaries of Charity who is now, after 13 years of working for Mother Teresa’s famous organisation, willing to speak up about the countless cases of abuse, medical negligence, and financial fraud she witnessed. And she has many stories to tell. Here is the full-length interview, courtesy of Hemley Gonzalez.

Sally Warner, a registered nurse with a degree in sociology and a graduate diploma in social work from Western Australia, began working as a volunteer with The Missionaries of Charity in 1997. She quickly realized there was something horribly wrong going on in all of the children homes she had visited and volunteered in and soon after became a dissenting voice and critic of the organization, publishing her first book titled “Mother Teresa” in 2003 about these experiences and now currently working on her second publication “Mother Teresa: Sainthood Delayed” to be released in 2011. Sally had heard about my work and the facebook campaign: STOP The Missionaries of Charity / www.stopthemissionaries.com and after finding out I too was in Kolkata, a meeting was scheduled. The following is the transcribed audio of my hour-long interview with her on this most disheartening subject. More about Sally’s work: www.sallywarner.blogspot.com

Hemley Gonzalez [HG]: When did you come to Kolkata to work with the Missionaries of Charity?

Sally Warner [SW]: I’ve spent the last thirteen years volunteering and visiting several houses operated by the Missionaries of Charity, and eventually made my way to Kolkata in late 1999 and began volunteering in some of the houses in early 2000. Here I have visited and volunteered in: Green Park, Shanti Dan, Premdan, Daya Dan and Kalighat which I found quite awful, I lasted only a few day there as I thought it was very dangerous for volunteers with all the highly contagious cases of Tuberculosis, but I had to see it for myself and couldn’t believe it. Speaking of Kalighat, it is now closed for renovations which I’m sure you and your “STOP The Missionaries of Charity” campaign had much to do with.

HG: How many houses would you say you’ve worked in over the last 13 years?

SW: The following is a timeline of the homes I’ve worked in as well as the many others I have visited. I have spent most of my time in the children homes, there were some I could not deal with, some of the ladies homes, and others where patients were just sitting around and doing nothing, often in cement floors and lying in their own excrements, people drugged wrongly by the nuns and of course there is or should I say for now “was” Kalighat, where anyone could just walk in and immediately see an average of 50 men and 50 women laying in cots and basically rotting away.

  • Trivandrum Shishu Bhavan Sept- Dec 1997
  • Visited Ernakulum MC Shishu Bhavan, and two other of Mother’s homes for handicapped children
  • Volunteered Royapuram Chennai June-December 1998
  • Visited and briefly volunteered Mangalore
  • Visited and briefly volunteered in Goa
  • Visited and briefly volunteered in Vellore TN
  • Visited and briefly volunteered in Mother’s children’s home Pt Blair Andaman Islands
  • Chennai north –home for dying and destitute Women Feb-March 1999
  • Visited home for dying and destitute Men Jan 1999
  • Visited home for handicapped babies Chennai north April 1999
  • Volunteered July-late Dec 1999 Civil Lines Shishu Bhavan Delhi
  • Visited and briefly volunteered Home for Dying Delhi 1999
  • Visited and briefly volunteered Handicapped Children’s Home New Delhi 1999
  • Volunteered Green Park 2001
  • Volunteered Daya Dan
  • Volunteered Shishu Bhavan – upstairs babies 100+ room; downstairs children’s room 100+ and handicapped children 40+. 2000-2002
  • Volunteered Gandhi School 2001
  • Volunteered Nirmala Hriday Home of Dying Destitutes 2001
  • Visited and briefly volunteered in Mother’s Calcutta’s Leper’s home
  • Visited and volunteered for women in Prem Dan
  • Visited and volunteered Home for Prisoners Asha Dan
  • Visited and briefly volunteered MT Bentley Perth home
  • Visited Mother’s establishments in Brisbane Sydney Melbourne 2006
  • Volunteered twice total 3 months in Cambodia Phnom Penh 2004, 2008
  • Volunteered in Mother’s Home Bellevue Johannesburg 3 months 2007
  • Volunteered in Mumbai Sept-Nov 2008
  • Visited and briefly volunteered in Mother’s home in Durban SA 2009
  • Visited and briefly volunteered in Mother’s home in Pretoria SA 2009
  • Returned to Kolkata and visited Daya Dan, Prem Dan and Shanti Dan, Green Pack, Shishu Bavan and Mother House

HG: What are your skills and how were you applying them in the different houses you worked in?

SW: I am a registered nurse and also have a degree in sociology. When I first started volunteering in Trivandrum and noticed some strange things going on with the kids I thought, maybe these children, since they came from a different culture, had more tolerance to some things that western babies do not, maybe they could tolerate hot milk, maybe they can cope with less food because they were stronger, eventually I realized when babies started dying that they in fact couldn’t cope with some of the things the nuns were doing to them. I began to observe that some of the basic educational functions were totally absent from the house, such as daily interaction, development classes, consistent and educational play hours and so on. I tried to get toys out of the cupboard several times, since I believe stimulation is very important for children which in these orphanages are not being regularly touched or physically interacted with or let alone have anything of their own, so I found myself grabbing even spoon, buckets, glasses, anything for them to learn to use for themselves, but the nuns were very adamant about allowing me to do things of this nature on a regular basis.

HG: What exactly were some of the things you were trying to work on while you were there?

SW: It is extremely difficult to make any progress with the nuns. You can unlock the cupboards, bring a lot of puzzles and books but because the staff isn’t trained or the nuns do not encourage them to use them, they often just sit locked in these cabinets or given away to other people. Once complaints started coming in from parents in Europe who were adopting some of the children and had noticed a very low and poor learning ability from their newly adopted son or daughter, that’s when the nuns began to consider having some proper programs instituted. In 1999 in Delhi they reluctantly allowed a group of doctors from St. Steven’s hospital to come in to one of the orphanages with workbooks and materials, they then tested about thirty children for a play-therapy program they had brought with them and tested them again after, the average for this group was 60 DQ (development quotient), the average for a normal child is around 100, after exposing them to toys and educational material and giving them regular attention, 45 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes in the afternoon, and after 3 months, they saw the development quotient had gone up to 80. Then a year later, the nuns had stop doing the play-therapy and dismantled the programs altogether, and when doctors had returned to the test the children again they found that their DQ had dropped to 55 which is clearly a delayed development issue that could cause permanent damage for the child, so they immediately employed a play-therapist in Delhi to try to get the children back on the morning and afternoon programs.

In 2002 I returned with a play-therapy program to try to have the nuns implement it only to discover they had canceled the therapist in Delhi because they didn’t see a need for it. Some of the top therapists in the country are being turned down for their services, and this is simply unacceptable.

Another case of distressful neglect of course is Kalighat which is especially disturbing to me because as a registered nurse in Australia I often work with geriatric cases and others with severe handicaps that aren’t exactly dying but are going to be staying in the nursing home for the rest of their lives. In Kalighat patients have little or no dignity, for starters they don’t have names they are only identified by numbers, and all the women’s heads are shaved because of the scabies and lice which are far too common in many of the houses. What hospital do you know is infected with lice? These facilities are substandard at best, they rarely use warm water and with so many fragile individuals being bathed on cement floors, their ailments and deaths are instead accelerated.

HG: It seems you have been met with some indifference and resistance?

SW: When I started in Trivandrum trying to explain to the nuns and the staff about the right measurements and amounts of milk babies of different ages should have, and being basically ignored, (One of the superior nuns said to me: “I don’t read that stuff”) and this was the first of many instances where I would bring up medical and professional information appropriate to India to try to help them do the correct thing but after 13 years of being ignored this is where I draw the line.

HG: What would you say is the common theme of negligence in all the houses operated by the Missionaries of Charity in which you worked in?

SW: Anne Sebba, a British academic, who wrote a book about mother Teresa highlighted what I think is the central problem with the organization, in one of the many incendiary statements Mother Teresa made over the years was that “education causes confusion” and so she thought education was unnecessary, and the prime virtue for the nuns within the organization was obedience, and instructed her followers to believe that if they were obedient, anything else they did was OK.

With this in mind, going through some of the physiological and operational aspects I would say these nuns have followed instruction quite well. And here are some of the details that repeated themselves far too often in homes across India and other continents:

  • Donations being locked up, rarely used or plainly given to people who they were not intended for.
  • Local staffed being overworked and underpaid (In India it is common to employ people to watch over babies and perform a lot of the cleaning and feeding duties for up to 14 hours each time for only $30 rupees a day)
  • Milk products consistently being wrongly administered to babies and toddlers and in some cases causing death.
  • Insufficient and untrained staff looking over babies and children (Over 100 in a single room at times, with babies under 12 months of age who require a lot of attention)
  • Questionable food, or brown food as you will see in the pictures below.
  • Malnutrition cases in children where the stomach blows up and the limbs get very thin and the hair falls out AKA Marasmus.
  • Children who are handicapped, particularly blind children, even to this day in Varkala and Mumbai, they are not given any proper education or assigned any person who could teach them any language and as they grow older they become more and more isolated – and after certain years of age, they will not learn to speak at all.
  • The nuns in all houses begin their day with prayers and interrupt what would be a normal schedule in any medical facility in the middle of the day, disappearing for hours for more prayers and other religious functions, leaving untrained and insufficient staff to cover them in them in their absence.
  • Dangerous environments, with dangerous playground equipment and dangerous stairs where children could easily fall through and kill themselves.
  • No one ever sees what happens after “volunteer” hours as volunteers must leave all the premises. I was able to stay longer periods of time and see what happens when the nuns go away and the people who are managing the place are certainly not the nuns. If you happen to cruise by at lunch time you will find only the staff. I stopped by one of the houses in Christmas day 1999 at about lunch time, and in this particular house there were about 120 babies upstairs and I was the only person in the whole building, so you had babies crying, stuck in cots and in south Africa you often had babies falling out of their cots and onto a cement floor and in Chennai they often fell out too, damaging their heads.
  • People doing burn dresses when they didn’t know how, not using proper medication to stop pain, etc.
    Paralyzed patients dying of suffocation after being improperly fed by volunteers.
  • Volunteers who complain being kicked out.
  • Medical professionals being turned away or even being kicked out of some of the homes when they spoke up about the medical negligence or tried to institute proper and ongoing medical care.
    Malaria a case in point where the nuns in the house in Chennai patently refused to use fans or mosquito nets, by the time they were forced to use them by some of the local donors, it was too late for several babies.
  • Typhoid fever, when I was in Mumbai was a problem in 2008 and 2010.
  • Children not drinking enough water, as it isn’t consistently distributed and since many of them aren’t able to communicate I often saw children drinking water from toilets resulting in more diseases.

HG: So, you work primarily with children? It seems to be your central focus.

SW: Yes, initially I was interested in adopting a child, but the Missionaries of Charity do not adopt children to Australia because of Mother Teresa’s views on contraceptive use, and I’ve had nuns beg me to try to stop abortions in Australia, something I found rather strange considering they don’t respect me or my opinion in any other areas, and for them to come up to me and ask me to try to change the abortion laws in Australia is rather bizarre.

HG: I’m curious, how would they expect you to change the abortion laws for an entire country?

SW: If people are so silly as to believe asking away to random citizens can accomplish this, I would say this is indicative of the kind of relationship they keep with the real world. I know they have homes in Australia, maybe that’s the prime purpose of the homes there.

HG: What brought you to work with the missionaries of charity, starting back in 1997 and after seeing everything you’ve described thus far, why have you remained a volunteer with them?

SW: I came to adopt a child in Trivandrum, and I couldn’t do it because of the organization’s view on abortion, and they shy away from countries in which such is legal as a way of punishing their laws if you will which is insane to say the least. So I spent time with babies whom I really enjoy and I found it really distressing because so many of them were dying of preventable causes. I actually and stupidly thought they would surely change but of course they didn’t and when I reached Kolkata also found more volunteers who too had tried to change things but were ignored and even kicked out of the organization. For example, I met a Russian girl in 2000 who said I should protest, and so I said, yes, let’s do that and she backed out fearing of not being allowed to volunteer in the future. So there are a lot of volunteers who do not agree with these practices but don’t want to lose the opportunity to continue to return to these homes.

HG: So, knowing that this negligence was not an act of ignorance but rather an orchestrated and consistent behavior of these nuns, why then do you keep returning to volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity?

SW: Perhaps because of my background, as I am adopted myself, I didn’t know my age, who my biological parents were, I was legally blind up to the age of 14 when I was able to get glasses, I have more empathy for these children than most people and I felt really guilty about it, so now that I’ve come forward, I am trying to raise consciousness, and back in 2000 there weren’t many dissenting voices. Others like Aroup Chatterjee, and Christopher Hitchens were the lone rangers and I eventually got some volunteers to write some letters to nun Nirmala, the then head of the organization about the usual complaints but that was pretty much it and of course nothing came of it. And now people like you who in recent years have been able to restart the dialogue and conversation about the ongoing negligence, perhaps there is some hope that things will improve or change.

HG: Do you have any knowledge of the financial structure of the Missionaries of Charity?

SW: This is perhaps one of the most secretive areas of the organization. I know that Nirmala, the former head nun has been reported in the paper saying that since Mother Teresa died the donations have actually gone up and at that time Reuters and Anne Sebba had also placed the figures at about 50 million USD coming in each year. I also met an ex-missionaries of charity and wrote down what she had to say, “laks of rupees in donations come in through Mumbai every day”, she had also said containers filled with supplies, clothes and equipment are often arriving in Kolkata from several countries including Singapore and never seeing the equipment being used or delivered at the homes but instead she had seen trucks taking away the donated clothes and various other products to local markets where these items were sold as “second-hand mother Teresa clothes, good quality” and so on, as well as second-hand toys being sold on the sidewalks of Chorengee road.

I can’t imagine what the donors would feel if they knew this is how their donations are ending up. Also, Catholic Aid sends bulgur wheat and the Missionaries of Charity uses it frequently, which is not a popular grain here, one of the workers was able to take some away with him, and I was able to personally examine it and it was just awful. On Shishu Bhavan there actually is a store where they sell donated milk and I was able to buy some myself outside the facility.

HG: Why would an organization which receives millions of dollars in donations have to sell items donated to help people actually held in these houses?

SW: Well, I don’t really know but when Missionaries of Charity are running homes (and they’ve got about 710 properties) I suppose one of the reasons might be how they choose to cover some of the organization’s internal expenses. For example, a few years back I visited the two homes in Australia and one of the nuns was arranging a flight to Sydney for a retreat, quite an expensive jaunt, another time the pope was going to be in Sydney and they were just pecking to flight there, it was about 5 nuns and when you start to figure the cost it can add up. And people definitely donate, I’ve been at Shishu Bhavan working and seen visitors come in and stare at the metal cots packed with babies, no toys, no books or educational posters, and it creates a very compelling picture.

HG: Shishu Bhavan, this is the same house that receives thousands of toys and boxes and boxes of educational material each year?

SW: Oh sure, even I have personally brought kilos and kilos of toys and they are never around when I’ve returned to work in the houses. I don’t know what happens to them, they are there one day and the next day they aren’t there anymore! You have to be there every day and watch the mysterious disappearance of all of these items, in Delhi they had many good toys donated by wealthy Indians and they either kept them locked up or gave them away.

HG: You’ve had sometime to speak to the nuns who are in charge about the negligence that you have witnessed and the way some of the health issues are handled, you’ve obviously tried to improve some of the conditions even. What has been the general reaction of the women who run this organization when you presented them with logical and viable options to change their practices?

SW: I have spoken to Nirmala when she was the general nun in charge 10-12 times, and sadly it is completely futile. When I brought the play-therapy program, the nuns were really offended and refused to do anything, the fact remains that some of them are in a very confused state, for instance, the head of Shishu Bhavan once received a “play-way” booklet I had obtained from the Loreto School which was a simple and effective way to teach children through play, but because of the organization’s stance on education, the nuns were unable to implement and therefore rejected it. I got a hold of an internal publication, a handbook on how to deal with handicapped children, and they do nothing of these rules, I looked through them in detail and it was a rather confusing program; unlike the play-therapy documents I had obtained from the Delhi pediatricians which were all very clearly detailed.

HG: Speaking of the issue of poverty, it seems that basically they have ignored several outcries for change and really have no interest in improving the conditions of their homes and the way the operate, so what is the exactly the purpose of the Missionaries of Charity?

SW: Mother Teresa wanted wholehearted free service to the poorer of the poor because she thought these were people who didn’t know “jesus” so her primary focus was really to get them to know her belief, and in many cases die a “beautiful” death so you have babies who were dying, for example in Chennai and the nuns would say things like, “better they go to god” so you don’t know what to say to that when the cause of death was lack of food or poor hygienic conditions.

HG: Why haven’t donors been made aware of these practices? You would have to think any rational donor, regardless of his or her belief, if they understood what really goes on with their donation that these are absolutely unacceptable practices?

SW: It’s really hard to say because clearly children are not being tended to or educated properly, I took a lot of people to Mumbai when I was there to have a look and people cried, some people were quite disturbed by what they saw and they didn’t know what to think. I have been telling people for years to not give money to Kalighat, it will not help the men and women lying on the floor, but people completely ignored me and when they went there they were so distressed by the conditions that they couldn’t help themselves and gave money anyway, because they really believed that their money is going to improve the conditions.

HG: This seems to be a common practice with the Missionaries of Charity; they have these homes which are just in dismal conditions and almost as a museum to elicit donations from the gullibility or compassion of those who visit the houses. Isn’t it obvious what’s happening here?

SW: It has been written by Indian writers that of course if you got poor conditions then people are more liable to give money, so I was probably silly too, I thought if I brought stuff it would help, one time I had toys for every kid in one home but the nuns did not want to give a toy to everyone, and I couldn’t understand why. Weather is jealousy, or whatever, I don’t know, but they wouldn’t do it. And I suppose it’s hard to imagine people are so evil, and I suppose that’s what others think, you just can’t imagine that people could be this heartless but I’ve personally have seen it.

HG: There is definitely a blatant separation of social classes here in India, the caste being a case in point. Would you say a lot of these same issues exist in some of the other countries you’ve visited and worked in?

SW: Is generally poverty elsewhere, say in Johannesburg the conditions are slightly better because the laws are different, and I remember a local NGO which was trying to organize programs to help them function more as an educational center, confided in me that children looked after by the Missionaries of Charity were by far the most deprived children in Johannesburg and I would have to say after visiting several different homes in different continents, that this is true. I have visited homes in India, and the ones that are adopting children away are perhaps a bit higher in quality since parents from develop nations would seriously question issues of malnutrition and other diseases that are easily treatable.

HG: I think is fair to say that it is pretty costly and difficult for the average person who wants to be a volunteer to get to some of these remote and faraway places to actually help and see for themselves what goes on. You are one among many dissenting voices that have actually taken the leap of cost if you will, what will it take for voices like yours, voices like mine to be heard, taken seriously and used to hold these people accountable?

SW: I guess it has to be a numbers game. People here in Kolkata have said it has to do with the government, and when it changes some changes may come as the current one is holding it back. A good example is the dilemma of washing machines in South Africa, people donating washing machines and the nuns rejecting them, in India it might be a bit different as it is still common practice to wash by hands but in South Africa development has reached farther. People try, but how much can you do? Here in West Bengal government officials flat-out told me: “what can we do to stop the Missionaries of Charity from torturing a few babies?” In 1965 the organization’s financial operation was taken over by the Vatican directly and not the local bishops or arch-diocese, so talking to the local “superiors” has absolutely no effect whatsoever.

HG: So even within the exclusive channels of the religious structure which this organization is governed by you really don’t get anywhere do you?

SW: No. I took the issues to father Huart and Father Abello both Jesuits who had been involved with Mother Teresa and the Missionary of Charity for a long time, as well as others Jesuits who are now dead. Sometimes I don’t think they knew what was going on. Father Le Joly quite a nice guy who has written several books as well, when I met him he was half deaf and legally blind, he couldn’t really see what was going on, can’t blame him, he was in his 90’s. Father Huart who released mother Teresa’s private letters for the book “Come Be My Light” from the archbishop when he died, (letters which mother Teresa expressively wanted destroyed, obviously they were not) had spoken to me several times after I gave him a copy of my first book and refused to do anything about it, and said to me: “what do you expect me to do, take six months off and take a look at the missionaries of charity?” and I said, well, YES! But the answer was obviously no. Also father Abello, who I too gave a copy of my first book said he wouldn’t read it until I would republish it using his views on contraception. I also met the curator of the mother Teresa letters’ book and tried to get him to go and have a look at what was happening at Shishu Bhavan which is literally a two-minute walk from the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity and he was not interested. And last but not least I too met the bishop of Kolkata when Mother Teresa was alive who had also read my book and practically slammed the door on me but not before saying “It doesn’t matter, as long as the donations don’t stop coming in”

HG: I’ve actually read “Come Be My Light” and I must say it reads like the work of a deeply and mentally disturbed individual, and it was quite shocking that the book was released by the Missionaries of Charity themselves, but after further inspection it was evident that the move to publish it from inside the organization was nothing less than an attempt to soften the blow and the severity of the content.

SW: That’s correct. Father Huart who had written several articles for theological publications had pretty much admitted there was a strategy to make mother Teresa seem as charismatic as St. Teresa de Avila who had the same kind of mental problems, not being able to find the particular god of her particular religion and the torment and agony people suffer from these episodes of what many doctors may consider to be mild to severe cases of schizophrenia.

HG: Would you say it is time for the world to revise and review the image that has been created about Mother Teresa and the actual work that her organization does?

SW: People like Christopher Hitchens who once said she was a saint for sinners, in this case sinners being some of the rich folks in our world who find it convenient to feel good about their deeds through these channels. And it is convenient for the catholic church, who came forward many years ago and expressed it needed an American saint, a figure that could escalate donations worldwide, and mother Teresa, although Albanian and an Indian citizen, in 1996 was granted honorary U.S citizenship, so they are trying to do all they can to continue to have donations flow through which incidentally have dropped off with the pedophile and child rape crisis of recent years.

HG: The Vatican is in fact the parent company of the Missionaries of Charity which is also the same religious organization that has paid $2.9+ billion dollars since the 1950’s in court settlements for the child rape and abuse epidemic it is facing, so how do we know that many of the donations sent to the Missionaries of Charity have not been used for this purpose?

SW: Almost all the money the Missionaries of Charity receive goes to Rome, but it is next to impossible to track it because they have refused to publish how much money they’ve collected since starting operations in 1952. The Catholic Church is trying to increase attendance and collections at all their churches. So the money for the thousands of settlements and court cases certainly had to come from somewhere.

HG: Given everything we know about the missionaries of charity and their operation, it begs the question, where is all the money they have taken and continue to take in each year going to?

SW: My toys went unaccounted for, the moment I left them at their doors, and these are just toys, so imagine what happens with money. I witnessed so many volunteers and visitors coming into the homes through the years and just handing over money, and these are the ones who can physically get to some of these place, so try to imagine what the mail room might look like.

HG: What is next for Sally Warner?

SW: While I’m in Kolkata for the next two weeks, I am looking forward to printing enough copies of my new book and hope it will raise some awareness and achieve some changes. Without the necessary changes, people will continue to suffer conditions which amount to a human rights violation.

HG: Is change actually possible, after everything we know about the Missionaries of Charity?

SW: I suppose there are some changes but not necessarily taking place at the Missionaries of Charity. It appears that people are being able to adopt children much easier and from many more channels without having to go through the missionaries of charity, so they could stop the whole program altogether, but you never know with these people. Today, they continue to misdiagnose and mistreat people with diseases that otherwise could be cured and preventable, so if they keep kicking people out on the streets only to have them return a month later, this endless cycle of senseless “help” will continue. It is very scary to think they are anything but responsible, I’ve seen their so-called medical books and rarely do patients have names, often they are just numbers, so it is very difficult to understand who comes, who goes, there are no medical histories. And in places like Kalighat, as you know, the death certificates are all made up and the people who sign them aren’t doctors, and of course some of the burial methods which are directly against the cultural traditions of the deceased, and so on. So no, change is a very scary proposition for them and therefore I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

HG: Would it be fair to say that the world would be better off without the Missionaries of Charity? Surely there are many, many other organizations doing great work while conducting themselves with accountability and in search of solutions to the question of poverty.

SW: I actually believe the Missionaries of Charity are detrimental to progress, because people come here, volunteer and return home with a picture of substandard conditions for those the Missionaries of Charity claim to help which don’t have to be, this is 2010, it was probably the reality of the 1950’s when India had gained its independence and it was struggling in all fronts but for me the people living on the streets, the children anyhow, have a real chance at learning to read, write and learn new skills which they certainly don’t at the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa believed poverty was good for poor people and the world, she once said poverty is my mother and suffering is joy but one has to wonder how much of this she actually believed. She once also said she wanted to die in Kalighat, but she didn’t. She died surrounded by machinery and some of the best care money can provide, unlike the thousands of women and men who died at the hands of her nuns without painkillers or any of the other comforts she herself enjoyed.

HG: I want to thank you for your time and strength to continue to speak up about this. You have certainly echoed some of what I have been saying for the last two years and have shed new light on many more cases of abuse in many of the different homes operated by the Missionaries of Charity. And you have clearly confirmed what I have been alluding to in my work, which is that this was not isolated to one particular house but rather, it seems to be a rampant and inherent negligence throughout the organization, once again, THANK YOU and it has been a pleasure meeting you.

SALLY WARNER has her own blog over at sallywarner.blogspot.com. You’ll find even more information and a lot more gruesome pictures over there.

HEMLEY GONZALEZ is the CEO of Responsible Charity, a secular and transparent charity whose primary goal is actually to help, not to convert people to ancient desert-superstitions. He also runs the facebook-group STOP the Missionaries of Charity and other projects, for more info check out hemley.com.

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  1. Harrowing! Thank you for sharing this important story.

    Ahab

    January 1, 2011 at 21:21

    • You’re welcome. I hope you share it, too: twitter about it, share on facebook, circulate this as far as possible.

      Ochiudo

      January 1, 2011 at 22:21

  2. I too volunteered at Mother Theresa’s Orphanage in Pondicherry – St. Terese Street. What I found there was appalling. Babies who were brain damaged were force fed by filling their mouths with some kind of food and holding of their noses so that they either had to choke or swallow. Some of these babies were blind and deaf and only a few weeks old. When I complained bitterly to the sister in charge, she said that she knew these things were going on. They were also fed very hot food and very hot milk. They were left in soiled clothing the entire day and feces and urine ran from the mattresses and mats on which they lie , all day long. I actually rescued one child from their grip. seven children died whilst I was there, for 6 weeks.

    The sister in charge was a materialistic torturer and cared nothing for the children under her care. The otehr sisters did nothing to stop what was going on.

    I am still in India ten years later. But NOT with the MOC.

    Roslind

    February 1, 2011 at 07:23

    • Thank you for sharing your story, Roslind. It’s a harrowing one. I’ve done a fair bit of reading on what goes on at the missionaries of charity’s homes, and I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised anymore by stories like yours, but it never ceases to have an impact. I completely fail to understand how once compassionate human beings can do things like these.

      Ochiudo

      February 1, 2011 at 08:30

  3. […] cases of abuse and gross medical negligence she witnessed there. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here. I also urge you to visit Sally Warner’s own blog, where you will find more detailed stories […]

  4. […] Sally Warner worked for the MoC for thirteen years. Here you can read the full transcript of an hour-long interview with Hemley Gonzalez. […]

  5. Dear Skeptic,

    I hear that you are having issue with the Missionaries of Charity and the way that they serve. First off, let me say that I have no personal gripe with you, as I do not know you. I do not know if you are Catholic or not, Christian or not. However if you are Catholic, look at Holy Mother Church and her view of the Missionaries of Charity (MOCs) and of Mother Teresa. If you feel as though the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit, then I would hope that her view of the MOCs and of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta would help to dull the edge of your hatred of them. However I am not going to reiterate the Church’s views of the MOCs, as you can see them on you own. What I would like to do is share an experience with you. I was able to travel to Calcutta (Kolkata) and serve alongside the Missionaries. First, let me tell you that I am a lay missionary and have given my life to the mission of the Church to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth (Mt 28, Mk 16). In going to India (after already having served in almost 20 2nd and 3rd world nations), my life was radically changed once again. The poverty, the darkness, the despair and the filth of that land knocked me off my feet, broke me down and tore up my heart. For the first week I served everyday side by side in the MOCs homes. In Calcutta, and across the world these women, devoted to God, serve the poorest of the poor, physically and spiritually. While there, I was able to care for the dying, allowing them to die with dignity. I fed the hungry, I served Christ in the poor, in my brothers and sisters. All the while, the MOCs were quietly serving, as they do 365 DAYS A YEAR. From 4am until 10pm every evening, the MOCs reject their needs, die to themselves and give every breath, every motion to Christ hiding in the poor. They each own two habits, eat very little food (everyday), never take a break, cannot visit home for 10 years once becoming a missionary, just to name a few of their sacrifices. They do not take pictures, they do not make money, they do not have vacations. They serve the poor with everything they have and are… and with everything they receive, including their donations. If you could personally see how many people they fed each day, in this one little house in Calcutta, you would be amazed. And to think they have hundreds of houses around the world feeding the poor blesses me like nothing else. Dear skeptic, the MOCs are holy and are living for God. Dear skeptic, let us (yes, myself included) look at ourselves. Let us take the log out of our own eyes first (it’s scriptural to do so). Do you have a computer? As you are on Facebook, I am assuming so. The MOCs do not, they cannot. Do you have a house? They do not. Do you ever eat out? They do not. Do you own clothing? They have two habits. Do you have a bed? They have a mat, thinner than a yoga mat. Do you have A/C or heat? They live in above hundred heat in Calcutta and do not. Dear skeptic, how do you spend your money? Do you feed the poor? Once a year? Once a month? Once a day? They feed millions of poor everyday. I have pictures, feeding them, giving my Jesus food that THEY provided. Jesus is dying in the poor all over the world, and the MOCs realize this and are doing something about it. Dear skeptic, please read Mt 12:32, it reads “whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” Will I tell you to donate to the Missionaries of Charity? No, I will not. Only God can move our stony hearts to be generous. However be cautious… because if you speak out so strongly against the MOCs, and it turns out that they are indeed a working of the Holy Spirit, you may find yourself in a poor place come judgement day. If you do not want to personally support them… don’t. However if you speak against this work of the Holy Spirit in the Church… remember Matthew 12:32. Again, I love you as a sister in Christ and I’m sure your heart is on fire for God and that you really do care to serve Him and build His kingdom to the end of the earth. However please seek the Lord’s wisdom before you speak out against these holy women… do not find yourself committing this unforgivable sin. God bless you and I would love to talk to you about my life in missions, especially my time in India and Calcutta if you would like to know more than I was able to share.

    in Him,
    James

    missionaryjames

    May 9, 2012 at 20:34

    • I am seriously considering to treat this comment as SPAM, since you have obviously not read this article but are just copy-pasting a pre-written comment that you probably post underneath each and every article you can find that criticizes the MoC.

      I am thoroughly impressed by your blatant disregard for the facts. The MoC most certainly do not “feed millions”. They don’t even feed thousands. They do feed a few hundred, yes, while the donations they receive (estimated to be in seven-digit range annually) go directly to Vatican Bank without ever helping anyone but the Vatican.
      Other than that, you did not touch upon any point of criticism, much less offer a rebuttal.
      That you were so impressed by the nuns ostentatious behaviour of the nuns simply shows two things
      a) you are pretty easy to impress and
      b) you have never seen a properly working charity and have no idea what even half of the money the MoC have could achieve if handled by people who were actually interested in helping the poor.

      The MoC do not fight poverty. They thrive upon it. Poverty combined with ostentatious poverty is their business model to sell their reactionary ideals. The organization remains a financial fraud and of little help in the firght against poverty, which is much better handled by other organizations who operate on a fraction of the vast sums of money the MoC have at their disposal but refuse to use.

      Phil

      May 10, 2012 at 15:35

      • I cannot understand this movement’s motives. The MOCs feed the poor, give them medicine and serve the dying. The money is not being kept. I’ve served in many nations and have met the MOCs in almost all of them. They all live in poverty, yes in poverty that you cannot imagine, poverty that you could probably not last one day in. The people they serve live better than they do! So yes, look at the horrible pictures you posted, and know that those people are being treated better than the MOCs live and certainly better than you are treating them. You may say “millions are unaccounted for”, but tell me… where do you think it goes? Have any of the MOCs gotten rich off of these donations? No. Do people get rich off of selling souvenirs, yes. But not the MOCs. Only shifty business men who print up prayer cards and sell rosaries… they are not affiliated with the MOCs. No one is making bank on this money. If you want to see a “receipt”… visit a home, serve there for one day. And you will stand in awe, wondering how on earth they could provide all of the care that they do, in all of their houses, to millions across the world. And yes, do the math, millions have been served by the MOCs. You say it is not even thousands, but I have personally touched and served over a thousand people that they serve… so sir, your argument and its strength has already been seriously damaged in my view as I can see you are blatantly lying in certain aspects as to “strengthen” it. The food that I fed to the dying each and everyday, the medicine that volunteers give to the dying everyday of the year… that sir is the receipt that you are looking for. Align yourself with “businessmen” and “bloggers” if you would like… and look for your trail of paper. Who knows, maybe you will find it and have to eat your words. Maybe not. But as for me, I will be aligning myself with God, and with Godly women who live in poverty so that those living in poverty may simply live. May God bless you and all those fighting against His cause.

        in Him,
        James

        p.s. this movement will come to nothing. The MOCs cannot be closed and will never be closed. You have a “fad” in this whole thing that will last one week. I will wake up next Thursday and you will again be no one, and the MOCs will still be thriving. And yes, I will be sending in another donation to them thanks to your motivation. So be aware that your “movement” will be strengthening the work of God in these missionaries. If you would like, and have no soul, feel free to go to every MOC home, look at each resident in the eye and say, “I think it would be better for these people to be shut down, for you to be tossed out on the street, and for you to die starving.” Or step up and get your other “organizations” to go to the slums of India to serve. I am guessing that you and they will not go, it is a little too dirty and may scuff up your business shoes.

        Yes, you should probably mark this as SPAM. It doesn’t “help” your argument. But hey, isn’t it convenient that you can fight online and then make it seem one-sided by deleting others comments? It makes it look like everyone in the world agrees with you!

        missionaryjames

        May 10, 2012 at 17:31

        • Sir, I have just become aware that you are helping out in Calcutta. So I will take back my comment about the scuffing of the shoes, not only because I should, but to show that I am not ignorant, that is truthful information is given, I will accept it. The rest of my response stands.

          missionaryjames

          May 10, 2012 at 17:39

          • You have certainly failed to demonstrate opennes to information. I don’t think you read my previous comment, as you repeat the same things over that I have already answered,

            a) The nuns receive MILLIONS. That isn’t assumption, it’s fact.
            b) I never claimed that the nuns get rich on these donations. The VATICAN does. The catholic church. The pope. Not the nuns.
            c) How the NUNS live is their own choice. I am not impressed by their ostentatious “poverty”. Mother Theresa herself was treated in the finest hospitals when she fell sick. She also had a plane at her disposal to take her around the world , befriending dictators such as “Baby Doc” Duvalier, who murdered hundreds, or the financial swindler Keatings.
            d) There are human rights violations in these homes. The nuns are NOT qualified medical personal, and do NOT provide anything close to adequate help for those they claim to “help”.
            e) Lastly, I am not in calcutta, nor did I ever say I was. You are not a very careful reader.

            These are some facts you claim to be open to. I don’t think you are. You haven’t yet offered a single argument, just pious bleating. If you care to answer, please make sure to actually adress points a) through d). And do me a favour of not veering off into unbased assumptions and empty preachy bleating again. Stick to arguments or GTFO.

            Phil

            May 19, 2012 at 21:25

    • Thank you for defending the worker of the poor. I believe she is trying to get donations away from the millions that the sisters of charity serve without any income. They serve the poor for in the poor they see the face of God. You seem to be hiding a hidden agenda of hatred slandder and lies. Why ?? Did you also get a nobel prize of peace??? I doubt it. I hope some day you will be forgiven. Praying for you

      Jenny

      January 19, 2014 at 00:59

  6. Dear Sir,

    You are brilliant! I had no idea that the Catholic Church pulled in so much money each year! I thought that they did all of the following (in the US alone…) for FREE!!!

    SCHOOLS
    The Church is the largest operator of private schools in the U.S., with over 2.6 million students enrolled in its 6,900 elementary schools and some 1,200 high schools, costing roughly $10 billion a year. Most of the elementary schools are attached to local parishes, while high schools are often run by a Catholic religious order, such as the Jesuits or Christian Brothers. Schools receive large subsidies from the Church.

    UNIVERSITIES
    There are 230 Catholic colleges and universities with a combined total of 670,000 students. Most colleges are sponsored by a religious congregation, like the Jesuits, who have 28 colleges–including Georgetown, Boston College, and Holy Cross.

    HEALTH CARE
    The nonprofit health-care system includes 637 hospitals, accounting for 17% of all U.S. hospital admissions. The Church also runs 122 home health-care agencies and nearly 700 other service providers, including assisted living, adult day care, and senior housing. The hospitals alone have annual expenses of $65 billion and account for 5% of U.S. health-care spending. Catholic hospitals are known for serving the poor that are unable to get medical care at other institutions.

    CHARITIES
    Catholic Charities USA consists of 1,400 agencies that run soup kitchens, temporary shelters, child care, and refugee resettlement.

    Also, I thought the the Catholic Church was only the biggest charitable organization in terms of sending fluffy flowers of love to the poor all across the earth… finding out that they actually send food, medical supplies and monetary aid for foreign countries blew my mind!!!

    (see http://crs.org and http://crs.org/accountability/)

    A) The nuns receive millions of dollars in donations. Your words not mind. Yet you say they do not get rich on them at all. Thus they must be spending them on those they serve. Unless you are now saying that the nuns do not receive millions?

    B)See statistics above.

    C) I do not see how the nuns choosing poverty is any type of rational argument against them? Then saying that Mother was treated at good hospitals is your claim. Are you saying that you prefer she not be treated at a food hospital? I think this is going against you initial claim of poor health care.

    D) Is is a human right violation to take someone and rub cream on a wound instead of not putting it there? Or pulling maggots out of someone’s brain instead of letting them remain because I do not have a medical degree? How about having residents sleep on a mattress instead of a sidewalk? If so, I am a HUGE violator of Human Rights and will continue to be one until your movement comes and arrests me. No one is claiming that the Missionaries are MD’s, they are simply doing something instead of nothing. If that sir is your movement and motive… best of luck.

    Also in regards to you working in Calcutta, I thought that your initial comment was that of the author of this blog. He is in fact working in Calcutta… so to him I retract my statement. To you… maybe a little scuff on your shoes would do you some good.

    Lastly… for one who does all that he can to try to skillfully craft and articulate your position in order to seem to be an extremely educated product of academia… the whole “GTFO” comment at the end of you last post takes away all respect that I would have still had of you. Again, my problem was never with you or any individual… only with a movement that is simply the most recent in a line of movements used to justify laziness and indifference to a world that is suffering and dying. Stay on your cough and keep blogging. I will be going back to Calcutta.

    May God bless you,
    James

    missionaryjames

    May 20, 2012 at 06:01

    • *sigh* I don’t know what kind of weird perception you have of what motivates me. Oh yeah, very impressive list of stuff that you regurgitated at me like a good little parrot.

      Look: I wasn’t born with an inbred hate for the catholic church. I wasn’t born into a fundie-household, but I did grow up believing religion was a good thing. I was taught to love my neighbor and turn the other cheek, not because it was christian, but because the bible was thought to be a nice guide and it’s easier quoting religion than having to teach actual complicated ethics. I was read a children’s bible as a kid, and I thought jesus was a great guy and the stories were nice.
      I also believed, like everybody else, that churches are basically social institutions that have lno other income than the church tax and voluntary donations, and that they spend that money doing good.

      Obviously all that has changed quite radically. And if you’d actually stop and wonder why for a second, we might finally get past this arguing in circles.

      Of course I don’t suppose you will. Like all the other little parrots and pious sheep, you don’t spend much time questioning stuff. You already know what’s good, and if somebody disagrees with you, well, they must simply be evil.

      Phil

      May 22, 2012 at 20:12

      • Fact remains, most if not all of the institutions you named above are heavily dependent on government funding. You see, institutions with a charitable or educational status are elegible for funds from the state. A number I happen to know for a fact is that “catholic” kindergartens in Germany are paid for by the state to 80%.. The church is merely a sponsor that dares to claim all of the credit for themselves.
        Of course, what little the church actually does pay is tax-deductible. That is not social behaviour motivated by the will to do good – it’s the most brilliant PR-stunt in history. The state pays for nearly everything (including “private” schools), the church claims all the credit (just as they claim the invention of human rights as their idea, when it actually was opposed by them as blasphemy at every single step along the way).
        Their actual expenses in the social sector are negligable, while on the other hand they receive the right to impose descriminatory religious rules on workers (got a divorce? get fired!), get a huge bonus in public perception (which translates to member numbers, political power via lobbyism, and of course donations by both private people and corporations)

        It’s the state that ought to be credited with the pro-social engagement. The state is who funds all this. All the while the church uses the “social” engagement as a means, and sometimes as a mask for, proselytizing. They receive government-funded food and water, carry it into zones of war and catastrophe, and make the distribution of care dependent on visiting mass on sunday. (Want food? Here, read this bible first!)

        Not that I think you’d believe any of that, much less bother to check the facts. That would require leaving your comfort-zone of cozy religious wish-thinking and acknowledging the cold hard facts of reality, after all.

        Anyhow, keeping all that in mind, let’s try this again:

        A) The nuns receive millions of dollars in donations. Your words not mind (sic!). Yet you say they do not get rich on them at all. Thus they must be spending them on those they serve. Unless you are now saying that the nuns do not receive millions?

        To no surprise, it turns out that logic isn’t your strong side. 1. Nuns get money. 2. Nuns don’t keep money. So of course they must be spending it on helping the poor, because there are no other options!
        But no, you genius. As I’ve already said twice, the donations the nuns receive go to the Missionaries of Charity Headquarters in New York, from where they disposit it into a vatican bank account – that part isn’t even a secret.
        So even if the vatican would then proceed to invest this money in actual charitable projects: Receiving a donation for a very specific charitable purpose and then spending it on a entirely different social purpose constitutes fraud in every law book known to man. I bet I could even find a fucking bible verse judging that kind of behaviour.

        B)See statistics above.

        Well, as I was patient enough to explain, the church gets much more out of this deal than you think they do. They also keep a lot more of the money than you think they do. They use their money for quite different stuff than you think they do, and lastly, very little of that money is actually theirs. Also, there’s a difference between “statistics” and a bunch of numbers. But as I said, do yourself the favour and check the funding. It won’t be easy (the church is very good at hiding finances), but you’d be amazed by how much of that money comes from tax payers.

        C) I do not see how the nuns choosing poverty is any type of rational argument against them? Then saying that Mother was treated at good hospitals is your claim. Are you saying that you prefer she not be treated at a food hospital? I think this is going against you initial claim of poor health care.

        No, of course it isn’t. If you care to go back and read my last comment again, you’ll notice that that was not what I said. In fact it was you who claimed that “the nuns are poor so the MUST be good!”. I responded by pointing out that a vow of poverty is no excuse for the torture of chidren and women that is going on in the homes operated by the Missionaries of “Charity”.
        But it’s nice to see that, once it’s turned against you, you do realize that a positive ad-hominem does not constitute an actual argument.

        D) Is is a human right violation to take someone and rub cream on a wound instead of not putting it there? Or pulling maggots out of someone’s brain instead of letting them remain because I do not have a medical degree? How about having residents sleep on a mattress instead of a sidewalk? If so, I am a HUGE violator of Human Rights and will continue to be one until your movement comes and arrests me. No one is claiming that the Missionaries are MD’s, they are simply doing something instead of nothing. If that sir is your movement and motive… best of luck.

        Actually YES. It IS a human rights violation to take people from the street and keeping their families from seeing them (No visitors are allowed in the “Home of The Dying Destitutes” in Colcatta!). It IS a human rights violation to chain disabled kids to chairs to stop them from running around. It IS a human rights violations to keep women from leaving a home against their will, and using electroshocks as a means of punishment.
        Further, keeping medication from patients and refusing to administer painkillers because “the pain is jesus kissing you” (a Mother Theresa quote) does constitute “denial of assistance” in most country’s laws.

        The part about “my movement” is realy cute, though; I find it amusing that whenever somebody encounters a “blogger”, they automatically assume that blogging is absolutely all that person does. There’s an “about me” page somewhere around here, you know? Looking up what I actually do for a living would have taken you all of five seconds. Then again, when were religious zealots ever keen on dispelling their unbased assumptions? No, just keep handling this situation like a real missionary, saying all the senteces they told you to repeat at people like me, like a good little parrot.

        Lastly,
        Regarding my being in Colcatta: I have no idea why you assumed that I’d ever been to India. I actually am the author of this blog, but it says that the provided interview with a colunteer is courtesy of Hempley Gonzalez, right up there in the first of the paragraphs you didn’t bother to actually read.

        Regarding my Stick-to-arguments-or-GTFO-comment and the loss of your ‘respect’, I have two answers to that:
        1.) You never showed any ‘respect’. You came here unasked, and bleated pious bullshit at me without so much as bothering to read the original post. I merely repaid you with the same kind of coin.
        2.) Your ‘respect’ was never my goal. People as entrenched in their beliefs as you are were never my target audience. I write this for people who were as I was before I had my eyes opened to all the bullshit we take from people like you without even flinching, believing that religion may be annoying, but we must tolerate it since they do so much good. I aim to dispel that myth, not to earn the ‘respect’ of condescending empty little parrots like you.

        So let me repeat: Stick to actual arguments or GTFO.

        Phil

        May 22, 2012 at 21:44

  7. At the risk of enraging a three-month-old argument, I just wanted to make a point that I feel is too often forgotten in this day and age; speaking out against “The Church” (whatever denomination/religion it may be) does not, necessarily, mean speaking out against faith, or God, or the belief in [a] God.
    I myself have a difficult time finding positive things to say about churches and organized religions, and I consider myself a firm believer in the One True God.

    Bottom line, I don’t think anyone (missionaryjames and Phil included) would argue the fact that churches are man-made, man-run, man-dictated institutions. Leave my God out of your church, and I’ll leave my faith out of your science.

    I had much more to say here, but seeing as how it’s now almost 0300, I really should be sleeping. If anyone actually reads this, I’ll be sure to clarify or debate any point you wish. However, I think both of the above posters took an evidence based discussion and turned it personal and emotional, and that I will not participate in. But an open discussion of ideas and reasoning? I’m all for it. Just not at 0300 :)

    Mike1982

    August 2, 2012 at 11:48

    • The comments may be three months old, but the argument is one that is always current.
      I agree that institutionalized religion and the mere belief in some deity are different things, and that the distinction may even be an important one.

      While the case against institutionalized churches is pretty obvious, not many people see a problem with a person who expresses belief in a deity. I, however, am not one of those people. I do have a strong problem with people who believe, for several reasons. The most important of those reasons is nicely illustrated by Mother Theresa herself, in the fact that the nuns refuse to administer painkillers in their “home of the dying destitutes”.
      Take a second to picture that: Nuns and pious volunteers alike, sitting, watching people experience agonizing pain, watching them squirm, cry and scream, and refusing to give them painkillers, for no other reason than their beliefs. Their religion effectively quenched their empathy; it extinguished their humanity. Mother Theresa herself was often reported to tell those suffering that “the pain is Jesus kissing you”. Her beliefs twisted her mind in such a way that she came to glorify suffering itself. In her Nobel-Peace-Prize acceptance speech she said: “The world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor.” What Mother Theresa created is not an international charity: It is a world-spanning group of museums of poverty and suffering, as bizarre as they are morbid. So that is my problem with religious belief, even the church-less kind: If you believe there is something, anything, that is more important than humans, then people become secondary.

      Phil

      August 17, 2012 at 21:10

  8. Thank you for posting this. I have recently returned from Calcutta. I was travelling throughout Asia and went to Calcutta to learn for myself about the MoC. One of the places I spent time at was at Nirmala Shishu Bhavan on Bose Road. I had read Mother Teresa The Vinal Verdict by Aroup Chatterjee and The Missionary Position by Christopher Hitchens. I wanted to see if it was true what they were claiming and I have to say it was. What i saw was appalling. The cots in the children’s dormitory reminded me of sheep pens. The children were laid out on mats, some were clearly distressed and all were undernourished. Many had motor difficulties and cuts etc. I asked a volunteer who had been there a long time if professional people cam e in such as nurses and physios. The expression on her face told me everything. These children are neglected.
    At the mother house there is an “exhibition” room showing the life of MT. On one board there is a quote from a young boy…”I’m sorry to be dying now, for I have only just leaned how to suffer for God”…and all this time I thought the Christian god did not want children to suffer. The quote epitomises the warped view that this order of nuns have. I concur with the view that MT was not a friend of the poor but a friend of poverty. She exploited poverty for the ends of establishing her order and for the Catholic Church.
    There is more and more cases of medical neglect and abuse covering from these nuns, yet sadly, gullible people are still giving money to them and , as we see above, defending them.
    I can tell you that the millions and millions of pounds, dollars etc that this order received and continues to receive does not go to the poor people of Calcutta and other places. It goes directly to the IOR, the Vatican bank.

    Michael Dynes

    December 1, 2012 at 13:36

    • oh Jesus, how SICK is this all~!!!! the MOC run more than 750 homes in about 130 countries on earth, can you just imagine the COST of that???? for example: in Kolkata (Dum-Dum) is a home for 500 mental ladies, picked up from the streets, naked, abused…..
      The famous “Home for the Dying destitutes” (Kalighat) has admitted about 90.000 patients in the last 60 years – the conditions they arrived, you all have NO imagination, just believe me….
      I know centers of the MOC, were they feed DAILY thousands of poor (Tengra, Kolkata)…
      In Daya Dan, Kolkata, there are 64 severly handicapped children, and the sisters care beautifully for their needs – estabilshed a small school for them, do some handicraft, etc… This are 3 homes out of 750!!!
      MOST of the patients the Sisters of MC care, no-one would even TOUCH them: the mental with big rotten wounds full of maggots, the poor with limps eaten by rats, completly crazy ladies, the lepers…
      I have been volunteering there for about 14 years of my life (crazy, no?? for SUCH an horrible institution, no??), and I have to say: “NOBLE WORK, VERY SPIRITUELL, very touching…

      Of course its run by human beings, and a few things might be questionable; but usually the Sisters KNOW exactly, what they do….WHAT will you do with a complete mental child that hurts itself all the time, bites itself, etc????You are ALL so big experts, yet have NEVER been in a situation like this, never been in Kolkata, not even for a day…its soo easy to critisize, why dont you all make it better???
      If all the donations are going right into Vatican Bank, HOW are this many homes financed and run???
      Thank God, the work\ld adores and loves and respects MOTHER TERESA and her work still a lot, and is undisturbed by those self-procdlaimed critics, who just serve DARKNESS

      Andreas Wimmer

      December 2, 2013 at 18:30

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