Why the Left Hates Mother Teresa of Calcutta
by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
03 Sep 20162
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As the world awaits Mother Teresa’s canonization Sunday, one mystery remains: why the international Left still harbors such hatred for a diminutive religious sister who spent her entire life serving the poorest of the poor.
After all, with her inexhaustible dedication to alleviating poverty and assisting the needy, Mother Teresa should be an icon of liberals the world over. Instead, we find that the Left showers her not with affection and praise, but with scorn and disdain.
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For Mother Teresa, the voiceless unborn child was truly the “poorest of the poor,” who deserves our undying respect and protection.
In her acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, for instance, she dared to say, “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing – direct murder by the mother herself.”
At the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994, the politically incorrect sister told then-President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary that abortion is a “war against the child.”
“And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” the nun continued.
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“I see Jesus in every human being,” she said. “I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus.”
Despite her spiritual motivations, however, Mother Teresa was an avowed enemy of proselytism in her work with the poor. She offered love and assistance to all, without ever making conversion a condition or even an aim of her care.
“We never try to convert those whom we receive to Christianity,” she said, “but in our work we bear witness to the love of God’s presence, and if Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, or agnostics become for this better men—simply better—we will be satisfied.”
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As a little L libertarian, the “issue” of abortion is probably the hardest to deal with.
From a survival of the species, abortion is the suicide of the species. I can’t think of a bigger signal flashing “danger will rogers” to us all. How can we plow through that big STOP sign. Look at Japan and Europe that are not replacing their populations.
From a moral perspective, if there is a right to life, then how can we ignore these babies in the womb.
Of course, it’s not just enough to wring one’s hand about abortion and forget about children the minute they are born into terrible poverty. Unfortunately, the current system stinks.
Hopefully, we can all have a little Mother Teresa in our daily lives.
Dona Nobis Pacem
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