Mother Teresa miracle approved, sainthood set for September

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta, shown with an Indian child in 1977, worked to help sick and homeless victims in the cyclone-ravaged Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. She said her Missionaries of Charity nuns have "all the experience necessary to work in this disaster area because of previous efforts during floods." "In all these human tragedies, God is trying to teach us something. We are not able to understand Him," she said as she went about supervising the rescue operation. Religion News Service file photo

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, shown with an Indian child in 1977, worked to help sick and homeless victims in the cyclone-ravaged Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. She said her Missionaries of Charity nuns have "all the experience necessary to work in this disaster area because of previous efforts during floods." "In all these human tragedies, God is trying to teach us something. We are not able to understand Him," she said as she went about supervising the rescue operation. Religion News Service file photo

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis confirms what everyone already knew. But here's why the nun famous as the "saint of the gutters" may also become the "saint of the doubters."

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  • Neon Genesis

    Meanwhile ISIS continues to slaughter countless innocent Christians, innocent black people continue to be brutally murdered by racist police, and Christian extremists launch terrorist attacks on women’s health care and God doesn’t seem to intervene in any of those situations.

  • MaryS

    God have us free will. If He were to intervene everywhere, we would lose that freedom. And without free will, we would not only be like automatons, but we wouldn’t be able to choose to love Him.

  • MaryS,

    Free will is nonsense.
    The Roman soldiers were (supposedly) allowed by God to witness the resurrection of Jesus – the biggest event in Christianity – and yet those soldiers were perfectly capable of denying it even happened. (Matthew 27:66)

    There is no good reason for a God to hide.

  • Richard Rush

    MaryS,

    And yet, the overriding mission of God’s fervent followers has always been to prevent other people from exercising the free will that God supposedly granted them. For example, God’s followers exercised their own free will to kidnap other people, declare them as property, and enslave them. For another, God’s followers have, for centuries, been waging a war on gay people to prevent them from exercising free will.

    So, it seems that those fervent followers are super-sinners for denying to other people what God supposedly granted them.

  • Mark Francis

    I think the most damning criticism was about her charity’s persistent ill-treatment of its inmates leading to countless unnecessary deaths & junior members and failure to account for billions of dollars in donations.

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  • dmj76

    Max
    “Free will is nonsense.” – I thought this was something people still argued about? If the mind-body problem is still alive and well, how can free will be completely resolved?
    Best wishes

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  • Joe

    Indeed. It’s shocking that the Catholic church would honor her as a “saint” given how cruel she was, but then again, that dying religion has harbored many other criminals.

    See here for more details
    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2003/10/mommie_dearest.html