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The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

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In this frank and damning exposé of the Mother Teresa cult, Hitchens probes the source of the heroic status bestowed upon an Albanian nun whose only declared wish was to serve god. He asks whether Mother Teresa's mission to help the world's poor answered any higher purpose than the need of the world's privileged to see someone, somewhere, doing something for the Third World. Hitchens unmasks pseudo-miracles, questions Mother Teresa's fitness to adjudicate on matters of sex and reveals a version of saintly ubiquity which affords genial relations with dictators, corrupt tycoons and convicted frauds. Was Mother Teresa merely a salve to the conscience of the affluent West, or an expert in PR machine for the Catholic Church? In its caustic iconoclasm and unsparing wit, The Missionary Position showcases the devastating effect of Hitchens' writing at its polemical best.

    127 pages
    Published 01-04-2012
  • Original Title : The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
  • Publisher : Atlantic Books
  • Genre : Journalism ,
  • Language : English
  • User assigned genres : Non fiction

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Anand rated it
April 02, 2019
Long before he wrote and got The Missionary Position published, Hitchens referred to Teresa as ‘the ghoul of Calcutta’ in his 1992 column in The Nation. In this book, he disclaims any quarrel with Teresa herself and says he is more concerned with the public view of her: "What follows here is an argument not with a deceiver but with the deceived." The first section, "A Miracle", discusses the popular view of Mother Teresa and focuses on the 1969 BBC documentary Something Wonderful for God which brought her to the attention of the general pu ... more
Ashish Iyer rated it
March 17, 2019
This book is quite shocking and insightful book for me. A well-researched and excellently written book that exposes the monster and charlatan that was Mother Teresa. It left me disturbed for a while as I digested the information provided to me after years of research and hard work. This book made me think about a lot of things and raised a lot of questions. Mother Theresa had only one thing in mind to "save people for Jesus." She looked upon poor folks only to convert them. The conditions in her homes was unhygienic and filthy. The sisters of ... more

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