Mother Teresa's tale is a very instructive
IAN, I heard quite a long time ago that her confessor had release the information about her spending years (almost 40 it seems) doubting Jesus and questioning her own faith, which the Vatican was going to use as a reason to show just how much more of a Saint she really was, because she did all the things she is alleged to have done unselfishly, in spite of her problems.
I don't know the truth of her situation, because of course, in things to do with authority, governments, religion, big business, media, etc., we hear only what those who are making the decisions in these organizations want us to hear.
We know with the huge RC scandal worldwide regarding the pedophilia in the priesthood, which touched people I knew, or at least the priests of people I knew, who were caught, moved to cover up, and subsequently caught again, and exposed, that there is much deception going on.
To a certain extent I do understand that people HAVE to create what is newsworthy because it is their job to keep the organization from scandal and to keep people from turning away from it. But essentially it is always fraud.
I doubt there is a PM, a President, a CEO, or any other leader who hasn't doctored what he reports to suit whatever are the guidelines of his job and/or his personal selfish desires.
In my job in a big bank - two actually, we had definite instructions that when any issue came up where the public was questioning some practice of the banks, we were not to give interviews to the press, but were to report to Head Office who had the people who dealt with that sort of thing.
The implication, of course, was they didn't want some disgruntled employee screwing his own employer publicly, nor did they want someone without the knowledge and expertise to give out information that may not be Bank policy.
I can see both the right and the wrong about that.
In an organization such as a religious denomination which claims it gets its orders from God, to be trustworthy, it has to be above all that political crap, and clearly the RC, and many other denominations, are very much not above that.
If I was still a Christian, and perish the thought, also a RC, I would very much work to make sure that neither Mother Teresa, nor Pope Paul II are ever made Saints. Granted these people both had a certain charisma, and endured many difficulties (taking a bullet in the guts isn't the nicest thing, I am sure), but they also got a lot of undeserved celebrity, just because of who they were, and because, like the Beatles, or any other famous celebrity everyone wants to be able to say they saw them, or they followed them, or whatever.
Personally I think that Pope Paul set his denomination, and the parts of the world where RC is very popular, back centuries with his backward polices, or at least the backward policies of the organization of which he was the top figurehead. I realize that no man works entirely alone, as they all have assistants, advisers, secretaries, speech writers, publicists, and agents, who help them and advise them in what to do.
Perhaps both Pope Paul II and Mother Teresa should go down in history as rather pathetic pawns of their religion, but they should never be taught to the young as being saints or saintlike. All of that, regardless of which saint, is a crock.
It is hypocritical anyway because neither this nor any other denomination can show evidence of the existence of a god, nor of any dead people being somewhere who people can pray to and idolize.
It is all a gross fraud against humanity, and until someone comes up with definite proof either of a god (ant that god just happens to be the God of the Bible. Wouldn't that be a coincidence?), we should look very critically at anything that these religions do that affect other people's lives.