Why the Left Hates Mother Teresa of Calcutta, by Thomas Williams.
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. …
The blasphemy of Mother Teresa:
Sifting through the literature dedicated to smearing the legacy of Mother Teresa, one discovers that all the arguments against her really boil down to two, which the Left can never forgive: her vocal and intransigent opposition to abortion and her overtly Christian spirituality that moved her to pour herself out for her fellow man.
All the other reasons given — that she provided inferior health care, that she was occasionally irritable with coworkers, that she accepted donations from morally ambiguous characters — are really just a cover for the two that irked the Left to the point of hysteria. …
Abortion, in fact, formed the centerpiece of Mother Teresa’s definition of poverty and all that is wrong with the world. The three most public speeches of her career — her acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, her Harvard Commencement address, and her words at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. — all focused on abortion as the greatest social injustice in the world today. …
She was also irritatingly… religious. Instead of secular philanthropy, she engaged in old-school Christian charity, picking the dying up off the street and holding them in her arms as they passed away, for the love of God.
Specific examples of blasphemies:
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.
“By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems,” she said. “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.”