The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
In a frank expose of the Teresa cult, Hitchens details the nature and limits of one woman's mission to the world's poor. He probes the source of the heroic status bestowed upon an Albanian nun whose only declared wish is to serve God. He asks whether Mother Teresa's good works answer any higher purpose than the need of the world's privileged to see someone, somewhere, doing something for the Third World. He unmasks pseudo-miracles, questions Mother Teresa's fitness to adjudicate on matters of sex and reproduction, and reports on a version of saintly ubiquity which affords genial relations with dictators, corrupt tycoons and convicted frauds.
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Review: The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and PracticeUser Review - James - Goodreads
Curious how quickly the semblance of saintliness affixed to Mother Teresa seems to fade with the author's careful inspection. Hitchens presents a compelling case, with references to first-hand ... Read full review
Review: The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and PracticeUser Review - Chris - Goodreads
Almost twenty years have elapsed since this book's publication. In the interim, the subject, author, and relevant events have all passed on, so it no longer reads as hard-hitting contemporary ... Read full review