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Was Tempo für Taschentücher, Tesa für Klebeband und Nescafé für löslichen Kaffee(ersatz), das ist Mutter Teresa für den Guten Menschen: ein Eponym.

Für ihren Dienst an den Armen und Aussätzigen von Kalkutta hat sie 1979 den Friedensnobelpreis erhalten und wurde 2003, nur sechs Jahre nach ihrem Tod, in einem Turboverfahren selig gesprochen.

Soweit der schöne Schein, der von der katholischen Kirche nach Kräften gepflegt wurde, und auch von allen anderen Würden- und Entscheidungsträgern, die sich von der Nähe zu Mutter Teresa eine Aufbesserung ihres eigenen Images erwarteten. Dass die kleine Nonne diese Nähe sehr großzügig und weitgehend unabhängig von der Reputation der sich in ihrem Lichte Sonnenden gewährte, um ihrerseits davon finanziell zu profitieren, davon ist in Christopher Hitchens’ kleinem Büchlein ausführlich die Rede. Hier hat sich der Ende letzten Jahres im Alter von nur 63 Jahren verstorbene Berufsatheist seinen Zorn auf die berühmte Scheinheilige von der Seele geschrieben.

So zählten Diktatoren und Finanzbetrüger zum engeren Kreise ihrer Freunde und Bewunderer. Man könnte ihr zu Gute halten, dass auch und gerade in dieser Konstellation der Zweck die Mittel heiligt. Wenn denn nur der Zweck derjenige gewesen wäre, als der er Außenstehenden erschien, nämlich die Versorgung der Armen und Kranken, die die „Missionarinnen der Nächstenliebe“ betreuen. Makabre Augenzeugenberichte über hygienische und medizinische Zustände in den Krankenhäusern des Ordens lassen aber darauf schließen, dass nach wie vor nur ein kleiner Teil der Spenden dort hinfließt. Mehrfachgebrauch von Spritzen und Verweigerung von Schmerzmitteln ist nicht ungewöhnlich, unter der ungeheuerlichen Devise, dass durch das Leiden die Betroffenen Jesus nähergebracht werden. Eine erstaunliche Interpretation des Begriffs Nächstenliebe.

Wo der Hauptteil der Spenden bleibt, kann man nur ahnen – Einblick in die Bücher gewährt der Orden nicht. Dass das Meiste in die Missionsarbeit fließt, ist wohl keine abwegige Vermutung.

Ergänzt wird Hitchens’ Traktat durch die amüsante Geschichte eines angeblichen Wunders, die die zügige Seligsprechung mit vorangetrieben und zu deren Verbreitung die BBC fleißig beigetragen hat.

Missionary Position ist, wie man bei dem Titel nicht anders erwarten sollte, polemisch und völlig einseitig, aber als Gegengewicht zu der vorbehaltlosen Verehrung und Idolisierung, die Mutter Teresa ansonsten zuteil werden, auch dringend notwendig. Wer von Christopher Hitchens zu diesem Thema etwas anderes erwartet, ist selber schuld.
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am 17. Februar 1998
I have always maintained that mother Teresa was a media creation, meticulously crafted by the catholic church using the imagery of the poor as a backdrop for emotional appeal. I have been to her warehouses for the "poorest of the poor" and was appalled at the lack of professional medical care, as well as the lack of toys for abandoned children. Christopher Hitchens has done this blind world a huge service by exposing this media morphed nun. Many, many Indian men and women are serving the needs of the poor in more productive ways than M Teresa. However, the western media finds it imperative to celebrate the work of an European Albanian nun, the image if the "white" savior in a savage land. Hitchens should be honored for exposing these lies.
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am 9. November 1999
As an extremely devout Orthodox Jew, I read Christopher Hitchens' account of "Mother" Theresa with a mixture of sorrow and anger. Sorrow because it is sad to see people's faith in an icon destroyed; anger at the Catholic Church for perpetrating one of the greatest hoaxes of the century. Hitchens is a superb journalist of the Tom Wolfe school. He gets his facts straight, and not one of his targets escapes unscathed. You will never be able to think about "Mother" Theresa the same way after reading this book. Dynamite!
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am 24. Januar 2000
Most people will automatically be repelled at the idea of a book exposing the hypocrises and agendas of Mother Teresa, a woman described by many as a modern-day saint. Those who steer away will miss an excellent investigative novel that explores not only the motives of Mother Teresa, but the effect (or lack of) that she had on the world.
Do not fear that this book is simply a character assassination, either. Hitchens does not set out to slander or destroy Mother Teresa, and in fact even defends her in some instances, stating his belief that she was not a spiteful or evil woman, but simply did not do as much as good as she is thought to. A must read for anyone interested in the truth behind the legend.
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am 19. Januar 2000
To the reader from Tennessee below, the reason it is important to read this book - and important to find out if Hitchens' allegations are true - is because Mother Teresa was a very powerful woman who set up a series of medical facilities which are still in operation. One of Hitchens' most disturbing criticisms - which has since been confirmed by former members of the Congregation - is that the millions of dollars' worth of donations sent to Mother Teresa by people like you and me were NEVER used to make these clinics more sanitary or to provide basic medical care for the indigent people who arrived at their doorstep. The reason, Hitchens says, that Mother Teresa is known for her work with the dying is that so many people died in her clinics! Listen, folks, if even *one* person died unnecessarily, that's one too many and more than enough justification for Hitchens to conduct this long-overdue investigation!
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am 31. Januar 2000
THE MISSIONARY POSITION is the ideal book for our times. Highly cynical and uncompromising, Christopher Hitchens has written the ultimate in hero-deflation, reminding us that nothing is ever as good as it seems.
Hitchens does not set out to destroy Mother Teresa; this is not simply an unfocused rant. Rather, by focusing on the words and actions of Mother Teresa, instead of her reputation, Hitchens has written a highly enlightening and engrossing treatise on the myths, the suspicions, the problems, and the downright lies that have been perpetrated both by Mother Teresa and those acting on her behalf.
The question must be asked, however; Is this simply propaganda? Can it be lumped into the many books Hitchens lists that are written in exalted praise of her devotion and charity? Well, of course it is. All books are propaganda to some extent, in that they espouse a particular point of view. Should that be used to dispose of Hitchens' research, as some other AMAZON critics have suggested? Hardly.
Of the many anecdotes Hitchens relates (both his own personal experiences and those of people who have worked alongside Mother Teresa), possibly the most startling is Mother Teresa's intervention into the trial of Charles Keating. Keating, you may recall, is the Savings and Loans magnate who personally bilked 17,000 people out of well over $250,000,000. Mother Teresa wrote a letter to Judge Lance Ito pleading for clemency, as Keating, through his $1,000,000 donation, had proved he was a friend to the poor. Hitchens then reprints the trial prosocutor's written reply to Mother Teresa, in which he lists Keating's many atrocities, and suggests that if she really wanted to help the poor, she would return the money. Unsurprisingly, she did not.
Something is rotten in the city of Calcutta. Under the guise of charity and Christianity, Mother Teresa has overseen one of the largest charities in the world. Where does the money go? Why does she receive millions of dollars, and yet doctors are disgusted with the level of care her houses provide? Why does she advocate the barest minimum of medical care to the suffering, and yet she herself received the finest medical care available?
Hitchens provides no clear answers. Those records are unavailable. But something is wrong. Something is very, very wrong.
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am 30. Mai 2000
Another reviewer said this wasn't a rant. Well, I'm afraid it is. But it's a very funny one. And Hitchens has some evidence behind his sharpened rhetorical knives. He points out the hypocrisy of many of Mother Theresa's actions, the poor care her hospitals give, when compared to other organizations, and the shady people she's chosen to be associated with.

Sure, she's dead; sure, she spent a lot of time with sick people; but that doesn't automatically make her a saint, as Hitchen's makes clear.

Still, this is a polemic not a biographical study (which is why I only gave it 4 stars). If you want an in depth history of Mother Theresa, this is not the first place to look.
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am 15. Juni 2000
A quick, pithy read, and quite truly a well needed critical glance at the manufacture of a saint. Even if we take it as a given that Mother Teresa was well-intentioned, there are several incongruities between the persona presented by the media and Christians, and the actual person. Mother Teresa's association with Charles Keating, the S & L embezzler, in addition to her dealings with Haitian dictators all come under fire- and with good reason seeing as at the time of the printing of the book Teresa's organization had not returned any of Keating's embezzled donations to their rightful owners. Hitchens makes the case that Teresa's character has been inviolate simply because of the vicarious alleviation of guilt over the sufferings of the third world. But just because Mother Teresa happened to do something, would be neglecting to note whether her aid was effective considering the resources available due to her prestige. There is reason to doubt this, due to the pathological austerity of the Sist'az of Caritas. Hitchens makes a number of sapient points which reveal the insipid nature of Teresa's ideology, as well as the intellectual poverty which seems to have accompanied Teresa's vow of material poverty. The bottom line is that charity done in stupidity may actually be harmful in the long term, and that many of Teresa's opinions are detestable in consideration of the side effects of unrestrained population growth. It may be the case that Mother Teresa has just been one of the most mediagenic of proselytizers, and a unthinking zealot, far from worthy of sentimental encomiums.
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am 29. Oktober 1997
This is perhaps one of the most important books to be written in the last ten years about the complicated relationship the rich have with the poor. Far from just an expose on the devious tactics used by Teresa to increase the material wealth and public image of herself and her order, Hitchens also exposes the spiritual fraud exacted on the bodies of the non-Catholic poor on whom the success of her mission (in terms of her spiritual agenda and her own political ambitions) so desperately depends. Keep in mind while reading this book that Hitchens, ostensibly much like Teresa, is crucially concerned with liberating humanity. Unlike Teresa, his idea of liberation is much more in concert with our collective understanding of decency and the possibility of people finding salvation in the world they create.
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am 30. September 1999
Christopher Hitchens is to be commended for taking on so revered an icon as "Mother" Theresa. He dismantles her piece by piece, exposing her as the worst kind of charlatan - a ruthless and cynical opportunist who consciously crafted an image that the Catholic Church calculatingly promoted.
Hitchens is a meticulous journalist, and all of his assertions are backed up by facts. Not one of the morons who has dared to criticize this book has refuted any of the specific claims that Hitchens makes - because they can't! Because they are all true!
After reading this book, you will have a much clearer understanding of what Mother Theresa actually was, and the church's role in promulgating her myth.
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