MISSIONARY POSITION


MISSIONARY POSITION

CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS    Book Number: 90638    Product format: Paperback

Sub-titled 'Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice', and with a foreword by Thomas Mallon, during the middle of the last decade, in his great period of political apostasy, Christopher Hitchens often entertained with his incendiary cultural descent, along with his older left-leaning pals. His disdain for the 'thieving, fanatical Albanian dwarf' - i.e. Mother Teresa - became so famous that new readers of this book may be surprised to discover that the phrase appears nowhere in this slender volume. It is no bad-boy blasphemy but rather a modest, rational inquiry and a calm lifting of the veil that drapes its sacred subject. 'The Mother Teresa phenomenon assumes the proportions of the ordinary and even the political.' The author wishes to examine his subjects public pronouncements, her finances, projects and associates. What's under the veil turns out to be pretty unsightly - Mother Teresa's missions, backed by the Haitian first lady are revealed to be less concerned with eliminating the poverty of the poor and their attendant physical pain than with extending those things as their means towards salvation in the afterlife, based on a cult of suffering and subjection. It is a damning exposé of the Teresa cult detailing the nature and limits of one woman's mission to help the world's poor. 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 that affords genial relations with dictators, corrupt tycoons and convicted frauds. Was Mother Teresa merely an essential salve to the conscience of the rich West, or an expert PR machine for the Catholic Church? With caustic iconoclasm and unsparing wit, this is Hitchens writing at his polemical best. 105pp, paperback.
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