UN mistakenly uses Mother Teresa as an “icon” of gay rights in new campaign (she wasn’t.)

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“Free and Equal,” a United Nations campaign advancing homosexual interests, is using pictures of a candidate for Catholic sainthood, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and her words to promote its agenda. Susan Yoshihara of C-FAM, The Center for Family and Human Rights, says the whole campaign is a fraud, so it is no surprise that it is misleading people by suggesting that devoutly Catholic Mother Teresa supported the homosexual agenda.

“If what this campaign stood for was really true, they wouldn’t need to lie about Mother Teresa, who was always faithful to the Magisterium [the teaching authority of the Catholic Church]. She is scheduled to be recognized as a saint next year.” Yoshihara said that her cause for sainthood would have collapsed if there were any evidence she was in favor of homosexuality.

However, Yoshihara pointed out, “she loved homosexuals, and the Missionaries of Charity of San Francisco were helping victims of AIDS before anyone else would touch them. The Missionaries of Charity in Manhattan have been caring for AIDS victims for decades. But they should take her down off their website because she would never have supported something contrary to Catholic teaching.”

As if to underline the point, the Sisters of Charity in India itself  are embroiled in a dispute with the government, which has seen the sisterhood withdraw from arranging adoptions for the orphans they care for. While official Catholic  news agencies and the Indian government say the dispute is over letting divorcees and single parents adopt, as the government requires, the Indian Express quotes Sister Amala, head of the sisters’ orphanage in New Delhi, as saying, “The new guidelines hurt our conscience. They are certainly not for religious people like us. What if the single parent who we give our baby turns out to be gay or lesbian? What security or moral upbringing will these children get? Our rules only allow married couples to adopt.”

The “Free and Equal” campaign describes itself as “an unprecedented United Nations global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.” A project of the United Nations Human Rights Office begun in 2013, it especially targets nations with laws against homosexual behavior, which it blames for violence against LGBTQ people.

It features two pictures of Mother Teresa on a  page titled “World Leaders.” Aside from retired South African Anglican prelate Desmond Tutu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, virtually every other “world leader” on the page is a U.N. bureaucrat.

With one Mother Teresa picture are the words, “If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other,” and with the other, “What can you do for world peace? Go home and love your family.”

Comments Yoshihara: “It’s not truthful to use that quote from her in this campaign, when the family she is referring to is clearly one with a mother and a father loving their children.”

One of the messages the campaign puts out is “UN: ‘International law requires every country to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.'”

But Yoshihara told LifeSiteNews, “That is simply not true. There is no right to homosexual behavior. Sexual orientation or gender identity have never been recognized in any international treaty signed by U.N. member states. This is a statement of bureaucrats.” There is a significant gap between the U.N. bureaucracy and the much more conservative member states, she explained.  This campaign was an effort  by the bureaucrats to bully these states into line with the more liberal values of Northern Europe and America, “with our tax dollars.”

Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International, supported Yoshihara’s comments. “It is highly offensive to Catholics that this United Nations ‘public education campaign’ would so blatantly and intentionally misrepresent Blessed Mother Teresa’s great love for others,” he told LifeSiteNews. “They know she opposed what this U.N. program is about, which is using emotional manipulation to promote a destructive and immoral lifestyle as if it were good. They owe the Church an apology, and these offensive images should be removed immediately.”

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A “miracle” is being attributed to Mother Teresa, a necessary step to create another Vatican “saint”

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Although some may say it was by chance, Brazilian Father Elmiran Ferreira Santos believes that God’s hands were leading him when he arrived late one afternoon at his Our Lady of Aparecida Parish and found, waiting for him, a grief-stricken parishioner, whose husband had been diagnosed with several brain tumors.

“The husband’s condition had deteriorated and he had been placed in the ICU,” Fr. Santos told Catholic News Service.

“The wife just didn’t know who to turn to,” he added. Fr. Santos said he asked the woman to sit and pray with him to Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, founder of the Missionaries of Charity.

“I had just returned from a Mass with the nuns at the Missionaries of Charity and even had a little medal that was given to me by the sisters in my pocket,” said the priest, who added he gave the medal to the patient’s wife and asked her and her family to pray to Blessed Teresa even more fervently in the days to come.

Fr. Santos said that, with the grace of God and the prayers to Mother Teresa, the patient improved, was taken out of the intensive care unit and, in a period of two days, was given a clean bill of health and discharged.

“When a complete recovery of his health was seen and the doctors could not explain how, I understood that Blessed Mother Teresa had helped,” said Fr. Santos. He said he reported the occurrence to the sisters, who in turn told their superior. The priest also said the doctor who took care of the patient was the doctor on call for Pope Francis during his visit to Brazil in 2013 for World Youth Day, and that the doctor had spoken to the pope about the patient.

The word about the patient’s recovery soon spread throughout the parishes, the diocese and beyond Fr. Caetano Rizzi, the judicial vicar who oversaw the case at the Santos Diocese, said the entire diocesan process occurred very quickly.

He said he received a telephone call in mid-June 2015 from a friend in Rome telling him that the Vatican was looking at a possible miracle attributed to Mother Teresa and that two Vatican representatives would be flying to Brazil in a week’s time to look at the evidence. The vicar said that, a week later, Vatican representatives were there to hear testimony from witnesses, medical experts and theologians. There were four sessions per day during four days. On June 26, the process ended, and the representatives returned to Rome with all the evidence gathered by the Santos Diocese.

Girls dressed up as Blessed Mother Teresa during an Aug. 26 event to commemorate her 104th birth anniversary in a school in Bhopal, India. Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu Aug. 26, 1910, to Albanian parents in Skopje, in present-day Macedonia. She died in 1997 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003. (CNS photo/Sanjeev Gupta, EPA)
Girls dressed up as Blessed Mother Teresa during an Aug. 26 event to commemorate her 104th birth anniversary in a school in Bhopal, India. Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu Aug. 26, 1910, to Albanian parents in Skopje, in present-day Macedonia. She died in 1997 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003. (CNS photo/Sanjeev Gupta, EPA)

After a diocesan investigation into a potential miracle yields positive results, the case goes to theCongregation for Saints’ Causes. A panel of physicians is convoked by the congregation to study whether the healing is authentic and lasting, and that there is no natural, medical explanation for it. With the doctors’ approval, the files are passed on to a panel of theologians.

The theologians study the events — especially the prayers — surrounding the alleged miracle and give their opinion on whether the healing can be attributed to the intercession of a particular sainthood candidate.

If the theologians give a positive opinion, the cardinals who are members of the congregation vote on whether to recommend that the pope recognize the healing as a miracle and set a canonization date.

Fr. Santos says that the experience reinforced his belief of just how merciful God is and “confirmed the Gospel, which states that we are all called upon to be saints.”

In 2000 Josephine Bakhita was declared a saint; one miracle attributed to her intercession involved a Catholic in the Santos Diocese.

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Mother Teresa’s charity closes orphanages to avoid adopting children to single or LGBT parents.

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Sr. Amala, the nun in charge at the North Delhi center, says they have ended their adoption services as of August. “The new guidelines hurt our conscience.They are certainly not for religious people like us. What if the single parent who we give our baby to turns out to be gay or lesbian? What security or moral upbringing will these children get? Our rules only allow married couples to adopt”. And so they have decided not to be a part of the revised adoption process, asking the government to de-register 13 of their orphanages instead.

Veerendra Mishra, Secretary of Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) said the Missionaries of Charity objected to the new rules due to religious differences. In short, they do not want their orphans to be adopted by single parents. But the “religious differences” get more specific than that.

The Missionaries of Charity run a network of orphanages across India. Earlier, the decision whether or not to allow an applicant to adopt one of their children rested with the Missionaries of Charity. However, the Ministry of Women & Child Development relaxed its norms to allow those who are single, divorced or separated to apply as prospective parents, and with their application being routed through CARA, the Missionaries of Charity have been told that they cannot deny anyone meets the new criteria.

Maneka Gandhi, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, said that the government was trying to increase the number of adoptions in India, and hoped that the Missionaries of Charity would come under a secular code.

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Mother Teresa’s Orphanages in India Closing Because of Their Discriminatory Policy

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Putting the future of scores of orphans at risk the Missionaries of Charity have sought de- recognition of 13 of its 16 orphanages opposing the new adoption guidelines. The contentious clause in the guidelines—notified in July this year—mandate that single parent (separated, divorced, unwed mothers) are eligible to adopt through online registration of prospective parents.

Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi said that the orphanages had been following their own agenda but now would have to come under the “unified secular agenda.”

“Till now the Mother Teresa’s (Foundation) orphanages had their own agenda and now when they have to come under a unified secular agenda they are refusing it. They have decided not to follow the guidelines,” the minister said.

According to sources, the sisters had communicated to the government that giving children to single parents was against Mother Teresa’s instructions.

While single parents were allowed to adopt earlier as well, the new guidelines have brought the adoption process online with parents registered with the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA). Sources said that at least two cases, one in Bihar and another in Assam, had come to light where single parents had been rejected by Mother Teresa’s orphanages. “Earlier parents would approach the orphanage and it was entirely the prerogative of the institution to give the child for adoption. Now prospective parents have been registered online and there is no question of a single parent being rejected. We can track cases online,” a senior CARA official said.

Official sources said in one of the two cases the child had to be transferred out of the orphanage to facilitate the adoption. While no one from Missionaries of Charity spoke on record, they confirmed that a communication seeking de-recognition from CARA had been sought.

Gandhi said that the ministry will try to persuade them to put children up for adoption. “We will try and persuade them because they are valuable people and have experience. But if they do not listen then those children will have to be shifted to other places,” she said.

“They have ideological issues with our adoption guidelines such as they do not want to give child to separated or divorced parents,” said a senior CARA official.

Sources said that a senior CARA official had extensive consultation on the issue and CARA chairperson was likely to visit Kolkata to try and convince the sisters.

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The Vatican Denies Rumors It Will Grant Sainthood For Mother Teresa in 2016

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Mother Teresa to become a “saint” next year? Not according to The Vatican.

Mother Teresa Canonization in 2016: Vatican Denies Reports; Says It’s a ‘Working Hypothesis’ – “It is a working hypothesis, therefore there is no official confirmation to be given,” said Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesperson. “The cause for Mother Teresa is still underway and it is therefore premature to speak of an already established date for the canonization,” revealed Father Lombardi further.

Her canonization officially requires a second miracle. But Pope Francis has already issued some derivatives to waive the process for sainthood, categorizing this as “equivalent or equipollent canonizations” says the Catholic Philly report. The pontiff has actually granted at least seven equivalent or equipollent canonizations in the past.

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Mother Teresa’s Ignorance & Failure During The Bhopal Chemical Plant Disaster

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It’s been thirty years since the Bhopal chemical disaster in India took place and the moment when Mother Teresa, the most influential public figure of her time showed up briefly at the site for a photo opp and only to pray and demand forgiveness for the corporations and criminals in charge.

Thirty years ago in the city of Bhopal in central India, a gas leak from a local Union Carbide plant moved swiftly into residential areas, poisoning victims in their sleep. Due to a lack of sufficient safety systems, killing tens of thousands (no numbers were ever confirmed) and leaving more than half a million people with serious, long-term health problems.

It has been called by many as the worst industrial disaster in history and continues to affect the area to this day. Due to abandoned chemicals seeping into groundwater, the rates of cancer in Bhopal have doubled in women and tripled in men in the years after the tragedy.

With the potential to use her influence to bring much needed medical assistance and force the authorities to levy swift legal action against the chemical plant and their managers; at the time of the disaster, Mother Teresa rushed there for a photo opp and when asked for her advice and counsel only offered prayers and said ‘Forgive’, ‘Forgive, Forgive.’ and quickly left the scene – This sort of sordid and dangerous mentality is what is prevalent and instructed at every home operated by this organization, and it is nothing less than a human rights violation.

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An inside look into the myth of Mother Teresa by Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

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We were happy to provide Seth Andrew with information and photos of our investigation of Mother Teresa’s medically negligent and financially fraudulent charity for his recent speech on the subject of Mother Teresa and the myth of sainthood.

Seth Andrews spoke at the 2015 Oklahoma Freethought Convention on June 20, 2015 in Tulsa Oklahoma on the subject.

A former Christian broadcaster and the product of a fundamentalist home, Seth ultimately found better answers beyond faith, and to reinforce the focus on reason, he founded http://www.thethinkingatheist.com in 2009.

He currently hosts a top-rated podcast on BlogTalkRadio, with approximately 1.5 million monthly downloads, and he has authored two books: “Deconverted: a Journey from Religion to Reason” and “Sacred Cows: a Lighthearted Look at Belief and Tradition Around the World.”