In January, 2012, documents obtained by an investigative journalist working at SF Weekly, a successful alternative weekly newspaper in San Francisco, California, revealed that an Albanian nun, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, better known to the world today as Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), supported and praised a Catholic priest knowing that he was an accused serial abuser of young boys in his care. He was Fr. Donald McGuire, and he was associated with Mother Teresa and her nuns since 1981. He was subsequently appointed a confessor and spiritual advisor to Mother Teresa and her religious order, the Missionaries of Charity.
In a letter undisputed by Vatican hierarchs to have been written by Mother Teresa and sent to Fr. McGuire’s Jesuit superior in Chicago in 1994, the Catholic saint-to-be urged for Fr. McGuire’s return to the ministry as quickly as possible after he had been suspended from his position to undergo psychiatric treatment for heinous sexual behaviour with a young lad. In her letter, Mother Teresa acknowledged that she had learned of the ‘sad events which took [McGuire] from his priestly ministry these past seven months’, but she wanted to see him back in the Church as soon as possible. She added;
‘I understand how grave is the scandal touching the priesthood in the USA and how careful we must be to guard the purity [sic] and reputation of that priesthood … I must say, however, that I have confidence and trust in Fr. McGuire and wish to see his vital ministry resume as soon as possible’.
As in thousands of other cases of paedophilic operatives in the Catholic priesthood, we see again another example of the abnormal thinking of religious people with influence in the Church for Mother Teresa’s concern was only for the reputation of the priesthood, not for the safety or compassion towards the innocent childhood victims of paedophile priests operating unrestrained in the Catholic Church.
Mother Teresa’s sainthood under a black cloud
In 2003, Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa and, like him, she is currently on the fast track to a formal Vatican proclamation of sainthood. However, her correspondence to Fr. McGuire’s superior could have an impact on the near-complete process of her canonization, for as a direct result of her personal intervention, Fr. McGuire resumed active ministry and then unabatedly continued his predatory pursuits on young children. Eight additional complaints were subsequently lodged against him in the ensuing years by various families, and they led to his eventual arrest on multiple charges of molesting young boys.
Another dark day for the priests of Catholicism
An Affidavit submitted to the court revealed that Fr. McGuire used a magnifying glass to examine the penis of one of his victims and then showed the boy various forms of pornography before massaging his genitalia with various oils and then penetrating the boy’s anus. The behavior of the white-haired Catholic predator-priest was so scandalous and his demeanor so unrepentant that USA District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer handed down a sentence that exceeded federal sentencing guidelines, which is permissible only in extreme cases like Fr. McGuire’s. The judge said that his crimes were particularly detestable because he abused the trust of parents and had perversely taken advantage of their children. She called his actions ‘abhorrent’, ‘unacceptable’, and ‘a very, very serious sin’ (Chicago Sun Times online, February 11th, 2009). On February 11th, 2009, Fr. McGuire received a 25-year prison sentence for his decades of sex abuse crimes, and now, aged 81, is almost certain to die while incarcerated.
Mother Teresa ‘a total fake’ (Tariq Ali)
Mother Teresa’s personal support for one of thousands of Catholicism’s depraved paedophile priests brought back the memories of a hard-hitting film production about her in 1994 that caused a furor:
‘Tariq Ali, the British intellectual who produced and co-wrote with Hitchens the sharply critical 1994 documentary film on Mother Teresa, Hell's Angel, said the letter fits with what he described as the nun’s pattern of consorting with dubious personalities.
Among the problems chronicled in Hell’s Angel where substandard care for the poor who filled her hospitals, and her willingness to accept money from notorious figures such as Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier of Haiti, who presided over a brutally repressive regime under which most Haitians lived in abject poverty. Duvalier’s own lifestyle was luxurious, thanks to revenue from his participation in the drug trade and practice of selling dead Haitian citizens’ cadavers overseas. Mother Teresa once posed for a photograph holding hands with Duvalier’s wife, Michéle.
‘When Christopher Hitchens and I made the film on her, the research was impeccable’, Ali said. ‘She was close to dictators. She took money wherever she could. The care in her hospitals was poor. It was just one nightmare after another. From that time on, I saw her as a total fake’, Ali said. The letter, he added, ‘would only be surprising if one saw her as a moral person, and I don’t’.
(‘SF Weekly; Tainted Saint: Mother Teresa Defended Pedophile Priest’ by Peter Jamison, San Francisco Weekly, January, 11th, 2012).
Mother Teresa’s personal secret
It is little known that Mother Teresa, the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner, had no belief in Jesus Christ or the Bible. Publicly she proclaimed that her heart belonged ‘entirely to the Heart of Jesus’ but the truth was very different with her saying; ‘The tongue moves [in prayer] but does not speak’. Her agnosticism is apparent in more than 40 letters she wrote which drew comment in a Time Magazine article titled, ‘Mother Teresa’s Crisis of Faith’ (23rd August, 2007, by David Van Biema). In her ‘Last Will and Testament’, she asked that her letters be destroyed upon her death in order to protect the favorable image of her ‘Catholic faith’ that the Vatican had developed for her. Analyzing her deeds and achievements, Pope John Paul II asked and answered this question:
Where did Mother Teresa find the strength and perseverance to place herself completely at the service of others? She found it in prayer and in the silent contemplation of Jesus Christ, his Holy Face, his Sacred Heart.
(Pope John Paul II, October 20th, 2003; ‘Address Of John Paul II To The Pilgrims Who Had Come To Rome For The Beatification of Mother Teresa’)
John Paul II knew that he was speaking untruthfully, because many years earlier Mother Teresa publicly stated:
I have no Faith. Repulsed, empty, no faith, no love, no zeal … What do I labor for? If there be no God, there can be no soul. If there be no soul then, Jesus, you also are not true.
(Teresa, Mother; Kolodiejchuk, Brian (2007); Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light. New York: Doubleday; ISBN 0385520379)
In an interview with this author, a disenchanted ex-Catholic nun who worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta for three years, said this about her; ‘She was a miserable old bitch obsessed with scrubbing floors’.