Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mother Theresa, social service and religious conversion!

India Today, May 31, 1983. Interview of Mother Teresa (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/india-is-my-country-and-i-am-an-indian-mother-teresa/1/371645.html)
Q: As a Christian missionary, do you adopt a position of neutrality between Christian poor and other poor?
I am not neutral. I have my faith.
Q: Can the Church do any wrong?
A: No, as long as it stands on the side of God.
Q: Mother, if you were born in the Middle Ages, and were asked, at the time of Galileo's inquisition, to take side, which would you have chosen – the Church or modern astronomy?
A: (Smiling) The Church.

Gonzalez-Balado, J., “
Loving Jesus Mother Teresa”, London 1991, p. 46. With reference to the priest involved in liberation theology:
"I say to all priests: You have not become priests to be social workers."
Mother Teresa, quoted in Walter Wuellenweber, "MOTHER TERESA: WHERE ARE HER MILLIONS?", Germany's STERN magazine on 10 September 1998:
"Tell them we are not here for work, we are here for Jesus. We are religious above all else. We are not social workers, not teachers, not doctors. We are nuns." 

Church's Social Work Is Not Political, John Paul II Says, Zenit.org, Oct 21, 2002:
The social work carried out by the Church, especially among the poor, cannot be reduced to simple material or political work, says John Paul II. When the Pope met Saturday with a group of bishops visiting from northeast Brazil, he reminded them that a bishop's first mission is to proclaim the truth of the Gospel, without which the work of the Church would be meaningless. "As vicars and legates of Christ, you are called above all to offer a clear and vigorous proclamation of the Gospel," the Holy Father said.  He urged the Brazilian prelates not to have "reservations about associating the word of Christ to charitable activities by a misunderstood sense of respect for others' convictions." 

On the contrary, "the fundamental mission of the bishop is evangelization, a task that he must carry out not only individually, but as Church," John Paul II stressed. 

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