Vatican is to make ‘sacred cow’ Mother Teresa a saint
While millions of Catholics will undoubtedly be ecstatic over the news that ‘sacred cow’ Mother Teresa is to be declared a saint next year, one man who will be rolling his eyes in disbelief will be Prabir Ghosh, the 71-year-old President of the Science and Rationalists’ Association of India.
Ghosh, pictured above, is the scourge of “godmen” and miracle claimants in India, and way back in 2002 he challenged the first miracle attributed to Mother Teresa: the cancer “cure” of a woman called Monica Besra.
The Missionaries of Charity claimed that when a photograph of their founder, Mother Teresa, was placed over the stomach of 30-year-old Besra, it cured her of a tumour.
But Ghosh revealed that several doctors reported to the West Bengal government that Besra continued to receive treatment long after Mother Teresa died in 1997.
Ghosh described the claim as bogus and typical of the process of cult building in all religious orders.
Doctors warned that if the story of the miracle gets what they describe as undue publicity, illiterate and poor villagers may stop taking medical treatment for their maladies and seek miracle cures.
Despite this, Mother Teresa was beatified in 2003 after Pope John Paul II accepted as authentic the Besra miracle.
Now Pope Francis has recognised a second miracle attributed to MT, clearing the way for the Roman Catholic nun to be made a saint next year.
The miracle involved the alleged healing of a Brazilian man with several brain tumours in 2008, the Vatican said.
The Holy Father has authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to proclaim the decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of blessed Mother Teresa.
There are few details about the recovery of the Brazilian man. His identity has not been disclosed to maintain “the discretion”needed for the investigation, the Catholic New Agency has said.
The Vatican claims that he was unexpectedly cured when his priest prayed for MT to have a word in God’s ear about the Brazilian.
Hat tip: Ian Philliskirk