Kolkata: Six-month old Shyama is the newest child of Shishu Bhawan. Abandoned outside a hospital because of her mental and physical handicap, she was brought here by a ward boy.
She's lucky to find a home here – hundreds of others like her are rejected for lack of space. But even if handicaps like hers were detected in the womb, Mother Teresa would never have recommended abortion as an option. She called it the greatest destroyer of peace.
For someone so practical it is surprising that she never questioned the Catholic dogma.
“She was a very staunch Catholic. For her abortion was death. It was murder in the womb and that was her belief. She believed in natural planning,” Mother Teresa's biographer, Navin Chawla said.
Mother Teresa's critics have also questioned the source of her funding. Among them – the Right-wing dictator of Haiti, Jean-Claude Duvalier, Charles Keating, who stole S$252 million in the 80s savings and loan scandal and British publisher Robert Maxwell, who embezzled £450 million from his employees' pension funds.
“She (Mother Teresa) said I will not judge – let God do that,” Chawla said.
At the end of the day there is no denying the good work that Mother Teresa did. Called one of the most powerful women, she was just being a good Catholic.
Perhaps her defence is best said in her own words that every human being born or unborn was Jesus.