If nobody believed in superstition it would be unable to hurt anyone


How the healing of Monica Besra by Mother Teresa was a hoax miracle

No decent religion messes with the health of a vulnerable person by saying her or his seeming cure is supernatural when it is not. If you have the wrong cure you risk having the problem coming back or something worse happening.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, once the irritating Blessed Teresa of Calcutta as a result of one of the milestones in the scheme by the late Pope John Paul II to fast-track her to sainthood, and now the even more annoying St Teresa of Calcutta, is destined to become one of the most popular saints in the Catholic Church. It has emerged that she had to be exorcised of demons on her deathbed. She certainly needed it! And the Vatican ghoulishly used the suffering of Monica Besra to pretend that Mother who was dead cured her miraculously. That cure was one of the grounds on which Mother was made a saint.

It was reported in the Sunday Tribune of October 20th, 2002, (Vol 22) that Monica Besra, a West Bengali lady, who alleged that she was cured by the deceased Mother Teresa was not the recipient of a miracle though the Vatican formally recognised that she was. She said she was cured of a incurable cancerous tumour of the abdomen in 1998 on the anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death. She claimed that she was ill and that two nuns prayed with her to Mother Teresa when she felt strangely elated and discovered that she was healed. Doctors have testified that it was not cancer but a tubercular lump that died away thanks to prescribed drugs. She went for an ultrasound despite saying that her symptoms had gone and this was in May 1999! Were they gone at all? Parts of her story do not add up so her version cannot be trusted and it does seem that she had many of the same symptoms for she was admitted to hospital a year after the miracle with severe pain in the abdomen. According to a story that broke on 19th of October 2002, Dr Murshed claimed that representatives of the Roman Church and Mother Teresa’s order had come to him and applied pressure for him to declare the cure to be a miracle that can only be explained supernaturally. Many doctors were claiming that they treated Ms Besra for her illness even after the alleged healing.

The book, Christianity is not Great, says that Besra said that the tumour was taken away miraculously when she used a locket containing Mother Teresa's picture with devotion. She cried miracle but her own husband said it was the doctors that cured her. The book says that one doctor who treated her said she had a cyst and tuberculosis and did not have cancer. The healing was not instant - it took place slowly over a year! The Church ignores all the evidence and still insists it was a real miracle. The Church is only encouraging people to disparage medical science. That causes suffering and death. This is disgusting in a world where children are left to die even in America where parents want to trust prayer or magic or miracles instead of medicine and their madness has legal protection. And bizarrely, these hypocritical parents have no problem taking the family pet to a vet or animal hospital!

In The Freethinker October 2007 it was revealed that doctors claimed that Besra's recovery was not down to a miracle but down to conventional medical treatment. Besra was stricken with poverty and the Missionaries of Charity nuns promised her financial help. It continued only as long as the nuns needed Besra involved in the plot to attribute a miracle to Mother Teresa that never really happened. They used her and then they dumped her.