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Christmas Day review of ex-nun’s book critical of Mother Teresa

Catholic World News - December 26, 2011

On Christmas Day, the Los Angeles Times published a review of a book by Mary Johnson, a former Missionary of Charity who claimed to have affairs with both nuns and priests before leaving her “ultra-regimented, secretive” religious community.

“While Johnson clearly loved the ‘living saint’ and admired her life’s work, Mother Teresa comes off as a control freak who senses her chance at sainthood under the congenial Pope John Paul II and strictly adheres to the rules set by Rome, including several of the Catholic teachings that have kept women in a place of powerlessness,” writes reporter Shari Roan.

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  • Posted by: thorns and roses - Dec. 28, 2011 9:48 AM ET USA

    If Ms. Johnson believes that being a traditional nun is a place of powerlessness, no doubt, she must have thought that Jesus suffering and dying on the cross, was also a place of "powerlessness". Her issue is not with the Church, it is with Christianity. Maybe she should convert TO Christianity ...before complaining about it.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Dec. 26, 2011 5:40 PM ET USA

    Jesus called us all to be saints and to be obedient to Him through His Church - so I guess Mother Theresa got it right on both accounts. As for Mary Johnson's sad and odious personal commentary - we can only pray that she will come to recognize the treasures that Mother Theresa embraced in poverty, chastity and obedience - as well as in her work.

  • Posted by: Defender - Dec. 26, 2011 4:42 PM ET USA

    "...strickly adheres to the rules set by Rome..." - I guess Mother Teresa was a real Catholic then! Of course, the LA Times published the review on Christmas, we know how respectful of Catholicism they are! And, we need to run out and buy the book so we can read about how bad the Catholic Church is!

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