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Fri Dec 16, 2011, 07:57 PM

Mother Teresa's order prays for old foe Christopher Hitchens

Published: Friday, Dec 16, 2011, 18:11 IST
Place: New Delhi | Agency: AFP

In keeping with the teachings of their Nobel prize-winning founder, Mother Teresa, India's Missionaries of Charity order will pray for the soul of British writer Christopher Hitchens, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 62. Athiest Hitchens aggressively campaigned against Mother Teresa.
"We will pray for him and for his family," spokesperson Sister Christie told AFP upon hearing of Hitchens' death at the age of 62 after a battle against cancer of the oesophagus.

Asked whether Hitchens, an avowed atheist, would welcome such prayers, she declined to comment.

The iconoclastic Hitchens, who enjoyed great success as a columnist, was among the strongest critics of Roman Catholic saint-in-waiting Mother Teresa, calling her "a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud".

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_mother-teresa-s-order-prays-for-old-foe-christopher-hitchens_1626686

For the record, here's his view:

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/10/hitchens-201010

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Reply Mother Teresa's order prays for old foe Christopher Hitchens (Original post)
rug Dec 2011 OP
MarkCharles Dec 2011 #1
darkstar3 Dec 2011 #2
Critters2 Dec 2011 #4
darkstar3 Dec 2011 #5
iris27 Dec 2011 #3

Response to rug (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 08:18 PM

1. I take people who pray for departed atheists as both..

 

a valiant act, on their part, and as a statement of their faith.

I welcome them. I don't criticize their actions.

I don't pray for departed Popes, or other religious leaders when they leave their life, but I can acknowledge whatever good they have done in their lives.

As for Hitchens, he's not, by any means, my favorite atheist, although he argued well for the cause, but he is not a man I ever found exceptionally admirable on any issue other than atheism's basic arguments. When he talked about Iraq, or several other issues, he was not my ally.

Now, as for nuns who wish to pray for any departed person from this world. That's what they do.

I prefer prayers for the victims of churches who flaunted civil law for decades or centuries. Do those nuns pray for victims of sexual abuse or other injustices caused by their religions?

Let me know how folks should react to this event.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 09:59 PM

2. Thousands, probably tens of thousands of people died yesterday.

Why do they pray for him specifically?

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Response to darkstar3 (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 12:20 AM

4. Maybe they do. They were only asked about Hitchens. nt

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Response to Critters2 (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 12:58 AM

5. Somehow I doubt it.

The satement quoted in the OP sounds far too much like sanctimonious grave-dancing to me.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 10:03 PM

3. Hitchens' view -- Don't bother...unless it makes you feel better.

I'm sure it does indeed make them feel better.

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