One only has to look at one of the cities where she did her charity work. Calcutta, now called Kolkata, is a living example of the failure of her life’s work. You see the two things that Mother Teresa despised would have helped the poor in this overpopulated city the most: birth control and abortion. She drank the Kool-Aid from the darkest well of traditional Catholic doctrine and was one of its greatest champions.
She devoted her life to taking care of the babies that came into this world because birth control and abortion were and are deemed to be sins by the Catholic Church. In a feat of pure irony, she helped to create the poverty she professed to be so against. By not being awake enough to see how these dogmatic, misogynistic rules were creating the misery she witnessed every day, she was the sinner and not the saint. However unintentional, the results are undeniable.
The numbers tell the true story. Back in 1950 when Mother Theresa began her diocesan congregation, the Missionaries of Charity, Calcutta had just under 4.5 million people. Present day Kolkata is bursting with over 17 million people. Mother Teresa and her Catholic doctrine helped those numbers to rise. These additional 13 million people scratch out a living and are told to pray hard for a better life through the promise of salvation in a smoke and mirrors game of an afterlife.
Cities, counties, countries and the planet have limited resources. When you add a parade of people to places that cannot support them you get misery, suffering and early death that cannot be prayed away.
According to this quote from Mother Teresa, she loved the poor and would only sanction so-called “natural” family planning: "The poor are very great people. They can teach us so many beautiful things. Once one of them came to thank us for teaching her natural family planning and said: 'You people who have practiced chastity, you are the best people to teach us natural family planning because it is nothing more than self-control out of love for each other.' And what this poor person said is very true. These poor people maybe have nothing to eat, maybe they have not a home to live in, but they can still be great people when they are spiritually rich.”
Maybe she wasn’t such a hypocrite after all. She loved the poor and by making sure they couldn’t get birth control and have access to safe abortions, she created more of them.
Karen I. Shragg is a naturalist, writer and overpopulation activist. She joined the advisory board of World Population Balance in 2004, and regularly delivers lectures on overpopulation to local, state and national groups. Karen holds an Ed.D. from the University of St. Thomas in critical pedagogy and is director of the Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield, Minnesota. Her books include, Move Upsteam: A Call to Solve Overpopulation, Grieving Outside the Box, and the Nature’s Yucky! children’s series. She lives in Bloomington, Minnesota.