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Book – Mother Teresa Canonized or Crucified 

Author – Gerard 

Publisher – Notion Press (2016)

Page Numbers – 134

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Reviewed by – Alok Mishra


The book by Gerard, a fighter for the corruption free church, Mother Teresa: Canonized or Crucified, is a record of events, facts and reveals that will leave you awestruck! Mother Teresa, as we all know, has been conferred with sainthood recently. However, Gerard asks us through his book – was the delay justified? Should not have Mother Teresa, almost the first closest synonym for selfless service, canonized much before this protracted hour? Gerard has hit at the corruption prevalent in Vatican and also the Catholic church. His facts are collected from the data available in public domain and thus, cannot be questioned.

Gerard has put a question mark very confidently on the entire process of the Vatican in conferring the sainthood to people. He writes about the intentions of the church and also presents a very well-balanced argument that cannot be written-off in a flash:

“The Catholic Church had shown the reason for conferring ‘sainthood’ on many widows of the royal families, as they in their last days, had helped the poor in many ways. But, among them, nobody has sacrificed their life for the poor like Mother Teresa.”

Mother Teresa canonizedAnd he has a point! You cannot find a parallel to mother Teresa when it comes to service, sacrifice, and compassion! Gerard has not only pointed out the qualities of Mother, he has also put the Vatican in the witness box and asked tough questions – from the management to the luxurious lifestyle of Pope (supposed to be a saint) and also their account and fundings. Rarely you will find such bold a voice to challenge the Christian authority!

For instance, the Church does not allow women to participate in affairs which are thought ‘exclusively’ for men! Gerard questions this medieval narrow thought and proposes a better way:

“By appointing deacons and nuns as priestesses, the workload of the priests will be reduced. It will also reduce their importance and they will have sufficient time to do some social service.”

And this is surely a better way ahead! Like women, there are also some churches that do not allow the Dalits to enter. These practices are very accurately exposed by the author.

And the most interesting part is that the author Gerard has settled the scores by giving a list of authentic references at the end of the book! Thus, he has only collected and presented what is already being read in the world. However, reading them together will create a genuine impact on the minds of the readers who are still in dilemma about certain facts related to the Vatican authority, mother Teresa, and the Catholic church.

Thus, this attempt by Gerard, namely – Mother Teresa, Canonized or Crucified becomes a successful endeavour. As an attempt to eliminate the corruption and bring about transparency in the system is always welcome! You must read this book if you want to know more about the functioning of the Church and also the truth behind the long denial of Sainthood to Mother! Happy reading!