Mother Teresa was betrayed by her religious colleagues after confessing to them that they did not believe in God. This is what emerges from the recent research by a professor at the University of Birmingham.
Dr. Gëzim Alpion, professor of Sociology at the University of Birmingham and principal investigator in studies on Mother Teresa, is currently preparing a study on the spiritual torment of the nun from Albanian origins, focusing on her complicated relationship with God in the last 50 years of the his life, in the light of his personal writings, in the light of his personal writings, most of which were published for the first time in the 2007.
"Mother Teresa was betrayed by the people she trusted," says Alpion. "And it's not the only betrayal to be mentioned in my research. She was one of the most inquisitive religious figures of the twentieth century and was poorly served by her religious colleagues, who tried in vain and with rather shoddy arguments, to brainwash her following her confession of unbelief in God. "
The results of the research will be published in the 2011 in the new book entitled "Who betrayed Mother Teresa? - Faith and Unbelief in Postmodernity ”.
In his previous book "Mother Teresa: Holy or Celebrity?" (Routledge, 2007; published in Italian by Salerno Editrice in the 2008), Alpion explores the traumatic impact that his father's sudden death caused on Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (his real name) at the age of nine and consequently, his efforts to replace his biological father with a "divine" one.
In the new study, Alpion identifies and analyzes some of the reasons why Mother Teresa preferred to keep quiet when it came to her private life and, in particular, her attempts to try to convince the Church to destroy all her letters, her diaries and his written confessions in the possession of his spiritual fathers.
Alpion's current research is the first academic study that treats Mother Teresa's faltering faith separately from both believers' and evolutionists' and atheists' points of view.
In this work, Alpion refers to his correspondence in the last three years with Pope Benedict XVI concerning the lack of faith of Mother Teresa and various confessors of Mother Teresa.
Dr. Alpion will hold short seminars in several countries where, as in the case of his other studies, he intends to introduce the results of his research to an academic public interested in the sociology of religion.
"This is probably the most difficult job I will have to write in my life," says Alpion, "I did a lot of spiritual self-examination starting with 2003, when for the first time Mother Teresa particularly attracted my attention. The seminars will act as a platform to discuss the validity of my statements before the book is published. "
Notes to Editors
1. The Kosovo Government recently announced plans to celebrate its 100th birthday next December.
2. Dr. Gëzim Alpion was the first academic to criticize without reservation the publications of Mother Teresa's letters.
3. Other research projects of Alpion include "Optimism as Cowardice Morale" in which he explains how mass production jeopardizes the self-esteem of small nations and degrades their own traditional culture which is an important part that constitutes the human heritage .
1. Other publications by Alpion include 'Vouchers' (2001), 'Foreigner Complex: Essays and Fiction about Egypt' (2002), 'If Only the Dead Could Listen' (2008), and 'Encounters with Civilizations: From Alexander the Great to Mother Teresa' (2008; 2009).
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