“Controversies” involving Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta & Pope John Paul II

   In this Big B File, we’ll be discussing the subject of “controversies” involving Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta & Pope John Paul II.
    Ten years and one month ago, on September 5, 1997, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India went to be with Jesus in Heaven. For over half a century, Mother Teresa worked with as she often said “the poorest of the poor” the areas that the people mother Teresa worked with lived in areas of Calcutta and other places as the Slums . . . areas that are far worse than the worst area of the city or town that you live in now or have ever lived in. The poorest areas of Haiti . . . the poorest nation on Earth . . . is the most well known example of slums I can think of. I have never had the privilege or to have ever been or worked in these areas like the Missionaries of Charity do so now and have done so since their founding on October 7, 1950 in the Archdiocese of Calcutta, India. By the way, I am not being sarcastic when I say what I said in the last sentence.
    Pope John Paul
II the Great was the head of the Roman Catholic Church for almost 27Pope John Paul II (Courtesy of happykatie.typepad.com) years (October 16, 1978 – April 2, 2005). He began World Youth Day (I attended the World Youth Day 1993 in Denver, Colorado) to connect to connect with the youth of the world. Pope John Paul II was one of a small group of people who was credited with bringing down Communism in Eastern Europe and in the countries that made up the former Soviet Union. He had canonized more saints than any pope before and after him (including Pope Benedict XVI (16th). Pope John Paul II has had the most impact on me. So much so that I am perusing a vocation as a Roman Catholic Priest…it is just a matter of where I will be entering the seminary, an Archdiocese or religious order and when I enter.
    Recently, there have been what some have called “Hit Pieces” news stories and/or opinion articles written with the intention of demeaning and/or destroying a person and/or their credibility with the result of people not believing their message…or to put it another way…to “kill the messenger”. The vast majority of these hit pieces have been directed at Mother Teresa and the rest directed at Pope John Paul
II. I will first talk about Pope John Paul II.
    An Italian doctor has recently made allegations that Pope John Paul
II was euthanized by the catholic Church, a procedure used to us to end a person’s life by unnatural means…which totally goes against Catholic Church teaching and Cannon Law . . .period. Do you all remember the Terri Schiavo Case? The doctor, anaesthesiologist Dr. Lina Pavanelli alleges that Pope John Paul II was denied nutrition until just a few days before he died and went to be with the Lord on April 2, 2005..in essence saying that the doctors that were attending to Pope John Paul II hastened the pope’s death so that he would not suffer anymore…also known as a Mercy Killing…the same that Dr. Jack Kevorkian a.k.a. Dr Death, did to at least 130 terminally ill people before he was sent to prison in Michigan in 1998.
    There’s just a few problems with this doctor’s allegations. First off, Dr. Lina did not ever see Pope John Paul II at any time during his life on Earth, including during his pontificate, nor was Pope John Paul II ever a patient of hers. Second, not once did Dr. Pavanelli ever see Pope John Paul
II’s medical records or consult any of the pope’s doctors. Third, Dr. Lina Pavanelli bases all of her claims on what she saw of him on Italian Television. Finally, Dr. Lina Pavanelli has been part of a “Right to Die” campaign that has been going on in Italy for some time now. When Dr. Pavanelli was confronted with the facts, she simply changed the core of her allegations…if not the allegations themselves.Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India (Courtesy of conservation.catholic.org)
    Now, let me address the Mother Teresa controversy that has been going on for the past month. Last month, a new book came out that contained letters written by Mother Teresa herself to a few priests who served as spiritual adviser to her over the years. The book, Mother Teresa: Come to My Light, contains those letters where she wrote about different subjects ranging from questioning her faith to questioning the very existence of God himself.
    The following is the Big B Files’ summarization of the Ancient Media’s coverage of the writings contained in the new book of letters by Mother Teresa:
“What a hypocrite…she says one thing then believes something else.”
“Why should we believe what she says? She says to trust and believe in God, and yet she questions whether God even exists.” 

    The Big B Files summarization of the whole “Controversy” has been the same since the media driven thing began a month ago and basically boils down to this:

      “Well, whoop-de-doo-hoo! So what! It happens to everyone to varying degrees at some point in their lives. I have even questioned my faith at one time or another and have even asked god “are you there at all?” This was especially the case within the past 3 1/2 to 4 years, while perusing my call to the Roman Catholic Priesthood. I have spent the past few years checking with religious orders and after a series of Rejections due to Tourette’s Syndrome, I began questioning my faith to a point to where I seriously considered leaving the Roman Catholic Church altogether.”

     The whole point is that even though we (Myself, Mother Teresa & Pope John Paul II) questioned our faith at one time or another, we still held steadfast to it, Mother Teresa & Pope John Paul II each had doubts and, in the end, proved to be the two best examples of people who…even when they had doubts about their own faith, inspired others and lifted up the faith of others that extends to today.
    Many people around the world have Mother Teresa & Pope John Paul
II to thank for giving faith, inspiration, love confidence, and hope to those of us around the world who had none before . . . thank you Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta & Pope John Paul II.

And that is the Big B Files. Click on the “Comments” Link below and tell me what you think . . . I’m Bryan Hewing.




I was born at 7:00 a.m. on June 22, 1975 as a fraternal twin at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham, IL . My twin sister Melissa was born 4 minutes later at 7:04 a.m., also at St. Anthony's. I grew up in rural Neoga, IL with two sisters and two brothers (all younger) each. We all attended school in Neoga and graduated from High School in Neoga (I graduated from Neoga Jr.Sr. High School in June 1994). While I attended School in Neoga, I was a member of several clubs at one time or another. Those clubs were S.A.D.D. (Students Against Driving Drunk), The Messenger (school newspaper), Prevention Club, Scholastic Bowl, Tomahawk (yearbook), and A.F.S.. I was awarded the Youth of the Year Award from St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Neoga, IL in June of 1994. After high school, I attended Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL, pursuing an Associate's Degree in Radio-TV Broadcasting. While at Lake Land College, I was amember of the WLKL Radio Club and a Disc Jockey at WLKL-FM in Mattoon, IL . I Graduated from Lake Land in May 1997 with an Associate's Degree of Applied Science in RadioTV Broadcasting. I then transferred to Eastern Illinois University (EIU) in Charleston, IL to Pursue a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication. in the fall of 1997. While at EIU, I concentrated on my studies and worked at WEIU-TV at the same time. While I was at WEIU-TV, I worked all the student positions except for the positions of Producer, Technical Director, Show Director, and Anchor. I Graduated from EIU in December 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication with a RadioTV / Film Concentration. I was employed as a Master Control Operator at WICD-TV NewsChannel 15 in Champaign, IL. I worked there from June 2001 until October 2001. I also volunteered for Believers Broadcasting Corporation at WEIL-LP in Effingham, IL (which they purchased in 2003). In fact, those of you within a 30 mile Radius (Approximate) of Sigel, IL may have seen a little bit of my work at the top or bottom of the hour on when the station was on Channel 54 (Over the Air). Now, I am living in Florissant, MO and am looking for another job in the Broadcasting Field and in other areas while at the same time maintaining three websites (This website, Neoga Pole People Online [Neoga, IL], and the Big B Files Online and with plans to do something along the lines of video work, web design, or computers (From Florissant, MO) and eventually Public Ministry.

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