Controversy Mars Mother Teresa’s Canonization

For a nun whose name has long been a byword for pious compassion, her canonization has been met with controversy.

CHR Comment: Allegations are brought by persons in India who believe Calcutta’s reputation was badly damaged by the presence of her mission, as though Calcutta was the worst place for poverty. Others question the amount of suffering endured by persons who were terminally ill under her care. There are also complaints from atheists that Mother Teresa was a fraud. Despite these complaints, the “controversy” seems rather small compared with the broad support for her mission.

Source: Mother Teresa’s Canonization: Controversy Mars Nun’s Work – NBC News

Christians Coping with Persecution Worldwide

Under Caesar’s Sword conference in Rome explores strategies in 100 beleaguered communities.

CHR Comment: Christians are adopting a variety of strategies in dealing with persecution. The article lists responses such as fighting back, seeking help from authorities, fleeing, accepting second-class status, and viewing persecution as normative.

Source: Beyond Fight or Flight: $1 Million Reveals How Christians Cope with Persecution in 30 … | Gleanings |

Jesus Went to Hell

This article describes some aspects of Christian belief about Christ’s descent into hell, which is of course in creeds widely recited in Christian worship. An aspect missing in the article is that although some Christians teach that Jesus descended into hell to suffer, others teach that Jesus descended into hell triumphantly to proclaim His victory over sin, death, and the power of the devil.

1 Peter 3:18-20

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison . . .

Jesus Went to Hell, But Nobody Wants to Talk About It | Religion Dispatches.