Mother Tereesa (Ethical Issues) Essay

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Mother Teresa is known across the globe as the brave and selfless servant of the poor and sick of Calcutta's slums. She was also much more: a bold social advocagte, and even a thoughtful theologian. In 1994, just three years before she would pass away, Mother Teresa spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. The focus of her presentation was a condemnation of abortion, given in the presence of the pro-choice administration of President Bill Clinton (First Lady Hilary Clinton was also in attendance) and Vice President Al Gore. Mother Teresa's treatment of abortion is in the context of a series of fascinating ethical and ecclesiological reflections that reveal the intriguing insight of her thoughts on love, family, the …show more content…
Because abortion strikes right to the center of the family, where love should begin, Mother Teresa considers abortion the greatest force in discouraging the ethic she advocates: she calls abortion "the greatest destroyer of peace."
This ethic of 'giving', as applied to abortion, is not simply an individual ethic, but one that is deeply communal and involves others. Mother Teresa claims that "[T]he mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts." The parents should not be alone in giving until it hurts, but there is a mutual and communal responsibility that must be recognized. While Christians should give until it hurts, with Christ as the example, this does not mean they are not supposed to help alleviate the hurt in others' giving. Presumably, to not do so would be a failure on others' part to 'give until it hurts'. If this is what we are to take Mother Teresa to say, a complex, interdependent relationship has been created. When others are suffering in their giving, others around them must also give to alleviate their hurt, until it hurts. This is a profound statement about the ethical function of the Church.
Furthermore, Mother Teresa turns to adoption to emphasize the communal

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