She writes: “The Protestant family was refused the child not because they are Protestant but because at that time we did not have a child that we could give them.” Now, the Nobel Prize is given to her for helping thousands of orphans and there are thousands of orphans in the homes she runs. Suddenly she ran out of orphans? And in India can you ever run out of orphans? Indians go on creating as many orphans as you want, in fact more than you want!
And the Protestant family which has been refused was not refused immediately. If there was no orphan available, if all the orphans had been disposed of, then what is Mother Teresa doing with seven hundred nuns? What is their work? Seven hundred nuns…then whom are they mothering? Not a single orphan – strange! – and that too in Calcutta. You can find orphans anywhere on the road, you find children in the dustbins; they could have just looked outside the place and they would have found many children. You can just go outside the commune and you can get orphans. They will come themselves, you need not find them.
Suddenly they ran out of orphans… And if the family had been refused immediately, it would have been a totally different matter. But the family was not refused immediately – they were told, “Yes, you can get an orphan. Fill in the form.” So the form was filled in. Till they came to the point where they had to state their religion, up to that moment, there were orphans, And when they filled in the form and wrote “We belong to the Protestant Church,” immediately they ran out of orphans.
And this reason was not given to the Protestant family itself. Now, this is hypocrisy. It is deception. It is ugly. The reason given to the family itself was that because these children…because the children were there, so how could she say, “We don’t have any orphans”? They are always on exhibition.
She has also invited me: “You can come any time and you are welcome to visit our place and see our orphans and our work.” They are constantly on exhibition.
In fact, the Protestants had already chosen the orphan, the child that they wanted to adopt, so she could not say to those people, “It is because there are no more orphans. We are sorry.”
She said to them, “These orphans are being raised according to the Roman Catholic Church and it would be bad for their psychological growth, because it would be such a disruption. Now, giving them to you would make them a little disturbed and it would not be good for them. That’s why we cannot give the child to you, because you are Protestant.”
That was the reason given to them. And they are not stupid people; the husband is a professor in a European university – he was shocked, the wife was shocked. They had come from so far away just to adopt a child, and they were refused because they are Protestants. Had they written “Catholic” they would have immediately been given the child.