New film about Mother Teresa ignites controversy over saint’s ‘spiritual struggle’

The producer of a new film about St Mother Teresa is defending their movie after one of the nun’s chief advocates argued it was hampered by “grave errors” in how the film’s director portrayed the life of the celebrated charity worker.

The film, “Mother Teresa and Me,” uses a framing narrative of a young woman considering abortion to tell the story of St Teresa, including the pervasive religious doubts she experienced in her life even as she devoted herself to living out the Gospel in her care for the sick and poor.

Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, the director of the Mother Teresa Center and the postulator of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Mother Teresa, said in a statement after the movie’s release that its creators committed “several crucial errors” in adopting this approach to their movie.

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