St Teresa is being asked by this man to cure Stephen Hawking

St Teresa is being asked by this man to cure Stephen Hawking September 6, 2016

Newly-sainted Mother Teresa has been called upon by a Catholic professor – Benjamin Wiker, PhD – to cure Stephen Hawking of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Oh, and also to stop him being an atheist.
Wiker, an Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Human Life Studies, and Senior Fellow of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville, said  in the National Catholic Register that he wants “millions” to join him in praying to St Teresa of Calcutta (or Kolkata or whatever) for Hawking over a period of eight days.
Wiker explains:

As simply as I can put it, his conversion and cure would be a miracle that would show to the world that Christian faith and science are not opposed, but (as St. John Paul II said) ‘Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth – in a word, to know himself – so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves’.

He adds:

Imagine what would happen to Hawking himself if God would see fit to answer this prayer through the intercession of Mother Teresa. He would not be any less a physicist. He would still know what he had previously known, from Black Holes to Quantum Mechanics, but his universe would quite suddenly become immeasurably larger and more complex.
Hawking would then be faced with an even bigger task than coming up with a Theory of Everything because the Everything he would now have to fit into the Theory would involve mysteries beyond the ken of science, but not in ultimate contradiction to them.
Faith and science couldn’t be in contradiction because they in fact co-exist in a much larger harmony. There are Black Holes and there are also Albanian nuns (or at least one) whose prayers somehow bring about the divine healing of unhealable diseases like Lou Gehrig’s disease, which has for so many years afflicted Hawking.
Moreover, if these prayers were answered, Hawking would know exactly what it was like, some two millennia ago, to be healed directly by Jesus, and that would mean that the New Testament would quite suddenly be transformed from a book of fiction (as too many scientists see it) to a book of startling miraculous facts. That book would then have to be on the same shelf with his physics books.

There’s more:

As far as I know, Hawking never met Mother Teresa. But I have often thought, when seeing Hawking so sadly trapped in a painfully twisted body for so long, what it might have meant for him if Mother Teresa had come to him, as she had to so many like-wise broken bodies lying in the dust of Calcutta, and picked his frail body up, looked into his eyes, and spoke with him about the love of Christ.
One might say that it’s too late for such a meeting. But it just may be the perfect time, her canonization, a very busy time for saints. She could, God willing, go to him now.
I also think about this meeting for what might seem an odd reason. Stephen Hawking has lived far, far longer than anyone should who has Lou Gehrig’s disease. That in itself is a mystery. Perhaps it is a mystery waiting for such a meeting.
I pray that it is, and hope again, for several million others to do likewise. Spread the word.

And he concludes:

St Teresa, by the Grace of God you ministered to the poorest of the poor, the sickest of the sick, the crippled, the leprous, and the dying. We beg you please, in virtue of the Graces now bestowed upon you in canonization, to pray for the complete physical healing and conversion of Stephen Hawking. Through the same Christ our Lord you so dutifully served. Amen.

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  • Stephen Mynett

    Sorry to be picky Barry but it is Hawking, not Hawkin.
    As for the shit of a priest he should keep his mouth shut. Everyone knows the Albanian poison dwarf was a fraud and a crook, or at least everyone who has any honesty.
    Stephen Hawking is far too intelligent even to be bothered by such a twat as this but there are many disabled people being taken in, given false hope and having to pay out because of the lies told by those who believe faith can cure. As a slightly disabled person I know how persistent these bastards can be, my parents had to fend of various cranks and I still get shits trying to tell me I can be cured. They are parasites and should be treated as such.

  • nogbad666

    I say bring it on, let’s encourage millions to pray for Hawkings’ recovery. Then we’ll soon see how well intercessory prayer works, in the full headlights of the international media. Whichever way it goes, the result will be undeniable, not like the hundreds of cases we hear about where “Jesus” healed an illness that nobody could prove was even there in the first place.

  • Barry Duke

    Thanks for pointing out my typo, Stephen. Corrected now.

  • Newspaniard

    According to Wiki, a Ph,D is a Doctor of Philosophy. Is that where the students lie about all day smoking pot and philosophizing about the meaning of life? Then someone awards them some kind of certificate, after they have paid their fees, of course. Do people actually employ guys like these and if so, what for?

  • Stuart H.

    “I have often thought, when seeing Hawking so sadly trapped in a painfully twisted body for so long, what it might have meant for him if Mother Teresa had come to him, as she had to so many like-wise broken bodies lying in the dust of Calcutta, and picked his frail body up, looked into his eyes, and spoke with him about the love of Christ.”
    But she wouldn’t. She’d just tap him for cash, then walk away.
    Anyway, if the poison dwarf’s imaginary invisible friend really existed, and was benevolent, couldn’t he have started by curing her own sociopathic shortcomings?

  • SallyinMI

    The worst thing this Pope has done is canonize a hateful woman like Teresa. As someone pointed out, she took in millions of dollars, most of which never went to her ‘missions.’ So I guess she was saving it up to pay for her Sainthood? The Catholic Church is as big as scam as the evangelicals TV talkers, and that includes Osteen and Robertson.

  • zombiehunter

    IF (and that’s a monumental IF) Stephen hawking is cured by some miracle brought about by St Theresa then even I will stop being an atheist so bring it on I’m waiting 😛
    I was watching the footage all day on sunday and it’s times like that I wish Christopher Hitchens was still alive.

  • barriejohn

    It doesn’t need thousands to pray – nor need anyone pray to the Albanian Prune:
    “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 18:19)
    Shouldn’t take long then, and we’ll all be convinced.

  • Eoin robertson

    A Doctor of Philosophy does not “Sit around all day smoking pot”!!.It is an advanced degree obtained through peer reviewed research-mainly in science subjects Though you do get people like him who go to somewhere like “Suntan college”!! and receive one for !Fairyology or some other religious nonsence-that old fraud “Dr” Billy Graham comes to mind!

  • Brian Jordan

    “As simply as I can put it, his conversion and cure would be a miracle that would show to the world that Christian faith and science are not opposed”
    And in the event of the failure of this praying, can we take it that the opposite applies?

  • Dave

    If Ol’ Bojaxhiu manages to pull this one off, even I will be impressed.

  • L.Long

    Great pile of BS!!! If Steven is cured by hard working science then “GAWD DID IT!!!!!” If Seven is not cured…. “GAWD is punishing him for his lack of faith!!!!”
    Xtians can’t loose!!!

  • Ate Berga

    8 Days of prayer, why? Get a real job, like running errands for Hawking’s. May Stephan Hawking have a long and happy life!

  • Newspaniard

    @Eion robertson. “Peer review” doesn’t that mean “Similar fellows who also lie around all day smoking wacky baccy and discussing the meaning of life?” 🙂 🙂

  • Broga

    Stephen Hawking is not only a brilliant scientist but a man of supreme courage and determination. He is an example to millions and particularly to those who have been stricken by grievous illness. Place those achievements against the cruelty, deceits and hypocrisy which led the Pope to deem Theresa a saint.

  • Angela_K

    Religious types never miss an opportunity to exploit somebody’s illness; shows how shallow they are. Ben Wiker should remember that it is science – proper science – that has enabled one of the greatest minds we have ever seen to live longer than thought possible.

  • Paul

    I think it was particularly christain of her to only provide the occasional aspirin for the terminal illnesses these poor people had and to re use hypodermic needles.
    Excellent care.
    I’m sure Prof Hawking can’t wait to see what second hand treatment he might receive. Couple of aspirin and he will be right as rain. Why hasn’t he taken them before ?

  • barriejohn

    Newspaniard: You’re way off target. In science subjects, a PhD is about the ultimate academic award, and based upon original research, which has to be scrutinized before the degree is awarded. My friend spent a long time on his, and it was rejected on what he regarded as technicalities. Professor Hawking gained a PhD at Cambridge in 1965:

  • barriejohn

    Eoin Robertson: Billy Graham’s Doctorate is purely honorary, though he did gain a degree in Anthropology from a Christian college, which, as I have said before, I find highly amusing, seeing as they believe that the entire human race is descended from the three sons of Noah, who supposedly lived about four thousand years ago!
    Wiker has a PhD in ethics from a reputable university. It might seem a pretty wishy-washy subject as far as many are concerned, but if you’ve ever read any of the great philosophers (eg Russell) you will realize that philosophy can be a very demanding academic discipline.

  • Peter Sykes

    Just because someone is sitting around and smoking pot dosnt mean they are not doing science- try it sometime!

  • Terry

    Hawking versus the Poison Albanian Dwarf. No contest.
    One a brave, very brave,man with gargantuan intellect and determination to see things as they really are. The other a dried up nasty hag who exploited the suffering of the poor and stupefied as raw material for the promotion of her religion. Who took money from anyone who would part with it and used it to set up convents in her own name. Who loved poverty. Who resisted the provision of contraception to the burgeoning population of India. Who used the dying as propaganda. Who withheld proper medical care from those ensnared in her control.
    A scientific superhero versus an evil excremental bitch.

  • Terry

    And in making her a Saint the rcc has confirmed to hundreds of millions of people that the whole Catholic enterprise is just a money making, child raping, crime syndicate.

  • Terry

    Sometimes, in my weaker moments, I wish hell was real because Christopher would be there with all kinds of other interesting people kicking up trouble for the godly. But he lives on … on the page … in our minds … on YouTube … as thorns in the hides of the pious … as an itch that makes me prick the apologists and charlatans. Christopher is immortal. And through him we all know that the Poison Albanian Dwarf Saint is a huge own goal scored by the rcc.

  • Colin

    ‘The spirit of curiosity generates confusion and distances a person from the spirit of wisdom’ says the current Grand Pointy Hat. Sounds to me like Pope St. Fuckwit and Pope Fluffy aren’t on the same page then.
    More importantly I’m sure Prof Wanker would be hard pressed to explain, in his professional capacity as a qualified Ethicist, why his god can claim omnibenevolence after consigning Steven Hawking and his family to the earthly hell of his current existence – only to arbitrarily cure him towards the end of his life. Oh fuck sorry. Just remembered Job.
    To be fair to Wiker he is an ideological zealot and this sort of fundamentalist bullshit is to be expected from his type.

  • Paul

    This chap had his PhD based on ‘ethics’. Whatever that entailed.
    That’s seems a bit of an oddity between what the Albanian dwarf was really like, if one opens ones mind, as opposed to the utter lies being perpetrated by the rcc the BBC the press and many others looking to cash in on her ‘popularity’ and ignore her not to apparent true lack of help.

  • barriejohn

    Paul: His PhD is apparently in “Theological Ethics”, by which I assume they mean those interminable and tortuous arguments attempting to harmonize the rational and the irrational. Is God aware of human suffering and powerless to intervene; is he aware and able to intervene but couldn’t care less; and so on and so forth.
    Wilker has written several books. He is particularly damning about Charles Darwin (I wonder why?), and equates his ideas with those of Hitler:
    10 Books that Screwed Up the World is an excellent book to get for your children before they go off to college–a book that will give them insight into the kinds of ideas that have done so much damage to our society, ideas they’re likely to encounter in their classes. This book is a companion to my “10 Books Every Conservative Must Read”, which takes readers on a tour of the good books, the books that your children should be reading even if their professors aren’t assigning them.
    Read the reviews as well!
    There was a time when all of Western Civilization, science, math, jurisprudence, academic research, hellenistic reason, was preserved and cultivated and embodied by the Church, when both reason and morality were both necessary for some idea or some person to be counted as virtuous. Today many reviewers here feel compelled to show their secular, cultural-relativist intolerance by giving an unsubstantiated 1-star review and pronouncing to the world, “Don’t read this book, the author has a Christian world view!” The universities have done their job well.

  • John the Drunkard

    Gee, did this ‘saint’ leave a trail of wonder-cures while she was alive?
    Only when ‘miracles’ are required by the Vatican to keep the Teresa Franchise pouring in the bucks.

  • AgentCormac

    As Wiker is so confident, I propose this becomes a winner-takes-all contest.
    If Hawking is cured we atheists shut up shop, accept publicly that we were wrong and go down on bended knees before the nearest crucifix. If, however, poor old Hawking is still afflicted by motor neurone disease (something god presumably invented), then the entire catholic church should shut up shop, accept publicly that it was wrong and poor every penny of its vast wealth into promoting science and education.
    Does that sound fair enough?

  • AgentCormac

    Not that shamless defender of the indefensible Bill Donohue is a pumped up, self-aggrandizing old narcissist or anything, but it seems that in the light of Teresa’s recent sainthood he has decided to really big himself up this time.
    The puff-piece he has written is, even by Bill’s appalling standards, a truly conceited foreword to a debate he had 16 years ago with Hitchens about the decrepit old fraud of Calcutta. Here’s what he has to say (speaking about himself in the third person, just to make it look like other people think he’s important):
    ‘In 1995 Mr. Hitchens published a devastating and admittedly scurrilous critique of Mother Teresa, whom he later called, “a thieving, fanatical Albanian dwarf,” and a “self-adoring fraud”; he also labeled her a demagogue and fanatical zealot. Then, a few years later, Hitchens accepted an invitation to debate in New York City none other than Dr. William Donohue, the formidable president of the Catholic League, which is the leading voice for defending Catholicism against anti-Catholic attacks.’

  • RussellW

    Apparently Wiker’s PhD didn’t include any study of statistics.Even if Prof Hawking were ‘cured’ it would have no validity as a proof of the power of prayer. Any of those demented, deluded, religiots who actually believe in the power of prayer should set up an experimental testing of the hypothesis. Say a hundred million Christians praying for a million terminally ill people.
    “…embodied by the Church”?
    I’m sure most commenters here would agree, the Church nearly destroyed what was left of Greco-Roman civilisation and preserved only what was compatible with Christian superstition.

  • Stephen Mynett

    I agree Russell, if Constantine had not empowered the church, who then took all the monies that were being spent on useful things, like public sanitation and supporting maths and the sciences, albeit then called natural philosophy, we would be a lot better off. Plus the church then hounded the educated people, mathematicians, scientists etc, killing some, torturing others and making it almost impossible for genuine scientific study.
    We were given the dark ages at the expense of learning. Many of the diseases and conditions the deluded are now praying to stop would have been cured many years ago if the church had not been empowered.

  • RussellW

    There is a very interesting book on Christian theocracy and its effect on the suppression of so-called ‘pagan civilisation’ —‘The Closing of The Western Mind’.
    The West was in an intellectual torpor for a thousand years. Certainly some members of the clergy played a very important role in the Renaissance and the rediscovery of classical civilisation, however they were ‘rogues’ not orthodox Christians.
    It’s a ‘miracle’ that Europe escaped from the long night, while Islam, after a promising start, did not.
    One of the many annoying characteristics of Christian apologists is their attempts to characterise Greco-Romans as superstitious and ignorant. Modern Christians are ignorant and superstitious compared with educated Romans of late antiquity. They should read Lucretius.

  • David B

    Please could all those believers include in their prayers a request to her to cure my flat feet?

  • Newspaniard

    Okay, Okay, Okay! I should have checked philosophy in the OED first. I apologize to all those who are REAL scientists and deserving much respect. This guy doesn’t appear to fit in that pattern.

  • Brian Jordan

    IIRC there was a clinical trial of prayer done on hospital patients. I can’t remember the details but the ones prayed for did worse than those who weren’t. Apparently it wasn’t fully blinded: they knew they were being prayed for and it scared them to death!

  • RussellW

    Jeez, I was being sarky. It never occurred to me that someone, somewhere would actually try to perform the experiment.

  • Angela_K

    @RussellW. It was the Templeton Foundation that did the study:

  • RussellW

    Thanks Angela.
    ‘research on spiritual topics?…How is that even possible?

  • Stephen Mynett

    The more unbelievable the experiments are the more likely they are to be true with the religious bampots. I think it was Jerry Coyne who wrote about another prayer experiment, likewise it showed that prayer did nothing positive.
    There was also a crazy Victorian doctor who used to put the beds of dying people on sensitive scales as he was trying to see if there was a drop in weight when the soul left the body. Unsurprisingly he never was able to provide an exact weight for the soul.

  • That loon needs to be fired from his job for crassness and does not mind trying to give Stephen Hawkin false hope. To use somebody’s illness to promote Mother Teresa and Catholicism is twisted.
    She didn’t mind clerical sex abuse.

  • I do wish Professor Hawking would attempt to slouch far less often as it tends to set a very bad example to children. Incidentally, if the Prof is so clever then why does he not invent a flying wheelchair?

  • chrsbol

    @ Miss F R
    Bad taste!