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As countless people in a third world country fall to the ravages of poverty and disease a single woman fights to make a difference Living a spartan life through conditions far from humane she helps those who are poor suffering and sick with total disregard for her own personal comfort One might say that this woman is a saint and for many she already is Her selfless abandon to help those in need makes her virtuous to a heroic degree Her name is Mother Theresa By stark contrast the whisky priest can hardly be classified as a saint A saint is an individual remarkably free from human weaknesses The whisky priest however is the incarnate of human failings a sinner Priests are respected members of their communities and should exemplify what it is to be a Christian They are model citizens who practice the teachings of Christ and take on the responsibilities of their title Under the circumstances of an anti-clerical purge in the southern states of Mexico it is understandable that the whiskey priest is unable to perform all of his priestly duties for fear of his life To survive he must lie cheat and steal to avoid the law These tactics however are not new to him Even before the purge he is a priest that is hardly good and honest By requiring a fee for services such as baptism at a price of two pesos a head he is no better that the common thief Families that can hardly put food on the table are asked to pay for a service that should be given not sold The fees for his services are most often directed to luxuries such as brandy his personal favorite As a man whose calling is to serve the people the whisky priest does nothing but serve himself When the villagers ask the priest to hear their confessions he unwillingly complies He is compelled only by his sense
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