||From El Litoral, a daily
Argentine newspaper with a circulation of 10,000.
The April 9 issue reads:
A Strange Sect Will Establish Itself in Argentina
A religious sect headquartered in Japan, which, among other things, considers Mother Theresa a devilish function, will in the next few days establish a headquarters in our country. A group of religionists, among them the son of sect leader Nikken Abe, will arrive Wednesday the 16th in Buenos Aires to inaugurate their Argentine Central Headquarters in the midst of the federal capital.
One of these priests, Reverend Ito, declared in a report published in one of the sect's publications that in this Catholic country it is customary in the churches to distribute food and clothing to the poor and thereby "induce the faithful to embrace a heretical religion!"
In the same manner, they assert that Mother Theresa of Calcutta, considered a saint by a great part of the world, is in reality a manifestation of jihi-ma, a demon — according to their creed — who, by carrying out apparently merciful acts, leads people to hell.
Ito declares in his statements that Mother Theresa "led all people to suffering," that she based herself on "an erroneous teaching" and thereby was a manifestation of the devil.
It is unknown at this time how many followers this new sect (added to the many sects already here) has in Argentina, although it is thought that there will be attempts to extend its activities to all of the provinces.
With regard to the consequences of the functioning of some religious groups, a year ago 39 members of the Heaven's Gate sect killed themselves in San Diego, U.S.A., with a cocktail of barbituates, vodka and apple sauce.
Meanwhile, still remembered are the suicide attempts of 32 people in Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Canary Islands, and the sarin gas attack perpetrated by the sect led by Shoko Asahara on March 20, 1995, in a Tokyo subway, causing the deaths of 12 people. Also remembered is the death of 87 people in 1993 in Waco, Texas, among many other cases of collective suicide.
From the Nichiren Shoshu magazine Sen Zetsu No. 3, September 1997:
Reverend Dorei Ito — Lecture on the Urabon
Q: Could we say, for example, that Mother Theresa of Calcutta, who for many is a saint, would be a manifestation of jihi-ma?
A: Yes, she was a manifestation of "Jihi-ma" — although she may not have known it — because she led all those people to suffering. She based herself on an erroneous teaching. She thought that her actions were pure, but being that the teaching she preached was erroneous, those who followed her will fall into hell just like she did.
Rev. Ito was severely criticized by the Argentine press and was expelled from the country in May 1998.