Are Our Catholics Dead?

The Church in Mumbai is landlord of a number of buildings in which she owns flats and shops. In recent years a number of flats and shops have been vacated by the tenant and a new tenant has been inducted in the place of the old tenant.

The choice of incoming tenant is with the landlord who is the Church.

What is really surprising is that the same families are benefited and have been given the flats at below market rates.

Very few agreements are registered which is now mandatory as per the Rent Act and in most cases Transfer Premium( Pagri ) has not been paid to the Church.

However what really takes the cake is that the Church authorities continues to give flats to non- catholics thereby ignoring the  genuine claims of thousands of catholics who are the direct beneficiaries of the  Church Trust.One such example is a flat given to Ravi Shastri by the Church authorities in Colaba.

The Church authorities should realise that all the properties if which they are trustees are not their personal  properties and cannot be gifted to any person at below market prices or to any non roman catholics.

The Church authorities should learn from the Parsis as to how they manage their Baughs and should be taught that Church properties are not  their personal propeties.

About The Voice Of Bombay's Catholic Laity

Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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1 Response to Are Our Catholics Dead?

  1. Gordon Jacobs says:

    Church properties at Santa Cruz are being mismanaged,where the church is aware but does little or nothing.The local parish priest and the Bishops are aware but do nothing. Office staff member of the Church office use duplicate keys and enter and resides in one of the rooms and the priests and bishops do nothing. Rooms are given to relatives of clergy and the prists and Bishops do nothing.

    Its time we ask questions.

    Church revonations was done and no audited accounts shown , queries to the parish priest and Bishops draw a blank and no answers given. Dont you think its time the Indian tax authorities are now informed to investigate?

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