Some of the readers of this blog are of the opinion that while excellent work is being done these type of issues should be contained within the community.
We, wish to inform you that before any issue is put in the public domain letters are first sent to the Church Authorities ,since we too believe that these type of issues should first be thrashed out within the community. It is only when all these types of mediation fails that the letters are put up on the net and taken in the public domain.All the eggs in a basket are not rotten ,the rotten ones will have to be dealt with suitably….
We need persons like Gordon Jacobs who are willing to stick their necks out for free in order that Church Property is protected.We have seen a letter of Bishop Agnelo Gracias who instead of tacking the issue at hand has the temerity to comment about a persons grammar and who has challenged the said person to distribute leaflets and wear black bands and has called him in effective for not doing so.
For your information the Church has given land to build to a developer and has taken Rs.2000/- a sq. foot( carpet) in May 2008 when the going rate in Mahim is Rs.20,000/- per carpet foot(not built up area builders sell 0.6 of a carpet foot and call it built up) .The said spot which will have the proposed buildings is opposite Mahim Station.The residents have had meetings with Bishop Bosco Penha on 6th July 2009 and later in the same year with Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Fr.Dominc Savio Fernandes as the said multi storied building are proposed on spots which are shown as recreational gardens in the plans disclosed to purchasers of flats in the year 1995.None of the said 3 persons disclosed in the meetings held with them in the year 2009 that the said gardens no longer exist and money has been collected.
As per canon law no property above Rs.4,00,000/- can be alienated without the consent of the Archbishop.In Mumbai the Archbishop has a Finance Team which decides about the same.The Bishops and the Cardinal are on this Finance Team thus none of them can technically say that they are not aware of the deal.
If we keep quiet more and more things will be sold.The Church Authorities are merely custodians and we the laity are the owners.Property given by our fore fathers should not be misused and sold without the consent of the parish members.
If something has to protected and hence sold ,go ahead and sell it but before it is sold the laity should be informed by putting up notices in the church and the Examiner.When public announcements are made in the Church for all types of things including the meetings of Citispace on ” How Open Spaces are to be protected” ,Why is it that these sales are not publicised ?Why does the Examiner which is the official newspaper become unoffical for these announcements?
Its high time the laity of Mumbai wakes up otherwise the little that is remaining will also be lost.
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