Association Of Concerned Catholics (AOCC) apreciates the belowmentioned Statement on late Fr Hugh Fonseca issued by His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracas in The Examiner.
AOCC , upset that a personal letter between a Cardinal & his fellowpriest was leaked & was being circulated via email globally, had brought the same to the notice of His Eminence & the laity & had sought action on the leak. The said email found its way to India from US.
AOCC is glad to have been a part in ensuring that Justice be given to a priest even after his death.
Statement on late Fr. Hugh Fonseca
posted Jun 21, 2012 10:31 AM by the Examiner
I was surprised and pained to learn that a letter of mine to our late Fr Hugh Fonseca was being circulated abroad and then recently by some groups here.
I had written this letter to Fr Hugh asking for an explanation, because I had received some reports which needed clarification. This was a private letter between the Archbishop and his priest. I had subsequently met Fr Hugh Fonseca several times to discuss the matters I had raised in my letter to him.
Since the letter is being circulated, and some rumours are afloat, I write to state that I was fully satisfied that Fr Hugh did not use any of the Offices he held for his personal advantage. It would be wrong to insinuate that he received any monetary benefit from his transactions as Parish Priest. I am saddened that there are these rumours about a dedicated priest after his death. As his Archbishop, I state that our late Fr Hugh Fonseca has always been held in high esteem by me for his integrity, commitment and selfless service to the poor.
+ Oswald Cardinal Gracias
Archbishop of Bombay
June 18, 2012
( Also carried in The Examiner issue dated June 18, 2012 Page 16 – Notes & Comments )