Your religion is what you do when the sermon is over. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
The above sentence is so very true in Mumbai.
We hear excellent sermons about being loving and good to others and that when a person dies we should only speak good things about it .The fact remains is that some of us ,religious included hardly have a religion.
I went for Sunday Mass recently and the Principal of the school who said the mass asked for prayers for our DEAR Fr.___ who had just died.The previous year the outgoing ex Parish Priest had also died but when the same priest announced his death the word dear was missing. The same Priest used to speak so sweetly with the ex parish priest when he was alive. Some people are dearer than others even in death for certain Priests.
One of my neighbours had expired.His son went to place a seventh day mass the clerk told him that only a months mind mass or first anniversary mass will be taken.He narrated the incident to me and I consoled him that it has become a practise not to accept seventh day masses in Mumbai.The same person met me today and told me that a Priest who recently died had two masses said in his memory one on the sixth day and the other on the seventh day.He narrated the incident to me and asked me now what? I told him that perhaps your mother does not need prayers.
A priest who was posted in Thane some years ago had a fight with an undertaker.In the next issue of the Parish Bulletin he wrote an article stating that the laity should do away with coffins.Now it is to be seen if the same Priest practises what he preaches or will it be said that his relatives were not aware.
A prominent religious stood with Anna Hazare and spoke about corruption in India .Is there no corruption in the Church in Mumbai? Charity begins at home.
One of my neighbours was in the process of getting her marriage annunlled on the ground of non consumation of the marriage .The Priest who was hearing the matter asked her what proof she has.
One persons marriage takes years to get annulled.The Bishops relative gets it in 3 months.
The Church administration declares the year as the year of the environment.In practise they sold the gardens in the same year.
The Church administration claims that they care for their flock.In practise developed properties are never reserved for the catholic community.
The Church tells us not to be extravagant and not to be show offs.In practise certain religious roam about in High end Honda City Cars.
The Church administration tells us not to defame others.In practise the Pulpit and the Church premises are used to defame the laity.
The Church administration tells us that we are one universal church.In practise information is denied to non parishioners.
The Church administration claims to be transparent.In practise hardly anyone knows the names of their Finance committee members.
The Church administration tells us to give tithes.In practise how many priests who also get salaries give tithes even if it is a copper coin.
The Church administration tells us that the mass is sacred.In practise parish council elections are held during the mass which is not a sacrament.
One of the priests told me that parish council elections are held during mass so that the faithful are true to their conscience and vote diligently.I told him that if that is the case then all church owned property sale agreements should also be signed during the mass as the same logic should apply.
We are told all are equal in the eyes of Jesus.In practise some persons are more equal than others.
We are told not to attend Protestant meetings.In practise a Catholic Bishop consecrates a protestant bishop.
A priest showed the congregation of a picture of a cart having the laity seated , being drawn by a priest and asked the congregation what they thought about the picture.One of the senior members told the Priest , that this a picture of the laity being taken for a ride.
The sermon is over now when will the religion start? Or is it a case of being thick skinned.