Should Church Owned Properties be reserved for Practising Roman Catholics

The laitytude had published the below attached article on September 19th 2013 as it was informed from knowledgeable sources about the same and that the Examiner Press building was being alienated and that property guidelines were not being followed.

Now an ad has been published that the said property is available at the rate of Rs.22,500/- per sq. foot.The Archdiocese may have been donated this property by some catholic or it must have been built with funds given by catholics.Hence it is in the fitness of things that the said tenancies which are sought to be created be reserved for practising Roman Catholics only- merely being baptised will not be enough as a number of persons have left the Roman Catholic Church after that.

A number of properties owned by the Church may be developed in the years to come , it is not right that the same be reserved for members of our community just as the other communities reserve their properties  for their communities?

Any guesses on whose side will the Administration be?



What has happened to the Property Guidelines in the Archdiocese of Mumbai?

Some time ago various guidelines were issued regarding how properties owned by the Archdiocese of Mumbai are to be dealt with.

Once again it appears that the said guidelines have only been issued to throw mud in peoples eyes.

Time and again properties are being sold/leased without the same being published in any official newspaper or website of the Archdiocese.

The latest , once again being the Examiner Press Building in Dalal Street.

Some time again an application was put to the Charity Commissioner to alienate the said property.It appears that one Bruno D’Souza filed a caveat in the office of the Charity Commissioner and then the said proposal was put on the back burner.

Time and again Catholic Properties donated by Catholics are being sold at below market rates and that too without sanction.

Our Lady of Egypt Church Kalina, through its then trustee made an application to sell a plot of land in Vakola admeasuring about 700 meters opposite St.Anthonys Church Vakola stating that the plot was fully encumbered when in fact it was’nt.The Charity Commissioner granted sanction in 1996 stating that the said property be sold for Rs.3,51,000/- and that the money be deposited within a year and that the sanction was valid only for one year .

The balance money was paid to the said Church in 2005 and conveyance was signed in the year 2005 on the basis of a Power of Attorney of Fr.John Rumao knowing fully well that on that date he was no longer trustee of the said Our Lady of Egypt Church Kalina and the said deal had no valid sanction.Despite a number of complaints made to the Church authorities nothing has happened.In fact one of the persons complained too gave the buyers a clean chit.He has now become Bishop and his said letter was used  in Court as an Exhibit for the anticipatory bail applications.Based on the 2005 value of the said plot the stamp duty authorities have ordered stamp duty and penalty to be paid amounting to around Rs.25,00,000/- sometime in mid 2013 on the said plot.An appeal against the said order is pending in the appellate authorities office as of today.

In Marinagar FSI was sold for Rs.2000 a sq. foot when the going rates for flats was Rs.20,000/- a super built up foot.Was Charity Commissioners sanction taken?

What has happened to the flats which the Our Lady of Salvation Church had to get in Gloriossa Buidling Dadar?Yes a deal was entered to take all the flats in Ave Maria thereby giving the builder an interest free loan amounting to the cost of all the flats which they had to get in Gloriossa.Today more than/around 7 years have passed since Gloriossa has come up but the Church is yet to get the flats.Yes we have a very generous Church.Does the said act not amount to making a rich man richer?What was the security taken? What was the stand taken by the then Archbishops representative and then Parish Priest?

What has happened to the Ave Maria property? Two buildings were supposed to come up simultaneously one for free sale and one for the church.The free sale building had come up and has been sold what is the position of the building which the Church had to get? What about the hall? What about the terrace and separate entrance?

As long as the laity continues to remain silent more and more properties will be sold or third party interests will be created.We have an example in Mahim of Church owned shops given on lease for one year sometime in 1995 and possession not taken back till today and the sad part of it was that a retired Bishop came to negotiate on behalf of the lessee to regularise an illegal structure.Yes some of them have become Municipal Corporators too!!

A time will come when even distant places such as Boisar will be out of the Catholics reach if our properties are not protected and community housing is not promoted.Presently all acts point to the fact that the Church in Mumbai is not promoting community housing.

If catholics move out our churches will be mere structures and a time will come when even those structures will be sold as has happened in Bhuleshwar.


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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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4 Responses to Should Church Owned Properties be reserved for Practising Roman Catholics

  1. Of course.yet I believe there are leased and sold to non catholics. We practicing catholics must storm this issue with The cardinal and the Diocese estate office.
    These properties belong to the laity. Stand up Catholics.

  2. Peter Rogers says:

    The knight in shining armour must be chucked out first.He is misleading the cardinals and tied up with many builders!

  3. Fat chance of any success !!! especially when diocesan/secular clergy are involved. The cash component of any deal is too large for them to resist; they do not have the vow of poverty to prick their conscience

  4. Why not ask the Govt depts to conduct a investigation into the movement of the monies.

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