Pope: Neglect of human dignity causes ‘practical atheism’ and do we have cases of Practical Atheism in Mumbai

  1.Do we have any instaces of practical atheism in Mumbai Archdiocese?
2.Has the Mumbai Church been involved either directly or indirectly in people losing their homes?
3.Has the Mumbai Church been involved in not giving conveyance to any society/s?
4.Has the Mumbai Church been involved  in throwing out persons from Parish Councils or Board of Managements illegally?What stand has been taken by the Archbishops representative/ Parish priest when these resolutions were being moved?
5.Has the Mumbai Church been involve in undervaluation of property when sanctions are being taken  by showing the property as fully encroached when in fact it was not?
6.Has the Mumbai Church transferred tenancies after the year 2000 without collecting a single rupee as transfer premium? Will the church publish a list of all  persons given tenancies without taking a single rupee as premium after the new Maharashtra Rent Control Act 1999 came into force?
7.Has the Archbishop  told Marinagar residents in the year 2009 that he is  are mostly involved in canon law and not civil law when a question was asked by residents to him asking  him whether the gardens shown in the original plan passed by the Church were sold?
8.Is it true that minutes were sent to the Archbishop of the said meeting which took place in 2009 and the said minutes have not been refuted / denied till date?
9.Is it true that in fact the said gardens were sold in the year 2008 and that the residents were  informed  by the Archbishop in the year 2009 who indicated that he is not aware of the deal as per the minutes sent to him by one of the Marinagar resident ?
10. Is it true that as per Canon Law any deal where property is being alienated needs the sanction of the Archbishop and the donor of the land?
If the answer  to question nos.2 to 7 and 9 is affirmative then practical atheism has been practised as per the Pope whose statement is

“This false model of man and of society effects a practical atheism (by) denying, de facto, the Word of God that says, ‘let us make man in our image, according to our likeness,’” Pope Francis explained to the members of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute.”

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Pope: Neglect of human dignity causes ‘practical atheism’

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Dec. 4, 2013. Credit: Kyle Burkhart / CNA.

On Saturday afternoon Pope Francis met with members of an international organization that promotes human dignity, warning them against a “false model” of humanity.
“Unfortunately, in our time, so full of so many hopes and achievements, there are powers and forces that end up producing a ‘throw-away culture’; and this tends to become a common mentality,”  said the pontiff on Dec. 7.

“The victims of this culture are its most weak and fragile humans – the unborn, the poor, the elderly sick, severely disabled…those who risk being ‘thrown away,’ expelled by a mechanism that must be efficient at all costs.”

“This false model of man and of society effects a practical atheism (by) denying, de facto, the Word of God that says, ‘let us make man in our image, according to our likeness,’” Pope Francis explained to the members of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute.

Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, the insitute’s honorary president, said the group was founded in 2008 in the European Parliament “with the goal to protect and promote human dignity based on the anthropological truth that man is born in the image and likeness of God.”

The cardinal spoke briefly at the meeting with the Pope, saying, “to evangelize the very culture itself is the activity and ambition of this institute.”

“We work with all people of goodwill. We are firmly ecumenical in our approach, respectful and tolerant of those with another (or) different faith; but we celebrate with joy our uncompromising inspiration by the holy Word of God, and Catholic social teaching.”

Pope Francis’ remarks focused on similar themes. He reflected on the need “to let ourselves be questioned by this Word” of God.

“If we allow it to approach our personal and social awareness, if we let it be part of discussions and our ways of thinking and acting, criteria, priorities, and choices, then things can change,” the Pope encouraged.

“The power of this Word puts limits on anyone who wants to become dominant, abusing the rights and dignity of others,” he continued. “At the same time, it gives hope and comfort to those who are not able to defend themselves, (and) to those who do not have intellectual and practical means to affirm the value of their suffering, of their own rights, of their lives.”

The pontiff encouraged the group’s initiatives, emphasizing the importance of a Christian presence in the political sphere.

“It is necessary to raise awareness and training, so that the lay faithful, in all conditions, and especially those who engage in the political field, are able to think according to the gospel and the social doctrine of the Church and act consistently, dialoging and collaborating with those who, with sincerity and intellectual honesty, share, if not the faith, at least a similar vision of man and of society and its ethical consequences,” he said.

Ben Harnwell, the Dignitatis Humanae Institute’s founder, was part of today’s audience with Pope Francis.

Harnwell told CNA that he started the organization five years ago because he saw the need to “create a way, in the political sphere, of dialoguing with Christian politicians.” He hoped to “create an environment in which politicians could be Christian” without being dismissed simply because of their religious beliefs.

Not expecting to meet Pope Francis personally, Harnwell was both surprised and thrilled to find himself shaking the pontiff’s hand.

“It’s incredible to talk to someone who is known by everyone, the acknowledged successor of Peter, and yet find a man of such humility, and a visible embodiment of the gospel. It’s really a once in a life time experience,” he said.

What struck Harnwell most of all, however, was the “transmission of joy embodied in Pope Francis.”

The Pope took time to meet with many more people than originally planned at Saturday’s event.

“The generosity of time, the freshness that he brought to each introduction – he’s the Pope, but that generosity of spirit is the visible embodiment of what we’re trying to do,” reflected Harnwell.

“The work of the institute has been an uphill push, but today has been unbelievable.  Everyone has said, ‘this is far more than what we were expecting.’”

Hanwell also discussed institute members who fight to uphold human dignity in politics.

“We can hold the line,” he said, “but people come here and get filled up with the joy and hope of being Catholic.”

Harnwell said the meeting with the Pope has “reinvigorated” the institute’s members to continue their fight.


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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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2 Responses to Pope: Neglect of human dignity causes ‘practical atheism’ and do we have cases of Practical Atheism in Mumbai

  1. Well said and written A M Sodder, yet we will never get a answer from the AB house. I have said earlier and will continue to say, the time for answers has passed, now the process of local Govt Intervention must start. We need the law of the land to act. these issues cannot be contained within the community any more.

  2. Pingback: Will you clarify if the churches are sold? YES OR NO | Christian Reforms

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