Who is responsible for this mess in the Archdiocese of Mumbai?

In Mumbai when any property has to be sold the following steps are usually taken depending on the value of the property as per Canon Law.

If the value of the   property to be sold is upto Rs.4,00,000/- ( Four Lakhs) the Parish Priest has authority to sell it.

It the value of the property to sold is upto Rs.10,00,000/- ( Ten  Lakhs) the Archbishop has authority to sell it.

It the value of the property to sold is above  Rs.10,00,000/- ( Ten  Lakhs) the Pope  has authority to sell it.

In Mumbai when property is to be sold or alienated the Parish Priest is guided by the Property Committee at the Parish level and the Archbishop is guided by the Archdiocesan Finance Committee . Thus members of the Finance Committee whether it is at the Parish Level or Archdiocesan level should be persons who possess technical knowledge and should not merely be yes men or  women.

Who were the persons on the Archdiocesan Finance Committee who recommended the sale of land/FSI in Marinagar which led to the signing of an agreement  in the year 2008?

What is their technical qualifications?Have they been made members merely because they are yes men/ women?

What has happened to the Inquiry Commission set up by Cardinal Oswald Gracias to look into the Marinagar deal more than 3 years ago?

Why is the Church in Mumbai remaining a silent spectator and is not complaining about the 6 already rehoused tenants of Quinny House who have fraudulently given affidavits to show that they are yet to be rehoused?

Why is the Church in Mumbai not stating openly that Quinny House was demolished and in its same place a new 7 storied building came to erected and 48 flats were constructed?

What about the 106 tenants whose benefit of additional FSI has been taken without their written consent?

I think the best person who is cut out to defend this deal will be Bishop Dominic Savio Fernandes who defended the Marinagar deal in the Examiner, the Vakola deal by means of a letter which was produced in Court at the time the accused successfully got anticipatory bail and now even the Thane Pokran Church deal.

He was the person who stood by and justified the Marinagar deal.Now could he explain about how the six already rehoused tenants are being rehoused once again. Could he explain why he feels that the person who exposed this deal are anti Church ?

Has Christ told us that standing up for the truth means a person is anti Church?

How many persons are aware that in order to get the Transfer of Development Rights certificate of 20,000 meters the Thane Municipal Corporation has given a written reply to the builder that two churches which includes the church in which Parishioners worship , the High school and Karuna Kendra have to be demolished.

Persons holding posts in the Archdiocesan Finance Committee should be held responsible for their decisions.Persons in the Archdiocesan Finance Committee are not holding posts of cosmetic value. It is absolutely ridiculous that a person with no technical knowledge are in the said committees.

Time and again when serious issues crop up , these persons who should be ideally around the place to state why they recommended the sale make themselves scarce and suddenly become busy.

If they were so busy then why did they take the post in the first instance?

Should not all the persons on these Committees and responsible for the Marinagar and Thane Pokran Church deal be held responsible for what they did? Or should  all of them  be knighted for the good work done?

We, too want good governace in the Church.



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9 Responses to Who is responsible for this mess in the Archdiocese of Mumbai?

  1. Johnnie Alvis says:

    Responsible are XXXX and xxxx ! We all know it. Be bold enough to publish and state it, if you have the proof!

    • Peter Prabhu says:

      Laitytude, XXX will not do, we want the names out!

    • It would be silly to munch the meal and feed you. Get involved a bit, you will soon know the truth and facts. I can only recommend you could pick up the phone and speak to our Dear cardinal Oswald Gracias on 9967501224 or Bishop Angelo Gracias on 9870206015. You will get the correct and undisputed information from the horses mouth ( as a figure of speech).
      Come on take the bold step.

  2. The Catholic church, at the archdiocese of Bombay has a estate office, whose primary responsibility is to look after the properties of The catholic church at Mumbai. I suppose this is headed by some one that knows the local law, and is well versed in estate and property matters.

    To assist this office in their administration there is a team of leading catholic lawyers and a retired catholic Judge, who are very competent in these issues, and who give advice to the estate office.

    The Cardinal who is the head of the Archdiocese of Bombay is the boss, and all acts of omission stand still at his table.

    Yes I am aware that the people from Mahim (Marie Nagar), Thana, Kurla, Santa Cruz to mention a few have been knocking at the closed doors of our Dear cardinal Oswald Gracias who is a very, and a extremely busy man to respond to the queries of the catholic laity of his archdiocese.

    It would be hard for me to believe that our Dear Cardinal Oswald Gracias would not be aware as to who has misguided him, the diocese estate office, The Archdiocese of Bombay, and the laity of Mumbai. These church properties belong to the catholic people and its not the property any anyone’s grandfather.

    The buck has to stop somewhere.

    May be our Dear cardinal’s disclosure can open out a can of worms ( sorry snakes) which will be very embarrassing for him and The catholic church.

    I believe there is just no point in knocking at Our Dear Cardinal Oswald Gracias closed doors, we now must do it ourselves, with RTI applications, and when we have the desired information on hand take these alleged cheating issues to the court of law. Our Justice system will take care of the rest.
    Of course we need the people to support and i am sure we have their support.

    The amounts add up to millions of Rupees, even larger that the other scams in the country.

    One last question is where has all the money gone?

  3. Wilma says:

    At the end of the day if the Bishops of Mumbai have not acted against them then there is more to it than what meets the eye. I don’t buy the theory that the few lay people of the finance committee are the only one’s responsible.

    If they are really and solely responsible then why were the bishops shielding every exposure made and even were hostile and resistant, to the extent of blackmailing?

    Why did they go open with defending their own evil policies and hiding and shielding?

    Why are they not acting against them even now?

    Why were they speaking lies and pretend amnesia and still do so when they are questioned?

    Put these lay people forward and have them ex-communicated and ask the Archdiocese to even file criminal cases against them and they will spill out the beans and let us know how much the Bishops have had a role to play and in what way they have misused the money?

    Will the bishops do that, keeping in mind the millions of crores embezzled? I doubt!

    Now the AOCC should only sit and watch: By the actions of the Bishops you shall know the culprits or rather by their inaction you shall know the TRUTH ! :O

  4. Wilma, you are so correct.These are the answers we need for Our Dear cardinal Oswald Gracias who is the lead shepherd and or any of his three wise men.
    In fact I would encourage concerned Catholics to give Our Dear cardinal Oswald Gracias a call his mob nbr is 9967501224 or any of his wise men. Bishop Angelo Gracias can be reached on 9870206015. You as a practicing catholic have the right to seek answers to your concerns. Do give either of them a call. Hope they respond.

  5. Peter Prabhu says:

    Wilma, which world are you living in? Do you think, they will ever be action taken. The ones responsible are enjoying in Rome and get Knighted.

  6. Peter, I have not seen the name, Please be kind to repeat it once more. We can place it on the site for all to know.

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