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.