Has the seal of the confessional been broken?

The Snehalaya Family Service Centre of the Archdiocese of Bombay under its director Fr. Cajetan Menezes conducted a  survey of the porn viewing habits of two groups of people in 16 of the city’s parishes and seven of its colleges said the Mumbai Mirror of 20th March, 2015. 
 
Does the Cardinal approve of such a survey being made public and thus exposing the young Catholic boys and girls to suspicion and stalking from people of other communities. Our community has been made vulnerable for personal gain and media attention! 
 
Has not Fr. Cajetan Menezes acted ultra vires and thus abused his powers as a priest and made use of a church institution to seek out information that are meant for the confessional and made it public in the secular media? 
 
How many years has he completed in Snehalaya FSC and why has he been encouraged for so long in this position?  Will the Bishops act against such abuse? 
 
Many have called up to say that they can no longer trust the priests now to keep things secret: How did Nisha D’costa. as quoted by the Mumbai Mirror, come to know that faithful are seeking forgiveness in confession? “According to her (i.e Nisha D’costa), the exercise was prompted by, among other reasons, increasing instances of the faithful seeking forgiveness in the confessional for having watched porn on mobile phones or computers” – quote from Mumbai Mirror  
 
The buck may stop at you Cardinal Oswald Gracias, because in your recent statement on the rape, in the 1.36th minute you spoke about giving women equal opportunities in position of responsibility: “Could it be that under the garb of research you are allowing women to sit in the confessionals or could this be the beginning of the abuse” 
 
 Fr.  Conrad Saldanha has already pointed out about how an attempt was made to break the seal of confession.
It is high time action is taken on such serious issues otherwise people will lose faith .
A.M.Sodder

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6 Responses to Has the seal of the confessional been broken?

  1. This needs to be answered by Oswald Cardinal Gracias or any of this three wise men. From the face of it I believe the seal of confession has been tampered with. Hove you ever noticed more and more catholics shy away from the sacrament of confession.I for one. I prefer to talk to my Lord God one to one, ask Him for forgiveness and tell Him I will try not to commit those sins again.I am human and can fall the very next hour. I was also informed that the confessional is a hunting ground for the confessor. Ask women and they will relate to you a lot.

  2. I have always felt that priests get their ” JOLLIES ” from what they hear under the secret of confession — Any wonder why the confessionals are usually EMPTY ?????

  3. Wonder what Gracias is going to do with this Cajetan fellow — would he DARE defrock him ????
    Or is he scared that it may come out that Gracias gave the go ahead for this fact finding based on what was ” confessed ” under a SACRED seal ?????

  4. Kavitha M. says:

    Is he the priest who accompanied the Cardinal for the last synod on family? Is he the priest who seem to have sent anonymous hate mail to a lady ? Is he close to Bp. Agnelo and his family commission? Will the Cardinal act against such an abuse and help us visibly see justice being done and that such abuse, in which the Christian community is not made vulnerable to attacks from the evil that surrounds us, is not repeated?

  5. ralphcoelho says:

    You should read the Catechism to understand what is the meaning of the seal of confession. The findings of the survey should instigate all those interested who influence children’s learning by example to examine themselves and wonder how they contribute.

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