I recently read a website which wanted to know how many persons were there from a particular region/community for the meeting at Archbishops house on 29th May 2015?
Another person from the same community replied that there were people from the AOCC, Teachers, MCY, Cross and from that community and lastly he stated all were catholics.What a wonderful answer.
We at AOCC do not differentiate on the basis of which region we come from.
Let me inform you that one of the persons who negotiated was a person from Mumbai, besides others from all regions.
We want a job to be done.If you start fighting on the basis of regions/ states nothing will be achieved.
Just for your information the land donated in Thane was definitely not donated by a Goan, Manglorean or a person from Chennai. Yet these were the persons who moved court to save it. All of us are catholics.All will get the benefit.
One of the principal forces behind AOCC is Mr. Arthur D’Mello who is an Advocate.Arthur was the person who saved the Mahim cross after it was demolished and moved Bombay High Court. Arthur is one of our principal advisors and though he is is localite is never communal. Arthur is one of our cleanest catholic and knowledgeable leaders .
If we have communal agendas we will never succeed. When we go to any authority we cannot go and tell them that one community is to be discriminated against another community.
For your information a number of non goan catholics are now doing business in Goa, Mangalore because the localites sold them their lands/flats.
All our agendas should be towards the benefit of catholics and then only we will succeed.
Tomorrow people will differentiate on the basis of countries.How many persons from Bombay have gone to Canada , America,Australia? What will happen if they too start thinking on the same terms.
We got to take up issues which benefits all the catholics and then we will see who is not giving us an appointment, but if we have an agenda which our catholic religion does not stand for then in my opinion if will be difficult for negotiations to take place.
If any person wants to differentiate on the basis of regions/states then he will have to change the words of “I Believe” in one holy catholic church to many holy catholic churches.