Catholic group protests over refusal for mass service

Catholic group protests over refusal for mass service

MUMBAI: Members of Our Lady of Vailankanni Association, a community group in Rajan Village is up in arms against the Archdiocese of Bombay after the parish priest under whom the group falls, refused it permission for a mass service in September.

The group said they has been celebrating the nine-day Novena service to Our Mother of Vailankanni at a grotto in Bandra for the last 20 years, and were shocked at the sudden refusal by Fr Clement De Lima, the parish priest of St Anne’s Parish in Pali Hill.

While De Lima did not answer calls or messages despite repeated attempts, HT has a letter addressed to the association headed by him, which says that “the Bishop has instructed that no masses be celebrated for private associations”.

Savio Miranda, chairman of Our Lady of Vailankanni Association, said, “We celebrate the feast of Our Mother of Vailankanni for nine days in September every year, with a mass. This year, the mass was planned on the third day of the event – September 8. It’s an event attended by not less than 700-800 people, and is followed by a procession with the deity’s idol. How can they suddenly refuse us permission?”

According to Miranda, who has written to the Archdiocese to protest the move and request for the permission, alleged the association was being singularly targeted. Miranda, founder of community-activist group Catholic Residents’ Organisation for Social Service (CROSS), said perhaps the reason behind the refusal was attempts by the group to expose alleged irregularities in the church body.

Joe Sodder, another member of CROSS, said private masses were being allowed at other parishes in the city.


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2 Responses to Catholic group protests over refusal for mass service

  1. John Menezes says:

    Paul VI and Vatican II instituted a New Church and a New Religion on 21/11/1964 when the former signed The Dogmatic Constitution of the Church, through chapter one, section 8, paragraph 2. To meet the tenets of this New Church, Paul VI revised all the sacramental rites to shed their Catholicism starting with the ordination rites which came unannounced on 18/6/1968 to take effect from 6/4/1969 of which most of the innocent Catholics are unaware till this day. Every prayer in the traditional rite which stated specifically the essential role of a priest as a man ordained to offer propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead has been removed. In most cases these were the precise prayers removed by the Protestant Reformers or, if not precisely the same, there are clear parallels. The New Mass departs from the Catholic theology of the Mass and has a striking flavor of sacrilege which may be seen from Google searching the critiques called “The Ottaviani Intervention” and “The Great Sacrilege” to reach and
    We have lost the Mass and need to cling to the Holy Rosary which can be recited in groups; no priest is required.

  2. I was informed that there is a political twist to this issue. If it so be then why cannot the spokesperson from the AB House and/or the parish priest of the concerned church make a open statement. Are we afraid that other skeletons will tumble our of the cupboard?

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