Open Air Mass – Mumbai Churches Double Standards.

I have attached below a letter written by the Parish Priest refusing permission for an open air mass as per the instructions of the Bishop.

The Bishop in question has not been named in his said letter, but it is reliably learnt that the the Bishop in Charge is Dominic Savio Fernandes.

Now the same Bishop celebrated an open air mass in Willingdon Gymkhana for the rich and famous on 3rd December 2013.

My question is why should the Church differentiate between two sets of persons?

One set who are members of a grotto committee and recite the nouvena in the month of September and the other a set of the Mumbai’s Catholic elite who have a greater celebration after the mass.

Why is this sort of untouchability being practised in the Mumbai Archdiocese?

Why does the Archdiocese not make a statement on this issue of Outdoor masses ?

Now see the photographs and convince your self how the Bishop celebrates outdoor masses for the select few.

Priests Letter saying that the Bishop has refused an outdoor mass.

Priests Letter saying that the Bishop has refused an outdoor mass.



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3 Responses to Open Air Mass – Mumbai Churches Double Standards.

  1. It seems that in some STUPID part of the rules and regulations ( I am told it is called Canon LAW )
    the Parish priest is the FINAL and DECIDING AUTHORITY on such matters — including decisions and suggestions by the Parish Council — SO dear CHURCHY BIGWIGS — what is the purpose of a Parish COUNCIL ???? JUST ANOTHER SHAM ?????????

    • Why is a canon law so lightly weighted on the side of the laity ( the people) who make up the catholic church. lets stand up for this or get some forward thinking priest to say mass. The parish priest is NO FINAL authority.The authority are the laity ( people) and the parish priest is just a custodian. I hope they get it right.

  2. John Menezes says:

    Pope Pius XII has repudiated concelebration in Part II of his encyclical “Mediator Dei” (20/11/1947) because it denies the role of a priest to act in the Person of Christ in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Journalist Jean Guitton, a close friend and confidant of Paul VI, confirmed that ‘it was the aim of the Pope to protestantize the liturgy.’ In a radio interview in the 1990s, Guitton said: “The intention of Paul VI with regard to what is commonly called the Mass, was to reform the Catholic liturgy in such a way that it should almost coincide with the Protestant liturgy – but what is curious is that Paul VI did that to get as close as possible to the Protestant Lord’s supper… there was with Paul VI an ecumenical intention to remove, or at least to correct, or at least to relax, what was too Catholic, in the traditional sense, and, I repeat, to get the Catholic Mass ‘closer to the Calvinist Mass.’ ”
    Hence, what was performed at the Willingdon Gymkhana and is depicted above was a highly sacrilegious collectivist Protestant liturgy which was never performed in the Catholic Church before Vatican II. Those of the concelebrants who were ordained on or after 6/4/1969 are not even priests as Paul VI drastically revised the ordination rites on 18/6/1968 and a critique, pointing to the invalidity of the rite for priests may be accessed at:

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