St.Josephs Parish in Juhu Mumbai had a novel idea. Plastic boxes were given in lent to all the families and they were told to put their mite in the said boxes and the same would be opened at Easter.
All families made sacrifices and put that money in the plastic boxes which were opened after easter and the said amounted to Rs. 1,64,000/- was misappropriated by the Church employee.
From reports received it appears that the Parish Priest was acting on the instructions of some hireups who are afraid that if the said employee was arrested, he would open his mouth and the said would lead to a can of worms opening and hence no FIR was lodged .
Any way the FIR has now been lodged . St. Josephs Parish has an ex parish priest whose brother is a legal person and hence legal advise was just a phone call away. Hence obviously the Parish Priest was acting under instructions from the higher ups not to lodge the FIR. Incidentally St. Josephs Church is the same place where the rent on hoardings increased from Rs.8,00,000/- to Rs.26,000/- per month after the AOCC exposed the under valuation. The negotiations for the increase in rent was also done by representatives of Archbishops House. All this clearly shows that the Parish Priest is merely a signing authority and the kingpins are sitting in Archbishops House. Its sad that good priests are being forced to do things which are not correct. The rot has to be nipped in the bud.
AOCC believes in supporting honest and transparent priests.
Adv. A. M.Sodder
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