The above letter is self explanatory.
The Pereira family is an East Indian family which owned Nicholas House side of St. Thomas Church Goregaon East. Somewhere around the year 2008 the School was in need of premises for its Jr. KG and the said Church authorities approached the family and asked them to bail them out.
The family spent more than 14 lakhs to renovate the premises, put a slab and make 4 class rooms by demolishing their kitchen all to help the Catholic community. Fr. Barthol then called one of the Pereira boys and told him that the maximum rent which the Church could afford would be Rs. 12,500/-. The Pereiras are business men and themselves knew that the Rs. 14,00,000/- which they had spent on renovation would have fetched them much more interest than Rs. 12,500 per month which was the rent the school was paying them . They trusted the Church Hierarchy blindly that they did not even bother to make a leave and license agreement with the Church. That was the faith they had in the Catholic Church.
The Pereiras are the same people who have built the Grotto in the Church , fixed tiles and have helped the church and seminary in various other ways too.
Despite 9 years having passed the Church continues to occupy the premises. To add insult to injury the Church has filed a declaratory suit to declare themselves as tenants.
My question is what is the difference between the Church Hierarchy and a corrupt businessman?
Where has all the preaching about imitating Christ gone? Would Christ have behaved in this manner?
What about the ten commandments?
How many Priests and Religious are willing to take a stand and state what has been done to the Pereira family is right or wrong?
Bishops are now blaming advocates and are saying that advocates advised them not to give back the house. It is common knowledge that the client engages the advocate and the advocate acts as per the clients instructions.
As a Bishop , isnt it Bishop Barthols personal responsibility to give the house back which he had taken ?
Mumbai Laity be ware.
Give you donations directly to a poor family at least that family will pray for you. Some of your donations are being used to pay dental bills of rich people (who can afford to fly abroad regularly ) which is specifically prohibited as per church rules.
Adv. A. M. Sodder