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


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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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  1. John Menezes says:

    I am not an authority on real estate but the Swiss, German and Indian Jesuits of St. Vincent’s High School, Pune, taught me to be proactive in the defence of the One Holy Catholic religion before the Great Apostasy set in with the Second Vatican Council, 1962-1965. Valerian Cardinal Gracias had told a confidante, on the eve of the Council in September 1962, that a New Church would emerge after this Council. Emerged, it has, and one of its fruits is the New Order of Mass which has neither an offertory nor a consecration nor a validly ordained priest.The True Mass embraced the theology of sacrifice; the new mass embraces the theology of assembly. Just avoid it and its promoters who are no longer Catholic. We owe allegiance to the Holy Religion brought by the Portuguese missionaries and navigators, which thrived before Vatican II with abundant vocations to the priesthood which are drying up except in traditionalist centres particularly in the USA..

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