The fourth of Jesus’ seven last words on the cross: “After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst,’” (John 19:28, ).
Every Good Friday we are all preached about the seven last words of Jesus.Calvary is re enacted in the three hours agony. After that we hope to change our lives and become better persons.
One such preacher is Fr.Simon Borges. While he was Parish Priest in St. Micheals Church Mahim which was his last posting as an administrator and Parish Priest he was the Sole Trustee and various church properties were under his trusteeship.
One such property was Marinagar. Marinagar consists of 7 buildings on a layout . Five buildings are still owned by the Church as its landlord and besides this there are two co-operative societies Our Lady of Lourdes CHS Ltd.( registered in the year 1998 having 45 members out of which 43 are catholic families) and Our Lady of Vailankanni and Perpetual Succour CHS Ltd. having 112 catholic families registered in the year 2004.
As per the Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act , conveyance ( proportionate land as per the FSI consumed in the bldg is put on the Societies name) is to be given within 4 months of society registration by the St. Micheals Church. Till date conveyance is not given.Most builders/owners usually never give conveyance as they hope to benefit from future increase in FSI.
Both the societies were facing water shortages and hence Our Lady of Lourdes CHS Ltd. approached St. Micheals Church to give them permission to dig a ring well. Previously also Our Lady of Vailankanni and Perpetual Succour CHS had approached Fr.Simon Borges for permission to dig a well and he asked for a copy of the plan and to show the exact spot where the well was to be dug. Despite giving him the plan and showing him the spot no permission was granted till date. In short he did not give permission. I therefore narrated my experience with Fr. Simon Borges, to the Secretary of Our Lady of Lourdes CHS and told him that he would never get permission and that he was being fooled. If conveyance had to be given to the societies there would have been no need to approach him as the well was to be dug within the margin area of the society.
Since Our Lady of Lourdes CHS was facing an acute shortage of water they started digging a well . Fr. Simon Borges a disciple and follower of Jesus lodged a complaint to the BMC and wanted the well to be sealed.
Today is Good Friday, we mediate on Jesus’s last words I THIRST but in actual practise what is done by his so called disciple towards to fag end of his Parish Priest tenure is here for all to see and the act has been done to catholic families.
Not just that Fr. Simon Borges called a few tenants of Marinagar one of whom was Mr. Godfrey Fernandes and told them to become parties in my societies case which we have filed for conveyance. Since Godfrey told him that my society had to get what was promised in writing , he stopped calling Godrey and yes the tenants did apply and become parties in my societies case and wanted costs and prayed for its dismissal.Who paid for the tenants advocates? No money has been collected from the tenants.
I have also written a number of emails to our beloved Cardinal Oswald Gracias asking him to tell Fr. Simon Borges to return my societies plan which Cardinal Gracias has done nothing and in fact he has given him a rare extension and has allowed him to be Parish Priest even after having completed 75yrs.
Its great to preach , what is the practical implementation of it by these preachers? We, are called to be transparent but is the administration transparent. What is the accountability.Only the laity is accountable.
No honest priest can come out openly against the administration as they will be victimised. Its sad but true.
Experience has taught me that a number of priests want to project an image that they are Christ personified when it comes to dealing with other communities,the recent distribution of food packets is an example but when it comes to doing their duty as a human being, forget about being a catholic they have no feelings.
It is common knowledge that some priests go about spoiling peoples names and most people accept what these priests tell them as the Gospel truth. These persons who have got benefits from the Church are then carriers of the Good News given to them by these Priests without confirming facts.
The reason why I am writing this is to show how a priest who is supposed to be highly mature at the fag end of his Parish Priest( a Parish Priest retires at 75 yrs of age) days has behaved with catholic families for water .
In short if you believe in Christ do what you feel is right. Mathew Chapter 5 verses 23/25 states that ” When you are offering your gift at the altar , if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go , first be reconciled to your brother or sister and then come and offer your gift, Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to the Court with him”. Are such priests mass valid?
Our Lady of Vailankanni and Perpetual Succour CHS Ltd.