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Mumbai,Thane and Navi Mumbai can air their views and read about catholic happenings worldwide.You may write to us about all the happenings in your parish along with your phone number.We may verify the information and the said information is passed on to like minded groups and after writing to the person concerned and his higher up about the issue and giving the said persons a reasonable amount of time to rectify the situation the said issue is then put in the public domain.
Depending on the issue we may also inform like minded groups like the Association of Concerned Catholics(A.O.C.C.) to take necessary action which may publish leaflets and hold protests on the road.In the recent past protests and leaflets have been held in Mahim and Dadar and the first FIR regarding the demolition of the Cross in Old Khar was registered due to the efforts of the A.O.C.C..
We are also of the view that all Church properties should be protected and should be for the benefit of practicing Roman Catholics only.So also when Church Properties are being developed all the flats should be sold/resold/occupied/leased/sublet to practicing Roman Catholics only.The said fact can be verified by asking for copies of the last sacrament received and asking for a letter from the parish priest which he should verify from neighbours before giving any letter.
The laity are the owners of all Church lands and the Parish Priest is a mere administrator who should inform all the members of the laity before selling any properties by putting the same on the Church notice boards and after making repeated announcements at all masses.The transparency which the Bishops and the Cardinal talks about should be seen and felt and should not be spoken.Actions speak louder than words.
We,deal with issues which all other groups refuse to take up and we assure you that if we feel that you as a catholic are wronged and the wrongdoer is a church official we assure you that we will take up the issue.We have no problems in calling a spade a spade.
Our aim is to rid the church of corruption especially in all financial and land deals where the laity of Mumbai,Thane are being cheated.We,believe that the Church is a universal church and any person no matter where he resides has a right to ask a question as that is the spirit of the prayer “I Believe” and when someone writes to us that information cannot be given because the person who has asked for the said information is not a parishioner we feel extremely sad about the same.Attached below is a letter from the Cardinal Oswald Cardinal Gracias to one of the members of the laity which makes interesting reading.
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Below is a letter sent by Bishop Agnelo Gracias to one of our catholic activists challenging him to do things.It is this sort of behaviour of the clergy which has to be nipped in the bud and where in the so called Bishop uses innuendo to imply that the person is senseless,read below and find out for yourself who is senseless.
Email from Bishop Agnelo Gracias to Mr. Gordon Jacobs:
My dear Gordon,
I have patiently tolerated your numerous e-mails and SMS messages. Now, however, I have reached the limit of my tether and it is time to respond. You will wonder why initially I had kept in touch with you, but after some time refused to respond to you. It is because I found I was just wasting my time: I found you totally ineffective and totally confused too. Let me give you some examples of both.
v You had told me to give just one letter and Tony Lewis from the parish, who had much clout with the Police, would speedily settle the Shinde affair, Nothing happened! I realize that Tony was not prepared to use his influence for you.
v You sent me an e-mail that at the Christmas midnight Mass parishioners would come with black bands as a protest against Fr. Tony Mendonca. Nothing of that sort happened.
v You sent an e-mail that you would be distributing handbills at Santacruz to let people know about Fr. Tony Mendonca. What has been the result? Nothing! I realized that nothing happens because you are an isolated individual in the parish. I have been told that parishioners just disregard you. In fact, several wondered how I was wasting my time responding to your letters!
Confused state of mind:
When Reggie Fernandes decided to drop out of his present job, you sent me an e-mail asking how the bishop was allowing him to escape. I was amazed wondering why you wanted me to keep Reggie back in his post. Would his continuation in office help in any way? Would not, rather, his being out of office help the next parish priest to check Reggie’s misdeeds? This is just one example of your confused state of mind. I could give you more examples too, if you wish. The climax for me when you hauled an innocent man, Bp. Bosco’s driver, to the police on baseless charges of being drunk – a man who does not touch liquor! It is a bit of an irony that you could not get an encroacher like Shinde booked but could get a poor innocent person booked on false charges. As I said, I refused to correspond with you, but we have been implementing the suggestions of sensible parishioners (Virginia Saldanha and others). Accordingly, a Parish Finance Committee has been put into place, suitable persons, including women, suggested by them have been appointed as members and Guidelines have been drawn up for the Allocation of Flats. It was happenings at Sacred Heart, Santacruz, that prompted Cardinal Oswald to draw up the Guidelines which have been made applicable to all parishes of Bombay archdiocese. Steps have been taken, but wise ones – not exactly the ones you have been constantly proposing. Pardon me for this longish letter – there is much more that I could write and comment on, including your ignorance of the actual Marinagar situation. I leave that aside. Allow me one final remark: If you send e-mails, make sure that at least the spellings and grammar are correct. Even such a common word as “properties” is wrongly spelt. Please get your e-mails corrected by someone who knows English. I am writing this for your own good. People who receive your e-mails must be having a good laugh at your mistakes. With kind regards,
+ Bishop Agnelo Gracias
Below is a letter sent by Cardinal Oswald Gracias where in he claims that information cannot be given because the person is not a parishioner of the said parish.How ironic it is when we claim that we belong to a universal church!
E-Mail Received From the Cardinal on 20/10/10 along with attachment dated 13/10/10
October 13, 2010
Dear Mr. Sodder,
This has reference to your e-mail of October 1, 2010.
Perhaps the Parish Priest, Fr. Aniceto Pereira, of Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar, has not replied to you because you do not belong to his parish.
With kind regards and best wishes,
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Cardinal Oswald Gracias
Archbishop of Bombay
Mr. A. M. Sodder
Mail sent by A.M.Sodder to Cardinal Oswald Gracias
Email sent on 21/October/2010
I am in receipt of the below attached mail and i wish to reply as under:
Perhaps the words in “I believe” will have to be changed from “the holy catholic church” to ” the holy catholic Churches” as per Fr.Aniceto Pereira.
Perhaps the guidelines given for flats by the archdiocese that all catholics of the the archdiocese shall be eligible , will have to be changed to only catholics of that parish as per his thinking.
Perhaps Fr.Aniceto fells that all the money given to Our Lady of Salvation Church Dadar by catholics who were not parishoners should have not been taken.
Perhaps Fr.Aniceto fells that all the money given to Our Lady of Salvation Church Dadar by catholics who were ex-parishoners of the said Church and who have now settled in different parts of Mumbai and Thane will now be returned.
Perhaps Fr.Aniceto feels that the transparency which was spoken of in the Examiner of June 2010 is meant to mean only for the Catholics of that parish.
Perhaps Fr.Aniceto feels that when parishoners from other parishes come to collect money for any worthy cause they should not be allowed.
Perhaps Fr.Aniceto feels that he will get a life long posting in Our Lady of Salvation Church Dadar.
Perhaps Fr.Aniceto has forgotten that all catholics irrespective of where they stay are benefactors of Trust.
Perhaps he has forgotten that the trustees are mere custodians and the laity of Mumbai and Thane are the true owners and beneficiaries of the said trust and considering that the persons in power are transparent and have nothing to hide it would be in the interest of justice and fair play that the said information is given to me on an urgent basis unless something has to be hidden.
E-Mail sent on 08/07/2010 subsequently a reminder was sent on October 1st 2010
I have been recently informed that Ave Maria Dadar has also been sold.Considering past incidents in the archdiocese and how things have been handled I would like to know the following:
1.At what rate the said land has been sold or alienated or being redeveloped ?
2.Whether there is clause in the said agreement as to when the development ends?
3.Whether balcony FSI of 10% has been included in the total FSI which is sold given for redevelopment?
4. Whether the 20% increase in FSI for built up area has been included in the total areawhich is sold given for redevelopment?
5.What is the date of sanction given by the Charity Commissioner for the said deal?
I also wish to inform you that 2 different standards have been adopted one in the Marydell deal and another standard
Considering the fact that the trustees are custodians and the laity of Mumbai are the true owners and beneficiaries of the said trust and considering that the persons in power are transparent and have nothing to hide it would be in the interest of justice and fair play that the said information is given to me on an urgent basis.
If the said information is not given to me in 3 days I would be forced to presume that something is being hidden.
Advocate High Court