The art of fooling the Catholic Laity- Adv. A.M.Sodder

As a society we had approached the original owner of the land ie St. Micheals Church to give us permission to build a ring well as my society is having water problems. We are forced to approach Fr. Simon Borges the 76 year old Parish Priest of St. Micheals Church as the Church has not given us conveyance within four months of society registration ie on or before 19/05/2004. My society had sent all plans and had given the said plans through the Bethany Sisters who own two flats in the society showing the exact spot where we intend to build the ring well to Fr. Simon Borges.

Sadly despite a year passing we have still not got the permission from this Parish Priest who returned two days ago after surgical procedures were carried out in his cardiac system and stents were put. We, pray that he gets well soon.

Now this priest despite being born on 10/07/1940 ie he will complete 77 years in 45 days continues to be a Parish Priest . Canon Law states that Parish Priests should resign at 75. Thanks to our Cardinal Oswald Gracias who has appointed him, needs him  and cant find a replacement in his scheme of things.

What is really stunning is that Cardinal Gracias who is fully aware of the denial of the  well permission is hand in gloves with him and pretends that he is not aware.

Cardinal Gracias told the media in 2011 that he had constituted a inquiry committee to look in the Maringar deal. Till today my statement ( Complainant) has not been recorded. Since I am a catholic and he is the leader of the Catholics in Mumbai we allow ourselves  to be fooled by him.

While 112 catholic families continue to have problems regarding water, the perpetrators sleeps well in  ac rooms .

The sad part of it is that we call ourselves catholic , commit criminal offenses by not giving conveyance in the stipulated time, pretend to be blind when tenants who were already rehoused once are shown as yet to be rehoused, resell others gardens which were sold to us  flat purchasers , as amenities and to top it all we pretend to be Catholic and give wonderful preachings which are not put into practise.

Adv. A.M.Sodder

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Even the Copper Coin was not spared – Adv. A. M.Sodder

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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Are Mumbai Priests Accountable for our Money/ Gifts donated? Adv. A.M.Sodder

Time and again we raise this question as to what is happening with our money and somehow we do not get answers. In the past too  the Association of Concerned Catholics (AOCC ) late President Mr. Gordon Jacobs had raised several questions regarding the accountability of  Jesus assets,  which are donated to the Church for good use and which have been misused but somehow there have been no answers.

Since human memory is short I am once again recalling the past instances where the assets of Jesus have disappeared.

  1. Gold jewelry costing lakhs and lakhs of rupees given for safe keeping  by the East Indians of Santacruz Gaothan which has disappeared during the time of Fr. Salvadore Rodrigues or the priest who took over in Sacred Heart Church Santacruz. No FIR has been lodged.
  2. No tenders being called by St. Josephs Church Juhu for the hoardings and given away for little or nothing.Here too AOCC raised a hue and cry and  the rates have suddenly gone up from 8 lakhs a month to 24 lakhs.
  3. A flat given to a staff of Sacred Heart Church for free and the stand taken is that he took it without consent.
  4. A 1200 sq feet flat given to an Advocate for free by St. Micheals Church Mahim.
  5. Two shops being sub let to a Pizza firm just outside St. Micheals Church Mahim and the same was not informed to the incoming Parish Priest by the Chamchas. Subsequently closed down when AOCC raised a hue and cry.
  6. Marydell sold to a builder and his cheque of Rs. 10 lakhs had bounced and no action taken. It was only after AOCC made a noise that necessary action was initiated.
  7. Rs. 1,50,000 paid to an advocate to get sanction in Mahim and the certificate was not obtained. It was only after AOCC intervened and sent a lawyers notice for free that the Sanction to sell was given by the advocate.
  8. A flat given to a non catholic in Colaba despite there being guidelines which were not followed.
  9. Offices being given to various advocates for free in various places.The list can go on and on .
  10. The latest is that  Rs.1,64,000/- of Easter Collection  given to a person to deposit in the bank and belonging to  the St. Josephs Church Juhu which was never deposited  and kept as a closely guarded secret by all  concerned Priests and chamchas until AOCC exposed it. No FIR has been lodged despite 6 Sundays ( 45 days)  having passed after Easter. What could be the reason why no FIR has been lodged? Is the Parish Priest afraid of the thief who is an employee? Does the thief who has a transport business know about some much bigger misappropriations and therefore people are afraid of him?My guess is that the Parish Priest is afraid of the thief for reasons which are obvious and therefore he has never informed the Parishioners who donated the money that it was stolen nor did he file an FIR.  These are Jesus’s assets and not private property. All priests in St. Josephs Juhu are either unaware or are also keeping quiet. Why did all the chamchas keep quiet?Are these chamchas getting a slice of the cake?This is just a tip of the iceberg .Do not give any donations in the name of a Priest. All donations have to be made in the name of the trust.Do not get fooled that immovable assets can only be given to a priest and not a trust.  Certain priests are on a flat collection spree. Mumbai Catholics need to protect our assets. All  Church properties should be developed sold and resold to practising Roman Catholics only and tri partie agreements should be made between the buyer , seller and the consenting party  should be the church  so that Church properties can  be protected . Sadly  Cardinal Oswald Gracious is yet to accept this suggestion of mine. As a catholic it is our duty to warn the corrupt persons and expose them. Those persons who remain silent are guilty of the sin of complicity. What does the bible say
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What is the difference between the Mumbai Catholic Church and these corrupt builders? Adv. A. M. Sodder

The Church in Mumbai has not given conveyance to the following societies. The law mandates that conveyance be given within 4 months of society formation. To top it all the Bombay Catholic Sabha a group which claims to defend catholics rights and stand for the truth has booked an office  space on land  sold to Our Lady of Vailankanni and Perpetual Succour Co-op. Hsg. Soc. Ltd. as amenities. A classic case of taking convenient stands. Does Bombay Catholic Sabha need to give an explanation to the Catholics of Mumbai who are their members? Why do they fight for gardens and open spaces when an outsider is the offender. Why are they taking convenient stands? Are they afraid to take on the Church when the Church is an offender? Bombay Catholic Sabha members are in the the Archdiocese Grievance Committee. If you complain about the Church authorities can a catholic expect JUSTICE?

Cardinal Oswald Gracias you cant pass the buck. Enforce the law of the land. Stand for the truth.  Cardinal Oswald Gracias would Jesus behave in this way?

Good Friday Continues and hence there can never be an Easter.

Read below the article in todays Times of India.

Some of the Catholic  societies/ institutions who have not been given conveyance within 4 months and the date of formation of society are listed below.

  1. Nirmala Colony Building  F( one room kitchen ) built in 1964 around 50 catholic  families
  2. Our Lady of Lourdes Co-op. Hsg. Soc. Ltd. society formed in 1998 around 45 catholic families.
  3. Our Lady of Vailankanni and Perpetual Succour Co-op. Hsg. Soc. Ltd. formed in January 2004 having 112 catholic families.
  4. Nirmala Niketan nuns in Goregaon Seminary Campus who have not been conveyance.At their recent General Body meeting a resolution has been passed to that effect.

Adv. A.M.Sodder

Conveyance of 50,000 housing societies stalled by builders

Chittaranjan Tembhekar | TNN | May 16, 2017, 06.28 AM IST

(Representative image)(Representative image)

MUMBAI: As many as 50,000 housing societies in the metropolitan region do not have ownership of land on which their buildings stand, and as a result, they are facing difficulties in either redevelopment or maintenance.

Home buyers and activists are now demanding that the Maharashtra Ownership of Flats Act (MOFA) be revamped on the lines of the new stringent real estate regulation law, popularly called RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Authority). Under RERA, the fine payable by the builder for delaying conveyance is up to 10% of the project cost, whereas under MOFA it is Rs 50,000. But only those building projects where construction is ongoing or those that are yet to get occupation certificates (OC) come under the ambit of RERA.The rest come under the ambit of MOFA and unlike RERA, MOFA lacks teeth, making it tough for existing societies to gain deemed conveyance (change in land ownership from builders to society)

Housing society members, whose conveyance has been stuck for years, now say MOFA should be amended to impose hefty fines on builders who refuse to let go.

At least 70% of housing societies still do not own the land on which their building or flats stand. This is because developers, who own the land want to continue having a say on maintenance or want control over society corpus, open parking slots, terrace space to install cell towers and hoardings to earn revenue. Under MOFA, several thousand cases demanding conveyance are now pending with the registrar’s offices, magistrates or consumer courts. In many cases, societies have not been formed or conveyance is stuck.In others, building residents do not possess the crucial 7 12 revenue papers, which gives information about a particular land parcel. The lack of this key document has become a major hurdle for societies that want to go in for redevelopment as their plans remain pending with the civic body due to absence of ownership rights. Housing societies pay dearly for such delay in getting a conveyance deed. “Due to delay in registering the conveyance deed, societies have to pay huge stamp duty against the gap between the earlier and the revised stamp duty and registration fees.The government should come up with a law to force builders to pay the shortfall, in case of delay in conveyance,” said a society member from Srikala society in Goregaon.

Office bearers of Sai Simran society in Deonar said their building comprising 92 flats got an OC in 2006 after which the society was formed in 2009. “In order to form the society, the builder took Rs 1,500 each, but there are no signs of conveyance being done yet. In the meantime, cellphone towers have been installed on the building by the developer to earn sizeable revenue. Parking slots are also still owned by the developer,” said a resident.

Ramesh Prabhu of Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association said after booking 50% of the flats, the owners can form an association (society) and in accordance with the law, make it obligatory for the promoter or developer to convey the property in the name of the society within three months of obtaining an OC. “If it is not done, then it’s a criminal offence,” he said.

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Pope Francis: many young people in the Church have fallen into the ‘temptation of rigidity’

The Pontiff criticised ‘rigid’ Christians who lack mercy, and those who are hypocritical and hide their sinfulness

Pray that those who are too rigid learn to follow the way of Christ and his meekness, Pope Francis said on May 5 during his early morning Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

With the day’s first reading dedicated to the conversion of Saul — who went from fiercely persecuting Christians to patiently evangelising all peoples — the Pope used St Paul’s life story as an example of an honest, idealistic person of faith, who had been “convinced” of the rigidity of the law.

Pope Francis said Saul’s early life reminds him of “many young people in the church today who have fallen into the temptation of rigidity. Some are honest, they are good and we must pray that the Lord help them grow along the path of meekness.”

Others, the Pope said, use rigidity to cover up their weaknesses, sins and personality disorders and to assert themselves over others.

“They are the rigid with the double life. They show themselves as beautiful, honest, but when no one is looking, they do bad things,” he said.

Saul, on the other hand, was rigid, but honest, the Pope said, and he let himself be led by the Lord, who spoke to him on the road to Damascus with “a language of meekness: ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’”

Saul was called with “the force of the meekness of the Lord” to become Paul, preach the Gospel and suffer and die for the Lord, the Pope said.

Saul’s conversion shows dialogue between condescending rigidity and meekness, a dialogue between “an honest man and Jesus who speaks with kindness.”

“This is the path of a Christian: going forward following Jesus’ footsteps,” which is “a trail of preaching, a trail of suffering, the trail of the cross” and resurrection, the Pope said.

The Pope asked people to pray to Saul for those Christians who are rigid — “for the honest-rigid like him, who have zeal, but get it wrong, and for the hypocrite-rigid, those with a double life.”

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onate your organ & body joyfully Why? They don’t belong to you any way is the new court ruling! james kottoor

Donate your organ & body joyfully

Why?  They don’t belong to you

any way is the new court ruling!

  1. james kottoor

    None of us is permanent and absolute owners even of our own bodies and its parts, is the substance of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi’s ruling, given in the brief Indian Express editorial given below with the heading ‘Body snatching.’


                       The phrase ‘Body snatching’ came into vogue in the 18th century when    intrepid anatomists in England determined to educate their students would hire a body snatcher who would either dig up a buried body from any cemetery for a   pay or procure one through covert means.


                         As for the right of a person on his own body read the editorial below: ‘Body snatching’. Recall also the famous saying: “Homo humus, fama fumus, finis chinis” (Man is mud, fame is shortlived like smoke and end ashes) And do you, still want to immortalize your ashes in a Taj Mahal? Nor do we have permanent city or residence here below(Non habemus hic manentem civitatem,) as we are all pilgrims on the march.

                      What a powerful thought from a new angle and perspective on organ and body donation! We all thought of our bodies as the most inseparable personal property on which no one else has a right even to touch. But what indeed is the truth, the harsh ground reality?

                      Our bodies are not something either created or produced by us! They are something freely and lovingly donated by our parents and therefore something to be given away freely, at least when we have no need of them anymore in this world, not something to be preserved and demonstrated to the whole world covered and immortalized in marble, like  Taj Mahal. What do we do then with our ‘sell by date’ products displayed  on the shelves in our big bazzars?

                    The scriptures of great world religions have been telling us all along this elementary truth. The essence of  Bhagavad Gita tell us, ‘all  what we posses  today belonged to someone else yesterday and will belong to some one else tomorrow’. Bible asks us: “what have you which you have not received and if you have received, why do you glory, as if you have not received?” Is it not this thought that should prompt us readily to give away our outdated belongings — clothes and personal items – to our neighbours, who can use them?

                   The great conqueror Alexander ordered to leave his both hands hanging empty on both sides of his coffin as an immortal message that we don’t take with us anything that belonged to us to the next world. The great truth is, we know next to nothing about what happens to us – our bodies and souls  — after death. As for bodies we know it disintegrates and becomes one with the soil. As for souls we have any number of spiritual theological dreams still to be scientifically proven.

                    But we are absolutely certain about one thing. We can save millions of lives if we donate our organs and bodies after our death to those who can use them to survive from a deadly ilness to live for many more years. What prevents many of us from doing this is sheer selfishness, vain glory and incorrigible ignorance. It is this ignorance that the Indian Express editorial tries to eliminate or minimize.

                  Thanks to similar effort by well-meaning people, more and more people in India are coming forward to donate their organs and bodies after death. Nay more! Many more are now on record for donating their kidneys already when they are alive, since one can survive with one Kidney functioning properly. Among such people are living Bishops and dead chief ministers. Recall the example of West Bengal CM  Jyoti Basu who donated his body for anatomy study to a medical college.

                    Some ten years ago even this scribe donated his body to the Amrutha Institute of Social Sciences(Hospital) Kochi after writing a two-part article on the glories of donating one’s organs and/or body, but still waiting with bated breath humbly, hopefully, anxiously, patiently and prayerfully for that day to dawn in God’s own good time.


                   The great truth to remember is that we humans belong to one great family. Equally we are all engaged in a relay race, willy-nilly! And as dutiful participants in this race we should readily hand over the baton of life to the next in the waiting line. Is it not the harsh and humbling truth? Still why are too many people  reluctant or even opposed to body and organ donation?

                   Unfortunately number of those who refuse  to donate their squeezed lemon(body) far outstrip the few who come forward to donate voluntarily. The main culprit of course is ignorance. What should not be tolerated is culpabale ignorance on the part of many who claim to be enlightened leaders in both politics and religions. ‘Our thanks’ to Indian Express editorial for highlighting this point for the benefit of the common people in need. james kottoor, editor,CCV.


Please read below Indian express editorial


Organ  donation – a new angle!


Editorial in Indian Express, May 4, 2017


The government has ended a long political debate. Your body isn’t yours, so there


                Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has provided a powerful incentive to organ donation by submitting in court that you do not have absolute ownership over your body and its parts.


              Why hang on to your kidneys now when you know that you will have to surrender them later anyway? As with land, so with your biological real estate — it all belongs to the government.


             You have a 99-year lease on both (you don’t seriously expect to live beyond 99, do you?), and the government has the right to suspend the contract prematurely. This may be less traumatic than losing your ancestral property, but its implications are sobering in a digital culture where personal data is unsecured. It appears that the details of 13.5 crore Indians have been publicly exposed on government websites.

Nevertheless, the learned attorney general has dismissed concerns about privacy and bodily intrusion as “bogus” in the face of overarching claims of national security. He has argued that the government has the sovereign right to read our entrails. Indeed, once convinced that we do not have absolute autonomy over our body parts, one could easily suspect that the descending colon is up to something subversive. Let us not dismiss this as hypochondria. Is it not the spleen that urges terrorists to murderous excesses? Or is it the liver, which is the fountainhead of bile? The leeches of yore had a thing or two to say on the subject.


Why don’t we efficiently do what the government has done so bumblingly, and publish our data to the internet ourselves? Voice samples to Sound Cloud, and pictures of our eyes and fingertips to social media. Only desperate measures would end this controversy.




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Dont follow leaders who have no legal acumen and foresight- Adv. Ramson Dias

I have failed to understand as to why the Catholic community led by Leaders from the BCS, SOUL, Watchdog foundation, BEIA and Police Reforms watch met the assistant Commissioner himself, when he was the person accused of the illegal demolition of the cross.

During the meeting the officer himself made a statement that since he himself had carried it out, he will not comment on it and that he had followed rules.

Admittedly a complaint online was filed against the officer by the above mentioned bodies representing the Catholics.

Looks like they have failed in application of mind that when you are accusing a person, that too a government servant discharging his duty and admittedly accused of wrong, a meeting was held with him.

What a sham and Mockery we have made of our self.

Strange that they have advocates on board and no one could guide that the matter had to be addressed to the superior of the officer concerned or the municipal commissioner.

For a fact the peace March  ought to have been taken to Azad Maidan and the municipal commissioner ought to have been appraised directly. The BMC has a legal department which looks into issues.

We have acted in haste due to acts of persons wanting to get some fame at the cost of the community.

The cross which was desecrated at Vakola too, the police state was a motive of  theft. Haven’t we heard that before too when another cross was desecrated.

We have to pull up our socks and put up our thinking caps and not be taken for granted by some of our people who lead us without legal acumen and foresight.




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