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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Archbishops House Mumbai should not desert the laity when they call for protests.

I have read on Whats App a forward allegedly  written by Fr. Anthony Charangat urging the faithful to come in large numbers for the demonstration on May 3rd, 2015 and where in he has made certain allegations about the BMC and others.

Similar demonstrations were held a couple of years in Gorai in order to shift the dumping ground. The faithful got arrested , two separate FIR’s were filed. In one FIR priests were also made accused.

The faithful are still attending the cases on all dates of hearings. In the meantime the Priests managed the correct contacts and got the prosecution withdrawn against them while the others continue to attend court and have sleepless nights since all the witnesses are public servants.

Why could’nt the prosecution also be withdrawn against all the persons involved?

The innocent people now cant make passports without the permission of the court. After taking permission from the court their passports were issued for only one year unlike others who get passports issued for ten years. One of the faithful and most active in the region , in frustration has left the catholic church.

I think when we call innocent persons for demonstrations , we should also know how to take care of them. We cant leave them to fend for  themselves . These people are villagers who have been made victims thanks to the Church which has deserted them.

Adv. A. M.Sodder

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ST. Michaels Church Mahim has to give conveyance – Says Developer

 Today I have to hang my head in shame when I read what the developer has quoted in the  print media regarding St. Micheals Church. According to him the Church has to give conveyance .
One of the commandments is “” Thou shall not covet they neighbours property”. What a shame the Church is indulging in this sort of a criminal act.
Where are all those lovely sermons? Was it only talk?
Shame , Shame and more Shame on all those Priests and religious persons who support this type of behaviour.
Read the below mentioned article which appeared in the MId day newspaper of May 1st, 2017.
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Why has CBCI not condemned the sexual attack on a minor girl in Kerala? Issac Gomes

In response to Times of India Kochi report dated 4th March 2017, Cardinal George Mar Alencherry, head of the Syro Malabar church, said on Saturday that the church unequivocally condemns clergy members involved in sexual abuse and child molestation cases and will under no circumstance protect the accused.

Referring to the Kottiyoor incident, where a 16-yr-old girl gave birth to a child last month following a relationship with the local parish priest, Cardinal Alencherry said, “The incident cannot be tolerated. It is highly condemnable. The church will not protect such offenders”.

Pointing out that the accused should be punished under the law of the land, Cardinal Alencherry said, “The church and the entire community of believers should be cautious in avoiding such incidents in the future”.

The Statesman Kolkata also reported the incident on page 8 of its Sunday 5th March issue.

Fr Robin Vadakkancheril alias Mathew Vadakkancheril (48), the parish vicar at St Sebastian Church in Neendunoki near Kottiyoor, is currently in judicial remand on the charge of raping a minor girl. What worsened matters is that the school controlled by the church where the survivor studied, and the hospital where she gave birth, again a church institution, tried to hush it up.

Though the Cardinal has said “The incident cannot be tolerated. It is highly condemnable. The church will not protect such offenders”, he has not come out with the action the Kerala Church is going to take. Will it wait for the judicial process and make it long drawn with it money power? Will it still try to buy off the minor girl’s family members? Just look at how low the Indian Church can stoop to wash itself clean with sheer MONEY POWER!

Why did Cardinal Allancherry not specify the action to be taken immediately i.e. DeFROCKING the priest for having deflowered a minor girl and God knows how many more? If he can’t take exemplary action, he should follow in the footsteps of Emeritus Pope Benedict, and call it QUITS.

Coincidentally the name St. Sebastian’s Church where the priest was arrested, reminds one of Fr K.K. Sebastian alias Sebastian Kuzhipala, who is also from Kerala. He tried to import the heady mixture of Kerala Church politics of money power, goondaism, liquor and casteism in Auxilium Parish Kolkata, where he was parish priest. He was a big time player of real estate in connivance with the ruling party strongmen who used to visit him in the Church at night. He masterminded gheroing by his hired goons, of outspoken parishioners who had demanded transparency and accountability and institution of Parish Pastoral Council and Parish Finance Committee in the Parish. He closed down a free study centre which was run five-day-a-week for poor students of the parish, got these members threatened with life by his handpicked goons, whom he offered money, liquor and meat. He vanished suddenly from the parish without handing over the accounts, assets register, etc. when these members took him and his Provincial to court, to protect their skin and kin, after all their appeals to the Provincial and the present Archbishop of Calcutta had fallen on deaf ears.

This Fr (?) K.K. Sebastian is the same priest who was involved in hypnotising the girls of Loreto Lucknow 2006 to bring Jesus into Loreto Girls through hissing like a snake, followed by Police enquiry and court case.

The priests from Kerala and Tamil Nadu have taken control of Bengal and especially the Archdiocese of Calcutta. One priest holding on to the Archdiocesan Financial Administrator’s post for thirty years and the CBI enquiry of St Xavier’s College authorities for accepting about Rs 75 Lac plus towards donation from Rose Valley owner, are clear pointers that financial and related corruption of South India, has percolated to Kolkata.

There was a case of sexual aberration of one Fr Peter who coincidentally was principal of St Peter’s High School in Kolkata. This time a boy fell prey to the Priest who was swiftly transferred out of Kolkata. Letters written to the Archbishop of Calcutta, Thomas D’Souza, enquiring on action taken, were not answered.

All said and done, there is nothing CATHOLIC (transparency and accountability) about the Archdiocese of Calcutta under the present dispensation, in spite of heralding of “Good News” in the Herald, the mouthpiece of the Archdiocese.

The sordid episode of Kerala should be seen in this light, in the light of close-fisted control by the Indian Catholic Church, whose apex body CBCI believes in and behaves like the three monkeys: “See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil”! Has anyone heard CBCI condemn the Kerala incident? It has put the buck on Cardinal George Alencherry, current Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.


On checking with some of my friends and well-wishers regarding protecting children and women, including nuns who go to attend private confession with their spiritual director or priests, I have got the following suggestions / feedback:

1. Never go to any priest’s room (old and young) alone. This is applicable to both children, adolescents, and women, including widows.

2. In fact, meeting of priests with children, adolescents and women inside their rooms should be totally banned. Such meetings should be held in the parlour or open sitting rooms. All churches have enough open space to hold such meetings. Remember the ground rule, never ever should there be one- on- one meetings, especially with persons of the opposite sex, even nuns. For priests are humans, even though they may be ordained. They are bound to falter. So do nuns, during one-on-one interaction with priests.

3. The practice of closed door confession of nuns, inside a priest’s room, should be done away with. When this has to be done, it should be done in a hall or a large room where other nuns can wait for their turn, with the priest in clear view of the confessor and others waiting for their turn.

4. They should always be accompanied by one or two elderly nuns.

5. Even counselling should not be done by a priest alone, in his closed room. Nuns can state their problems to a priest in writing, even type-written so that their handwriting and names cannot be identified, The priest can take note of the spiritual or other problems as CASE STUDIES and give solutions during weekly or monthly common sessions, citing case studies only, without directly addressing the concerned nuns.

6. Long journeys of a single priest and a single nun should be permitted only in groups. The excuse of cost-cutting should be done away with, to avoid greater peril of slip up and possible conception of the nun. The priest will go away scot-free in search of honey from another flower. The nun will suffer the consequences. Many such nuns have committed suicide in Kerala only. Case studies and books by these nuns are in public domain.

7. During family visits by priests, they should take with them church catechists or some parishioner or another priest. They should never visit a house alone.

8. Teaching our girls and women Self-defence at each diocese. These training costs should be funded by parishioners through Parish Finance Committee.

These are some basic practices to be followed by both priests and nuns. As they say prevention is better than cure.

Some friends suggested that priests be allowed to marry so that they may not fall into temptation. This is a good suggestion. However, it does not guarantee that even then priests will not commit sexual offences, as one can see for married persons. However, it is a good suggestion.

If ordained priests are allowed to marry, then what about nuns? Are they not human too?

Who will bear the expenses of this larger family? Parishioners? Parish Finance Committee? Or a Corpus Fund created out of the Sinking Fund of a Diocese or Archdiocese? Before the Family Synod, these are questions worth pondering, so that they may be discussed at local, national, International and lastly at the Vatican level?

How about an on-line survey where the respondents’ contact address and phone numbers will be captured to ensure authenticity?

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