It’s better to be ‘atheist’ than attend daily mass as hypocrite: Pope Francis:

 

Other derogatory phrases used by the pope include “pepper-faced,” “liquid,” and “weak-hoped” Christians; “museum mummies” and “old maids”; and priests and seminarians who qualify as “vain,” “wheeler-dealers,” “little monsters,” and “smarmy idolaters.”

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ROME, January 2, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – During his general audience at the Vatican today, Pope Francis condemned Catholics who go to church every day but “go on hating” their fellow men. He said it “is better” that they not go.

“How many times have we witnessed the scandal of those who go to church and spend all day there or attend every day, and later go on hating others or speaking ill of people. This is a scandal,” the Argentine pontiff said.

The pope added, “It would be better to not go to church. Live like an atheist. If you go to church, then live like a son, like a brother, like an authentic witness, not a counter-witness.”

Pope Francis has been unstinting in his criticisms of some Catholics, particularly traditional-minded ones, whom he asserts have failed to meet the mark. In 2013, Catholic blogger Laurence English released “The Pope Francis Little Book of Insults,” which continues to document the epithets used by the pontiff to describe those whom he criticizes. These include: “superficial Christian,” “climbers…attached to money,” and “fomenters of coprophagia!” The pope has regularly referred to some traditionalist Catholics as “rigid.”

Other derogatory phrases used by the pope include “pepper-faced,” “liquid,” and “weak-hoped” Christians; “museum mummies” and “old maids”; and priests and seminarians who qualify as “vain,” “wheeler-dealers,” “little monsters,” and “smarmy idolaters.”

During his regular Wednesday audience for pilgrims to the Vatican, the pope issued a homily on the Gospel of Matthew which refers to the “hypocrites” who pray so that “they can be seen by people.” This is repeated today, the pope said, by “atheists, without God, to be merely admired.” “Pagans,” the pontiff said, “think they pray by talking, talking, and talking. I think that many Christians believe that praying is to talk to God, if you’ll forgive me, like a parrot. No, praying is done in the heart, from within.”

On the other hand, Pope Francis said that Jesus Christ “crowned with joy” those persons who “were given little consideration in those days, but also today,” including the poor and the merciful. “This is the Gospel revolution. Everyone is capable of love. Peacemakers that until then had been on the margin of history are building the Kingdom of God.” He emphasized, “Where the Gospel is, so too is revolution. The Gospel does not leave us unmoved. It pushes us; it is revolutionary.”

 

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REPLY: To Legal Notice for Rupees Fifty Lakhs Defemation, Served by Parish Priest to a Parishioner;

SILENT VOICE wishes readers, Parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani and others, A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2019.

We resolve that we shall continue to serve the community and MOTHER CHURCH, with same zeal  and dedication through 2019.

 

VOICE OF THE SILENT MAJORITY

(CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL)

The LEGAL NOTICE, referred to in the last post has been replied to; and the same is published here, with relevant matters.

GREG

 

 

REPLY TO LEGAL NOTICE

GREG R PEREIRA
A7 Rodrigues Compound, Malwani Village, Marve Rd.
Malad (W), Mumbai – 400095;
Contact: Cell: 9870719628;
E Mail: pereiragreg1611@gmail.com

18th, December, 2018;
To,

KISHOR U. JOSHI
Advocate, High Court,
17, Abhinav Nagar,
Borivali (E), Mumbai – 66

Gentleman,

SUB: LEGAL NOTICE from your client, Fr. Agnelo Fernandes;

REF: Your letter dated 7/12/2018 received at my end at 12.30PM, on 11/12/2018;

I am aware that your client is the Parish Priest and SOLE TRUSTEE of St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani. Since I assume that you are of different faith and may not be aware of what these both positions mean, I shall elaborate on it, just for your knowledge. To understand his roles, first you need to understand meaning of CHURCH.

CHURCH is not a structure or an Edifice, which you may be thinking of, but it is BODY OF CHRIST, divided into two parts, CLERGY AND LAITY ( Lay Faithful/People believing in Lord Jesus Christ). .

As Parish Priest (CLERGY), your client is supposed to take care of SPIRITUAL NEEDS of parishioners’ (Laity)

As SOLE TRUSTEE; he is supposed to take care of Church Properties and Finances, belonging to Parishioners. The Church affairs are Governed by CANON LAW. In short, he is just a CARE TAKER and not the OWNER of the Properties and Finance. The owners are the Parishioners, who can question the Trustee, on any matter related to Parish Finances and properties. The trustee is answerable to Parishioners.

NOW FEW WORDS ABOUT MYSELF:

I am a parishioner of the St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani; and you can consider me as member of LAITY. I was also on Property Committee of the Parish, till recently.
I am the owner of a Blog, on Internet, known as SILENT VOICE. Through this blog, we carry information of Church, both, good as well as not so good, to the people. This blog is based on the platform of VOICE OF THE SILENT MAJORITY (VSM) and its MOTTO is, CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH, TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL.
Due to fear factor or spiritual role of the Clergy, parishioners are wary of voicing their concern to the superiors. This is where VSM comes in to help them. Thereafter the matter is published on the blog, for the knowledge of Lay faithful.

Now, I shall delve on replying to your LEGAL NOTICE.

1. You have referred to my lengthy and detailed message dated 21/11/2018 through E mail to your client, making all types of totally baseless, wild, malicious and defamatory allegations against your client. I deny this charge, in totality.
This message is culmination and summary of my ongoing tussle with your client, over his violation of prescribed guidelines, while he performing his duty as caretaker. Please ask your client to refer to my E mail Dated 27th, March, 2018; which has carried two messages, One dated 18th, January, 2018 and the other dated 26th, March, 2018. He has been questioned about these violations. It states about how the contractor was changed midway. How the amount enhanced and bills manipulated to keep the amount within the prescribed limit, within permissible level. He has not responded to it till date.
As our practice is, we refer such matters to Archbishop, H. E. Oswald Cardinal Gracias, and head of the Church in Mumbai. His Eminence referred the matter to, His Lordship John Rodrigues, Zonal Bishop, who interrogated me as well as your client.
Thereafter, not satisfied with Zonal Bishop’s silence, I obtained appointment with Archbishop and discussed the matter at length. Minutes of this meeting as well as the E mails, referred above, have been published in SILENT VOICE, from time to time, for the knowledge of Parishioners as well as Lay Faithful, at large.
You have stated that the message put up on Social Media, ‘was read by thousands of his followers, friends and well wishers and he received nearly 100 calls from the readers asking for his EXPLANATION’. Gentleman, the purpose of putting up the issue in public domain was to educate Parishioners and Lay Faithful at large, about the Parish affairs. The parishioners being the owners of the properties and the SOLE TRUSTEE being the care taker, they certainly will seek an explanation from him.
Even we have received several calls and messages of appreciation from parishioners, for fighting for the cause and enlightening them about it.

Following are some of their comments for your knowledge.

[11/23, 1:26 PM] *****: Very sad state of affairs. God help our parish
[11/23, 1:28 PM]*******: It’s a known fact that all those who are straight forward and vouch for the truth are not wanted where corruption thrives.
[11/23, 1:30 PM] ********: It’s shocking to note his attitude and behavior towards the handicapped man, his sister and brother-in-law. Instead of being sympathetic towards them he is harassing them when all they are doing is trying to earn a living in an honest way. God help them
[11/23, 1:31 PM]*******: Hope Fr. Agnelo is sent out of our parish. Surprisingly good priests like Fr. Sandeep get shunted out

[11/23, 2:00 PM]*********: Profound message with a strong state of practice and affairs.
U were fighting the battle from within, now it’s a new beginning for you to fight the good cause from outside.
Internal integrity & ambiguity is only known to the committee members and remains restricted from getting leaked out.
May the Lord grant you, your Christmas gift which you have asked for through His Eminence
I pray God blesses you to serve in spirit truth and stand up always for justice and what is right and be vocal and open to share your integral services to the parish and parishioners.
🏽✝ 🏽

[11/23, 5:16 PM]********: Mr Greg, You are fighting the battle for truth and Justice for Mother Church. May God bless you with strength and courage.

I think this should suffice to understand what the Parishioners think about your client.

2 You have further stated that publication of the matter on social media, “has CAUSED DAMAGE TO THE TUNE OF RS. 50,00,000/- (RS. FIFTY LAKHS ONLY). Which are RECOVERABLE FROM ME.” This is ambiguous to me.
As far as I understand, your client is a Parish Priest and SOLE TRUSTEE, at a religious institution. Therefore, it is not possible for him to incur such a huge financial loss, within a short time. Not unless he has been indulging in some other activities, clandestinely. Through the copy of this letter, we shall ask the higher ups within Church hierarchy, whether your client has been permitted to carry out any such activity.
There is a BUZZ around the Parish that your client allegedly is involved in Share Market Dealing. I have mentioned this in the E mail, mentioned above (Letter dated 18th, January, 2018). He has not denied it.
Has your client incurred this loss, in Share Market Dealing, Perhaps using Monies belonging to Church, Monies belonging to Parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani? The hierarchy, will take note of it, I am sure.

Gentleman, Thank you very much, for communicating the message from your client and providing me the opportunity to convey mine, in return.

GREG R. PEREIRA

Copy to: H. E. Oswald Cardinal Gracias: Archbishop of Mumbai;

 

 

THE E MAIL THAT RATTLED BRAINS AND RUFFLED FEATHERS.

21st, November, 2018;
To

Fr. Agnelo Fernandes
Parish Priest & SOLE TRUSTEE
St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani.

This is with reference to your following message on PROPERTY COMMITTEE GROUP on whatsApp. My response is too lengthy, for posting on WhatsApp, so am sending it to you through E Mail.

Your Messages:

31/10/2018 [10/31, 10:25 AM] Fr Agnelo Fernandes PP, SAC: On this last day of the Parish Property Committee I thank all the Committee members for your guidance, support and valuable help. The Property Committee is being dissolved today. A NEW Property Committee, with a few changes, will be announced shortly. Good morning.

AND

12/11/2018 [11/12, 12:12 PM] Fr Agnelo Fernandes PP, SAC: The NEW PARISH PROPERTY COMMITTEE with effect from 12th November 2018 consists of the following: Frederick Gracias, Godfrey Patel, Patrick D’Souza, Marius D’Lima, Dominic Rodrigues, Melwyn Pereira, Yuca Gomes, Ronnie Udwadia, Mario Gracias and Derial Gomes. CONGRATS & Thanks for your commitment to serve your parish.

You are well within your right to do anything, as SOLE TRUSTEE, including dissolution of Property Committee or any other committee. But there has to be a valid reason for doing so, and following proper procedure. I do not know how you arrived at the LAST DATE mid way and without calling for a meeting, to announce the dissolution, which would have been appropriate procedure. Well, you are known to violate all the guidelines, so I am not surprised about it. I don’t need to be part of any committee to serve the parish. I was serving the parish before and will continue to do so, whether I am part of any committee or not. My COMMITMENT IS TO MOTHER CHURCH and not to a CORRUPT CARETAKER.

The new committee is just an OLD WINE IN THE NEW BOTTLE, with one deletion and a couple of additions. It is needless to say that you deleted me from the committee, and I was not so daft, not to expect it coming. This full exercise of dissolution and Re Formation of Property Committee is for sanitization of an only hurdle, ie ME, in your path of corrupt practices. The others remained silent, while you along with your stooge, were plundering the Parish Finances of Rupees SEVENTY PLUS Lakhs, while I was vocal about it, so they are in. It is obvious for them to remain silent, because some of them derive financial benefits and others derive prominence and glamour, during parish occasions, by being part of some committee or the other.

Among the three new entrants, one stands out. He is notorious for doing all dirty work and has been handyman to you, for all your nefarious deeds and misdeeds, which parishioners are aware of. By adding him on, you have legitimized his actions, which are beneficial to you.

If you think you have shut doors on me then you are sadly mistaken. I can extract any information from you, using path of Right to Information (RTI) through CHARITY COMMISSIONER, beginning with details of Rupees SEVENTY PLUS Lakh, which you have spent, ignoring set guidelines. Minutes of every meeting also can be obtained through RTI. I am aware, this will be detrimental to the Church in Mumbai, hence may think before doing so. However, looking at past history, your presence itself is detrimental to Church in Mumbai. Alleged sale of OL of Lourdes’ Grotto at Orlem, to a builder and signature campaign carried out by the parishioners to save it, resulting in your transfer within a year; this incident is still fresh in the minds of people.

During a Government Survey conducted on Church Properties, it was revealed that a Paan Shop that is situated opposite PRASAR BHARATI RADIO STATION, is actually on Church Property bearing CTS No. 609 of Village Malwani, Taluka Borivali. While this matter was brought during one of the meeting, the members were of the opinion that it must be removed immediately. But one wise man suggested that an INDEMNITY BOND must be obtained from D’cruz family, who has allowed the shop and take rent from him. Thereafter, nothing is heard about it and the shop still remains. Has some clandestine arrangement arrived at by an individual, outside the knowledge of the committee? It is quite possible. Wherever there is an encroachment on Church Property, an individual or two, from the committee is involved; be it a road passing through CTS Nos. 1688 and 1692 or shanties coming up on CTS No. 606. The parishioners are aware of identity of these individuals.

Finally, though it is out of context, it’s related to you. It seems, since last six months or so, you have been harassing a poor candle seller family, a team of husband, wife and her handicapped lame brother who can’t walk upright, and are local natives from Kharodi Village. This family is selling candles at various venues during the week to earn their living. For last several years, on every Tuesday, they are seen selling candles at St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani, being the day of St. Anthony’s Novena, in the same place near the gate. You have been here, since last eighteen months but never once did you opposed to their presence. Even the devotees don’t mind it. In fact they are sympathetic towards them and patronize them. So why oppose them now, what makes you do so? Do you think, because their presence is ruining the beauty of the area, for which you spent around Rupees TEN lakhs of the exchequer, without any valid reason? I see no reason, other than this.
Your behavior with them, as I have been told, doesn’t resemble of a civilized person. You threatened to upset their table, if they refuse to move. You have been using abusive words like कुत्रा, कुत्री and हलकट; and also spat at them. It is disgusting to Imagine, an educated person that too, a Catholic Priest, behaving with a poor lady like you have been doing. Even yesterday, 20th, at 10.00 PM you threw tantrums at them. Does it make you feel proud? May be you feel so, but you certainly are not a pride of parishioners.

GREG R. PEREIRA
Parishioner
St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani;

Copy To: 1. H. E. Oswald Cardinal Gracias: Your Eminence, I appreciate your commitment to your word. As per your assurance, given to me during our meeting on 26th, June, 2018, of keeping the matter open, when I complained to you about His Lordship Bishop John Rodreigues having failed, even to report the matter to you, after his inquiry.
You summoned Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, to appear before you on 21st, September. What is heartening that you informed me about it, while asking for the copy of complaint against him. It really shows your greatness. Your Eminence, Whatever you decided then, was acceptable to me. However, it is said, old habits die hard. With this new development, I reiterate my demand, not to transfer him but REMOVE HIM, WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT, to spare parishioners, of the embarrassment of being led by the corrupt Parish Priest. This will be the best Christmas Gift to them. This will also help erase people’s perception that the hierarchy is lenient with erring clergy and is shielding their misdeeds.

2. Members of newly formed Property Committee: Congratulation for being appointed on Property Committee. Though they don’t speak, Parishioners are aware of your activities. So, my advice to you; be committed to serve MOTHER CHURCH and not the Corrupt Caretaker. You remain silent when the MOTHER CHURCH is being financially Raped, she yells #MeeToo, and looks upon you to save her.

FR. AGNELO’S RESPONSE TO EMAIL

Dear Mr. Greg,

This is with reference to the E-mail, dated 21st November 2018, you sent to me with copies to His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias and to all the Property Committee members.

In the said E-mail you have made very serious but false and baseless allegations against me and others. You have been leveling similar allegations against me on the various social media groups. Your E-mail was placed at the Joint meeting of the Parish Finance and Property Committees on 30th November 2018. Even before I could propose it, the members in one voice recommended legal action against you for defamation. We are now in the process of sending a legal Notice to you.

However, as I strongly believe in Divine Mercy, I want to give you an opportunity to make amends and avoid legal action. Withdraw all the allegations you have been leveling against me in your E-mail and in your posts on social media groups.and apologize, if not be prepared to face the consequences of your penchant for indulging in character assassination.

I am sending you a hard copy of the letter dated 25th November 2018, which I have sent to His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias in response to your above mentioned E-mail. I hope this letter will help you to make the right choice

Yours sincerely,

Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, ( Parish Priest, St. Anthony Church, Malwani)

Date: 07/12/18.

 

LEGAL NOTICE

WE ARE COMMITTED TO VOICE OUR CONCERN, AGAINST ANY UNDESIRABLE ACTIONS WITHIN THE CHURCH, 

 

LINKS TO RELATED POSTS

 

DEDICATED to, Parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church; Malwani

REGRET: DEDICATED to, Parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church; Malwani –

DEDICATED to, Parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church; Malwani – Part II

DEDICATED to Parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani; 1 of Part III

DEDICATED, to Parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church; Malwani. II of Part III

THE ROT BEGINS HERE…….Part lV of DEDICATED SERIES….

 

Mumbai court refuses to quash sedition case against Jesuit Priest;

Authorities have sought to link Father Stanislaus Lourdusamy to January clashes between poor Dalits and upper-class Hindus.

 

BHOPAL: The top court in India’s Maharashtra state has refused to quash a case against an 82-year-old Jesuit rights’ activist priest accused of aiding a banned Maoist movement.

The Bombay High Court rejected the application of Father Stanislaus Lourdusamy to quash the case, with the bid to have charges dropped based on a contention that he continues to be only a suspect until investigations are complete, church officials said quoting court documents they received Dec. 17.

Charges against the priest, including sedition, were filed under stringent laws covering the prevention of so-called ‘anti-national activities’.

In August this year, Maharashtra state police raided homes of nine human rights activists, including that of the priest, linking them with a January 2018 violent clash between socially poor Dalits formerly known as ‘untouchables’ and upper caste Hindus in the state’s Bhima Koregaon village.

Police suspect the incident, which killed one person and injured at least 30 policemen, was aided by Maoists involved in subversive activities.

Police also linked the nine rights workers with a public meeting, held in the state’s Pune city Dec. 31, 2017, before violent clashes occurred.

Five of them were put under house arrest. The other four, including the priest, have not yet been arrested.

Police have said they are also investigating whether there was involvement by the rights workers in a plot to kill Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Father Lourdusamy, popularly known as Stan Swamy, lives and works in Jharkhand state and has not visited Maharashtra state for years, said colleague and fellow Jesuit Father Davis Solomon.

“It is unfortunate that he is suspected in this case,” Father Solomon told ucanews.com.

Lawyer Mihir Desai, appearing for Father Lourdusamy, urged the court to quash the case against him considering his advanced age and that he was better described as a suspect than as an accused person, media reports said.

Government pleader Aruna Kamat Pai, appearing for the police, confirmed that the investigation had not yet been completed.

Father Lourdusamy has been convener of an organization called Persecuted Prisoners Solidarity Committee and prisoners in Jharkhand include arrested Maoists.

In September, he described the case against him as “a complete concoction and absolute falsehood.”

The priest has sought to create awareness among tribal and Dalit people on their rights over their land and underground minerals.

“I fear that these activities of mine have angered powerful interests within the government,” he said.

The priest complained that as well as having a case of sedition foistered on him, authorities were were now trying to link him to banned organizations.

Source: UCAN

Catholics call Assam church attack hate crime

Church leaders suspect political motive behind string of incidents in northeastern Indian state.

Parishioners gather outside St. Thomas Church in Chapatoli, in Dibrugarh diocese on Dec. 15 after being told vandals had attacked their church. (Photo supplied) New Delhi:

Church officials in India want police to conduct a thorough probe into an attack on a Catholic church in Assam, saying it could be part of a plan to create religion-based divisions in the northeastern state ahead of Christmas.

Parishioners of St. Thomas Church in Chapatoli, in Dibrugarh Diocese said they found their church vandalized on Dec. 15.

The church’s crucifix, stations of the cross and prayer books were allegedly destroyed, while a Marian statue was removed from its plinth in a grotto and thrown to the floor.

“Somebody did this to destroy a harmonious atmosphere in this area,” parish priest Father Cyprian Lakara told ucanews.com.

Nothing like this has happened before at the 88-year-old church, he added.

Despite police arresting two “drunk” men in connection with the vandalism, church officials believe those arrested were scapegoats and that the motive behind the attack was more sinister.

The arrests “appear to be a knee jerk reaction rather than attempt to identify the original culprits,” said Father G. P. Amalraj, deputy secretary of regional bishops’ council.

Bishop Joseph Aind of Dibrugarh demanded “a high-level inquiry” and said “certain forces with ulterior motives were seeking to sow seeds of hatred” among peace loving people living in the tea garden areas of the state.

Other Christian leaders like him suspect a political motive behind the attack with similar incidents being reported since a pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led coalition came to power in the state in 2016.

“It is a fact there have been other incidents of church desecration in Assam and other northeastern states after the BJP won power,” said Bishop Thomas Pullopillil of Bongaigaon who heads the United Christian Forum, an ecumenical group in the northeastern region.

But “we are not quite sure who exactly is behind such attacks.”

Christian leaders say Hindu groups see BJP political victories as a cue to push their agenda to make India a Hindu-only nation by isolating and attacking religious minorities like Christians, Muslims and ethnic minorities.

In June 2016, a month after the BJP-led coalition came to power, a man attacked parish priest Father Sushil John Soren with a machete in Udalguri district.

On June 20 this year, unidentified attackers vandalized the Christ, Light of the World Cathedral in Bongaigaon.

On Sept. 29, a Don Bosco statue in front of the Tezpur Bishop’s House was attacked and vandalized.

Such “hate attacks” against Christians were rare in the state until three years ago, Bishop Pullopillil said.

“We want the government to identify the real culprits behind such attacks,” the bishop said.

Christians make up 3.74 percent of the state’s 31 million people, higher than the national average of 2.3 percent.

All three of India’s Christian majority states — Nagaland (87.93 percent) Mizoram (87.16 percent), Meghalaya (74.59 percent) — are also in the northeast.

Christian numbers are also considerably high in two other states — Manipur (41.29 percent) and Arunachal Pradesh (30.26 percent).

Source: UCAN

Transfers of Principals: MOTIVATED?????

As mentioned in his letter to you, I have Indeed received a LEGAL NOTICE from Fr. Agnelo Fernandes. It says, I pay him Rs. 50,00,000/- (Rupees FIFTY LAKHS) towards damage and tender a public apology, failing which, I will have to bear LEGAL CONSEQUENCES.
Your Eminence, Legal Notice will be responded to, appropriately. I am prepared to face LEGAL CONSEQUENCES but not prepared to obey his dictats.

APOLOGY TO A CORRUPT PERSON, MEANS YOU CONDONE HIS CORRUPTION.

 

VOICE OF THE SILENT MAJORITY

(CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL)

This post is follow up to, untimely transfer of principal of St. Anthony’s High School, Malwani; Fr. Henry Pereira which shocked the entire parish. Yours truely had taken up this matter with H. E. swald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Munbai.

A vigilant reader of SILENT VOICE provided input of similar transfers of Principals, by Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, which can be read by clicking on following Link. WAS THERE A MALICIOUS INTENTION, BEHIND TRANSFER OF AN EFFICIENT PRINCIPAL?

The same reader, after researching, has provided details of multiple transfers of Principals at one school, within a span of one year each, in quick succession. We have brought the matter to the knowledge of Archbishop and awaiting response.

GREG

 

 

 

14th, December,2018;

Your Eminence,

The controversy regarding unethical transfer of Fr. Henry Pereira seems to be unending. The reader of SILENT VOICE had earlier mentioned, that Fr. Agnelo has been involved in transfer of more principals, in similar manner that of Fr. Henry Pereira’s. This has been brought to your notice through a letter dated 31, August, 2018; which appears in trailing E Mail.

The same person, who seems to have researched, has sent details of the principals, transferred by Fr. Agnelo, while he was the manager, which reads thus.

Victor Pereira said,
November 26, 2018 at 5:13 pm

Since it was me to make the allegation, let me substantiate.

2012

Fr agnelo was transferred to OL of Lourdes Kalyan.

2013 principal was transfered out
2013 fr James D’Silva appointment principal
2014 frJames transferred out.
2014 fr Merwyn D’Souza appointment principal
2015 fr Merwyn transfered out
2015 Lay person appointed acting principal

2016
Fr Agnelo was transferred to St Anthony’s Malwani
2017 fr Henry Pereira transferred out
2017 Lay person appointed acting principal.

Your Eminence, with the confidence the person has placed the details in writing; it seems there is substance into it. You may verify the same, if you wish to. During our meeting related to my request to revoke Fr. Henry’s transfer; you cited a reason that was untenable, but I did accept it. However, after this new revelation, few questions will certainly be raising ugly heads.

What was the reason for him to get other Principals transferred, within a span of a year each? Did he cite the same reason, which has been cited in the case of Fr. Henry Pereira? Can he justify these multiple transfers, in quick succession? Besides, he seems to have stopped, only when he got a Lay person as a principal. Whatever be his reason to do so, His game plan has now been exposed, which will not escape parishioner’s attention.

Your Eminence, it is impossible to believe that hierarchy was not aware of the tale of multiple transfers. In such case, it is a BIG INJUSTICE to the Parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church, Malwany; done by the hierarchy, sending him to our parish; because, he has continued with his ugly game. It is needless to say that he has a motive behind transferring out, all the Priests, as Principals.

Your Eminence, Whatever is being communicated to you, is put in public domain, through SILENT VOICE; because parishioners have a right to know everything that is happening within parish. Here are some of the reactions from parishioners, to ongoing controversy about Fr. Agnelo Fernandes; which should suffice to understand mood of the parish, about their Parish Priest.

[11/23, 1:26 PM] *****: Very sad state of affairs. God help our parish
[11/23, 1:28 PM]*******: It’s a known fact that all those who are straight forward and vouch for the truth are not wanted where corruption thrives.
[11/23, 1:30 PM] ********: It’s shocking to note his attitude and behavior towards the handicapped man, his sister and brother-in-law. Instead of being sympathetic towards them he is harassing them when all they are doing is trying to earn a living in an honest way. God help them
[11/23, 1:31 PM]*******: Hope Fr. Agnelo is sent out of our parish. Surprisingly good priests like Fr. Sandeep get shunted out

[11/23, 2:00 PM]*********: Profound message with a strong state of practice and affairs.
U were fighting the battle from within, now it’s a new beginning for you to fight the good cause from outside.
Internal integrity & ambiguity is only known to the committee members and remains restricted from getting leaked out.
May the Lord grant you, your Christmas gift which you have asked for through His Emminence
I pray God blesses you to serve in spirit truth and stand up always for justice and what is right and be vocal and open to share your integral services to the parish and parishioners.
🏽✝ 🏽

[11/23, 5:16 PM]********: Mr Greg, You are fighting the battle for truth and Justice for Mother Church. May God bless you with strength and courage.

Victor Pereira said,
August 27, 2018 at 12:08 pm

We need to also pay attention to what he is doing in the school; after all it is our parish school. He has appointed a lay teacher as acting principal. By doing so he has ensured that there is no other priest in school to question his running of the school as per his mood.
Appointing a lay person is detrimental to the school and the parish as a whole, we have examples right next door at St Anne’s orlem.
Additionally the Cardinal should well be aware of what happened in St Michael’s Mahim when a lay person was appointed acting principal.
I did a little research on our parish priest; the last 4 principals (priest) were transferred within one year, with him being their manager. I wonder where the problem is????

Your Eminence, whether the hierarchy was ignorant about it or decided to look other way; now that the matter has come into limelight, you must act upon it. The young principals (Priests), certainly may be distressed at the time of their unethical/untimely transfer from the school.

I also suggest, please investigate his relations with his subordinate Priests, Principals or Assistants, wherever he was serving as Parish Priest. I am sure; you will not find anything that will cheer you up.

Yours always, in LORD JESUS CHRIST

GREG R. PEREIRA
Parishioner
St. Anthony’s Church,
Malwani.

P. S. : Your Eminence, Fr. Agnelo has sent me hard copy of a letter dated 25/11/2018; addressed to you, in response to my E mail to him dated 21st November,2018; copy of which has been marked to you too.
Since it has been addressed to you, I wouldn’t want to counter him and waste more of your time. However, I stand by each and every word that is written in the said letter as well as other letters, I have been writing to you about the parish affairs; He has reacted to current letter, only because he cannot digest the TRUTH, anymore. He is rattled because of TRUTH, staring right into his face. You may draw your own conclusion to it, taking into consideration, my communication with you, since long, and couple of meetings between us, on this matter.

I wish to delve on a point where he has said, “GREG is an EMPTY VESSEL He has used this term in particular context but I would like to view it in the context that suits me. He might be thinking and must want to say that GREG is an EMPTY VESSEL which makes more noise and does nothing.

Your Eminence let me take this God sent opportunity to highlight my contribution to this parish, for the knowledge of parishioners who may not be aware of it.

 ROAD WIDENING: Through efforts of SOUL, which was formed under the leadership of Fr. Austin Norris, the parish has managed to stall BMC authorities from acquiring the Parochial House for road widening. No doubt, the entire parish stood by and contributed, in their own way, by participating in Rallies and Protest Marches, including the Massive Rally at AZAD Maidan. However, one must understand the Authorities go by documentary evidence and Protests and Rallies are meaningless to them.

This is where I have played a very important role, collecting this evidence through research, and RTI, including obtaining the Road Plan; proving that RL has been manipulated by BMC authorities. This was communicated to the authorities through various letters, which they have not responded to, but seems the message has gone through to them. Fr. Austin Norris and other members of core team have appreciated this initiative of mine and they certainly, will vouch for it.

 HOLY CROSS AT KHARODI: At the onset, I will proudly state that this HOLY CROSS which fetches around two hundred thousand Rupees a month in offerings has come under patronage of St. Anthony’s Church, is because of my quick thinking and quick decision to intervene.
After moving the cross in its present location from its original place, people started venerating, particularly on Fridays and that started bringing in lot of offerings, in cash and kind. So there appeared a group of persons as caretakers. After day’s collection, this group was seen enjoying parties at Marve or some other place, with the monies generated through offerings. Everything was going on well within the group. After a while, the main caretaker who used to stand at the cross the whole day, helping devotees and collecting offerings, stopped entertaining the group and started enjoying the fruit himself, because at this juncture, the size of offerings had swelled. This miffed some members of the group, and they unsuccessfully tried to wrest control of the cross. Wisely, the guy had registered a trust by the name of HOLY CROSS ASSOCIATION. So to prevent this disgruntled group from taking control, he filed a writ in the court, naming three persons, out of which two are very active in parish.
While I was aware of things, because of my occasional presence with them at casual evening gathering, I just looked at it, as two groups fighting for a piece of pie from the booty. This group had no chance of wresting control, under the circumstances, I opined. Then came the twist to this tale.
I just overheard someone speak about a bank account, titled HOLY GROSS FUND. On inquiry out of curiosity, I was told that some offerings would come by cheques, in the name of St. Anthony’s Church. In order to get them encashed, an account was opened by the Church. On hearing this, I wasted no time and decided to intervene on behalf of the Church, which I did, and made St. Anthony’s Church, party to the case. Rest is history.
Friday following submission of intervention to court, I along with one of the respondent, went to the site and asked the caretaker/petitioner to leave the Cross, citing Church Intervention, and he politely obliged. This was another intelligent move on my part. Had he been In Charge of the Cross, when Court ordered to Maintain STATUS QUO, it would have been a different story. Though I was not part of it at later stage, the case went on for a long time, before being decided in favour of Church.
However, anticipating problem at this juncture, drafted a letter to Sr. Inspector of Malwani Police Station and got it signed by few parishioners from Kharodi, which was submitted to Malwani Police Station.

My colleague, Vitur Rodrigues who is always by my side and a great support to my cause, had paid certain amount, quite a sizable one, to a lawyer but did not claim from Church. On the last day of Fr. Austin Norris, while I was having one to one talk with him on our relation during his tenure, this matter was mentioned and he immediately reimbursed the amount. Thanks to him. Vitur Rodrigues also has been removed from Property Committee.

 DEMOLITION OF FRONT PORCH OF INFANT JESUS CHAPEL: BMC had ordered demolition of front part of Chapel, on the basis of complaint filed by the owner of neighboring plot. He has obtained a court order, for the passage through Chapel Property. The parishioners, particularly from Kharodi, opposed BMC when the squad arrived to demolish it. BMC staff was flaunting the court order and the notice from the authorities, in the face of parishioners.
On studying the Notice and the Court order, delivered by Justice A. Aguiar (Retd) it was revealed that the court order is for only THREE FEET of passage and not a motorway, which the complainant was insisting. I then initiated interaction with demolition in-charge to apprise him of the reality. He was convinced, but had to do his job of EXECUTION of the NOTICE and submit the report. Mutually it was decided then, to remove one corner prop of the porch and remove part of the floor to create THREE FEET passage as per court order, and remove asbestos sheets. Once this exercise was complete, he took photographs and went away. Nelson Patel of Godnel’s Studio helped in taking photographs, which were submitted to BMC, under covering letter. After the matter was cooled down, the prop and the sheets were put back in the place.

Your Eminence, this may sound like, I am indulging in SELF GLORY. BUT UNDER PREVAILING CIRCUMSTANCE, I AM COMLELLED TO. Besides, while doing all this I was never part of any committee within parish; so there is no question whether I am part of PROPERTY COMMITTEE or not. I will continue to work for MOTHER CHURCH, whenever I hear Her Call.

As mentioned in his letter to you, I have Indeed received a LEGAL NOTICE from Fr. Agnelo Fernandes. It says, I pay him Rs. 5,000,000/- (Rupees FIFTY LAKHS) towards damage and tender a public apology, failing which, I will have to bear LEGAL CONSEQUENCES.
Your Eminence, Legal Notice will be responded to, appropriately. I am prepared to face LEGAL CONSEQUENCES but not prepared to obey his dictats.

APOLOGY TO A CORRUPT PERSON, MEANS YOU CONDONE HIS CORRUPTION.

TRUTH needs no evidence to prove that it is right! Because TRUTH IS A TRUTH!! And it will always remain so!!!
TRUTH is synonymous with Birth of Lord Jesus Christ. Seeking Evidence for TRUTH is like questioning Birth of Lord Jesus Christ, through Mother Mary’s IMMACULATE CONCEPTION.

GREG R. PEREIRA
Parishioner,
St. Anthony’s Church,
Malwani

 

WE ARE COMMITTED TO VOICE OUR CONCERN, AGAINST ANY UNDESIRABLE ACTIONS WITHIN THE CHURCH, 

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