A/7 Rodrigues Compound, Malwani Village, Malad (W), Mumbai, 400095.
20th, January, 2012
Archbishop meets GREG, the VOICE of a SILENT MAJORITY
We regret the break in your favourite read, the VOICEMAIL. It was due to some technical reasons. Now that we are back on our path, will hopefully, move further, without any hindrances.
As the Headline indicates, the Archbishop, CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS, gave audience and discussed about various matters which we have been pursuing with him. He was submitted with a memorandum, listing the issues.
Archbishop mentioned that he is looking into the matters brought before him by us. He was told that it doesn’t seem that things are moving in right direction, and if they are moving, then WE, THE PEOPLE, must know how they are moving. There must be a TRANSPARENCY in these matters. The lack of transparency makes the people apprehensive about the intention of Church administration; to which he nodded In agreement. To substantiate his claim, he mentioned that he has stopped the proposed sale of Church Property belonging to OL of Remedy Church, poinsur, by the Parish Priest.
As regards to Uttan Dumping Ground, when it was brought to his notice that the cases withdrawn were only partial, to which he responded with regret and said that it is the judicial matter, therefore, could not do much about it. Besides, the local situations were also responsible for it, to which, we were convinced. However, he will continue with his efforts to resolve this matter, he said.
His Eminence was made known of our displeasure over the delay in deciding the St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani matter. The Enquiry report is pending with him. He was told that there is no Change in the way the parish administration is behaving. The rogue elements are still at helm. He assured us that appropriate action will be taken once the report is finalized.
Finally, the reason for the meeting, he said, was to convey to us that though we are bringing up the issues related to Church Administration, we are not attacking the Church and our concerns are genuine towards it. We thanked and assured him of our support in his effort to cleanse the Church, which belongs to all of us. It is sort of recognition to your VOICE.
We therefore, call upon all of you, to cast your fear away and bring out the administration related problems, particularly related to Church Properties and Finances, in your parish. If brought to his notice in proper manner, Archbishop will certainly pay attention and try to resolve the issues.
CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF
CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL.
VOICE OF A SILENT MAJORITY
Constituted under Para 29 of Christifideles Laici
(Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation of H.H.Late Pope John Paul-II)
A/7, Rodrigues Compound, Malwani Village, Malad (W), Mumbai, 400095.
16th, January, 2012
Thank you for tour valuable time. We are sure; you will give us a patient hearing and address all the issues which we have brought to you from time to time. We regret to state that in spite of your assurances, nothing much has been done. We list below the matters once again; to remind you about the actions you need to take.
OUR LADY OF SALVATION CHURCH, DADAR; Twenty four flats and a community hall, belonging to Parish, which the builder has usurped, causing huge loss to parish exchequer, with connivance of Parish Authorities.
OUR LADY OF NAZARETH CHURCH, BHAYANDER: Properties belonging to parish, sold at undervalued price, causing huge loss to parish exchequer.
ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH, MAHIM: Bishop Bosco Penha’s instructions to then parish Priest, Fr. Michael D’souza, to Regularise an illegal structure on Church property, constructed by a Businessman, with no benefit to parish.
OUR LADY OF HEALTH, CAVEL: Sale of Church Building for redevelopment, without taking into consideration the future of catholic residents. They are now being asked to lookout for alternate accommodation, on their own.
OUR LADY OF REMEDY CHURCH, POINSUR,: The Parish Priest began a process to sell Church land to a Society, which has been stalled due to protest by parishioners, for time being. Parishioners are wary of Parish Priests intention because of the absence of assurance from Parish Authorities that the land will not be sold at all.
UTTAN DUMPING GROUND.: In spite of assurance from authorities and efforts from your Eminence, there seem to be no progress in this matter.
With your efforts, the cases against the villagers are withdrawn, but only partially, as it has been revealed by a letter from Ronnie Corriea, dated 19th December, 2011, therefore, more needs to be done in this context.
OUR LADY OF EGYPT CHURCH, KALINA; The Plaques in glorification of a politician, we perceive, still adorn the precinct of the church, against the wishes of parishioners.
ST, ANTHONY’S CHURCH, MALWANI.: Anxiously awaiting the judgment on the Enquiry which is long overdue. The delay in proclaiming the judgment, make us wary of the intention of Church Authorities.
OUR LADY OF THE SEA CHURCH, MADH ISLAND. We haven’t brought this matter to your notice officially, yet. However, we are mentioning it over here. The church properties, which were protected by the previous Parish Priest, Fr. Malcom D’souza, may be put on the block. So fear the parishioners.
Your Eminence, apart from the matters mentioned above, we wish to draw your attention to following matters, about which we will write to you officially, in details.
ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH, MAHIM: Residents of Flat No. XXXX at Doves Nest, St. Michael’s Colony, Mahim, Mumbai-16, which according to them isXXXXXXX XXX XXX XXXX,they are trying to seek help from Parish Authorities. Hurdles are being put into their path instead, by Parish authorities.
ST. THOMAS CHURCH, GOREGAON.: Your Eminence, if it is true, it would be a most shameful act, reminiscent only to the one practiced by antisocial elements. We are referring to NICHOLAS HOUSE, which was given by the owners to parish, temporarily, during their time of need. The Parish Authorities are now trying to usurp it.
I. C. CHURCH, BORIVALI: This matter is related to ongoing annulment case of xxxxxxx xxxxxxxx, with Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Mumbai. We do not mean to interfere in such matters. However, the appellant doesn’t seem to be happy with attitude of present Judge and has asked for his removal.
Your Eminence, We call upon you to look into above matters and act with sincerity. Of course, we do not doubt your sincerity, but prolonged delays in resolving these matters, do create doubts.
Your Eminence, As we have said before and we are saying it once again; SILENT VOICE and VOICE OF A SILENT MAJORITY, is always willing to stand by you, in your efforts to eradicate corruption from Parish Administration and materialistic behavior of some members of clergy, because of whom the Church Administration as whole, is being maligned.
Yours always, in OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
GREG R. PEREIRA.
CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF
CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL