Archbishop accused of misusing church property

A Karnataka association alleged that Bangalore Archbishop leased church land.
Posted on March 30, 2012, 5:24 PM

Bangalore:

Accusing Archbishop Bernard Moras of misusing church property, Karnataka Christian association held a demonstration against him yesterday.

The Akhila (all) Karnataka Catholic Christian Association alleged that Archbishop Moras leased to a realtor one acre of land that belonged to St. Pius Church in Kammanahalli, Bangalore.

Raphael Raj, general secretary of the association, said the realtor was planning to construct a mall on the land, leased for 40 years.

He said that the association and residents of the area have opposed the move and managed to get a stay order by a court.

“The land is meant for religious activities and being the head of the community, the archbishop tried to commercialise the area,” he said.

Demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the case, the protestors also submitted a memorandum to chief minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda.

However, archdiocese spokesperson Fr. A.S. Anthonyswamy said that the land has not been sold but leased to generate financial resources.

He said the archbishop authorized the lease agreement as per the church norms and directives and had discussed the matter with the members concerned before signing the deal.

Joseph Reddy, a donor from Andhra Pradesh had donated 2.8 acres of land for the construction of a church, school and hospital for the poor. Out of this one acre has been leased out.

Source: DNA

 

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Church refutes conversion charge

A forum in Gujarat had claimed that 32 dalit children were proselytized by a Catholic Church in Khambat.
Posted on March 29, 2012, 5:56 PM

 

Ahmedabad:

The Church in Gujarat has termed a probe into proselytization charge against it as “intimidatory and harassing” tactics by the state government.

A forum for Peace and Justice based in Petlad town of Anand district had alleged that 32 minor dalit children were converted into Christianity by a Roman Catholic Church at Khambat taluka.

Father Cedric Prakash, convenor Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace described the charges as “baseless, misleading and mischievous,”.

He said the forum was referring to the ceremony where some Catholic children were conferred sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation at the Khambat church.

Forum coordinator Dharmendra Rathod had claimed that on January 2, 17 minors were converted to Christianity at Roman Catholic Church of Nagra and on February 12 nearly 15 other minor children were converted at the denomination’s Church in Cambay.

He alleged that the schedule caste children, who belonged to the weavers’ community, were converted without their parents’ knowledge.

However, three church officials including Frs. Andrews Silvera, Vinay and Piyush from the Cambay church have rubbished the claims.

“All the children whose names have been mentioned are Christians by birth so there is no question of conversion. Their parents were present during a ceremony that was held,”said Fr Silvera.

He said they have made their statements to the police on Tuesday.

“This is another clear instance of how minorities in Gujarat continue to be intimidated and harassed by right-wing forces in nexus with powerful vested interests,” said Fr Prakash.

Source: Press release
Conversion , Indian Constitution , Vishwa Hindu Parishad

 

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Former Anglican bishop turned Catholic priest is star of anti-apartheid musical

Former Anglican bishop turned Catholic priest is star of anti-apartheid musical

By Mark Greaves on Wednesday, 28 March 2012
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Fr Mercer, centre, with Mgr Keith Newton, left, and Bishop Alan Hopes (Photo: Personal Ordinariate)

Fr Mercer, centre, with Mgr Keith Newton, left, and Bishop Alan Hopes (Photo: Personal Ordinariate)

A former Anglican bishop ordained a Catholic priest is one of the stars of an anti-apartheid musical in South Africa, it emerged today.

Fr Robert Mercer, 77, was deported from South Africa in 1970 for his stand against apartheid, along with several other Anglican priests.

He and other members of the Anglican Community of the Resurrection defied segregation laws by running a multi-racial parish.

They were, says Fr Mercer, “deemed to be a corrupting influence on students” at Stellenbosch University, where they worked as chaplains. One of the Anglican priests was jailed.

Their stand has been dramatised in a multi-media pop musical called Brothers, which ran for five nights at Stellenbosch University, the country’s top Africaans university.

The musical was performed in September 2010 in a mix of Africaans and English and was directed by playwright Peter Krummeck.

Fr Mercer, who grew up in Zimbabwe, went on to become Bishop of Matabeleland, Zimbabwe, in the Anglican Province of Central Africa, in the midst of a civil war.

He was bishop for 11 years before leaving the Anglican Communion to join the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, part of the worldwide Traditional Anglican Communion. He served as metropolitan bishop from 1988 to 2005, when he retired to England.

Fr Mercer became a Catholic in January and was ordained a priest for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on Monday.

He said today that Pope Benedict XVI’s offer of an ordinariate to Anglicans in 2009 was “an answer to our prayers, to our dreams”.

He said he had been longing for Christian unity since the early 1980s, when Pope John Paul II and Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, issued a joint declaration thanking God for “the progress that has been made in the work of reconciliation”.

He and his clergy in Zimbabwe began working through ARCIC documents and even met Vatican officials in Rome.

In 1985 Fr Mercer met Cardinal Johannes Willebrands and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to talk about the prospect of Anglicans reconciling with Rome.

Fr Mercer said that Cardinal Ratzinger was “the humblest, gentlest, most sympathetic person I think I’ve ever met”.
He said: “I could never understand, therefore, all the talk of ‘the Rottweiler’ and ‘Panzer cardinal’… I came away thinking if ever I had done wrong and wanted to tell someone about it, it would be him I’d want to tell.”

Fr Mercer said: “I couldn’t see then why Anglicans couldn’t be in communion [with Rome].”

Three years later he joined the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), an umbrella group of breakaway Anglicans, serving as a bishop in Canada.

There, he said, parishes had to start “from scratch”, meeting in homes and trying to build or buy churches. “I was so impressed by the commitment of the lay people,” Fr Mercer said. “It was a great pleasure and privilege to be with them.”

In 2007 Fr Mercer was one of about 30 leaders of the TAC who signed a letter to Rome asking to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church.

He and the others signed the letter and a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the altar during a service in Portsmouth, England.

Weeks ago, however, a majority of the TAC’s bishops announced that they would not be joining a personal ordinariate and would be staying “fully Anglican”.

Fr Mercer said more than half a dozen TAC priests and bishops in Canada, the US, Australia and even Japan were still “in the pipeline” to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church, along with their parishes.

He said that, while in a sense the Pope’s offer of an ordinariate in Anglicanorum coetibus was “wonderful and sudden and too good to be true”, it was also the “fulfilment of 400 years of prayer and aspiration and hope and idealism”. “One day,” he said, “I hope the Anglican Communion will be reconciled with the Bishop of Rome.”

 

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VM: 04/2012 : Comments. Parishioners win control of church from archdiocese

Parishioners win control of church from archdiocese

From: alphonso tao
Date: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 9:51 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: [New post] VM: 004/2012 : Do Archdiocese run schools also needs cleansing?
To: SILENT VOICE <silentvoice58@gmail.com>

After a nine-year battle, the removal of several parish priests and a series of excommunications, a judge has awarded the parishioners of a US church an “unassailable” victory.
Joshua J. McElwee
United States
March 21, 2012

 

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Parishioners of a Polish Catholic church in St. Louis are celebrating after a judge ruled last week that Archbishop Robert Carlson and the St. Louis archdiocese have no right to claim control of their parish and its property because of a unique 19th century legal contract.

The decision, which came after almost a decade of dispute over St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, was issued Thursday in a 50-page ruling by St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Bryan Hettenbach.

At the center of the case, in which Hettenbach took two years to issue a decision, seemed to stand complicated questions of the entangling of church and civil law. In the end, however, it came down to an everyday contract dispute.

Finding that he had no power to invalidate an 1891 agreement the archdiocese made with the parish, which ceded title to its property to a board of directors incorporated under Missouri law, Hettenbach writes in the ruling that while “the Archbishop may own the souls of wayward St. Stanislaus parishioners … the St. Stanislaus Parish Corporation owns its own property.”

The ruling, in which Hettenbach found in favor of the parish on nine of 13 counts, seems to draw to a near-close a chapter that has roiled the St. Stanislaus church community since 2003, when the parish board refused a demand by then-St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke to change its bylaws to allow the archdiocese ultimate control of its financial resources and property.

 

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VM: 004/2012 : Do Archdiocese run schools also needs cleansing?

             WE THE PEOPLE
                      Silent Voice
   A/7  Rodrigues Compound, Malwani Village, Malad (W), Mumbai, 400095.   Contact No. 98707 19628
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VM:-004 /2012
21st, March, 2012

Hello Friends,

This matter was pending in achieves, for long, for some reasons. Never mind the reasons; we have now decided to put it in public domain. It is related to the undesirable happenings in a school. The schools are also part of Archdiocese. Therefore, they too need to be cleansed of corrupt practices. The information provided by a parishioner is not authenticated by us. However, the matter was brought to the notice of Archbishop, through a letter, which is part of this VOICEMAIL. We do not know, if the Archbishop has taken note of it. Besides, the letter to Archbishop and other attachments describe the state of affairs in our schools. Of course, how can it be different from Church Administration? Both are run by clergy. Well, we are not putting the entire clan of clergy in the same basket but only the corrupt ones. We are also not passing a judgment on any one. You are the ones to take that decision, based on the information available.

GREG
CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH, TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF
CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL

Voice  OF A SILENT MAJORITY
Constuted UnderPara 29 of Christifideles Laici
(Post Synodal ApostolicExhortation ofH. H.Late Pope John Paul II)
A/7, Rodrigues Compound, Malwani Village, Malad(W), Mumbai,400095. Contact no. 98707 19628.

22nd, October, 2011
To,
Most Reverend Cardinal Oswald Gracias,
Archbishop of Mumbai,

Archbishop Oswald Gracias of the Bombay Dioces...

Archbishop Oswald Gracias of the Bombay Diocese, India. Image taken by me after the Christmas midnight mass. (Cropped) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your Eminence,

We are pleased to inform you that parishioners are awakening to calls, to be bold and have begun speaking out against corrupt practices at parish level.
Attached are some responses to the VOICEMAIL 016/2011, from the parishioners, of OUR LADY OF EGYPT CHURCH, KALINA. It is Needless to say that all is not well, within the parish. So indicate these letters. Besides, efforts of some parishioners to start signature campaign against installation of plaques in the name of a politician, and a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT from the sacred Pulpit, Condemning these parishioners, is still fresh in everyone’s minds. No, we are not trying to single out this parish. It is the situation in most of the parishes.
One of the letters from the attachments was forwarded to you, by the writer. We do not know, if any action is taken?   However, it indicates the level of Corruption in Parish Administered Schools. Do you approve of this kind of behavior of School Administration, Your Eminence? This is not the case only in this School; it is almost in every School, run by the Archdiocese. Just because no one dares to speak against the School Authorities, does not mean ALL IS WELL.
This is one area, your Eminence, You need to look at. We are glad; people are waking up to the truth and beginning to speak out. As and when we receive such inputs, we will bring it to your knowledge, in order to keep you informed, about the matters, about which you are being kept in dark. The parishioners have lost faith in Parish Administration. Silence of Parishioners, out of fear of persecution, is taken for granted by some members of clergy, with connivance of zonal Bishops, perhaps.  We have said it before and reiterating it, once again.
Your Eminence, it is about time, for Accountability to be brought in; and Accountability will come in, only if the actions of parish administrations are TRANSPARENT.
We do not know how old this matter is; nevertheless, it is a fit case for setting an inquiry, a TRANSPARENT one, into this matter.
While on the subject of inquiry, the inquiry into the parish of St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani; which was at brisk pace, seems to have slackened. However, Fr. Michael Goveas, has assured me that it will be completed soon. How soon? He has not mentioned.
Regards,

Yours always, in OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,

GREG R. PEREIRA,

Attached:         As above

Dear Mr Pereira,

As a Parishioner (since less than 6 years) of OLEgypt, Kalina, and a
concerned Catholic Christian I agree with the concerns exprssed in
your letter.

The property and political misadventures are a part of a Parishioners
worries. At least as relevant are doctrinal misguiding and
broadcasting things heard in the privacy of the confessional or in
counselling, from the pulpit that are sickening. It is tragic that
Church leadership is so blind to what matters.

I wish you the best in your campaign that the truth prevail. I do hope
the fear of God returns to it’s due place in our parishes and our
homes. Otherwise we will continue seeing steadily empting pews, as we
see at Kalina. The price will be paid by us and our children.

The clergy should remember the admonishment by Jesus for the teacher
of untruth to tie a millstone round his neck and drown himself.

Best regards

N***** F******
dear sir,

the church has taken everybody for granted and run the institutions at the their whims and fancies. they wanted the followers only for donations and require their support when their comforts affected. the appointments for the post vice principals/vice principals/supervisors randomly picked up from the coterie  and as per the prevalent policy of wine/dine with holy ghost(host).

the recent appointment of vice principal in st. mary’s school in kalina is typical eg and it not only upset the whole teaching community, students as well as many others.

the present incumbent is hardly lowest in rung and hardly 12 yrs experience without neither any quality nor ability. teachers having dedicated service more than two decades have been ignored because they hv no push in archdiocese. before the interview was taken place, her relatives hv announced the next vice principal in kalina market that so and so will be the vice principal and started the celebrations and interviews were a farce.

i feel ashamed, how these people in which cassocks can stoop so low and ignore their own fraternity for petty gains. jews crucified christ only once but these people crucifying christ unemptien times everyday in the name christ.

god bless them.

regards/*******

WINE /DINE WITH THE HOLY GHOST (HOST)
Most of the catholic institutions follow the policy of wine/dine with the holy ghost (host), while appointing principals, vice principals or supervisors. The Catholic Hierarchy  does not observe any basic principles while carrying out the appointments for the above posts. These posts are cheaply distributed to the coteries on the basis of wine / dine with the host. Here the host is the candidate herself / himself  to be appointed as the vice principal  of the school. The Hierarchy is either very closely connected to the candidates and the interviews are carried out in farce. They violate all provisions of law and there is no room for natural justice too. Every law of this land is flouted under the pretext of minority community .  Has the  constitution given absolute powers to the minority community to run the institutions with government grants  at their whims and fancies?  Are they not accountable to anybody while carrying out appointments to these posts? Does any government authority monitor these appointments?
I would like to bring a few appointments that has taken place in St. Mary’s High School , kalina , Santacruz (East) for the post of vice principal. The vacancy for the post for the vice principal was announced in all Sunday masses and also published in “Examiner” magazine  requesting interested candidates to apply for this post. These announcements and advertisements are only a formality to flout the rules. A large number of applicants applied for the post but none were considered. Even though, a few teachers were called for interviews to circumvent the procedure. The announcement was made after two months by the Bishop and it was on the expected lines. The announcement did not surprise any one but still it shocked not only the teaching community of St. Mary’s but also students and parishioners too. As expected the coterie among this was selected disregarding qualification , experience and ability.  Similar incidents are very common in catholic schools and it is high time for the Govt. to step in and put an end to this great injustice done to the entire teaching community. The vice principal selected, was the junior most teacher with least experience   (hardly 12 years service) with very good contact and clout with the  Catholic Hierarchy ( Bishops, Cardinals and Principals). Is this the criteria to head an institution? There are teachers in this institution with more than 30 years experience and don’t they qualify to head the institution?  I request the Bishop and Cardinal to introspect their conscience and have you done justice while carrying out this appointment.
The appointment of the supervisor of the middle school too was not free from controversy. There are teachers who are more experienced (more than 30 years) before her were neglected.  Teachers such as these with few years experience should not be promoted.

Similarly the appointment of  Primary head teacher was  also in the above lines. She is  neither equipped nor taught beyond the first STD.
Another glaring high handedness of this Management is in the KG section. A retired teacher has been posted as the supervisor depriving the legitimate candidate’s promotions. This supervisor is more than 70 years old and is neither in a position to walk nor has proper vision. This is the sorry state of affairs going on in schools run by the CATHOLIC COMMUNITY  , once boasted for their zeal for dedication and hard work. The present Hierarchy is not only crucifying Christ every day but also demoralizing their own followers.
It is also learnt from the community members that such things are very common in catholic institutions. Generally experience/qualification and ability are not the criteria for holding these posts. The only criteria is that the INCUMBENT requires a very good hold with the Cardinals, Bishops and Principals to secure these positions. These institutions are not only a shame to the Catholic Community but also unfair and unjust to deserving candidates.
I therefore request the education department to probe and reexamine these appointments to avoid further injustice done to the teaching community.

From,
CITZEN FORUM AGAINST INJUSTICE

CC to  :
Cardinal Oswald Gracias .
Father Gregory Lobo.
Bishop Agnelo Gracias.
Education Department , Jogeshwari .
Secretary , Secondary Teachers Association.
Father Adrian Ferreira.

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