WE THE PEOPLE
A/7 Rodrigues Compound, Malwani Village, Malad (W), Mumbai, 400095. Contact No. 98707 19628
21st, March, 2012
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.
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
Most Reverend Cardinal Oswald Gracias,
Archbishop of Mumbai,
Archbishop Oswald Gracias of the Bombay Diocese, India. Image taken by me after the Christmas midnight mass. (Cropped) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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