VM : FROM THE ARCHIVES OF SILENT VOICE

Silent Voice

A/7  Rodrigues Compound, Malwani Village, Malad (W), Mumbai, 400095.   Contact No. 98707 19628

E mail:    silentvoice58@gmail.com

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Voicemail  

VM: Nostalgia

 27th August 2012

FROM THE ARCHIVES OF SILENT VOICE

Hello Friends

While sifting through our files, we came across the first issue of VOICEMAIL, which made us nostalgic and emotional.  We thought of sharing it with our readers, who have now reached a phenomenal figure of nearing 16000 hits, on the blog, within a short span of ten months, from the inception of SILENT VOICE. Besides, recipients through E Mails have also grown from a meager below hundred to a thousand, which include sizable numbers of Clergy.

The first VOICEMAIL should give an idea, how it all began.  It was then, under the masthead of VOICE OF A SILENT MAJORITY, which is now being used to write letters to H. E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay.

We had addressed Clergy through a letter, which also has been attached below. It is our perception, similar to yours, that priests are Shepherds of the flock, who are supposed to guide, guard and lead their flock on the road devised by OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

 

We are sure, you will continue to support the cause and participate in our efforts to cleanse our MOTHER  CHURCH, of corrupt elements.

 

 

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 Apostolic Exhortation of H. H.Late Pope John Paul II)

A/7, Rodrigues Compound, Malwani Village, Malad(W), Mumbai,400095. Contact no. 98707 19628.

E Mail:         silentvoice58@gmail.com

VOICEMAIL

Vm: 001/2010

15th September 2010

Hello friends,

This is in connection with the book titled “VOICE OF A SILENT MAJORITY.” This was distributed amongst you. We must thank you for accepting it in true spirit. Though the book is a parish specific, similar incidents do happen in most parishes within archdiocese. St. Michael’s, Mahim and lady of Vailankanni, Irla; are the examples.

Your initiative, most of you, to distribute the book in your vicinity indicates how disturbed you feel over such matters.

 

We have been receiving inquiries about the next issue. Dear friends, let us be honest. This is not a commercial venture. It has been born out of ‘WE DON’T CARE’ attitude of parish/church authorities towards the grievances/complaints. IT is just a step more than what many of you must have done. Writing to bishops and Cardinal on various matters related, to parish properties and finances in particular. Some of you even made representation to HIS EMINENCE THE CARDINAL; recently, we were given to understand. The church authorities maintain a studied silence, so that the matters could die a natural death. Our attempt to bring things to public attention by way of this book has woken them up. A veiled attempt is made to condemn the book and to question our catholic faith. (Editor’s note, in the Examiner of 3rd of July 2010). Our reply to it has not been carried till date. However, we shall bring it to you at a later date.

We have been receiving feedback, though in trickles, both orally as well as through E mails. One such information is about the encroachment on piece of land belonging to St. Anthony’s church trust, Malwani. The matter HAS BEEN BROUGHT to the notice of the parish priest as well as the archbishop and the zonal bishop. Attaching copies herewith.

Friends, it is difficult to accede to the request for the next issue for the reasons you surely understand. Meanwhile, we shall feed you through E-mails, with a humble request to forward it to Catholics, whom you think should know about it. If possible create paper copies for the masses that do not enjoy benefit of Internet. The other side of the coin also must be visible; unfortunately, the darker one, to us Catholics. The one that is never preached from the sacred pulpit nor does it find space in any community newsletter. We then leave it to their wisdom. The Catholics are wise and prudent enough to judge for themselves.

We ask:

  • Does seeking transparency in church administration means breaching our catholic faith?
  • Does anyone seeking truth from church administration means he is an anti Christ?
  • Is questioning corrupt practices of church administration, a crime?

Dear friends, if your answer is YES, we shall accept it. Gracefully

If it is NO, then please wake up, and VOICE your concerns over the matters that you don’t approve of.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL

GREG R. PEREIRA.

CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH, TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF

CORRUPT     PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL.

 ADDRESS TO CLERGY

Rev. Fathers,                                                                                   1st, October, 2010

This is a clergy special release of VOICEMAIL001/2010. Which was released to lay Catholics, earlier? It is an E copy of newsletter, “VOICE OF A SILENT MAJORITY”. We regret, the copies could not be sent to all due to logistical problems. E copies will be released to you after a week or so from time it is released to the lay people.

You are considered very much part of the catholic community; In fact you are the shepherds of the flock. Therefore, have every right to look at the other side of the coin. The unpleasant one! We assume, you are not unaware of it. And, we Catholics do believe that you are aware, but remain silent, for a good reason, perhaps.

Our effort has been to highlight the unacceptable activities of some amongst you, who are giving a bad name to entire community of priests. The perception of people about priesthood at present is that of PROFESSION and not VOCATION, because of their wrong doings and attitude. Is this acceptable to you?

  We don’t consider ourselves experts in philosophy, but are giving example of an egg.

Egg, when struck from out, destroys life, but

 When struck from inside, it creates life.

 We are sure; you are wise enough to understand what it means.

In case you have not received the copy of, “VOICE OF A SILENT MAJORITY”,

please call for and it will be provided.

GREG

 CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF

CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL.

PS 🙂        Please forward this mail to your assistants also. Because this is being sent on your Parish addresses. They too have a right to see other side of the coin.

IN THE EXAMINER OF 3RD, JULY, 2010

 

Editor’s Note,

It is true that there have been allegations of wrongdoings by the clergy and a feeling of apparent inaction by church authorities to take corrective measures.

The fact of the matter is that whenever legitimate grievances have been proved, effective remedial steps in the form of reprimand, transfers and even removal from office of the guilty have been taken according to the gravity of the offense. The policy adopted by the Archdiocese of Bombay is zero tolerance for corruption. Even Vigilance Cell has been announced by the Cardinal.

If there are some complaints persisting, it has been because of conclusive evidence, misconstrued perception or because of unfounded rumors. At times, inquiry has revealed that allegations have been exaggerated by a few who have vested interests.

 It is only in true spirit of Christian dialogue, justice and fair play, that we can resolve major faults and failings.

We are grateful to our Community for manifesting solidarity, support and sympathy.

Fr.  Anthony Charanghat,

Editor / Spokesperson-Archdiocese of Bombay

 

LETTER TO EXAMINER, IN RESPONSE TO EDITOR’S NOTE: NOT PUBLISHED.

 

06TH July 2010

To,

The Editor,

The Examiner;

Sir,

This is with reference to the “Editor’s Note”, in the letters section of the issue of July 03, 2010.  We believe, it is in the context of a book being circulated by us among the Catholics of the Archdiocese.  We hope, you will be neutral and carry this rejoinder in your forthcoming issue.

The book titled, VOICE OF A SILENT MAJORITY,. Contains the letters we have been writing to Bishops for over a year and half, about undesirable activities of parish authorities at a parish.  Unfortunately, there was no response.  We therefore, decided to bring the correspondence into public domain, in the form of this book.  We leave it to our readers to judge us, Right or Wrong.

We fully agree that Archdiocese of Bombay has zero tolerance policy on corruption and does take action, where necessary.  But due to lack of transparency, the rumors continue, changing dimensions from ear to ear.

“VESTED INTEREST”, A phrase commonly used to condemn the people who speak the truth in political circles by their opponents, who can’t digest the truth.  The use of this phrase has prompted this response.

We appeal to your readers.  Do not question anybody’s faith just because one questions your actions.  The weak minded then become easy prey to poachers from other sects.  As for us, we call ourselves Catholics and we are proud of being Catholics.

 

GREG.

CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH, TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF

 CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL

 RELATED LETTER TO CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS

 

20th August 2010

To,

H. E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias,

Archbishop of Mumbai,

Your Eminence,

 

Apropos, the Editor’s note in letters section of the Examiner, (July 03, 2010). The Editor also being spokesperson of Archdiocese, we address this to you.

We have sent our reply to Editor’s note for publishing, which hasn’t appeared till date. Copy of the same is enclosed herewith.  We understand editor’s discretion, but we expected him to be neutral and carry our views to the readers as well.

Your Eminence, the note speaks of vested interest of persons persisting with complaints. We are sure; this statement is based on inputs provided by the parish priest, Fr. Ajit Bandekar.  We have been pursuing these matters for over two years with parish/church authorities with no response. But never once the question of our vested interest was brought forth. As soon as the matters are brought into public domain in form of the book, the parish priest has started seeing our vested interest.

  • The concerned parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani, seeing that properties belonging to parish are ignored and left unattended, open for encroachers, and raise questions with no response from Fr. Ajit Bandekar.  Whose vested interest is it?
  • The parish priest manipulated bidding process to benefit the favored one, causing financial loss to parish exchequer. Whose vested interest is it?
  • Paying huge amounts to the favored one, ignoring the free offer for the same services, assigning no plausible reason, causing loss to parish exchequer. Whose vested interest is it?

Your Eminence, the Catholics are always thought that Lord Jesus Christ is the shepherd and we are his flock. But it doesn’t seem anymore. Now the priest is a Master, who behaves like one. And the followers are slaves. The slaves cant question master’s wrong doing.  If he does, his catholic faith is questioned.

Your Eminence, we ask.  Why are church authorities averse to transparency? Is it because transparency reveals the truth? And the truth can also be different from what is preached from the sacred pulpit?

Strange are the ways of water; an elixir of life;

It keeps the dead afloat, but drowns the one alive.

 Similarly, Your Eminence.

 Strange is Metabolism of people of god. They digest anything, even the indigestible; But, not the truth.

 

Coming back to our reply, to editor’s note, Your Eminence, there is an ancient proverb in Marathi, which goes thus.

 

 “The old lady can’t prevent daybreak by refusing to release the cock from captivity.”

 

(Mhatarine Kombda Zakun Thevla Mhanun Tambada 

Phutaich rahat Nahin)

We shall take our reply to the people.

We conclude with affirmation that we are Catholics and don’t question our faith. Our efforts are to help you weed out corrupt practices and cleanse the system.

Regards

Greg R. Pereira

                                 CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH, TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF

 CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL.

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