29th, September, 2012
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While sifting through archives, came across this media report in DNA of 21st June 2010. Wondering, why these people have remained silent since then? Has the Church authorities stopped illegal sale of Church land?
We don’t think so. Church authorities will not let this goldmine slip out of their hands so easily. More than just rhetoric, it needs a concerted effort by all. A persistent approach is needed to put a stop to this plunder of Church properties, by some corrupt members of the Clergy, who are misusing their authority as SOLE TRUSTEE.
East Indians oppose illegal sale of church land in Mumbai
Published: Monday, Jun 21, 2010, 1:19 IST
By Priyanka Sharma | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Taking a cue from their Anglican brethren, who have launched a full-throttled war against the illegal sale of church land, the influential East Indian community, too, has decided to knock on the doors of the archbishop of Mumbai, Oswald Gracias, demanding that church land should not be handed over to developers and realtors.
If the archbishop pays no heed to their demand, the community outfits will take out a protest march, spearheaded by the Mobai Gaothan panchayat, on Saturday. Mobai Gaothan panchayat is a citizen activist outfit comprising representatives of gaothans across the city. The protesters will demand that church land be used for constructive work only. Along with the gaothan activists, Bombay Catholic Sabha, Mumbai Easter Association, National Association of Fishermen and Dharavi Bet Bachao Samiti, too, will join the march.
Ladislaus Pereira, a sarpanch of Gundowli in Andheri, said that land donated to the church for evangelical purposes have been sold off without the consent of the Catholic community. “Sacred Heart in Santa Cruz, Holy Family in Andheri, St John’s in Thane, Marinagar in Mahim are the parishes that have been sold off to realtors,” he said.
Gleason Baretto, a member of Gaothans Active Residents Association of Juhu (Garaj), said that the group was disappointed with Bishop Bosco Penha, who kept overlooking the needs of the community. “We are not against the church. But we have been let down by the church hierarchy. It is high time we speak up for community welfare.”
Garaj claimed that it had tried to put forth its demands cordially, but the archbishop refused to budge. Roney Corriea, a sarpanch of Dharavi, said, “Money earned from the sale of land has not been channelised for any constructive work. It gets deposited straight into the pockets of the cardinal and the bishop.”
The East Indian community is surveying how many acres of land have been disposed of to developers.
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