VM:018/2012 : PARISHIONER THREATENED!!!, AT THE BEHEST OF PARISH PRIEST????

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VM: 018/2012
12th, September, 2012;
PARISHIONER THREATENED!!!, AT THE BEHEST OF PARISH PRIEST????
Hello friends,
The title indicates grim picture at our parishes. Parishioners raising their voice and creating hurdles for Parish Priests, are eased out from Parish activities. This has become a stale tale. This parish Priest of OUR LADY OF REMEDY CHURCH, POINSUR; has gone a step further and through his cronies, tried to threaten the parishioner, who has been at the forefront in various activities; Just because she stalled Parish Priest from disposing Church Properties. Check following link.
https://silentmaj.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/vm-0092012-parish-priests-autocratic-rule-to-silence-the-critics-of-his-misdeeds-2/
Her letter which has been attached for your scrutiny, expresses her fear to her life and her Family. We have written to Archbishop to get this priest out from the position. We do not know what action he has taken.
Our letter to Archbishop indicates our views on such matters.
GREG
CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF
CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL

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To,                                                                                                                                          17th, August, 2012;
Most Rev. Cardinal Oswald Gracias,
Archbishop of Bombay,
Your Eminence,
Please find, attached herewith, a letter from, a Parishioner of OUR LADY OF REMEDY CHURCH, POINSUR, Ms Gloryann D’souza. The letter itself is self explanatory and alarming too.
The writer is the Parishioner who brought into public domain:
Ø  Fr. Peter D’mello’s evil design of trying to sell part of Church Property to adjacent Kierom Society; which was stalled, when We brought the matter to your notice, vide the letter dated 27th, August, 2011.
Ø  She wrote a letter, dated 22nd, May, 2012, to H. E. Bishop Bosco penha, in relation to Civic and Political Cell, when Fr. Peter D’mello reprimanded her for holding a meeting in an area, which according to him was not right. The letter also contained another matter related to Church Property, where Fr. Peter D’mello, in favour of a developer, was willing to move the Boundary inwards. These matters were referred to you through our letter dated 25th, May, 2012.
Ø  She was the President of Civic and Political Cell of the Parish, which she has renounced in order to work for parish as a parishioner. Being on the committee, she felt restricted and was unable to speak the truth, which she does, now without any fear and restrictions. A bold step by any mean. This action of hers also gives credence to the fact that everyone knows about, but desists from speaking. “PEOPLE ON PARISH COMMITTEES ARE HANDPICKED BY PARISH PRIESTS TO PERSUE THEIR OWN AGENDA”. Of course, all the members on these committees are not head nodders, but fail to raise their voice; in order to remain on better side of the Parish Priest.
Parish Priest Fr. Peter D’mello has stooped to his lowest by trying to threaten a parishioner and her family to subdue her. We call upon you to discipline him, rather take him off from the position of Parish Priest. He doesn’t deserve to be one, looking at his involvements in all these controversies. We have nothing against him, personally. But his attitude is unbecoming to the position that he holds; both, as person of God and an administrator. His tenure at other parishes was also riddled with controversies, which people know, but do not speak about, for the simple reason that he is a priest.
Your Eminence, this is not an isolated case. It has been happening all over the Archdiocese. We have already brought to your attention, some of them. We take this opportunity to condemn this attitude of Parish authorities in general and Parish Priests in particular, of targeting parishioners who dare to question their wrong doings.
Your Eminence, SILENT VOICE will stand by the members of Laity, to defend them from the persecution by some members of clergy. It does not make us feel proud but saddens us when people come to us with grievances, instead of approaching hierarchy. This indicates their Faith in higher ups.  Here are the extracts from our letter to you, in relation to ARCHDIOCESAN CONSULTATION; dated 21st, June, 2012
 “All they need is a listening ear and perhaps, marg darshan– spiritual direction, someone to reflect back to them what they are doing, or what is right or wrong”. To come closer to people, we don’t need these exercises. All is required is for the Clergy to change their ways while dealing with Laity. To us Laity means every practicing Catholic and not only the ones closer to Parish authorities. That is the situation at the moment, and also the perception of Laity at large.
Fr. Savio Fernandes, Chancellor of Archdiocese, in one of his letter has advised us to keep out of such matters, stating that THIRD PARTY intervention is not required. We do not agree with him, and continue to speak for Laity at Large. SILENT VOICE, IS THE VOICE OF A SILENT MAJORITY; who are being persecuted, by rogue elements within the Clergy. We call upon you to initiate steps to restore their faith in you, as their Guardian Angel.
Your Eminence, SILENT VOICE also stands by you, in your efforts to cleanse the Church Administration of Corrupt elements. Unfortunately, your recent action, in relation to transfer of Fr. Leslie D’cunah of OLGC, Sion; implies that you are not serious to maintain amicable Clergy Laity relation. Under such circumstances, no amount of exercises like Archdiocese Consultations will be of any Value.
Yours always, in OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
GREG R. PEREIRA.
CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF
CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL
Attached:       Letter from Gloryann D’souza: Parishioner of OL OF REMEDY CHURCH, POINSUR.
 Copy to:         Gloryann D’souza: Parishioner of OL OF REMEDY CHURCH, POINSUR
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