VM: 024/2012 : FOLLOW UP: HAS CORRUPTION BECOME A NORM WITH PARISH AUTHORITIES?

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                                                                                                                        VM: 024/2012: FOLLOW UP

                                                                                          11th, December, 2012

                              

 

 Hello Friends,

Parishioners of GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH, Andheri; have circulated another flier, at their Parish. Since the matter has already been referred to Archbishop, as our practice is, we skip that move.

The flier reveals the entire happenings at the Parish, if they are true, then it is a matter of concern for parishioners. SILENT VOICE, as you all know, has been insisting on Archbishop to abolish the SOLE TRUSTEE norm, which gives unchallenged authority to Parish Priests. Being human, obviously they could become prone to covetousness. This is not an isolated case that has been brought into public domain by SILENT VOICE. Sift through archives and you will find them.

Should SOLE TRUSTEE powers bestowed upon Parish Priests be withdrawn? THINK.

GREG

CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF

CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL.

 

 

Dear Greg

We distributed the attached flyers on Sat evening and on Sun after every Mass. This one is more forthright as we thought it fit to name all those in the Finance Committee as well as some of the others who have been designated as “exclusive” service providers – all without a tender. What are the terms of the contract are not known nor is the period. So we could have a potentially dangerous situation here where the Church property has been leased out for a long period at little or no cost!! The PP continues to stonewall all efforts for transparency.

I leave it to you to give it greater publicity.

Your earlier post has indeed created waves. Fr Savio Fernandes (deputed by the Archbishop to chair the Parish Pastoral Council) was in our Church on Sunday (for the PPC Meeting) and he confirmed that he had seen your post and in fact was quite upset as we had gone public. He went out of his way to show that he was not being ‘less than impartial’ at this PPC and in fact had a separate ‘Any other matters for discussion’ in the meeting – something which was not there earlier. I also u/stand the Ms Pamela D’Souza has been reinstated as a Cantor. However many issues still remain unresolved and we cannot back off so quickly.

Thanks for all your support and prayers,

With best regards

Edgar

 

CONTENTS OF THE FLIER

 

WHY HAVE THINGS GONE WRONG?

 

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

 

A)  STATEMENTS MADE BY ASIAN BISHOPS AT THE RECENT ‘SYNOD OF BISHOPS’ IN ROME (Ref Examiner – Nov 3, 2012 – Page 26)

  • “Evangelisation has been hurt and continues to be impeded by the arrogance of its messengers.  The hierarchy must shun arrogance, hypocrisy and bigotry.  The Gospel cannot thrive on pride” (Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Philippines)
  • “The Church needs to learn three things from the example of Jesus – humility, respect for others and silence” (Bishop Luis Anthonio Tagle of Manila)
  • “Shun dominating and arrogant attitudes” (Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao of Goa, Damman and Diu)

FRs JOHN AND JUDE, PLS TAKE NOTE

 

B) A FINANCE COMMITTEE THAT DOES NOT FUNCTION:

With great fanfare, the accounts for the year 2011-12 have been presented, “signed and approved” by the Finance Committee.

The Finance Committee consists of Fr. John Lobo, Fr. Jude Ferreira (coop), Mr Godwin Patrao (coop), Mr. Stany Saldanha, Mr. Malcolm D’Souza, Mr. Ignatius Pereira and Mr. Placid D’Souza.  All are respectable gentlemen; but what is their performance?

 

CAN THEY ANSWER THE FOLLOWING?

Have you read the Guidelines for the Parish Finance Committee in the Archdiocese of Bombay, effective 1st June 1997?  If not, on what basis do you perform your role?  If yes, how do you explain the following irregularities?

  1. Why were no annual budgets prepared for approval of the Finance Committee, showing proposed outlays / allocations of Funds for the coming year?
  2. Why did you remain silent, when no meetings of the Committee were held for 16 months?
  3. Were all expenditures over Rs.50,000 placed before the Committee for its approval, discussed and sanctioned as required by the guidelines?
  4. When major expenditures in excess of Rs.25 lakhs are being incurred each year, why are no sealed tenders being invited for these? (The so called practice of “limited tenders” whereby offers are collected from three known parties is highly flawed as one can manipulate the process to ensure that a particular person’s rates are lowest)
  5. Have you ensured that “major works” costing Rs.4 lakhs and above are also approved by the Archbishop in writing?  This is mandatory you know.
  6. Are you aware of the Goals and Method of deployment of the Community Welfare Funds (CWF) as envisaged by the Archdiocese? (Bishop Agnelo Gracias’ write up in the Examiner of June 5th, 2004)
  7. Why has there been no Committee to oversee / manage the CWF for the past four year? (The Committee appointed by Fr Caesar was disbanded by Fr John)
  8. Why have you not ensured that 50% of the collections in the CWF (Rs.12-13 lakhs each year) are utilized for medical and educational aid to the poor of the Parish which is the goal of the CWF?  In fact the aid that was being given earlier has been cancelled or drastically curtailed by Fr. John.  What is the basis for this reduction?
  9. How do you justify over 75% of the collections in the CWF being regularly transferred to the Church account.  If there is no use for these funds (hardly 7% is given for Charity) we may as well disband the CWF.
  10. Ten years ago the hiring income from the Lawns was about Rs.15 lakhs.  Last accounts show it as Rs.18.5 lakhs.  Do you honestly believe that the total increase in income over 10 years is only 23% when all costs have at least quadrupled?
  11. Are you aware of monopolies for all services for the Church/Lawns – flower arrangements (Maria Janardhan), catering (Reliable caterers), Sound system (Dominic), Decorations, etc.  If so, are there any written contracts?  What are the terms?  If not, why are people being forced by the Administrator to patronize these service providers? This is a major complaint by the parishioners as you know.
  12. The Administrator Godwin Patrao claims that any amount collected towards hiring of the lawns in excess of Rs.18 lakhs / year is to be retained by him.  Do you know what this amount is?  Our estimate is that this sum alone is at least Rs.18 lakhs.
  13. Why has service tax not been collected and paid for the lawn hire / services?  Are we not exposing the Church to possible raids, penalties, media attention?  Who will be responsible / answerable?  The Administrator or Parish Priest or the Finance Committee?
  14. Why are bills and receipts for hiring of the Lawns not ‘official’?  Often no revenue stamps is affixed for amounts in excess of Rs 5000, no dates on the receipts, receipts split into different names for the same function, and all shown as “Donation”.  Entries in the booking log are in pencil.  How is all this accounted for?  There is ample scope for concealment, fraud, manipulation, connivance, misappropriation.  Who benefits? Is this the way to run the affairs of the Holy Roman Catholic Church?
  15. Are you aware of / in agreement with the reduction in the salaries of some staff of the Church from last month? Why has this been done?

 

IF THE ANSWERS TO ANY OF THE QUESTIONS ABOVE ARE ‘NO’ OR ‘DON’T KNOW’, PLS EXPLAIN WHY YOU ARE IN THE FINANCE COMMITTEE?  YOU ARE ANSWERABLE TO THE ‘TRUST’ OF THE THOUSANDS OF PARISHIONERS ON WHOSE BEHALF YOU ARE ON THE COMMITTEE.  HAVE YOU DISCHARGED YOUR MORAL DUTY OR ARE YOU AN ACTOR IN A FARCE CALLED THE FINANCE COMMITTEE?

 

 

“CONCERNED PARISHIONERS FOR A PARISH BUILT ON COMPASSION, INTEGRITY,

TRANSPARENCY, DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE & LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE”

          Coordinator CPAG (cpag.gsc@gmail.com)

 

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17 Comments

  1. December 19, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Pls also read what the Pope says :

    http://www.zenit.org/article-32931?l=english

    Benedict XVI’s Corpus Christi Homily

    “St. Augustine helps us to understand the dynamics of holy Communion when referring to a kind of vision he had, in which Jesus said to him: “I am the food of the mature: grow, then, and you shall eat me. You will not change me into yourself like bodily food; but you will be changed into me”(Confessions, VII, 10, 18).

    Therefore, while the bodily food is assimilated by the body and contributes to sustain it, the Eucharist is a different bread: We do not assimilate it, but it assimilates us to itself, so that we become conformed to Jesus Christ and members of his body, one with him.

    This is a decisive passage. Indeed, precisely because it is Christ who, in Eucharistic communion, transforms us into him, our individuality, in this encounter, is opened up, freed from its self-centeredness and placed in the Person of Jesus, who in turn is immersed in the Trinitarian communion.

    Thus, while the Eucharist unites us to Christ, we open ourselves to others making us members one of another: We are no longer divided, but one thing in him. Eucharistic communion unites me to the person next to me, and to the one with whom perhaps I might not even have a good relationship, but also to my brothers and sisters who are far away, in every corner of the world.

    Thus the deep sense of social presence of the Church is derived from the Eucharist, as evidenced by the great social saints, who have always been great Eucharistic souls. Those who recognize Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, recognize their brother who suffers, who is hungry and thirsty, who is a stranger, naked, sick, imprisoned, and they are attentive to every person, committing themselves, in a concrete way, to those who are in need.

    So from the gift of Christ’s love comes our special responsibility as Christians in building a cohesive, just and fraternal society.”

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