Has Pope Francis Violated the CANON LAW?


Dear readers,

Much has been written about Papacy, since the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI up to the election of Pope Francis. SILENT VOICE too, carried few articles. It was then decided that there will be no more posts related to this subject.

However, as you know, SILENT VOICE enlightens readers with thought provoking subjects. Our Church is governed by CANON LAW; or so, the Laity, is supposed to believe. We are not opposed to CANON LAW. But is it being followed by Clergy in the Archdiocese of Bombay in true spirit; who cite it to Laity, whenever a suggestion is put forward? That is the question.

Why is SILENT VOICE questioning, whether POPE FRANCIS HAS Violated Canon Law? Because, as the following article suggests, a pro reform Priest was refused permission to carry similar exercise, by the Bishop  citing CANON LAW.

While on the subject of CANON LAW, would like to know, what role does, CANON LAW, play in governing Church Properties and Finances? Why are these issues kept out of the purview of PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL (PPC)?

Under which clause of CANON LAW, Bishop advised Parish Priest of St. Michal’s Church, Mahim; to regularise illegal construction on Church Property, in favour of a Businessman?

SILENT VOICE hopes this reformist act of Pope Francis will reverse the trend of Corrupt Practices, at least in the Archdiocese of Bombay.




Dear SOULmates / Friends,

I was delighted to read the news article with different headlines in todays’ several newspapers ” Pope washes women’s feet , breaks church rule”

Pope Francis Washed The Feet Of 12 Prisoners At A Youth Detention Center - Rome

Pope Francis has set the tone and lived by example by this gesture on women empowerment which needs to be accelerated in the church of today.

I recall a personal episode in the late 1990’s when the Late Fr.Hugh Fonseca, one of the few activist Priests during his time, was the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem, Malad West and I was the Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council of the said Parish.

Fr. Hugh Fonseca also thought many of us the role activism has to play for a just society and always guided and supported us in taking stands against injustices of every kind.

At the Parish Council meeting it was decided that on Maundy Thursday ritual, during the Mass the Priest would wash the feet of the 12 Female House Workers.

We had located the 12 female house workers from the Parish and on the appointed day when we reported early, Fr. Hugh Fonseca said : “I knew this would happen”

Some Parishioners had complained to the Bishop about this and Fr. Hugh Fonseca was told by the concerned Bishop that washing of the Female House Workers was against the Cannon Law and was directed to abandon such a move.

Fr. Hugh Fonseca was much ahead of his time and while he relented keeping in mind his obedience to his Bishop, he washed the feet of the 12 Male House Workers at the altar.

But directed me to wash the feet of the selected Female House Workers at the same time in the midst of the community below the altar.

Holy Father’s actions at the Holy Thursday ritual sets an example and a message to ensure that women are given their due place in the church of today.

Dolphy Dsouza – 9820226227

Email: dolphydolphy13@gmail.com

Fr. Huge FonsecaOL of Lourdes Orlem

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Nun kills self, family allege abuse by church in TN


Angeline Nirmala Reena

COIMBATORE: A 26-year-old nun allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison in the city on Saturday. Relatives of the deceased refused to accept the body after the postmortem at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH), alleging that she was tortured by church authorities. The exact reason for her death is yet to be ascertained.

, 26, from Sowripalayam, became a nun in 2004 and devoted her life to the Roman Catholic Church, police said. She resided on the campus of St John De Britto Church situated on Lawley Road, along with other nuns, for the past four months.

While having breakfast on Saturday, she informed other nuns that she had consumed pesticide and fell unconscious. Immediately, Angeline was taken to a private hospital at RS Puram where she was given first aid. She was transferred to St Maris Hospital at Podanur for further treatment. She died at the hospital. The body was sent to the CMCH for post-mortem.

On Sunday morning, relatives of Angelina refused to accept her body. They blocked the ambulance in which the body was being transported by the church authorities to Puliyakulam burial ground. They demanded action against church authorities and nuns for the death of Angelina. They also demanded the appearance of the Bishop in person at the CMCH to explain what had happened to Angeline.

Alish Reta Mary, mother of the deceased, said her daughter took the extreme step after she was tortured mentally. “My sister was studying BA (English literature) final year at Nirmala College for Women at Race Course. She was tortured by a nun. When she lodged a complaint about this with the authorities, they failed to take necessary action. She could not bear the torture and took the extreme step,” said A Charles Irudhayaraj, 25, brother of the deceased. He alleged that church authorities and a few nuns were behind Angeline’s suicide.

Seven nuns who were present at the CMCH refused to talk to the media. Police pacified the relatives and later the body was sent to the burial ground.

“We are interrogating a few nuns and church authorities. We will be able to ascertain the reason for her death only after a detailed investigation,” said inspector Muthumalai, RS Puram police station. Police have registered a case under section 174 CrPC (unnatural death).

Source: times of india

The political state of Tamil Nadu in India was...

The political state of Tamil Nadu in India was created in 1969 when erstwhile Madras State was renamed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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