Cardinal Oswald Gracias

Dear Friends,

Monday the 15th, July; received a call from Archbishop’s House, at around 8.30 PM. Was surprised to hear H. E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, speaking from the other end. He called to thank your’s truly, for bringing to his notice, following matter. He has promised to look into it. Hopefully, he will be able to stall once again, the evil design of crook elements within Church Administration.

Archbishop also appreciated our SOUL efforts, related to Land Acquisition Notices, to St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani, BMC administration.




Constuted UnderPara 29 of Christifideles Laici

(Post Synodal ApostolicExhortation ofH. H.Late Pope John Paul II)

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

  13th, July, 2013;


Most Rev. Cardinal Oswald Gracias,

Archbishop of Bombay

Your Eminence,

Sub: Examiner Press Building

We hope, this letter finds you in pink of health, and congratulations on your appointment, as advisor to Holy Father, Pope Francis. Your Eminence, Enclosed is a text of the letter, received from one Mr. Frank D’costa, in connection with Examiner Press Building, which is in the process of clandestine disposal, by the Archdiocesan Estate Director. The attached letter explains the modus operandi of these elements in the Estate office. We call upon you to intervene in the matter immediately and stop them from going ahead with this clandestine sale of renown Church Property. If it is being done with your approval, we the Laity expect you to issue a statement, clarifying this sale… Laity has lost faith in Church administration, vis a vis properties and finance. Let the administration be transparent in dealing with property matters; we are sure, Laity will support you. We expect you to follow in the footsteps of Holy Father, Pope Francis, who has embarked on cleansing of Vatican; to do the same to Archdiocese of Bombay….It needs similar treatment. By the way, matter related to OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL CHURCH, SION; is still unresolved. Is the Parish Priest so strongly placed that you are unable to rein him in to restore the Sacred CANON LAW…which is always cited, by the clergy, to silence the Laity?

We hope, you will act wisely, in both the cases to prove that you are the Boss….

Yours always, in OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST


Encl: As above…….


GREG R. PEREIRA                                                                                                  29th, June, 2013;



MUMBAI – 400095 Sir,

Re: Illegal renting/sale of ground floor and first floor of Examiner Press Building at Dalal Street, Mumbai-00001.

  1. I have written this letter to you, as I have become aware that once again a serious effort is made to rent/sell off the properties of the Church. An earlier attempt to sell the entire building of examiner press building at Dalal street, Mumbai-00001 had failed as you and other catholic citizens had brought pressure on the Archdiocese of Bombay.
  1. Now the Estate Director is renting/selling off the ground floor and first floor of examiner press building at dalal street, Mumbai-00001. This time no advertisement is issued or offer invited. The price fixed is Rs. 23,000/- per square foot which is much lower than the market price of Rs. 35,000/- per square foot. The plan is to build partition walls and rent/sell small offices to the purchasers individually and collect monies. The first floor (carpet area 4,300 square feet) is being sold to lawyers and the ground floor (carpet area 3,500 square feet) is being sold to a business center and earn huge profits from renting cabin space.
  1. The purchasers are persons known to the Estate Director and some of the committee members. I have found out that the purchasers are:

(1)Retired Bombay high court judge Mr. F.I.  R*****o and his son A****y R*****o; (2)Advocate Mr. V. D***d; (3)Advocate Mr. D’****a who is also an advocate for the examiner press Trust and some other advocates.

  1. I am told that Senior Advocate Mr. J*****n R**s is trying to influence the committee and get approval for sale of the premises as he is a well wisher of justice F. I. R*****o.
  1. I urge you to take immediate steps to stop the sale of these premises. Otherwise, certain persons will make huge illegal profits and valuable property belonging to the church will be lost forever. It is important to expose all the crooked persons involved in this transaction. In the name of the lord, please act quickly. All the information in this letter can be confirmed by making enquiery with any estate broker operating in fort, Mumbai or with the Estate Directoir himself.



Frank D’costa

Dalal Street is India's Wall Street. The build...

Dalal Street is India’s Wall Street. The building in the back is the base of the huge stock marketing building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Laity to head Church commissions in Udupi diocese

Bishop Gerald Lobo appointed four laity members to head commissions which were earlier reserved for clergy.

(Photo Courtesy: DNA)


The Udupi diocese has appointed laity members to head commissions in the Catholic Church, a step seen as bridging the gap between the laity and the clergy.

Bishop Gerald Lobo appointed four laity members to head commissions which were earlier reserved for clergy.

For the first time in India, laity has been admitted into the administration and financial matters of the church, which has been seen as a first step towards ending the century old feud between the two groups for their roles in church administrations.

Bishop Lobo headed a silent revolution towards empowerment of laity through the Canara Organisation for Development and Peace (CODP) in many forms.

His experience in social work came handy in including laity in Church administration, which might raise a few eyebrows in the neighboring Mangalore diocese.

“It was a tribute to the golden jubilee of the second Vatican council,” said Fr. Chetan of the diocese.

After starting a movement in 2011 by motivating the laity to raise demands with the clergy to share the power of church with them, reformist leaders from Bangalore, Panaji, Chennai, Ernakulam, Hyderabad and Mumbai converged in Mangalore on January 26, 2012, to impress up on the clergy the need for sharing economic and administrative powers of the church.

“This is being done to bring equality between the two classes of Christianity. There were already glaring differences in the management and administration of the church between the laity and the clergy, especially in economic powers,” said Patrick D’Sa, vice-president of the Federation of Concerned Catholic Christians.

“But the Udupi diocese has shown a light and this spirit should spread all over India,” he said.

Reformist leader Gordon Jacobs from Mumbai felt this could be a new beginning and said the Federation would be happy if the laity were allowed to participate in every facet of the church administration.

“The clergy manages the wealth properties of the church in accordance with the Cannon law. But we feel it should be managed as per the law of the land. The Bombay High Court order of 1960 had instructed the church to have more than one trustee, but in many states, there is only one trustee in the committee, which is either the bishop or the parish priest of the church. But, with Udupi diocese appointing members of the laity to four important commissions, a new order is on the making,” he said.

Source: DNA

Laity , Catholic Church , Udupi Diocese , Bishop Gerald Lobo 
Spring Dosa at Udupi Palace

Spring Dosa at Udupi Palace (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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