Why Does Catholic Community NOT Express Anger Against Injustice?

Community Needs to Introspect on this Question

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Alex D’mello is staunch supporter of SOUL cause and an active member.

He has penned his thoughts about the community’s careless attitude towards problems faced by Catholic Church in Mumbai. His thought certainly make our head bow in shame.

Attitude of some members of Clergy, who do not miss any opportunity to deliver Homily after Homily at small instance of injustice, is  so indifferent towards the problem of St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani.

GREG

St. Anthony's Church Malwani

WHY THE COMMUNITY IS SILENT ON ISSUES FACED BY CHURCHES IN   THE CITY, PARTICULARLY BY St. ANTHONY’S – MALWANI ?

 

It is not a secret that the parishioners of St. Anthony’s church, Malwani are fighting against the land acquisition notice issued by BMC for road widening for the last 18 months. It is also a known fact that many parishes have received notices in and around Mumbai to surrender part of their property in the name of development. The Arch Diocese of  Bombay, Deans and priests from all the parishes in Mumbai know about this serious issue which is hanging on our heads like a sword ready to strike any time without ringing a bell. The community has maintained the “silent prayer” approach with a few exceptions here & there. According to my little understanding following are the reasons for our muteness:

 1)     We, as a community are too selfish

2)      It is not affecting us individually

3)      We have become a herd of sheep

 4)      Intellectually bankrupt  about the laws which govern our existence

5)      We leave it to the PP to decide

6)      As a community we are divided parish-wise, therefore parish centered.

7)      PP is very arrogant, I do not want to join

8)      MLA & MP is involved, I do not want to take a chance.

9)      I have full faith in my God, therefore I leave it to him. Inshallah he will protect our property.

10)      Congress will always support the Christians because Sonia is a Christian. Just a few month’s back Cardinal met Sonia in Delhi and he might have definitely briefed her on this issue and there must be some understanding on this.

11)       Cardinal has promised to take up the matter with CM therefore we have full faith in their abilities.

12)       The local MP will ensure that nobody touches our compound wall till the elections are over.

I have heard all the above mentioned escapist’s arguments during the last one year or so, ever since BMC issued notices to Malwani church. Can we, the community of Mumbai just sit back and allow such things to happen? Does the church lands in Mumbai belong to Cardinal, Bishops, Deans and PP’s or any other individual parishes? The answer is a big NO. Any church land whether it’s St. Anthony’s, St. John the Baptist or any other belong to all of us individually and collectively. Therefore all of us, who believe in Christ are duty bound to lend a helping hand to the Malwani community, then only we can say “We are one body in Christ”. If we, as a community fail in doing this just duty, how we can call ourselves as one community and followers of Christ?

WE HAVE ORGANISED A “CHALO AZAD MAIDAN” MORCHA ON THE 15TH OF MARCH 2014 TO HIGHLIGHT THE PROBLEMS FACED BY THE COMMUNITY. PLESAE GET IN 

TOUCH WITH “SOUL-SAVE OUR LAND” FACEBOOK OR YOUR FRIENDS FROM MALWANI.. dmelloalex@yahoo.co.in

Alex D’mello,

Parishioner,

St. John Bosco Church,

Borivali

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8 Comments

  1. February 4, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Alex for your information Benwen is the parishioner “Friar Tuck” of Immaculate Conception Church Parish Borivali. I don’t have words to describe him although he has names for everyone thus advertising his breed. All I could say the foxes have their holes to hide, but he has no place to hide, leave alone to REST his head. He plays his MASTER’S VOICE “Artful Dodger”

    The SILENCE (for a dialogue) on the Christian Workers Movement issue both by the PP & head of the Borivali deanery and by Bishop Savio Fernandes at the Archdiocese level regarding the manipulative working of the President, Secretary and Chaplain at the CWM Head Office at Joseph Cardijn Technical School Parel has been exposed to the extent that I have just been given to silently understand in no uncertain terms, that “since Bombay Catholic Sabha is doing the same work they find there is a need to shut down the archdiocesan unit” as mentioned by me in my letter to Bishop Oswald in the recent Blog.

    On the SOUL Issue I had made my comments that the Parish Priest and Head of the Borivali Deanery Fr. Barthol should have been a spearhead for the movement to galvanise parishioners from every parish under his control, do you think he he will throw his weight to strengthen the “CHALO AZAD MAIDAN” MORCHA ON THE 15TH OF MARCH 2014 TO HIGHLIGHT THE PROBLEMS FACED BY THE COMMUNITY.?? but Should and Would just like If’s and But’s stand STIFF. So much to say of our Pretentious Vicar’s and Bishops. Those who Toe the line get promoted, which is why Pope Francis remarked that he needs to get the smell of his sheep not the faithful flock.

    Fergy’s comments and your expression on the silence about our community is true, none are worthy to defrock the wolf in sheep clothing (expressed by Pope Francis yet again.!!). If you have noticed besides of the hate mails being received, the archdiocese had deleted all the mail addresses, as also blocked the comments on Facebook both at the center and deanery levels. However they can fool the parishioners only sometimes but not all the time.

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  2. February 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Hi,

    This is a disease spreading among the priests . We face similar issues of money laundering, sex scandals.And of course we have some donkeys who follow them blindly.
    Prominent parishioners have written letters to the Archdiocese, but a complete blind eye, and why not reading your updates about the Vicar, I now begin to feel he himself is so corrupt. The letters and meetings have happened right from the dean of Bhayander to the Arch Bishop.
    Sad tale of corrupt people including the Arch Bishop. How the hell is giving advice to the pope. I am sure we will have a lot of more scandals at the Vatican because of him and many like him.
    IT IS ABOUT TIME he must resign, there is such a great example of the previous Pope Benedict XVI, he paved way for someone else as he began to realize he was not in a position to fulfill the task he was entrusted.

    I belong to St. Joseph’s Parish Mira Road. You can read updates from Robert D’souza to know more about our parish issues.

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