FOOD FOR THOUGHT: STATE OF CHRISTIANS IN THE COUNTRY

Don Aguiar – Is an Ex CEO & Owners Rep. of multinational shipping company(s) and presently involved in promoting social, civic & political activities

GIRGAON CHOUPATY

 

GIRGAON CHOWPATY (MUMBAI)

Wilderness……..!!!!!                                                     Don Aguiar

Many in our community have never done anything terribly wrong, but they never accomplish anything significant. And it is said, “That’s the way many in our community live their lives.”  We lack this fundamental knowledge of living and keeping up with democratic competition, and have become victims of stress and strain, gossip and jealously. Thus our community goes through a mechanical way of living merely following a routine of our predecessors and as a result, is not present in the political discourse of mainstream parties and hence we have not been included in the mainstream political discourse despite substantial contribution to society and the country with the finest schools, colleges and hospitals. Our efforts towards nation building have been overlooked. The elections are still a few months away. The communalists are, thus far, only campaigning. Yes, it’s looking bad, but they are not in power. Not yet. And what are we doing?

Can we, the Christian community of Mumbai just sit back and allow people of other faith persuasions to do injustice to our community? After they being educated in our schools / collages / institutions run by us as well as make use of our numerous facilities? Does the privilege of participating in civic & political activities belong to the people of other faiths? The answer is a big NO. Any civic & political activity or any other activity that brings peace, happiness, up liftmen and advantage to our community belongs to all of us individually and collectively.

Therefore all of us, who believe in Christ, are duty bound to lend a helping hand towards changing, building and improving our community’s condition rather than mearly uttering and singing “We are the body of Christ” or “We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord” If we, as a community fail in doing this just duty, how we can call ourselves as one community and followers of Christ? Your home and community should be the center not the boundary of your affection

In this respect it may be argued that the Church does not guide us or tells us to eat or what to eat or tell us when/where/how to sleep…. Etc so then why do we need to wait for the Church to guide you or tell you who to vote for?. You vote as per your conscience for those who understand our needs and indeed the needs and anxieties of the people in general rather than their own selfish wants. It is in this context that we need to understand the CBCI;s assertion, viz. “At the outset the Catholic Church wish to make it clear to all, that the Catholic Church does not identify herself with any political party. But the Catholic Church has a responsibility as bishops to urge every eligible citizen to exercise his/her right and duty to vote and do so prudently, carefully and judiciously. We must be convinced that every vote does count. We owe it to ourselves, our children and our country not to let go of this opportunity to get involved in bettering the history, culture and destiny of our nation.”

Very frankly the Church in India and certainly the Archdiocese of Bombay have all the resources anybody could possibly need to consolidate and guide her community. If our Church / the Archdiocese of Bombay stands her ground, our Archdiocese would have the weight of our enlightened community opinion behind her, and the support of most—if not all—of her community.

Although our community does have the Bombay Catholic Sabha that is an NGO as well as the Church in the City Civic & Political Cell of the Archdiocese of Bombay but both have covered little ground from where they have started. Nor are they able to take under their fold the local parish groups operating under different names but having the same civic and political agenda and are very active and visible. 

Frankly none of us believe that this has happened and is still happening in spite of the tremendous talent our community has and our contribution to the nation. Isn’t it’ time we consolidate ourselves into a value vote bank and determine how do we go about doing what we so rightly should, with the politicians and political parties of every hue masquerading out there in the open with their own selfish, self-centered and self oriented agenda.!

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Fitting Response from SILENT VOICE, to a LEGAL NOTICE Served By BISHOP……

After following matter was posted on SILENT VOICE, we received many inquiries from our readers. Some wanting to know what the Notice is about; some just assured to standby in support.

Attempt to Muzzle Voice of TRUTH has begun…

However, there is appropriate time for every action; which we think is now; to reveal details of this Notice.

The following post has rattled the powers that be, and has woken them from the slumber, when the avalanche hit them.

Otherwise everything was okay with them and maintained studied silence over it.

It was decided to close this Chapter, which had lasted for over Five years, with publication of the following post. However, it was not how LORD JESUS CHRIST wanted it to be, perhaps because the whole TRUTH was not out yet. He therefore, kindled the Devil into reaction, which he did, and here it is, the matter has been reopened.

We do not know, how far it will go. But with the support pledged by our readers, we are prepared for any eventuality.

BECAUSE THE TRUTH, THE GREATEST VALUE OF CHRISTIANITY, IS ON OUR SIDE.

They concealed FACTS to hide the TRUTH; we reveal FACTS to EXPOSE THEIR LIES: SUBVERTER OF TRUTH, ELEVATED AS BISHOP;

The following post was the beginning of this episode.

VM : 007/2012. PARISH PRIEST PRONOUNCED GUILTY OF CORRUPT PRACTICES.

 

P. S.:    It seems a trend has been emerging among Clergy, to take legal recourse and silence the voice of resentment. Some parishioners from St. Dominic Saviao Church, Wadala (E), have received Show Cause Notice from Parish authorities, for repeatedly writing letters seeking answers to some questions. Instead of giving a LISTENING HEAR to them, parish authorities chose to take legal recourse. It is needless to say, the notice has been responded to, in appropriate manner and copy of the same has been sent to Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay. This matter is pending with SILENT VOICE, which shall be taken up shortly.

GREG

LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE GOOD SHEPHERD

He told them this parable. “Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn’t leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing. When he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.”

— Luke 15:3-7, World English Bible

GOOD SHEPHERD

OUR REPLY TO THE LEGAL NOTICE

To,                                                                                                                                4th, February, 2014

Ishwariprasad A. Bagaria,

Advocate, High Court,

A – 306, Third Floor, Ramji House,

Jambhul wadi, Dhobi Talao,

Mumbai – 400002;

Gentleman,

Sub:     Your Letter dated January, 28, 2014;

I have gone through your subject notice and would like to clarify as under:

  1. I am aware of the position your Client holds at present as well as the position he was holding prior to the present one.
  2. Yes, I am having a Blog Sight which is named as “Silent Voice” on the internet as owner of the site. I am publishing articles in the said blog site which are read by the public at large.
    1. The Blog highlights news about the Church activities, particularly from Archdiocese of Mumbai, both good as well as not so good. It is the right of every practicing Catholic to know the happenings within the Church, to which the blog caters.
    2. 3.      I deny the allegation by your client that I have published the news article, “with intention and willingly with ulterior motive in order to lower the image of your Client”. Your Client is well aware of “Silent Voice, even prior to becoming a Bishop.

 

a)      As regards to, “Staunch Defender of Corruption……… “, it is related to his Letter in the Examiner of July, 25th, 2011, in context of another Letter in the Examiner during April 2011. It is written By Dr. (Sr.) Mudita Menona Sodder, RSCJ; who is also a religious like your client and an Educationist, under the caption,” CHURCH NEED AN ANNA HAZARE”. The article condemns the corrupt activities within the Church. Your client, while defending corruption with various quotes from scriptures, has stepped further by calling her scoundrel; “Don’t try to reform others, change yourself and there will be one scoundrel less in the world to be changed”. This certainly implies that he is the STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF CORRUPTION WITHIN CHURCH. Both these letters did appear on SILENT VOICE, along with Editor’s views, on 9th, July, 2012 under the caption, VM. 12/2012, CORRUPTION WITHIN CHURCH, TWO DIFFERENT VIEW POINTS.  Your client did not have any reservation about it then lest felt something defamatory about that was written, then why this sudden volte face?

VM. 12/2012 : CORRUPTION WITHIN CHURCH, TWO DIFFERENT VIEW POINTS

  1. 4.      I deny that imputations made against your client are false and untrue with calculated mind to lower the image, reputation and prestige of your client.

The Article referred to, in the subject matter of your letter, also contain a letter, addressed to Archbishop Cardinal Oswald Gracias, dated 10th, September, 2012, explaining the anomalies, deliberately now we perceive. Your client has violated the greatest value of Christianity, the TRUTH, which he is supposed to uphold. This amounts to SUBVERSION OF THE TRUTH. The letter certainly must have been forwarded to your client by Archbishop. But it never saw the light of the day, because it would have then exposed your client’s malicious motive. Therefore it was published in the form of an article, after over a year on 1st, January, 2014 under caption, “They concealed FACTS to hide the TRUTH; we reveal FACTS to EXPOSE THEIR LIES: SUBVERTER OF TRUTH, ELEVATED AS BISHOP”.

  1. Just as your client has received phone calls from his well wishers and feels that his reputation is being affected in public at large; we too have been receiving calls from members of Catholic community, concerned about the corruption within Church, appreciating us for bringing out the TRUTH.
  2. 6.      As regards to your demand for tendering an unconditional Apology, it is your client, who owes me an apology, for maligning my name by associating it with the person encroaching on Church Property without any iota of evidence….. Excerpt from AEC Judgment: Conclusion By AEC:       Even his allegations that Mr. Karveer paid some money to Mr. Fredrick Gracias in order to allow him to resurface the road on the plot bearing CTS No. 1668/1688 has fallen flat. Rather, the evidence on hand shows that Mr. Greg Pereira is the one who is close to Mr. Karveer and has helped him in getting some of the Church plots for development, as mentioned by Mr. Karveer himself.

 

Here, your client has exceeded his brief of conducting an impartial inquiry, in spite of taking an oath, by placing his hand on HOLY BIBLE. When questioned about this, during my meeting with Archbishop Cardinal Oswald Gracias, he said.” The inquiry was about Fr. Ajit Bandekar, therefore, there is no question about your name being dragged as accused, the inquiry was ordered on your complaint”.

Just for your Information Mr. Advocate:

The Catholic Church comprises of two Components; Clergy and Laity.  Your client falls in the category of Clergy, who are supposed to look after spiritual needs of the Laity, to the category, which I belong to. The Laity look upon the Clergy as Shepherd to the flock, which is Laity.

I maintain that whatever I have said is the plain and simple TRUTH and I stand by it. MAY BE, TRUTH IS BITTER FOR YOUR CLIENT.

Has your client fulfilled his duty of Good Shepherd, as desired by LORD JESUS CHRIST? Please ask your client.

GREGORY R. PEREIRA (GREG)

Copy to:   1. HOLY FATHER, Pope Francis.

2. H. E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias: Archbishop of Bombay: This Letter is in Response to a Legal Notice Served on us by the recipient Advocate, on behalf of BISHOP DOMINIC SAVIO FERNANDES

COPY OF THE LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE FRON BP SAVIIOLEGAL NOTICE FROM BP SAVIO PG 2

LEGAL NOTICE FROM BP SAVIO PG 3LEGAL NOTICE FROM BP SAVIO PG 4

AN APPEAL: PLEASE STAND UP AND SUPPORT THE JUST CAUSE!!

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Ref: “CHALO AZAD MAIDAN”- 15th March 2014 at 3.00 p.m. – Target: 50,000 Citizens
 
Withdraw Unjust Acquisition notices served on St. Anthony’s Church and School, Our Lady of Assumption Church and School and several Important Community Concerns
 “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”… Martin Luther King Jr.
Why are we upset and what has forced us to come out on the streets to agitate?
On December 01, 2012 at a public rally at Kandivali on the above issues, the Hon’ble M.P Sanjay Nirupam promised the gathering that he would find a solution within six months to the above issues. We had several morchas / dharnas in a peaceful manner. Thereafter we knocked at the doors of the Municipal Commissioner Shri Sitaram Kunte[courtesy Shri Julio Rebeiro] who also visited the sites. We petitioned and knocked at all those who matter including the Mayor Shri Sunil Prabhu, Dr. Ram Barot, Chairman-Improvements Committee, M.P. Priya Dutt, MLA Aslam Shaikh, Chief Minister Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Minorities Commission Chairman, Maharashtra Minorities Development Department, Smt. Sonia Gandhi, President- AICC, Shri Rahul Gandhi-Vice- President – AICC , Hon’ble Prime Minister so on and on and on….
We only received assurances and promises but the problems remain as they are. We petitioned the Hon’ble Chief Minister to give an appointment to explain to him the injustices but no response. Unfortunately, only those who use violent means get an appointment with the Chief Minister.
But we are a peaceful and law abiding community and non-violence is our ethos. We will continue our peaceful campaign.
National Elections are round the corner. So, Hon’ble Chief Minister [CONGRESS AND NCP] please don’t take us for granted and we will decide accordingly, if our issues are not sorted out.
Hence the call for “CHALO AZAD MAIDAN on Saturday, March 15 at 3.00 pm to fight for our rights.
Shiv Khera had said it” If your neighbour’s house is being robbed and you can afford to sleep, better watch out, it could be your turn next time. Time has come to unite and not fight our issues individually but collectively. Enough is enough. Let’s stand united and together fight against injustice
 
We are listing below the Demands which also cover some of the problems and issues faced by the Christians in Maharashtra. We also need specific help from you. Pass the message around. Contact your friends / community. Contact your Priests /Parishes and anyone who can help.
                                     
 15th March 2014 – CHALO AZAD MAIDAN – 3.00 pm
 
The following organizations have supported the above campaign:-
 
SOUL – Save Our Land, Justice & Peace Commission, Watchdog Foundation, Bombay Catholic Sabha (Malwani), Sahar Citizens Forum, Bombay East Indian Association, Marol East Indian Association, Hotline (India) and many more.
 
For the benefit of Christians/ Citizens Our Demands are:
 
1.     Immediate PERMANENT WITHDRAWAL of the Unjust Land Acquisition Notice served on St. Anthony’s Church and School, Malwani, Malad (W), O.L of Assumption Church & St.Joseph School, Kandivali (W).
 
2.     Do not enforce the altered Marve Road Line & Re-swing the Marve Road Line to the position, where it actually would be, if it was measured from center of existing road, on both sides, which has clandestinely been swung into Church property in order to achieve its malicious goal by the BMC.
 
4.     Demand to immediately set up & make functional Christian Cemeteries at Kandivali (East) & Goregaon (East) for over 1.25 lacs Christians.
 
5.     Withdraw the demolition notices issued to Christian Crosses in the city of Mumbai which amounts to erasing the Christian Identity in the city of Mumbai and Stop the desecration of Crosses in Mumbai.
   
6. Withdraw all tourism developments plans & dumping grounds from the Versova, Madh, Marve, Manori, Gorai, Uttan areas of Mumbai unconditionally. These plans by Government will have direct impact on the Lifestyle of the Local Population, who mostly comprises of indigenous Christians. These developments are not beneficial to them as it would erase their identity.
7.   Demand immediate resolution to issues of Gaothan’s in Mumbai thru
·               Withdrawal of Increased Property Taxes,Withdraw notifications in DP of Gaothan’s as slums,Scrap SEZ’s/SRA schemesin Gaothan areas,Give written permission for repairs for Gaothan’s, etc.
8.     Demand to propagate at Parish level / Community level the Minority Status benefits to Christians which is today totally on paper only
 
9.      Inspite of a Secular Government – Maharashtra in 2013 is the No.2 State in India with the highest atrocities against Christians. (Including Physical Violence, not allowed to build churches, not allowed to pray, Land & Bldg permissions delayed purposefully, No Cemeteries for burial, social boycott in villages, etc). STOP THIS HAPPENING URGENTLY NOW thru enforcement of rule of law and stricter monitoring of the police force. Arrest and punish those responsible for such crimes against humanity 
 
How YOU can HELP the cause of mobilizing the community we require from you all:
·       Please Announce to Parishioners at MASSES to participate in the “CHALO AZAD MAIDAN” Rally on 15th March’14 at 3.00 p.m.
·       Please ensure participation by arranging to send a minimum of 20% parishioners of every Parish in Mumbai thru arrangement of buses.
·       Please allow us to speak at the masses on these issues on Saturday’s & Sunday’s and also arrange special sessions for your parishioners.
·       Please Support us financially for this campaign thru a Parish collection.
.       Put up banners/posters & distribute the leaflets  in your Parish.
·       Prepare placards based on the demands as it applies to your Parish for a greater impact including a Parish Banner supporting the cause
·       Depute your representatives for our review/ feedback meetings which will be held every Thursday between 7.30 p.m. and 9.00 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani, Malad (W). Next meeting is on Thursday, 20th. Please attend
You can contact our team/me if you want us to speak at the masses [3-5 minutes or time permitted] / conduct awareness session on these issues [30 minutes to 60 minutes] at your parish or any other details of the campaign. 
Mr. Stanley Fernandez -9892500031,      Mr. Mathew Thattil -9892834762,  Mr. Greg Pereira -9870719628,  Mr. Alex Dmello -9821139523,  Mr. Noel Duarte – 9821319418, Ms. Bernadine Dcosta – 9819035773,
Thank you for being with us as always.
Warm regards,
Dolphy D’souza
Spokesperson
SOUL – SAVE OUR LAND TEAM
09820226227 Email: saveourland13@gmail.com
 
APPEAL TO ALL CHRISTIANS & CITIZENS – IT’S NOW OR NEVER
·        GET UP STAND UP, STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHTS
·        GET UP STAND UP , DON’T GIVE UP THE FIGHT
·        DON’T SIT TIGHT, GET UP & FIGHT AGAINST INJUSTICE
      PLEASE PASS IT ON TO PARISHIONERS/CITIZENS/FRIENDS/GROUPS

Last Nail in the Coffin of BMC’s Pack of Lies…

This is the POWER POINT, which is being presented to various associations, highlighting BMC’s Gameplan of Manipulating Original ROAD LINE(RL), to usurp Land belonging to St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani.

SOUL Team made  presentations to the priests at various Deanery Meetings to galvanise support from Archdiocese of Bombay, for forthcoming Rally at AZAD MAIDAN on 15th, of March, 2014.

Many more such Presentations would be made, on requests too, to create awareness among public as to what kinds of Games BMC plays.

The same Power Point is displayed here for the benefit of SILENT VOICE Readers.

GREG

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WHAT YOU SEE ON THE TOP IS A STRETCH OF PROPOSED ROAD , WHICH HAS TWO OUTER LINES, SHOWING WITH OF THE PROPOSED ROAN. BOTH THE OUTER LINES ARE SHOWN IN GREEN IN ORIGINAL ROAD PLAN.

AT THE BOTTOM, IS THE DISPUTED STRETCH. THE OUTER LINE INDICATING WIDTH OF THE ROAD  IS MISSING ON ONE SIDE.

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THIS SLIDE GIVES INSIGHT INTO THE SITUATION, AS TO HOW THE GREEN LINE WOULD LOOK. THE LINE YOU SEE IN HERE HAS BEEN SUPER IMPOSED.

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THIS SLIDE SHOWS THE ACTUAL EXTRA LAND, THE BMC IS TRYING TO GRAB FROM THE CHURCH

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BMC HAS DEVIATED FROM ACTUAL ROAD PLAN, WHICH IS IN STRAIGHT LINE AND COULD BE SEEN IN EARLIER SLIDE; THERE ARE THREE DEVIATIONS ON THE STRETCH, UP TO THE CHURCH.

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THIS IS AN EXTRACT FROM THE CORPORATION RESOLUTION NO. 753 DATED 27TH, SEPTEMBER, 1971. WHICH GAVE SANCTION TO THIS ROAD WIDENING, WAY BACK IN 1970. IT CLEARLY INDICATES THE EXISTENCE OF GREEN LINE. OUR QUESTION IS,’ WHY SHOULD IT BE MISSING FROM THE ROAD PLAN, ON THE STRETCH NEAR ST. ANTHONY’S CHURCH AND SCHOOL?’

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EVIDENCE OF LOCAL MP’S DOUBLE SPEAK…HE TRIED TO BACK-STAB THE COMMUNITY.

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SOUL’S ACTION PACKED PROTESTS

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EVIDENCE OF BMC’S DIRTY TRICK, TO SWING THE ROAD LINE (RL) TOWARDS THE CHURCH

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MANIPULATION SUMMARISED

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Cardinal Cleemis to head national bishop’s body

The Cardinal is currently President of KCBC and Vice President of CBCI.

Cardinal Mar Baselios Cleemis

Pala: 

Cardinal Mar Baselios Cleemis has been named the president of theCatholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI).

The third head of the Malankara Churchappointed to the position and was selected by the CBCI plenary meeting at Pala.

The cardinal, also Major Archbishop of the Malankara Church, is currently President of KCBC and Vice President of CBCI.

He takes over from current Cardinal Oswald Gracious, who has completed four years, or two terms, which is the maximum allowed to a person.

The national conference of the Catholic bishops in India selects its leader with a tacit understanding of giving representation to all three rites of the Indian Church-the Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara.

Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, the head of the Syro-Malabar Church, was CBCI president until 2010, when the Laitn rite Cardinal Gracias was elected to the post.

Source: The Week

Kerala ,Pala ,Cardinal Mar Baselios Cleemis ,CBCI President

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