“SOUL” PROTEST RALLY AT AZAD MAIDAN: Part One:

 

Dear Readers,

On 15th of March, 2014; this city of Mumbai witnessed a BIG BANG, similar to the one occurred billions years ago and gave birth to our Universe, with the Sun at its Core.

BIG BANG at AZAD MAIDAN also gave birth to the Universe of our own….Christian associations from various  parishes from within Mumbai and around, came together to support the just cause and issues faced by community…At the core of this Universe is SOUL – SAVE OUR LAND, which has succeeded in achieving the impossible….

SOUL will always be at the forefront in fighting the injustice to community anywhere in Mumbai… at the hands of Government authorities…

BANNER STAGE FRONT

 

Many speakers expressed their anguish at the BMC’s attitude.  Archbishop Cardinal Oswald Gracias also sent a Message, which was read by his secretary, Fr. K. T. Emmanuel……While we as a SOULmates are happy about it and his praise of Fr. Austin Norris, Parish Priest of St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani; who was at the helm and the guiding force of this Rally; mention to SOUL – SAVE OUR LAND was absent in Archbishop’s message…..Is it because SOUL is not an organisation recognized by Church?

We are compelled to state this because our feedback indicates; Parishioners of various parishes were enthusiastic about attending the Rally… However, response from the Parish Authorities was very LUKWARM…..Baring handful of Parishes… Even announcement of the Rally on Sunday Masses was missing…In one of the Major Parish, an interested Parishioner questioned the Parish Priest about it and his answer was, SOUL is a PRIVATE ASSOCIATION…this is the attitude of our Clergy towards a problem faced by one of our own Church…  PRIVATE ASSOCIATION? SO BE IT…..SOUL is fighting to save our Church Land. SOUL is not an Association but a Movement… started by concerned Catholics under the able leadership of Fr. Austin Norris..to Save our Church Lands, because the Church recognized association, Bombay Catholic Sabha (BCS) has failed in it duty to take this issue up…On the contrary they tried to stall the Rally citing silly excuses. This is applicable only to Central Office of BCS. Many local units of BCS overruled diktat of Central office and joined the Rally…..

Due to attitude of Certain Parish Authorities, Many Parishioners missed the opportunity to hear the views of Prominent speakers and understand the issues…..SILENT VOICE is bringing  speakers to your living room…In this part, readers will have the opportunity to listen to few of the Speakers…The balance, we shall try to bring in as soon as possible…

MEMORANDUM TO MUNICIPAL COMMISSIONER..

Prior to the beginning of the Rally, delegaion of SOUL committee, comprising of Fr. Austin Norris, Dolphy D’souza, Stanley Fernandes and Greg Pereira met Municipal Commissioner, Shri Sitaram Kunte. SOUL delegation presented him Memorandum listing Charter of our demands. He was also explained the manipulation of ROAD LINE (RL), by BMC authorities, with the help of Road Plan and other Graphics……

GREG

 FR. AUSTIN NORRIS, PARISH PRIEST, ST. ANTHONY’S CHURCH; MALWANI;

MS. DOMINICA DABRE, HAREET VASAI SAMITI; VASAI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK3RTXckPE0&feature=share

NICHOLAS ALMEIDA, SAHAR CITIZEN FORUM;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EfSl9xx5xE&feature=share

FR. CEDRIC PRAKASH, SJ;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTPryYn2l5A&feature=share

SHRI SHAILESH GANDHI; FORMER CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSIONER;

GREG PEREIRA, SILENT VOICE;

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5 Comments

  1. Silent Voice said,

    March 30, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    E Mail…..

    Hi Greg,

    Regarding your below post – please note that Bombay Catholic Sabha (BCS) is a NGO and a private association with its own constitution – It has nothing to do with the Church.
    However after Bp Savio took over from Bp Bosco, Bp Savio has started patronizing the BCS principle office bearers.

    Bp Savio has even kept on hold the Civic & Political Cell (Church in the City) started by Bp Bosco which is the ACTUAL body of the Church to take up issues for the community.

    Fr Austin Norris must get this cell of civic & political activated and get us all inducted into it so that we could take up such issues for the community. He could talk to Cardinal and get his fellow priest to back him in getting this cell activated.

    Cardinal has never mentioned to anyone or put an announcement that BCS is the recognized body for the community – it is the BCS office bearers who are saying this together with Bp Savio

    Of course when Cardinal pulled up Bp Savio regarding the BCS SMS circulated regarding the Mocha, Bp Savio sent a stinker to BCS which was followed by a stinker from Cardinal to BCS.
    So in view of this
    – on what basis does BCS office bearers say that they are the recognized body of the community??????
    – why is Bp Savio patronizing BCS office bearers?????

    Suggest please clarify this with Cardinal…….. as if BCS is unable to do anything and if there is another organization who can deliver surely Cardinal will encourage this organization…. SOUL….
    Fr Austin Norris could do the needful with the Cardinal. Let me know your thinking / comments…..

    All the Best
    Don Aguiar

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  2. dmelloalex said,

    March 31, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Many of our people who say that SOUL is not a church approved movement, they are right but what Church approved organisations are doing on issues facing the community? They should have the first hand knowledge of Malwani issue before talking. We are talking about unauthorised road map manipulations by BMC. By sending misleading sms’s and mails on 14th march would harm them more. BCS or any others for that matter do not belong only to office bearers, it belongs to the community. They should know to respect the voice of the community. If there any misunderstandings, sit across the table and sort out. By not taking up such issues they proved their inability to handle community issues. Some of them even joined hands with the politicians and started talking the same language and using same phrases saying, Church has agreed in the past to surrender the land. Does anyone read the contents of that agreement? There is no dearth of problems in this city where several churches and institutions received notices from BMC to surrender their lands. Let these Church approved organisations tell the community about their role in solving these problems. IF SOUL has become a Arvind Kejriwal, we can’t help it. it’s the need of the hour and the entire community should say with one voice “enough is enough”

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