This reaction of mine has come from what we are hearing from the masses in various forums, Social Networks ETC. We threfore, decided to take the Bull by its Horn because unless you confront the Hierarchy they will feign ignorance.
It is pathetic to note that while people in other cities are holding demonstrations against burning of the Church, our Archbishop is so passive about the happening. Doesn’t this amount similar to the phrase,’ Nero was Fiddling while Rome was Burning”? We hope to bring the Hierarchy out from Slumber and lead this agitation from front, for entire Country to follow.
As Ms. Dominica Dabre, one of the fire brand Speaker at 15th, Match Rally at Azad Maidan said, ” You slap us on one Cheek, we shall offer you the other one, if you slap us on the second one, which you have done; now we do not have a third Cheek. So only option left for us, is to oppose your actions”; so let us all together start opposing the actions by the fanatics and tell the Powers that be, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH….
CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS, ARCHBISHOP OF MUMBAI
VOICE OF A SILENT MAJORITY
(CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL)
Constituted under Para 29 of Christifideles Laici
(Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation of H.H.Late Pope John Paul-II)
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(Archdiocese of Bombay)
12th, December 2014;
Most Rev. Cardinal Oswald Gracias,
Archbishop of Bombay;
Sub: Burning of St. Sebastian’s Church, by Miscreants, in Delhi;
The Catholic Community all over the Country has been disturbed by this incident. There have been protests organized in the capital and other parts of the country, by troubled Christian community. The matter also resonated in Parliament (Rajya Sabha).
Archbishop of Delhi, Kuriakose Bharanikulangara suspected it to be sabotage and has issued a statement to that effect. He also stated that, “All Christian communities are aggrieved over this incident,” which is obvious.
Your Eminence, this is not the one off kind of incident that can be forgotten with passage of time. There was another incident of pelting of stone at Our Lady of Fatima Church, during an evening mass, within a week from the earlier incident. Obviously, the miscreants have been emboldened by their peers sitting at the helm. There are other incidents occurring at various places, by stooges of the people in power and all are targeted at minorities. This was seen coming, and has not surprised the community at all. The community has begun to fear, expecting more of such incidents, which could serious in nature.
What has surprised the community is your silence on the subject matter. Your silence is being questioned on social media. Being one of the prominent Archdioceses in the Country, the Community expects reaction from you; at least, a statement condemning the dastardly act, which could be read in all the Churches. We are not sure, if it has been done. However, issuing mere statement is not enough. What is necessary at this juncture is to galvanize the Community to protest, the SILENT PROTEST, for which the community is known for, in order to attract attention of the powers that be and to let them know that Christian Community is not going to take it lying down any more. Offering another cheek, as LORD JESUS CHRIST has said, does not apply in this world, full of fanatics. We have already offered our second cheek; fortunately, we do not have a third one; so in order to survive, under the country’s Constitution, we need to make our voice heard. We need to send a strong message to the Powers that be that we can also resist. Unfortunately, the Christians are brainwashed into reacting only to the word coming from the Sacred Pulpit, which in this case has not come yet.
Church aided organization, the Bombay Catholic Sabha (BCS), who is supposed to take up such issues is defunct. Therefore, nothing can be expected out of it. However, there is another Organization, which has been taking up matters of injustice to the community. Of course, it is not recognized by Church as an ecclesial body, nevertheless it works for Good of the Church. In recent past, it organized a Rally at Azad Maidan, protesting against illegal Land Acquisition Notice against a Church; gathering around TEN THOUSAND Catholics from all over Archdiocese, despite lack of support from Parish authorities, baring few. It is the SOUL – Save Our Land Committee, under the able leadership of Fr. Austin Norris, the Dynamic Parish Priest of St. Anthony’s Church Malwani; keeping the authorities at bay, from acquiring the Church Land in unjust manner.
SOUL is capable of organizing a Protest Rally against any injustice to the community and will not hesitate to take up this issue, if approached to do so. Of Course, it can take it up on its own, but looking back at past experience i. e. lack of support from Church, it may hesitate to do so.
Your Eminence, enough of homilies on Spirituality and heavenly life, which can continue; but situation on this earthly heaven needs to be prevented from being converted into hell on earth.
We also would like to dray your attention to media report (TOI – 12/12/2014), under Caption, “NGO fighting illegal shrines to now approach SC against classification”. This is related to HOLY CROSSES lining streets of Mumbai, among others. If you remember, we have been following up this matter and alerting you, time and again, to take these symbols of our faith under the wing. It seems Church authorities are unconcern about it. (Our Letters dated, 8th, June, 2014 and 26th, July, 2014); Your Eminence, with change of guard at helm in both places, these things are bound to continue. It is therefore, about time the community changes its stance from PASSIVE TO PROACTIVE.
Think over it; your flock is eagerly looking forward to you, to lead them out from wilderness of uncertainty.
Yours always in OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
GREG R. PEREIRA
Copy to: SOUL – Save Our Land Committee;
RESPONSE FROM ALEX D’MELLO;