Parish Priest supporting encroachment of Church Properties.
OUR LADY OF NAZAREHT CHURCH, BHAYANDER
A Standing example, How the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Nazareth Church, Bhayander supports the encroachment of the church Properties.
On 1 Jan 2015, And Prominent plot which belong to the church, On Which in Reliance Energy Ltd tried to put up and Sub- Station without the permission of the church taking advantages of the New Year day, while almost all of the parishioners are busy in New Year celebrations.
Some of the alert Parishioners alarmed and informed about the situation and within a period of 15 – 20 minutes approx 40 – 50 Parishioners gathered to stop the construction and installation of Substation on the Plot. Reliance Company tried to put their Weight around with the local authorities try to have their way. However, the determined Parishioners never gave up and ensure that the substation was pull down.
The Parish Priest was given minute-by-minute information about the situation and after the episode was over, we met the Parish Priest and offer him our services that we would construct a compound wall on the Property.
However, as usual the un-interested Parish Priest Fr. Anselm Gonsalves comes up with a lame excuse because he does not want to indulge in any activity, which is other then the routine. Anything beyond the routine is and Headache for him.
Therefore, He came up with any Idea that the Plot has been sold 5 years ago, but forgets the fact that in last 5 years on 25% amount the builder has paid to the church against the sale and has defaulted in the Transaction. Still the priest feels that the plot is not under church. Further he states that he has Authority to spend only Rs 50000/- and he would had to take permission from the Bishop House for additional funds. Please refer to the Extract from the website of Archdiocese with relate to Expenditure of funds.
Main Objective: Assist the Archbishop in the administration of finances of the Archdiocese in accordance with Canon Law.
Stages of approval for parish expenditure for projects ranging:
- Between Rs 50,000 to Rs 4, 00,000- require Parish Finance Committee’s approval.
- between Rs 4,00,000 to Rs 10,00,000 and above – require PFC recommendation and Archbishop’s approval
- exceeding Rs 10,00,000 – The Archbishop consults the Archdiocesan Finance Committee and the College of Consultors before granting his approval of a project recommended by the PFC.
The Expense for the compound wall was within the sum of Rs 1.5 lac Rupees, but the Parish Priest feels that it is not necessary to trouble the Parish Finance Committee and Prefer to expose the church properties for loot and nuisance.
Such are deeds and irresponsibleness of the Parish Priest where there are in the parish for Pleasure and leisure and not for service. Various Church properties in Bhayander has been have been encroached and misused but the Parish Priest is become a spectator to it and every request to protect and guard the properties is fallen unto deaf ears.
The same was the situation in Goria Parish during his tenure, as Building the School project was delayed for more than 6 years, and was completed with 2 years after he was transferred. It is the sad situation in Bhayander Parish and no hopes any form until the Parish Priest is in Bhayander. Lord Save our Parish from such Parish Priest.
CC: Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Bombay Catholics Saba President, Greg Pereira, Hurbert Baretto, Mobai Gaothan Panchayat, Bishop Percival J Fernanadez, Adv Godfrey Pimenta, Silent Voice website, Mrs Leela D’souza. Bhayander East Indian Association.