OPEN LETTER TO MEMBERS OF PROPERTY AND FINANCE COMMITTEE OF ST. ANTHONY’S CHURCH; MALWANI.

Though the letter is addressed to a particular segment, actually, it is meant to parishioners of all the parishes in the Archdiocese of Bombay and world over, where ever SILENT VOICE is read.

While I have been receiving support from you, through calls and personal messages, your overall silence over such happenings, is considered as your consent to financial manipulation by Church Authorities, particularly the so called SOLE TRUSTEES.

None of the members, mentioned in the letter, have responded yet.

GREG

 

GREG R PEREIRA
A7 Rodrigues Compound, Malwani Village,
Marve Rd. Malad (W),
Mumbai – 400095;
Contact: Cell: 9870719628;
E Mail: pereiragreg1611@gmail.com

25th, March, 2019
To,

The Members
Property and Finance Committee
St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani

Hello Friends,

I am sure; you are in pink of health and serving MOTHER CHURCH, with all sincerity. All along, I have been addressing Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, the Parish Priest and SOLE TRUSTEE, because, ultimately he is responsible for Church affairs; in the matter related to renovation of Church premises, Ground, its peripheral area and Grotto area etc. You are aware of the matter because you have been kept in the loop through E mails and link to the SILENT VOICE, the blog where the matter is being published for parishioner’s knowledge.

The purpose of addressing this letter to you is, the statement by Fr. Agnelo in a letter addressed to me, in response to my letter, related to formation of new Property Committee, which was shared with you through E Mail as well as SILENT VOICE. The statement reads thus: “Even before I could propose it, the members in one voice recommended legal action against you for defamation. We are now in the process of sending a legal Notice to you.”

I found the statement so amusing that I could not stop laughing. I have been part of the Property Committee as well as Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), some time ago. Therefore, am aware of their working pattern. No one dares to open mouth to oppose any suggestion put up by the PARISH PRIEST/SOLE TRUSTEE. If it was so, your ONE VOICE would have not permitted all these jobs of renovation of ground and other civil works to go through, in violation of norms set up through directives from the hierarchy. In the absence of opposition, even your silence is construed as affirmation to the suggestion. That is the reason I find the statement laughable. Obviously, the trigger has been pulled to shoot from your shoulder, certainly under some advice,

Besides the above, the letter also states:

“However, as I strongly believe in Divine Mercy, I want to give you an opportunity to make amends and avoid legal action. Withdraw all the allegations you have been leveling against me in your E-mail and in your posts on social media groups and apologize, if not be prepared to face the consequences of your penchant for indulging in character assassination.”
The letter also states: “In the said E-mail you have made very serious but false and baseless allegations against me and others.” I am sure, others means you, the members of Property and Finance Committee.
There was no reason for me to apologise because the TRUTH is with me. Therefore, I am prepared for the LEGAL CONSEQUENCES, not fearing the threat.
Surprisingly, the LEGAL NOTICE does not contain any reference to FALSE AND BASELESS ALLEGATIONS. On the contrary, it says that Fr. Agnelo has incurred a loss of Rupees 50,00,000 (Rs. FIFTY LAKHS) because of me and it is recoverable from me. Though the notice has been replied to and am anxiously waiting for the court summons, still wondering; what business Fr. Agnelo has been indulging in, where he has incurred such a huge loss in short span of time. ( REPLY: To Legal Notice for Rupees Fifty Lakhs Defemation, Served by Parish Priest to a Parishioner;)

May be you are aware, since this matter certainly must have been discussed at the meeting when you recommended legal action against ME in ONE VOICE. Did you approve the amount of Rs. 50,00,000/- (Rs. FIFTY LAKHS) as a cost of DEFAMATION?
Anyways, I would like to remind some of you, of your reactions, when I first questioned Fr. Agnelo about giving ground renovation contract to Marius, based on the feedback from Parishioners. Your reactions are clearly indicative of your opposition to the whole tendering process. This matter has been delved in various posts on SILENT VOICE. In case you have not read it yet, please go through and refresh your memory.
MATHEW THATTIL: I am not sure, if you were present at the meeting, where in ONE VOICE it was recommended to send me a LEGAL NOTICE FOR DEFAMATION. However, you were the first person to raise a THUMBS UP sign immediately, but clandestinely. I am sure, you will remember this. Thereafter we discussed this matter a couple of time in the Church compound during day, when you came to reach your Daughter to Balwadi.
YUCCA GOMES: Though there is not much communication between us, while we were walking towards the gate after the above meeting, you said; “IT IS VERY GOOD THAT YOU BROUGHT THIS ISSUE UP”. I am sure, you remember this.
RICHARD LASRADO: Do you remember our discussion after the meeting, where we examined the area around the Grotto and agreed that there is no need for elevating the ground level. In short, you were opposed to the idea of elevating the level of the ground. On this point I questioned you about your silence during the debate on the matter at the meeting.
PATRIC D’SOUZA: Though you were not much vocal at the meeting, you were opposed to the way things were being decided. We would discuss this matter after the meeting, standing right near your building. I am sure, you remember this. Besides, you encouraged me for taking up the matter with Cardinal.
GODFREY PATEL AND FREDRICK GRACIAS: Excuse me for a combined address to you. Both of you are seen as one person in two bodies, by the Parishioners, when it comes to Church activities; which is appreciable. We are not in communication with each other. However, while the matter was being discussed at the meetings and tender after tender was being passed, only to certain contractor, you seem to have felt your monopoly threatened and decided to put a stop to it somehow. I received feelers to help in the matter, but I refused to involve myself with you. In short, you too were opposed to the way the contracts were being given on the platter. Unfortunately, like others, you never mustered the courage to voice your opposition at the meetings.
This surmises only one thing. The entire committee was opposed to the way things were moving but could not muster courage to express your genuine concern towards MOTHER CHURCH. There could be various reasons for your silence, I assume.
I am not questioning your wisdom but seeking spiritual support to help you ponder and decide if your silence was in the interest of MOTHER CHURCH. In my opinion, Your silence, in spite of knowing that the crime is being committed, makes you COLLABORATORS IN CRIME.

MARK 9:41-50

41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.
42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to stumble,cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. [44] [a] 45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. [46] [b] 47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where “‘the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.’[c]
49 Everyone will be salted with fire.
50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
You are all wise and HOLY people, so it should not be difficult for you to understand GOSPEL OF THE LORD.

It is reliably learnt that Fr. Agnelo allegedly has made certain statements about me in some forum, whether it was a property committee meeting or PPC meeting, I am not very sure but he certainly has..
1. “Greg is frustrated because he has lost an opportunity to earn commission”. OR something similar to it.
2. “Greg has no Job/Jobless, that is why he is indulging in this kind of activities”. Or something similar to it.
I don’t think these statements merit any response. But I must say I am nearing seventy years of age. If he thinks I should be doing a job at this age, he certainly must be out of his mind.
However, inadvertently he has spilled the beans. COMMISSION IS THE KEY FACTOR in all this activity, besides, a JOBLESS FACTOR also (Can be attributed to retirement too), which still continues. Every work that has been carried out, is done by keeping commission in the mind.
I conclude this letter with a question. Do you remember the three quotations of approximately Rs. FIVE LAKHS each, to put up shades on both the stages and the other one, which I fail to remember, from a single contractor, submitted for approval at a meeting but quietly withdrawn when a lone voice opposed it? This is the clear indication of the intentions of the persons at helm. Please be alert; it may be brought back for approval. There is no need for permanent shades over any of the stage.
Response from you would be highly appreciated. Your views will be incorporated in the post on SILENT VOICE, when it is published, after ten days.

GREG R. PEREIRA
Parishioner,
St. Anthony;s Church
Malwani

Copy to: H. E. Oswald Cardinal Gracias; Archbishop of Mumbai: For Information.

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