SILENT VOICE, on behalf of readers, congratulates H. E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, on his appointment to this august position…………….GREG


FEB. 21, 2017

“The Holy Father has granted the title of Lawyer of the Roman Rota to Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay, India.

–          issued by the Holy See Press Office on Wednesday, February 15, 2017”

The Archdiocese of Bombay congratulates His Eminence on his prestigious appointment to the Roman Rota by the Holy Father.

The Sacred Roman Rota is part of the great system of government established in Rome, by which the Pope discharges the duties which devolve on him as Head of the Catholic Church. The government is covered by three sections: the administrative, the executive and the judicial. The Rota belongs to the judicial section: it is one of the tribunals through which the Pope exercises his sovereign power of administering justice in ecclesiastical matters. Its sole function is to hear and decide, according to the law, cases duly submitted to it. It is not sure how the court came by its name, but the Latin word Rota means a wheel or circle, and the Court may have received its name from the round table at which the judges sat.

The Rota consists ordinarily of ten judges whose official title is ‘Auditores’: they are of equal status and authority, and the senior, or Dean, as he is called, obtains precedence, but no jurisdiction, over the other judges. The appointment of a judge is made by the Pope in person. The qualifications required by law for the office are that the candidate be in priest’s orders, have obtained the doctorate in canon and civil law, be of mature age, and be distinguished for moral integrity, prudence, and legal skill.

Courtesy: Archdiocese of Bombay

Another side of Bishop Allwyn D’silva:

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Walter Murzello said,

February 11, 2017 at 8:48 pm

Feels sad to hear about the church land deals in Bhayander. Fr. Allwyn is not the only secular priest of the Archdiocese of Bombay who is embroiled in these sad shady issues. One thing for sure I know he was initially active in the Uttan Dumping Ground “andolan”… However when his cardinal intervened, he fizzled out and evaporated.
Personally as a lover of all things of Heritage Value… I respect him for having the guts to spend and spend much much money on the restoration of the Thane, St.John The Baptist Church. This church today is a tourist attraction. (all tour operators kindly take note). He was also recognized and presented an award for his limitless efforts to restore the Thane church to its pristine glory. He along with his parishioners, received an award from an NGO known as Mobai Gaothan Panchayatheart for conserving heritage and restoring the glory of our ancient churches in Mobai.

Fr.Allwyn (oops! Bishop Allwyn) as I know him is a nice person. I know he was asked to bow out of the Anti Dumping Ground Agitation by his mentor Oswald Cardinal Gracias who ironically today is the President of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences. and also appointed to the eight-member Council of Cardinals, informally the Council of Cardinal Advisers, established by Pope Francis to help with governing the Catholic Church and reforming its central administration.

We have many nice catholic secular priests who unfortunately find it difficult to work for God’s People and God’s Creation because of the pressures from of the hierarchy.

All said and done… Maybe with some power bestowed on him as a Bishop he will hopefully have the courage to bring out the good side of him.

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Those who are Culprits, have been rewarded “LordShip” Title, because the Diocese have no choice, for they have to run their shop of BULLING in the name of Religion.
Bishop Allwyn D’silva,   Champion of Environmental Causes.  His Chosen motto is Care for Creation as it has been said about him .

Ignore Humans and Care for Creation that should be his appropriate motto for him.

While he was in Bhayander parish he has not  contributed positively, Only created wider divide between two communities, and invited trouble on Maundy Thursday, where even the Commission appointed by the ArchBishop admitted in its report, “that if the Parish Priest wanted he could have avoided the situation”, by discussing the issue with the Parishioners. But he didn’t find it necessary, because he was busy with Environment.

The Learned Parish Priest, instead of calling the Parishioners for a Peace after the episode, preferred to Lodge a Police complains against the Parishioners with a title of the Complain. “The War is over the Battle has Started”.

With Such wisdom of the Parish priest, The Title of the Lordship has been conferred upon him.
As I said it before He is  also an accused of 3 Land deals where in documented corruption has been highlighted and the Charity commissioner has issued a Show Cause notice to him in the year 2016.
Where in, as a Trustee he has issued a NOC to a Builder related the Church Plot, which is under the Church possession since 1955, He states in the NOC that the Plot does not belong to the Church and the Builder is free to construct upon it.  11-story building is standing over it without a penny to the Church.

In another  deal the Builder had defaulted payment to the church  for 2.3 Crores  for 3 years and in a sale  Plot ,  and the church could have cancelled the deal  and taken charge of the plot.  However, before leaving the Parish he accepted Cheque of 25 lacs from the builder, which made the builder again eligible in the legal process.  Moreover, till date it has been more than 5 years now the Builder has not paid any amount to the Church. And the Builder still claims the plot

The 3rd deal where the Church made losses of more than 2 Crore rupees cause the plot worth 2.5 crore rupees was sold for 55 lacs only.
There have been immense losses made by Fr Allywn D’silva to the Parish of Bhayander in tune of approx 5 crore rupees ,  and all the above subject matters are made aware to the ArchBishop, but still, He was best suited for the Lordship Cap , after all the corruptions and misdeeds done by him. And most of the Parishioners are either innocent or have short term memory and try to forget this sort of deals cause when the Parish Priest Changes the parishes he starts with a new leaf to write a new story. Moreover, old mess has been forgotten.

And the ArchDiocese without applying its mind presents you a corrupt priest as Lordship to you and we have to accept it blindly because we do not questioned its appointment. I challenge and  Questioned the Authority of the Archbishop to give me the Answers of the above messed up deals,  and prove me wrong  ,  But I guarantee you they would not even move from the seat “ Cause they don’t care at all”  about  the parishioners or the church.

So is the State of affair of the ArchDiocese of Bombay    “applauds”

Noel Corriea



MUMBAI Archdiocese gets two more Auxiliary Bishops;

Grassroots worker priests ordained as bishops

Fr Allwyn D’Silva and Fr Barthol Barretto said “I do” to ten questions before being ordained auxiliary bishop by the archbishop of Bombay Oswald Cardinal Gracias.

| TNN | Updated: Jan 28, 2017, 09.49 PM

MUMBAI: Approximately 10,000 Catholics assembled in the grounds of Don Bosco School, Matunga, Saturday evening to watch two priests take a very special vow. Fr Allwyn D’Silva and Fr Barthol Barretto said “I do” to ten questions before being ordained auxiliary bishop by the archbishop of Bombay Oswald Cardinal Gracias.

“The gospel was placed above our heads, and we received the bishop’s ring, mitre (cap) and staff which symbolises the shepherd herding his flock,” Fr Allwyn said.

The appointments were announced by Pope Francis December 20. Both Fr Allwyn and Fr Barthol are grassroots workers who have earned the respect and love of their people. Both will continue to serve their respective parishes at St John the Baptist Church, Thane, and Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Borivli, until May 31.

Fr Nigel Barrett, spokesman of the archdiocese of Bombay, said, “Cardinal Gracias was principal consecrator at the ceremony while Bishop Bosco Penha and archbishop Vincent Concessao were co-consecrators. We hosted 10 bishops from the western region. Around 10,000 spectators arrived not just from Thane and Borivli but from places where Fr Allwyn and Fr Barthol have served previously.:”

Fr Allwyn with 21 years of work in Mumbai’s slums is a champion of environmental causes. He is secretary of the FABC Climate Change Desk. His chosen motto is ‘Care for Creation’. His parishioners hired 12 buses to reach the venue Saturday.

Parishioners of I C Church and neighbouring localities led a caravan of 19 buses to cheer Fr Barthol Barretto. Born September 16, 1961, Fr Barthol studied at St Michael’s School, Mahim, and went on to graduate in history.

“I am grateful to God for giving me this fresh opportunity to serve the people. More so, my parishioners and the people of our archdiocese are happy and pleased. My chosen motto is ‘Love in Action’,” said Fr Barthol. Once he leaves Borivli in May, his people will be sorry to lose the priest with “golden heart and silver hair.”


Cardinal Gracias denounces acquittal of nun’s alleged rapists

“this acquittal once again brings to our attention the problem of violence against women. It is a huge setback for all of us working for the rights and dignity of women, in particular victims of violence.” ….Cardinal;

Protest against rape - AFP

Protest against rape – AFP

Courtesy: Radio Vatican
The acquittal of the alleged rapists of a Catholic nun in India’s Chhattisgarh state “is a grave injustice, not only for our consecrated, but also for all women who have suffered a similar trauma”, said Card. Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay.   The prelate who is also president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) was commenting to AsiaNews on the release of the two criminals accused of having drugged, tied up and gang raped the 48-year old sister of the Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (SMMI), ‎at the nuns’ medical centre in the state capital, Raipur, in June 2015.The accused, 19 year-old Dinesh Dhurv, and 25-year old Jitendra Pathak, were released by a fast-track court on January 5 because of lack of evidence.  Cardinal Gracias believes that investigations were compromised beyond repair by the “half hearted attitude of the police,” who failed to protect the crime scene and did not collect the traces of the attackers from the victim’s body.  According to Card. Gracias, “this acquittal once again brings to our attention the problem of violence against women. It is a huge setback for all of us working for the rights and dignity of women, in particular victims of violence.”  “India’s Catholic Church will demand justice from a higher court. We will challenge the verdict on appeal,” the cardinal stated.

The state representatives of the Congress party and the Chhattisgarh Christian Forum have called the incident a “systematic attack against minorities in the State”. For its part, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) has reported  that such incidents raise serious questions about the safety and protection of minorities in India.  Since the beginning, the Christian leaders have complained about serious shortcomings in the conduct of enquiry by investigators, who had not collected blood, urine and other fluid samples to determine the hallucinogenic substance used to dope the missionary.  Cardinal Gracias warned that their acquittal would bring serious social consequences and could create problems of public order. “The worrying fact is that low conviction rates inflict damage and represent a danger for the victims and for society as a whole,” he said.

(Source: AsiaNews)

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