Is this information enough to call Archdiocesan Finances Transparent?

A SILENT VOICE Reader mailed this information, which he claims to have downloaded from Bombay Archdiocese Website…..Publishing the same, for reader’s knowledge.

Will the Archdiocese be as enthused,  on putting up matters related to finance and properties, transparently? 






Finance Department

Financial Administrator: Fr. M. Sunder Albuquerque.
Assistant to the Financial Administrator: Fr. Avin Franklin
Financial Advisor to the Archbishop: Mr. Mario S. Colaco

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9.00 – 13.00 hrs; 14.00 – 17.00 hrs.
Saturday: 9.00 – 13.00 hrs.
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Main Objective:  Advise the Archbishop in the administration of finances and properties of the Archdiocese as governed by Canon Law and as further determined by the Archbishop of Bombay.

The Finance Department is headed by the Financial Administrator. A financial advisor to the Cardinal is appointed by the Finance Committee who advices the Cardinal in all his decisions pertaining to the Archdiocesan finances.

The Archdiocesan Finance Committee administers all the monetary transactions and dealings of the Archdiocese. The Committee members are experts on legal matters, property dealings, banking, investments and auditing. All the first and Second Sunday collections from the Parishes come to the Finance Office. This money is disbursed by the Committee for various areas of Diocesan work. The Finance Department comprises ten employees who have been selected on the basis of the Code 2006 booklet prepared by the Employment and Conciliation Committee of the Archdiocese.

The Finance Committee is responsible for the allocation of money to various aspects of Diocesan functions like developmental projects, Investments, Banking, buying or selling of Property, expenditure on various social and religious causes, internal auditing of Archdiocesan institutions (schools, hospitals, training centres etc)  and organisations (committees, commissions, associations etc)and Expenditure on the Human Resources Department. In short, is responsible for the proper and efficient management of the Archdiocesan money keeping with all the legal and ethical requirements.

According to the guidelines given by the Archdiocese, when any individual Parish has to incur an expenditure amounting to between Rupees Fifty thousand and Four Lakhs, the parish priest has to take the permission of the Parish Finance Committee. When the expenditure to be incurred is between Four lakh and one million, then the Priest would require the permission of both the Parish Finance Committee as well as the Cardinal. However, the Diocesan Finance Committee comes into play when the proposed expenditure crosses Rupees Ten lakhs. The Finance Committee along with the College of Consultors would analyze the situation and thereafter give permission. The College of Consultors (footnote) would look at the pastoral aspects whereas the Finance Committee would look after the technical aspects. When the Expenditure is above one crore, the Cardinal would refer the matter to the Pope.

Annual audited financial statements are prepared and submitted to the Income Tax department, Registrar of Societies and Ministry of Home Affairs – Foreign Contribution. A consolidated annual financial statement of the Archdiocese is also sent to the Holy See.

College of Consultors- In a diocese, the college of consultors consists of priests charged with advising the bishop; some decisions require that they be given a hearing, others require their consent;

The Archdiocesan Finance Committee:

The Finance Committee serves as the principal consultative body for the diocesan Bishop regarding the administration of the temporal goods of the Archdiocese in accordance with Church Law (canons 492-493). Its members, appointed by the Bishop, are selected for their expertise in financial affairs and civil law.

The Finance Committee is to annually examine and approve a budget of the income and expenditures, which are foreseen for the entire governance of the Archdiocese, and is to accept a financial report of the Archdiocese at the conclusion of each fiscal year.

The current members of the Finance Committee are:
Mr. Joaquim Reis (Chairman), Fr. M. Sunder Albuquerque (Secretary), Fr. Elias D’Cunha, Ms. Joan Manohar, Mr. Mario Nazareth, Mr. Julius Chagas Pereira, , Mr. Eric Pereira.

Metropolitan tribunal:

The Metropolitan Tribunal is the vicariate established by canon law as the judicial arm of the archbishop’s government of the archdiocese. As such, it is the court system of the Church and the canonical forum for the resolution of legal questions arising from the activity of the Church and of the faithful.

The Office of the Tribunal:
Ground Floor,
Archbishop’s House,
21, Nathalal Parekh Marg,
Mumbai 400 001
Tel no: 2202-1093/-1193/-1293
Fax: 2285-3872

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9.00 – 13.00 hrs; 14.00 – 17.00 hrs.
Saturday: 9.00 – 13.00 hrs.
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.



SION CHURCH “MONEY MAKES THE MARE GO”; is a proverb, we have heard umpteen times in our lives, particularly with Government administration, at various level. It is hurting to learn that this also applies to Church Administration, at Parish Level. However, in this particular case it has been happening at top of Hierarchy, in the Archdiocese of Bombay….What is worse; the sacred law is being violated to appease the rich and mighty….. Most of you, who are following SILENT VOICE, will be aware that this is the story of OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL, SION. Parish Priest has permitted, Obligatory, Sunday Mass to be Celebrated at EVERARD NAGAR COLONY; inspite of opposition from other parishioners. Archbishop Cardinal Oswald Gracias has turned a deaf ear to representation and many letters, written by Parishioners. A Decree by Then Archbishop, Cardinal Simon Pimenta, too has been ignored by hierarchy, to appease the Rich and Mighty. SILENT VOICE has been highlighting this issue, for a long time….Click on the following links to understand, how the Hierarchy and Archbishop is PRISONER OF WHIMS AND FANCY OF  ARROGANT PARISH PRIEST. Attached video, narrates the tale of parishioners emotion, towards the Fr. Leslie D’cunah, who was transferred abruptly, for trying to stop this unethical practice of celebrating Obligatory Sunday Mass at Everard Nagar….


Dear Cardinal.

The parishioners of our lady of good counsel church Sion has been requesting you and pleading from last one year, but still the problem is remain same. Why is only Everard issues heard upon urgently ??? Is it because theyhave the financial muscle. The PPC members have come to you andexplained every letter and everything that has happened in parish. And now when PPC Members are changed after a rigged elections forwhich objection letters have been received by Fr. Richard and isforwarded to you and your Election commission for a revert. However people appointed are by Fr. Richard under a garb of fair elections. So it is not natural for the Everardian’s to say that the full churchis supporting them when 70% on the PPC are Evradians and Fr Richardsupporters.This is the say way Fr. Richard had taken permission 10 years back too. From the time Fr. Richard is come the church is divided not united. Ifyou remember I had asked you to give us new parish priest you saidwill look into this matter. And now it is stated that only Franklin is against the Everard mass.I am sorry to say that our Church will only hear to those who havemoney not the poor.


Dulcine Furtado Ex PPC VP OLGC

On Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM, Sebastian Serrao <> wrote: >

Dear Franklin, > > It is the Archdiocese’s “British Minded” – “Divide & Rule” age old policy > which has brought the Sion Parish to the “Dogs”!!!. Why else would a > “laughing stock” Puppet Parish Priest would be brought to add “Fire to the > Fuel”. > > Since the Archdiocese lacks the will to solve these problems as it will > surely open up a Pandora’s box full of worms, the situation will continue to > be as it is. Slowly but Surely – “HELL it is”. > >

Regards >

Saby Serrao > >

On Sun, Jun 9, 2013 at 9:44 PM, Franklin Pereira > <> wrote: >> >> >> >> ———- Forwarded message ———- >> From: Franklin Pereira <> >> Date: Sun, Jun 9, 2013 at 9:42 PM >> Subject: Parish priest responsible for the the everard nagar mess >> To: Archbishop Bombay <> >> >> >>

Dear cardinal , >>

Today after the 9 am mass i met one of our ex parishoner who is now >> settled in canada and is come down for some personal  work while he was >> enquiring about the parish i told him about the everard nagar mass issue he >> immidiately told me that he was one of the ppc member during that time and i >> was shocked to know the facts and the trurh he told me how the everardians >> had put so much pressure on Fr. blaise lobo who was the parish priest how >> they had gone with a morcha to bishops house as Fr blaise had requested them >> to stop the saturday mass and come and join the rest of the parish in >> celebrating the eucharist as one community >> >> His emminence cardinal Simon Pimenta than called for a joint meeting of >> the ppc and it was decided to give a time of 2 yrs to the everardians to >> stop the mass and go to the church ,if you go through  the letter of 1995 >> guidelines given by the cardinal it clearly states this, but unfortunately >> Fr Blaise was transfered within six months and Fr ,Richard dsilva who is at >> present the parish priest was posted on the request of the  everardians ,the >> letter which was sent by the cardinal was not shown to any ppc member or >> parishoner but quitely hidden in the file ,and as matters got cooled down >> Fr, Richard along with some everardians went and met the cardinal in 1996 >> and gave him wrong information that the people of sion parish have no >> objection if everardians celebrate the sat mass , so the bishop gave them >> permission to celebrate mass on saturday . >> >> But the everardians took  advantage and first started daily mass,then the >> christmas midnight mass, the new year midnight mass, then lenten mission , >> so when the full parish gathers for important  ocassion the everardians are >> not a part of it even now when we are conducting the st anthony novenas you >> can hardly see any body  from everard >> >> This is thethe third time i have seen Fr, Richard being transfered to our >> parish on the demand of the everardians , i still cant understand why a >> priest who is 80 yrs old brought in as a parish priest when there are so >> many young and capable priest who can take the full parish together and make >> it a dynamic and active parish . >> >> kindly request Fr. Tony Dsouza our superior to send a young priest at the >> earliest ,or let the bombay archdioces take charge of this church before it >> becomes a battle ground for the parishoners >> >> >> >> Thanking you in christ >>

Franklin pereira >> >>

parihoner of olgc church sion >> >>

English: An image of Archbishop Oswald Gracious

English: An image of Archbishop Oswald Gracious (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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