BMC wants eight Bandra crosses removed:

Not surprised with this attitude of BMC. It does not matter, how many times we surrender the proof of the centuries old existence of these HOLY CROSSES; time and again they will keep serving notices. 

BMC is just  a stooge, playing in the hands of a very strong Communal organisation, whom We do not wish to name.

All these HOLY CROSSES, lining up streets of Mumbai tell the Christian History of City of Mumbai. These HOLY CROSSES denote Christian Identity of Mumbai. This very Identity these Communal Elements want to erase. It is about time, we Christians come together and chalk-out a concrete plan to prevent such occurrences time and again. 

Yours truly did discuss this matter with H. E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, during my meeting with him recently. Response from him was not satisfying. Due to ill-health and other family commitment, minutes of this meeting is held up. will put them up shortly.

Dear friends in Our LORD JESUS CHRIST; please get together to save our HOLY CROSSES , once and for all. UNITED WE STAND.

Catholic organisations, however, say that the crosses are over 100 years old and that they have evidence to to prove it
Jyoti.Shelar TWEET @_MumbaiMirror


The BMC has slapped notices on five people, who are the caretakers of eight Christian crosses across Bandra. The civic body has demanded documentary proof and evidence regarding their existence.
The notices were sent to the caretakers looking after Christian crosses at D’Monte street, Bazaar Road, Nandi Gully, Bandra Talao and Boran Road, as well as three on Carter Road. BMC’s assistant municipal commissioner Prashant Sapkale confirmed the development. “We have served the notices to the caretakers and have called them for a hearing. They will have to submit all the documentary evidence of the structures,” said Sapkale.
Catholic groups and activists are however irked with the notices as they saythatthedocumentaryevidencefor these crosses were first submitted in 2003 and then again 2011.
“There is no reason why the civic body has once again slapped these notices,” said advocate Godfrey Pimenta who is also the vice president of Bombay East Indian Association.
Pimenta added that the crosses have their own city survey numbers, property cards and the marble tablets on each crosses specify that they have been in existence prior to 1964. According to the Bombay High Court, crossesbuiltaftertheyear1964should be termed as illegal and demolished.
“All these crosses in Bandra were built between 1880 and 1920 when the area has several residents suffering from plague. The people then gatherednearthesecrossesforprayertothe St Roque, who is patron of the incurable diseases,” said Anil Joseph, chairmanofthePerryRoadresidentsassociation and former vice president of the Bombay Catholic Sabha.
Joseph added that the crosses were part of the private lands, which were givenfordevelopmentwhentheBMC was formed.
In 2003, the Bombay High Court gave an order to remove illegal religious structures within municipal limits. The caretakers of the crosses and the catholic groups then got together to submit the documentation thatthecrosseswerebuiltbefore1964, which meant that they were not illegal.
In February 2011, the civic body issued demolition notices to more than 700 illegal religious structures across the city acting on the court’s order. The activists once again submitted documentary evidence and also staged a protest after which the BMC had stayed the order.
“Wesimplyfailtounderstandwhy they come up with such actions suddenly when all the documents are already with them,” said Joseph.


This cross near Bandra Talao is among the eight contentious ones


Laity to head Church commissions in Udupi diocese

Bishop Gerald Lobo appointed four laity members to head commissions which were earlier reserved for clergy.

(Photo Courtesy: DNA)


The Udupi diocese has appointed laity members to head commissions in the Catholic Church, a step seen as bridging the gap between the laity and the clergy.

Bishop Gerald Lobo appointed four laity members to head commissions which were earlier reserved for clergy.

For the first time in India, laity has been admitted into the administration and financial matters of the church, which has been seen as a first step towards ending the century old feud between the two groups for their roles in church administrations.

Bishop Lobo headed a silent revolution towards empowerment of laity through the Canara Organisation for Development and Peace (CODP) in many forms.

His experience in social work came handy in including laity in Church administration, which might raise a few eyebrows in the neighboring Mangalore diocese.

“It was a tribute to the golden jubilee of the second Vatican council,” said Fr. Chetan of the diocese.

After starting a movement in 2011 by motivating the laity to raise demands with the clergy to share the power of church with them, reformist leaders from Bangalore, Panaji, Chennai, Ernakulam, Hyderabad and Mumbai converged in Mangalore on January 26, 2012, to impress up on the clergy the need for sharing economic and administrative powers of the church.

“This is being done to bring equality between the two classes of Christianity. There were already glaring differences in the management and administration of the church between the laity and the clergy, especially in economic powers,” said Patrick D’Sa, vice-president of the Federation of Concerned Catholic Christians.

“But the Udupi diocese has shown a light and this spirit should spread all over India,” he said.

Reformist leader Gordon Jacobs from Mumbai felt this could be a new beginning and said the Federation would be happy if the laity were allowed to participate in every facet of the church administration.

“The clergy manages the wealth properties of the church in accordance with the Cannon law. But we feel it should be managed as per the law of the land. The Bombay High Court order of 1960 had instructed the church to have more than one trustee, but in many states, there is only one trustee in the committee, which is either the bishop or the parish priest of the church. But, with Udupi diocese appointing members of the laity to four important commissions, a new order is on the making,” he said.

Source: DNA

Laity , Catholic Church , Udupi Diocese , Bishop Gerald Lobo 
Spring Dosa at Udupi Palace

Spring Dosa at Udupi Palace (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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