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.






May 15, 2013



His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed two Auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese of Bombay; Fr Dominic Savio Fernandes, Chancellor of the Archdiocese and Judge of the Marriage Tribunal, and Fr John Rodrigues, recently appointed Rector of St. Pius College, Goregaon, an Institute for the training of Candidates for the Priesthood. An announcement to this effect was made simultaneously by the Vatican and at the Archbishop’s House, Bombay at 3.30 p.m. on May 15, 2013.

The Auxiliary Bishops are appointed in the Dioceses to assist the Archbishop in the pastoral care of the people according to the stipulations of Canon Law and the specific arrangements in each case.

Bishop elect Dominic Savio Fernandes (59), who holds a degree in Canon Law, has served in several Churches in Mumbai, before he was appointed briefly as Secretary to Cardinal Ivan Dias, and then as Chancellor on the completion of his specialization. He is also the Chair Person of the Priests’ Council of the Archdiocese, Secretary to the College of Consultors, and the Episcopal Vicar for the Lay Apostolate.

Bishop elect John Rodrigues (46) after a brief stint as Secretary at Archbishop’s House, specialized in dogmatic theology in Rome, and has been Dean of studies in the Seminary. He is also Secretary of the Priests Council, and in charge of the Diocesan programmes for the Year of Faith.

The Episcopal Consecration of the two new Bishops is planned for Saturday June 29, 2013.

The Photographs were taken at the Archbishop’s House, Mumbai as Cardinal Oswald Gracias announced the appointments and then blessed themSee More

Has Pope Francis Violated the CANON LAW?


Dear readers,

Much has been written about Papacy, since the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI up to the election of Pope Francis. SILENT VOICE too, carried few articles. It was then decided that there will be no more posts related to this subject.

However, as you know, SILENT VOICE enlightens readers with thought provoking subjects. Our Church is governed by CANON LAW; or so, the Laity, is supposed to believe. We are not opposed to CANON LAW. But is it being followed by Clergy in the Archdiocese of Bombay in true spirit; who cite it to Laity, whenever a suggestion is put forward? That is the question.

Why is SILENT VOICE questioning, whether POPE FRANCIS HAS Violated Canon Law? Because, as the following article suggests, a pro reform Priest was refused permission to carry similar exercise, by the Bishop  citing CANON LAW.

While on the subject of CANON LAW, would like to know, what role does, CANON LAW, play in governing Church Properties and Finances? Why are these issues kept out of the purview of PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL (PPC)?

Under which clause of CANON LAW, Bishop advised Parish Priest of St. Michal’s Church, Mahim; to regularise illegal construction on Church Property, in favour of a Businessman?

SILENT VOICE hopes this reformist act of Pope Francis will reverse the trend of Corrupt Practices, at least in the Archdiocese of Bombay.




Dear SOULmates / Friends,

I was delighted to read the news article with different headlines in todays’ several newspapers ” Pope washes women’s feet , breaks church rule”

Pope Francis Washed The Feet Of 12 Prisoners At A Youth Detention Center - Rome

Pope Francis has set the tone and lived by example by this gesture on women empowerment which needs to be accelerated in the church of today.

I recall a personal episode in the late 1990’s when the Late Fr.Hugh Fonseca, one of the few activist Priests during his time, was the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem, Malad West and I was the Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council of the said Parish.

Fr. Hugh Fonseca also thought many of us the role activism has to play for a just society and always guided and supported us in taking stands against injustices of every kind.

At the Parish Council meeting it was decided that on Maundy Thursday ritual, during the Mass the Priest would wash the feet of the 12 Female House Workers.

We had located the 12 female house workers from the Parish and on the appointed day when we reported early, Fr. Hugh Fonseca said : “I knew this would happen”

Some Parishioners had complained to the Bishop about this and Fr. Hugh Fonseca was told by the concerned Bishop that washing of the Female House Workers was against the Cannon Law and was directed to abandon such a move.

Fr. Hugh Fonseca was much ahead of his time and while he relented keeping in mind his obedience to his Bishop, he washed the feet of the 12 Male House Workers at the altar.

But directed me to wash the feet of the selected Female House Workers at the same time in the midst of the community below the altar.

Holy Father’s actions at the Holy Thursday ritual sets an example and a message to ensure that women are given their due place in the church of today.

Dolphy Dsouza – 9820226227


Fr. Huge FonsecaOL of Lourdes Orlem


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