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This Gift of Joy that You Give to Others, Is the Joy that Will Come Back to You.!

He Is The Bread Of Life, Giving Himself To Us As Food.
Even The Name Bethlehem Means,  “House Of Bread

Our team being parishioners at various parishes in the archdioceses, have allowed us to have a first-row-pew-view of the unrest, turmoil and egoistic attitudes between the religious hierarchy, clergy and the laity since the past few years on various issues of serious concerns.

We have been ever so forthright on all the articles, comments and viewpoints of every individual both who are for and against the hierarchy and clergy in the wake of every abuse and conviction on transparencies, over issues of finance, land scams and corrupt practices at both Parish and Archdiocesan levels. The Power of the Pulpit and Church Exits, have been misused to downplay these excesses portrayed as whitened sepulchers, so as not to truly project, if the entire parish is ceased of the prevailing controversies one is led to believe. Our persistence and justification of evidence on Public Domain have caused the “Squeaks of the Mouse” in our parishioners and support groups to surely culminate into “A Mouse that Roars” the likes of which has crossed our shores into Europe, and have now even penetrated the pristine precinct, with followers from the Vatican State, a proud moment for our team, that SILENT VOICE has touched the feet of “Our Holy Father POPE FRANCIS”.

Unlike in a political process the established religious hierarchy and clergy is managed by a “SOLE TRUSTEE” who are resolute and subdued to silence rather than action, hence reputed to be strong, whilst our greatest battles are fought within the silent chambers of our soul. Hence many from the silent majority attend the church services, just to manifest their duties as a Christian to the Lord, rather than act compulsively with regard to vested interests, and the rhetoric of others. .

So let not the inconsistencies of silence subdue your voice, nor your decisions be explained, live it without apologies, make the most of your GIFT of TODAY!  Your heart is the best Compass.

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To Find Peace On Earth, Goodwill To Men.

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Archbishop’s House (BOMBAY), Reacts to Comments on SILENT VOICE.

It is the utmost desire of  SILENT VOICE, to provide exposure to every word, opinion, observation uttered by our readers. In this context, we have started the practice of putting up readers comments as main post, where it deserves.

This post is special, as you may see; because it is a reaction to one of the comment made by a reader, which is being denied by a high profile authority. Therefore, it needs to be displayed prominently; we perceive.

GREG

P. S: this post is related to: 

Laity Speaks on MEMORANDUM cum MINUTES:Archbishop Cardinal Oswald Gracias meets GREG: Part II

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Roney Corriea said,

November 14, 2013 at 11:53 am · Edit

Not a single reply from him is satisfactory. He along with the politician out here made fools of the villagers asking them to withdraw the dumping ground agitation on 3 grounds. 1) it would be shifted within a year 2) cases would be withdrawn 3) monitoring committee would be set up to see that villagers are not troubled by the stink in that year. All his promises have become false and he has left the sheep and run away by seeing the wolves coming.

I met him on Jan 2013 and he said that if your local politician had lied to you all what can I do. I mentioned that you had asked the people from the pulpit to withdraw the agitation and solve it amicably and when the politician has cheated us, please announce from the same pulpit that because the NCP/Congress have betrayed the Christians, no one will vote for them. And he said he cannot do this. Here when I asked him are you working for Congress, he said YES. Matthew 23:5 “They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them”
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Now I have left everything in the hands of Lord Jesus Christ (Emmanuel) who has come again in flesh. He will judge the world truly and have no partiality. He will separate the goats from the sheep. For he said: Matthew 15:13 “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted”.

In HIM I remain
Roney Corriea

 

  • Silent Voice said,

    December 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm · Edit

    Response received Via E Mail…..

    Dear Mr Corriea,

    I am writing on behalf of His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, with regard to your comment dated 14 November 2013, on the so called minutes of the meeting of the Editor, Mr Greg Pereira of Silent Voice with His Eminence on 1 November 2013 which was posted on the same blog. This was followed by your comments.

    Your comments dated 14 November 2013 published on the aforesaid blog, “Here when I asked him are you working for Congress, he said YES,” is a false statement. According to His Eminence, he made no such statement. I therefore request you to be gracious enough to withdraw the said statement by publishing an apology, on the same blog of Silent Voice, at the earliest.

    Fr Emmanuel K.T
    Secretary to the Archbishop

Pope Francis: It’s not a lie, Jesus Resurrected!

Published on Dec 4, 2013
http://www.romereports.com
During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis asked thousands of people out in St. Peter’s Square to pray for five nuns who recently were kidnapped in Syria.

POPE FRANCIS
“Now I would like to invite all of you to pray for the nuns of the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint Tecla in Ma’lula, in Syria. Two days ago, they were kidnapped by armed men. Let us pray for these sisters, and for all those who have been kidnapped in this on-going conflict.” 
During his catechesis, the Pope talked about the Resurrection. He explained that even though it’s hard to understand, the Resurrection explains people’s yearning for eternal life. It’s a seed, said the Pope, that God instilled in humanity.
POPE FRANCIS
“This is not a lie, ok? This is truth. We believe that Jesus Resurrected. Jesus is among us and alive right now. But, do you really believe that He is alive? Oh, you don’t? Yes or no? So, if Jesus is alive, do you think He would just let us die without resurrecting us? No! He waits for us because He has risen. The power in His Resurrection will raise us too.” 
With thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope also said that the resurrection of each and every person is closely tied to that of Jesus.
POPE FRANCIS
“This fate is the source and the reason for our hope. A hope we sow and protect. This hope, if we protect it, if we protect it, it becomes a light that illuminates our personal story and that of our community.” 
But resurrection is not limited to the after life. The Pope said that through Sacraments, like Baptism and the Eucharist, the seeds of resurrection bear fruit in every day life.
Despite the cold weather, the Pope held his general audience outdoors, in St. Peter’s Square to accommodate a crowd of more than 30,000 pilgrims. As usual, he blessed several children.
English: Jesus resurrected and Mary Magdalene

English: Jesus resurrected and Mary Magdalene (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Joseph’s Church, Mira Road: DEBATE RAGES ON……

SILENT VOICE, would like to give maximum exposure to readers views, opinion and voice. We therefore, have decided to post the comments as main post, while we think that readers should be able to participate in the debate.

Meanwhile , please be informed that at the bottom of each post on the left hand side, you will find the numbers of comments received on that particular post. Please click on the link to read comments.

GREG

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1)      The Iniquitous: Church Crimes said,

October 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm · Edit

Reblogged this on The Iniquitous: Church Crimes.

2)      God’s Beloved (@nameeta2010) said,

October 27, 2013 at 7:06 pm · Edit

Response to Tulip D’Souza’s comment :

— why are the ‘same’ people involved in ‘several ‘ associations ? The parish is one of the biggest in Asia [ 25000+ ]…..why are majority inactive and not involved or not encouraged or not allowed to be involved even if they are trained /skilled in various aspects of pastoral ministry before moving from Bombay to Mira Rd ? Do the OCD clergy not like to collaborate with the laity in serving the church and the world ? Or has a ghetto of their like-minded persons formed to rule over the parish ? Their Provincial had once apologized in the church for their lack of collaboration with laity….but there is no change.The clergy want to hold on to Power.

— many people have told me that the focus of the clergy is on getting more money. There are complaints of not receiving receipts for small sum cash -donations towards infrastructure.

—if the parish is helping ‘other’ parishes by funding their building projects , it means there are lot of funds available for Good Quality /Legal construction . Still the clergy are involved in illegal , poor quality construction which is later regularized. Isn’t this dangerous in what was previously a Salt-land ? This means either the clergy are Greedy for money….which perhaps is diverted towards formation / maintenance of their OCD religious order and members of their religious community……….or parishioners have lost their trust in the parish clergy and do not like to donate towards St.Joseph’s church infrastructure. They have ‘more trust in other parishes’ of the Archdiocese of Bombay- for whose buildings they are generous in making donations.

—the parish clergy give preference and special treatment to politicians, rich donors , builders from whom they receive special favors for the parish and their religious order. The felicitation of the powerful must be well video-recorded during various parish functions.

—on one occasion when a parishioner questioned a Carmelite priest why they were supporting a corrupt builder who gave large sum donations to the parish ……but went against a victim who was cheated by that builder , the parishioner was introduced to the builder on the speaker phone and told that he ‘ speaks so courteously, politely and with respect for the priests and is so generous with donations ‘ so it is impossible that he would be corrupt or cheat anyone.

if the Carmelite priests judge the professional expertise of builders etc. according to their generosity / smooth and sweet talk [ wrongly interpreted as fruit of the Holy Spirit ] …then something is terribly wrong. They must be too naive regarding what is going on in this world where majority of the laity live. Corrupt builders cheat people in lakhs and donate a few thousands to wash their guilt and gain confidence of people.

regarding the poor or those who are suffering…….like any parish there certainly will be a group of beneficiaries served by the associations…..but i have known many people ‘crying’ for humane help but have been totally ignored. The clergy have asked lay leaders to refrain from getting involved and said , ” The Lord will take care ” we can only pray !

As far as I can see , for several of the OCD clergy , their God is not our Lord Jesus Christ …..but their god is Money ……MONEY AND THEIR RELIGIOUS ORDER ARE THEIR GOD!!!!!!!!!!! this is Idolatry.

3)      Fergus Misquitta said,

October 27, 2013 at 8:16 pm · Edit

From what is written, it seems that the parish council consists of stooges of the priests in power. The crux of the whole issue, in most cases, is usually the making of some clandestine money by those that control.

If someone is really interested in blowing the lid off this alleged quagmire of wrongdoings, it is time some investigation is done as to the personal financial state of those in power; bank accounts, cars, flats, well-being/finances of close relatives and other worldly trappings should be looked into.

It usually that the diocesan/secular clergy, (who do not take the vow of poverty), who are up to these sort of money shennanigans; the religious orders are supposed to have the vow of poverty to prevent them from raking in the lucre, so this may be a first; but then there is always someone/somewhere to begin the rot.

Best of luck you crusaders; putting the clergy in the dock is not an easy task; they are not so stupid as to be caught with the hand in the cookie jar.

4)      Patrick Alvares said,

October 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm · Edit

I am also a Mira Road parishioner and also was an animator for about 3 yrs and a Civic Cell member. We were there to redress various issues of the parishioners. When the dumping ground issue rose, I along with two of my colleagues, out of the so-called “25-35 thousand” parishioners participated in the agitation. Neither of the priest of St Joseph Church participated in any meetings or neither they directed the parishioners. The whole of Diocese of mira bhayander comprising of about 9 churches priests were against, on the behavioral part of our parish. thanks to bishop Bosco Penha. even today the cases against the illiterate, poor Christians linger in courts and even in police stations. when this parish priest came, he is only interested in making money and dividing people. there is more to come as per Robert’s letter. He has gone to the vicar level and since they are not interested in finding a solution, i hope the office of the Pope will intervene. thanks and god bless you all . Robert you are not alone. we are with you

5)      Robert Raymond said,

October 31, 2013 at 11:34 am · Edit

Thank you Patrick for your comments. This is not an individual raising an issue. There are many of us. Some using the SILENT VOICE and some other means to express their frustration and pain.

Our endeavor is to sensitize our parishioners that they should not look upon themselves as individuals and feel powerless. Our goal is to bring about changes in the parish as all God’s Beloved have expressed from far and near. That includes Tulip too who may have a different take on this subject. Nonetheless Merlyn D’Sa , Municipal Corporator has sought clarifications so that our intentions become more clear. Nobody is against anybody. The priests of our parish have let us down and have caused grave harm to the unity of our parish. Most of them being new here do not know each other so there is some initial resistance which in due course will be sorted out. It is this process which has been disrupted by the divisive actions on the part of the parish priest for monetary gains and this will take a long time to heal. Through this medium we can hasten the process of healing and oneness. I/We are confident that the hierarchy will take corrective actions and fix accountability. Let us pray and let us blog.

Some aberrations and revelations of these priests here in our parish:

How money plays part in our parish where some individual whose sole contribution is, that they are benefactors….(donors)

It was during 6.30 am mass after the Communion some time back. A estate agent was called on the altar and felicitated with bouquet of flowers and the congregation was made to sing ‘there shall be showers of blessing’ cause it was his birthday. How bizarre it can get and I felt like the parish priest treating me/us like fools. I felt humiliated.. I just couldn’t believe the preparations done for this ‘tamasha’; arranging bouquet so early in the morning….vow!

Biryani was distributed last year after the St Anthony Feast Mass sponsored by the PRO ( a designation unique to our parish) and some benefactor. Their names were announced 4 times during the Eucharist. What a horrible sight at the main entrance of the church where parishioners were falling over each other for the biryani packet with the Parish Priest in attendance. This is was unique way to promote PRO who stood for Municipal elections and the PP has the temerity to say that he never canvassed for any candidate.

There are so many more but I haven’t got a nod from those who have shared with me and us their disgust at the way the Eucharist is being used with the congregation as captive audience being made to dance according to the tune of the celebrant.

I won’t be surprised if you find some unpleasant experiences shared in this post. Previous comments already reveal the decay.

Then there are commercial announcements like opening of a showroom and invitation thrown along with it……What is happening here? How come we can be silent spectators?

I am sure if given an alternative place for worship many many would refrain from coming to the church where it is now. This thought/expression itself is heartbreaking for this is not what we and others envisioned when we settled here and built the church where once stood a shed.

6)      Patrick Alvares said,

November 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm · Edit

Dear Robert, as per your reply to brother Alex on 21/10/13 I’d like to place some of my opinions on some your issues issued below.

1. Illegal and unauthorized construction has been regularized

Answer: Will the same church regularize abortion which has been banned in our catholic church.

2. Of two, I’d like to say that let him decorate his own house but not build and construct buildings without necessary paperwork and permissions.

3. The so-called “PPC office bearers” are mere selected ones and not elected ones.

4. you had been forced to pay but we are forced to pay for zonal mass and also there were times when the community get-togethers were cancelled due to the last minute commercial bookings.

5. Instead of having a direct meeting with the people who were hurt, the PP dared that they are inactive members.

6. No politician for whatsoever party he represents, was officially called during the tenure of until previous PP’s.

7. Sir this is a daily attitude on the part of PP and the PPC members.

8. As far your question is concerned, it is unauthorized and has to come down as per the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation notices. The copy of this letter can be posted or hand delivered to you and any other parishioner or the concerned authorities.

9. These are already questionable.Again i ask that abortion may be legalized in this church which is banned in the Catholic Church. The money that was used to construct this were from politicians and our brothers and sisters.

10. This is not the only instance but there are many other times when death occurs. In this church vicinity, none of the priests are available,even if they are present in the church. For this i can count not once not twice but three times more

These are answers for the questions which were posted on this blog. But there are many more to come. As far as we are christians we will not be divided but united in Christ .

Have a good day. God bless you all.!!

7)      Steven Gilbert said,

November 4, 2013 at 8:49 pm · Edit

There was once an earnest gardener who loved his work and his produce. One day he was walking through his delightful garden and happened to notice a weed. The gardener was particularly tired so he decided to leave it.

The next day he had to leave to visit his relatives in another country for two weeks. When he came back, the back yard was covered in weeds and all his produce was dead!

REFLECTION

Likewise, if we allow just one bad thought in our head and fail to remove it, it will sprout and instead of having to pick one weed, we will have too much to control.

If we destroy our negative thoughts, by allowing positive ones to grow, they will display in our personality like a beautiful garden.

Thats the power of positive thought. We are, what our thoughts are.

We should always entertain only good and positive thoughts in our mind and never give way for anything negative!

Be alert and conscious of your thoughts and pick out the weeds of your negative thoughts consciously and quickly, at the right moment.

hope our thoughts reflect in the right way

Stephen

8)      orsonmike said,

November 5, 2013 at 2:54 am · Edit

Steven Gilbert, positive and negative thoughts are never to be imposed upon another as your views seem to subjective rather than being objective. Step outside of your self-righteous coccoon.

To learn what a TRULY OBJECTIVE way of writing refer – to Patrick Alvares and Robert Raymond’s comments above which are rooted in FACT and TRUTH.

The priests have converted the altar where the Eucharist is raised into a billboard or railway platform where all sorts of BEGGARS are entertained be it vote-seeking politicians or limelight seeking showmen or WORSE money seeking power-hungry religious persons!

To add to his list the teachings of the Roman Church CONTRADICT the Holy Bible (now secretly renamed Universal Church to give backdoor entry to homosexuals, Muslims who are anti-Christ & Marian; as also Hindus idolators who are regularly greeted on their Ganpati and other festivals by the local Archdiocese and on Diwali this time by the Pope ) – Sample these below:-

a)The Pope is infallible – when in reality he is NOT as he is a mere mortal creation of an infallible God.

b) Mary a creature of God – is claimed to be co-redemptrix (decided by a deluded pope, drunk on power in this century) when the facts in the Holy Bible cleary state Jesus to be the SOLE intercessor between earth and Heaven as our REDEEMER through His Supreme sacrifice on the Cross and His resurrection!

Are you suggesting that the clergy is above the law or even religious/ ethical. The illegal constructions listed out are CRIMINAL acts and to defer demoltion and/or stay out of jail obviously the clergy has paid bribes to “regularise” these SHAMEFUL deeds to an equally corrupt active holligan masquerading a local politician who is a total failure when it comes to simple things as tarring the roads!

Incidentally NONE of the buildings on the Church campus today serve any ALTRUISTIC needs of the community but are COMMERCIAL enterprises to the core – even though a Church by law is a “charitable institution” – go figure.

Let us recall the HUGE sums WASTED in building the useless ARCHWAY at inflated costs across the street near the north-eastern exit of the Church a few years ago by a myopic Rudolf who got shunted out on “promotion”. Surely the monies could have been put to better use of the needy in the parish.

I’m sure that Tulip Agatha Jacquline DSouza who commented above FALSELY claiming to be conversant with the financial affairs of the parish would otherwise SHUT UP in light of such scandalous actions by the priests – or did they FAIL to report these events and misuse of funds to either of you Steven?

Are you Steven Gilbert/ Tulip Agatha Jacquline DSouza righteous – did you have a FULL “white” clean deal when you bought your house or did you evade taxes by undervaluing it? Easy to preach righteousness but never easy to stay on the NARROW path of justice and honesty…..Stop preaching and start practising.

BOTH of you white-washers and sycophants (CHAMCHAS) need to get your FACTS right before DARING to waste our time here – this forum ACTIVELY seeks to clean the AGEAN stables of the Church stinking to the skies……… We strive to emulate Jesus who WHIPPED the money changers in the Temple for converting it into a marketplace – ditto for the priests commercializing God’s house of prayer.

9)      Adrian John Menezes said,

November 6, 2013 at 5:35 pm · Edit

Bro, Mike unless the laity wakes up from the deep sleep that this so called religious of the church has put us into, none will be able to clean this AGEAN stables of the church deep rooted into corruption.St. Joseph Church Mira Road is one of the markets of making money every sunday the parishioners are made to slog to make goodies and sell for feeding the priests with the best of food and drinks, which even a common man who is toiling day and night to make ends meet cannot afford to.

10)   Steven Gilbert said,

November 6, 2013 at 5:58 pm · Edit

Orsonmike it makes me sad to see your agony against the Priest but i feel it is seldom little you or i can possibly do

what do you feel we as lay people can do other than blog one another

so you really feel a change can happen if yes kindly show us the path

i feel many have tried but were shunted out. I feel you were also one of those who has who has got on the wrong side of the priest

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Additional comments on Ist article on the issue

  1. October 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm · Edit

    we cannot get some post Mr. Greg could you please look into it
    there was apost from Patrick alvares and also from Nameeta

    • Silent Voice said,

      October 30, 2013 at 9:05 pm 

      Nothing is pending for moderation….Ask them to repost..

  2. October 31, 2013 at 12:33 am

    There are two Posts regarding this issue on Silent voice. One is the the above Main article written by Robert , the other is the Comments . The title of both posts is the same , hence the confusion.

    Please read this link for the comments that have been re-posted by Greg as a separate article for greater viewership.

    https://silentmaj.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/is-this-mission-sunday-in-real-sense-at-st-josephs-church-mira-road-readers-comments/

    Greg, requesting you to please change the settings on this blog so that all comments after each post are visible in one page. It is rather confusing to click “Older comments” and “Newer comments”……..

  3. November 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm · Edit

    as said by merlyn on her second term as a corporator i would like to add here the church led by the pp fielded an opponent also a parishnier against merlyn and that too along with almost 45 or more associations of the parish along with the door to door campaining by none other the parish priest.

    4. Adrian John Menezes said,

    1. October 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm · 

      My dear parishioners lets come out and stand in unity and bring clarity to all the above issues, united we stand divided these priest will take us all on a very long drive

      5. Merlyn M D’sa said October 29, 2013 at 10:08 pm ·

    2. Hi Tulip Agatha Jacqueline D’souza,

      Seems like you are new to the parish. Not so long ago I and other parishioners had gone to other parishes in the Archdiocese seeking help to build our church. Even Robert was part of it. In fact some others contributed from overseas too. This comment demeans those who come here as though we are doing a big favor to them; also I don’t know in what context this finds mention in your comment. We are a family and it is such a wonderful thing if a church comes up with a little help from our brothers and sisters from other parishes. We must encourage this.
      Tulip dear, can you please clarify how did you construe, the article as ‘sour grapes and vested interest of political party’ and in what way is the ‘faith being politicized?’ May be some illumination on this can help the readers too and me too
      .
      Merlyn D’Sa, Parishioner of St Joseph Church Mira rd since 1991. A few of my designations I held in my parish. First SCC Parish Coordinator, First Chairperson of the Bombay Catholic Sabha, Mira rd unit, First President of the Civic and Political cell, Catechism teacher for 14 years, Choir member for 12 years, One of the first Commissioned Lectors (even today), First Parish Coordinator of the Women’s Cell and now the Deanery Coordinator since 2004, PPC member for 3 terms, Core member of Mira Fest for collecting funds to build our new church, Member of the parish team collecting funds from various parishes in the diocese, Core member of Jhintak ’98, Core member of the Church and Anubhav Inauguration Team, Member of the Widow’s cell……….
      ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE – SECOND TERM AS MUNICIPAL CORPORATOR OF WARD 35 OF MIRA BHAYANDER MUNICIPAL CORPORATION AND PRINCIPAL OF RAVAL INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL AND JUNIOR COLLEGE OF COMMERCE AND SCIENCE…..

    3. October 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm 

      Madam Corporator,
      Your sermon is so short, but ur announcements r too long,u even forgot to mention in the announcement that u were the first to hold the Inter Religious Dialogue as a innaugral ceremony for Anubhav

       

       

 

Is this Mission Sunday in real sense at St. Joseph’s Church; Mira Road???????

MISSION SUNDAY: THOUGHTS ON PRESENT DAY MISSION

 

IN MIRA ROAD

 

 

St. Joseph Church, Mira Road

 

Today the Catholic Church celebrates Mission Sunday and so does the church in Mira Road. The homily was based on this Call To Mission, given to all Christians and Catholics by virtue of being baptized and of their baptismal right.

 

 

 

Mission is loving service which God sends us to do in the world. It entails Evangelism which is to ‘proclaim’ by dialogue which involves listening and doing. The message of   Proclamation (Good News) is ‘Salvation’ which we as Christians long that our friends will receive. What is desired is ‘transformation’ which is what we do, both when WE ourselves turn to Christ and when we TURN OTHERS to Christ.

 

 

 

With this fundamental truth what can we say of the Mission in Mira Road. Can we celebrate Mission Sunday and if we do what do we have to show that we are proud of our identity and our call.

 

 

 

In my own experience and through the experience of others at present, the church in Mira Road is but a fading reflection of what Christ wants. The Carmelites have corrupted themselves by aligning just as the Israelites did in their quest for survival against the warnings of the prophets. What were kingdoms earlier like Assyria, Egypt etc, now it is the political class by way of money for votes. We witnessed it last year. The prophets reminded the kings and the priests that they should be ruled and guided by the Word of God but it was otherwise. The kings and the priests were swayed by the power of these foreign rulers and so they constructed monuments displaying their false gods and worshiped them. Have we not erected a foreign god which has come up and still stands as a testimony to all that is unholy? Look at the extension of Anubhav, so brightly painted ready to roll and rake in the moolah. But beneath the structure is a story that should shame every parishioner of Mira Road. This is the present Tower of Babel.

 

 

 

A few meters from this tower stands the altar from where we are admonished and told to pursue holiness and righteousness. Hypocrites!

 

Every brick and steel reeks of unaccountability in the Carmelite community. Now it may have been regularized, so what? Should it have begun in the first place? The legality is fine but what about the morality? A paper showing all is well with the structure is not enough to hide the fact that is was built through a person who does household jobs. The structure is dangerous for this very fact, and yet it stands notwithstanding the hazard and risk that it poses to those who will occupy and those who move around it. Innocent lives are at stake and yet when confronted the parish priest displays papers which have been procured by compromising, threat and begging. Is this Mission? Is this what we celebrate?

 

Mission involves ‘proclamation’ and yet when it was attempted, the parish priest thwarted this service by saying to me, “Are you trying to make people experts of scriptures”

 

 

 

Many individuals are wounded and they have a heart-breaking story to tell. At the heart of every activity is just one purpose: Make money. Unaccounted and by unfair means! The reason is ‘infrastructure’. The finance committee PPC member says,  we have lots of expenses and this requirement is for another 5 years and then we will be able to take care………..” What about souls?

 

Animators are being used as ‘recovery agents’- ‘better give the money, or else…….’

 

 

 

Many individuals are helpless and they don’t know what to do. They argue and leave with a bitter taste and some leave or stop coming to the church. Spiritual extortion! Crucify me if I am wrong! I myself am beginning to wonder what next as Catholic?

 

Sacraments draw us to church. Life begins with sacrament and ends also with sacrament with other sacraments along the Christian journey of life. Here at every stage where sacrament is to be received the exercise to extortion and blackmail begins. How many of our brothers and sisters have had bad experience through the priests of our parish? I don’t know what makes you suffer silently. Responding is part of your mission. Standing up to injustice is part of this Call. Taking up just cause is your responsibility towards yourself and others. Some have in them to take on and have done so but these priests’ are not moved and shamelessly wait for the next innocent victim. 

 

IS THIS MISSSION? NO!

 

Is not our silence contributing and encouraging this unholy agenda? Let’s not wait for God to correct this situation. Jesus has already shown the way. The life of the prophets shows us what should be our response. It is not going to be easy. We cannot do it alone. We have to come together and do something. This is our responsibility, each and everyone. Let other’s not respond; for some will always be like ‘chamchas’ who will and don’t want to correct the wrong nor side with the right. Let them rest in peace. But what about you? Is your heart not being moved to be Jesus? If it is, you are not alone. Come join us and we can transform our parish first. I promise you, it will a spiritual ‘anubhav’ the original and not pseudo.

 

In Christ

 

robert dsouza

 

 

 

Give these false priests’ the boot

 

In the name of God let us stop this loot.

 

Reports and programs do not

 

Make the parish vibrant

 

Before more parishioners suffer

 

Let us remove this tyrant.

 

Brothers, silent why you keep

 

When corruption is so deep

 

Sisters, what keeps you quiet?

 

Rise up it is your right.

 

Wolves in sheep’s clothing

 

For them God means nothing

 

My message; please get it

 

Their eyes are on your pockets.

 

God has already given His nod

 

Together let us stop this fraud.

 

We were once beautiful parish

 

Do something before we all perish. Amen.

 

Churchgate Station to Mira Road Station 03-04-2007

Churchgate Station to Mira Road Station 03-04-2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

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