Lost God and The Church

Lost God and the Church

DO NOT BLAME PRIESTS

YOUR SILENCE IS

THE CAUSE OF

ALL EVIL

YOU HAVE THRUST

LEADERSHIP ON

MORTALS WHO ARE

MOST UNFIT FOR IT

Publisher : Christianreforms, Mangalore

First Print : 2011

Copies : 1000

Contribution : Rs. 50/-

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CHAPTER – I

IMPORTANT ARTICLES

AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS

RECEIVED BY US

ON THE SUBJECT OF

EMPOWERMENT OF LAITY

Many have tried to bring in reform and freedom within

Christian Churches. This is one such step forward. We do

not claim to achieve a miracle over night. 2000 years of mess

cannot be cleaned overnight. But we will succeed, one day.

– P.B.D’Sa

“All honor to him who shall win a prize”

The world has cried for a thousand years;

But to him who tries, and who fails, and dies,

I give great honor, and glory, and tears.

Give glory and honor and pitiful tears

To all who fail in their deeds sublime:

Their ghosts are many in the van of years,

They were born with Time, in advance of Time.

Oh, great is the hero who wins a name ;

But greater many, and many a time.

Some pale-faced fellow who dies in shame

And lets God finish the thought sublime

And great is the man with a sword undrawn,

And good is the man who refrains from wine;

But the man who fails and yet still fights on,

Lo, he is the twin-brother of mine.

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Herbert Haag-Foundation for Freedom in the Church

The cause of today’s crisis in the church is its constitution that leads:

without fail, to a lack of freedom of its believers. This stands in open

contradiction to the message of Jesus, who preached a gospel of freedom.

The “Herbert Haag-Foundation for Freedom in the Church” will not

achieve this, however, it would like at least to give signals to that effect

The “Herbert Haag-Fo

Lost God and the Church

undation for Freedom in the Church” was

established by Herbert Haag professor of theology of the University

Tubingen, in 1985

Objective of Foundation

The “Herbert Haag-Foundation for Freedom in the Church” is at the

service of an open-minded and ecumenically oriented catholic faith It

awards recognition prizes to persons and institutions in Switzerland and

abroad who exposed themselves through free expression of opinion or

courageous actions within Christianity.

The Foundation Council determines the prize-winners periodically. The

prize consists of a medal, crafted by the Dutch artist Inka Klinckhard, and

a monetary amount to further the activities of the prize-winner. The medal

shows on one side a bird flying into freedom and on the other side the

psalm words: “The net is torn, and we are free”.

Founder Professor Dr. Herbert Haag

The Swiss theologian Herbert Haag was born in Singen-Hohentwiel

(Germany) in 1915. He graduated from the University Fribourg

(Switzerland) in 1942. He was professor of Old Testament at the theological

faculty of the University Lucerne from 1948-1960, at the catholic

theological faculty of the University Tubingen from 1960-1980, Chairman

of the catholic Bible Work Stuttgart from 1964-1973 He emerited in

1980 and lived thereafter in Lucerne until his death on August 23, 2001.

The year before he was honored with the “Prix Courage”, a distinction

for the most courageous Swiss. Herbert Haag was one of the eminent

theologians of our time. As pastor and preacher, professor and publicist,

whilst always remainig loyal, his criticism provided important stimuli within

the Catholic Church

In his life memories “Mein Weg mit der Kirche” / Verlag Benziger (My

Path with the Church, edition Benziger), he provides a profound view

into the evolutionary changes of biblical science, the awakening following

the Second Vatican Council and his deep worry over the endangered

theological freedom today and in the future. His life memories mirror the

wisdom of a great man who pleaded with amazing foresight for more

humaneness in the church. Herbert Haag was a lifelong friend of the

theologian Hans Kung.

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“Christians at the Service of ‘Setting Human Beings Free’ ”

Indian Priest Receives Swiss Theological Award

Herbert-Haag Prize 2007 was awarded in Lucerne, Switzerland, on 24th

June 2007 first time to an Indian, John Fernandes, along with a Swiss

Theologian, Xaver Pfister and the Swiss Organisation “Bethlehem Mission

Immensee”. The Award ceremony, held at the Hotel “Schweizerhof’, was

attended by about 300 people.

As reported earlier (daijiworld.com on June 4th), the Herbert Haag-

Foundation ‘for Freedom in the Church’ awards recognition prizes to

persons and institutions who exposed themselves through free expression

of opinion or courageous actions within Christianity.

Hans Kiing, an internationally renowned theologian and author of

“Declaration toward a Global Ethic”, who is also the President of the

Haag-Foundation, in his Opening Address, analyzing the present situation

of the world and Catholic Church, said: “The renewal of the Church

should start from the grass-roots and be carried forward by individuals,

as it often happened throughout history. The recipients of the Award are

recognized by the Foundation as such people today.”

Erwin Koller, a well-known Swiss TV-journalist and theologian, presenting

the first Awardee, John Fernandes, said: “The Awardee combines in an

exemplary way the inter-religious dialogue between Hindus, Muslims and

Jains with his commitment for a new form of the Church in India which is

dialogical in its basic attitude, open to the Indian culture, oriented towards

Human Rights and is in solidarity with the struggle for justice, peace and

environmental protection. “

After receiving the award, John Fernandes held the Festive Speech on

behalf of the three Awardees: “Eine freie Kirche im Dienst der Befreiung

der Menschen” (“A free Church at the Service of Liberation of Human

Beings”).

He outlined the main features of a Local Church which should realize its

freedom through inculturation and a contextual praxis. This leads to a

Theology of Liberation in the Indian Context. It is a Theology which is

committed to integral liberation of humankind from injustice, inequality

and all other bondages. This has to be an inter-religious project. In order

to fulfil this task, the Christian community has to first experience freedom

within itself.

Xaver Pfister and the Representative of “Bethlehem Mission

Immensee” expressed their words of thanks. Pfister pleaded for a renewal

of the Church through equal participation by the Laity. Sepp Gahwiler

presented the main thrust of the “Bethlehem Mission” as an example of

such an equality in the service of the liberating mission of all Christians.

Herbert N. Haag, nephew of late Herbert Haag spoke the including words of thanks.

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HISTOR1C1ZING THEOLOGY AND THEOLOGIZING ON

HISTORY A Critical Appraisal of the centrality of the

“historical’’ in Kappen’s Theological Legacy

Joseph Lobo SJ

Marriage between Christian faith and Marxian philosophy has its basis in

the Latin American Liberation Theology. One finds this legacy continuing

mutatis mutandis in the writings of Sebastian Kappen. The centrality of the

historical” in all human epistemic enterprise (including theology), of the

class struggle in the history of all peoples, of the economics in other

spheres of life, the alienating role of any institutionalized religion etc. are

some of the important Marxist ideas that are vividly present in Kappen’s

theological thinking. By his own admission – “critical assimilation [of

Marxism] must extend beyond Marx’s method of social analysis to his

philosophy as the two cannot be dissociated.”1 However, Kappen does

not blindly borrow from Marx. For instance as a firm Catholic believer,

he is careful to avoid Marxist atheism. The Divine as the ultimate goal of

humanity rules supreme in his entire theological corpus. In this paper I

should like to focus on the central position that Kappen devotes to the

historical’ in his conception of Christian faith, theology and spirituality.

His own historical consciousness makes him evaluate negatively all those

portrayals of the personality of Jesus, types of religiosity, spirituality, faithresponse,

theology and liturgy that negate history and thereby are

dehistoricized. In his perception even the ‘existential’ is mediated through

the ‘historical’. I should like to propose that the strength and concreteness

of Kappen’s theology rest precisely in his emphasis on the ‘historical’. Of

course many a time, the very strength, if pushed to the extreme, turns

out to be the weakness as well. It is from this vantage point I shall also

attempt a critique of Kappen’s emphasis on the historical.

In Kappen’s perception, whether it is a Semitic or an Indic religion to the

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extent it has emerged from a human encounter with the Divine in real

history, any negation of history by its adherents amounts to negating an

important dimension of its very basis. It is for this reason that a

dehistoricized cult, spirituality or theology is both, a product as well as a

source of alienation. And that which alienates us by that very reason also

dehumanizes us either directly or by being a tool for exploitation. Kappen’s

insights in this regard have made us realize the following:

Religion indeed is a force to reckon with. Those who consider it as mere

opium run the risk of making opium their religion! Hence neglecting religion

cannot be a constructive option. A fossilized religion that does not respond

to the ever changing flux of history on the other hand can be a tool for

exploitation. The only choice left for those who are concerned about the

integral transformation of human history and its subjects is to historicize

all that pertains to religion and interpret history from the points of view

of authentic and liberative absolutes that religion offers.

If we could read the secret history of our enemies,

we should find in each man’s live sorrow and suffering

enough to disarm all hostility.

– Longfellow

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SOME NOTES ON S. KAPPEN’S THOUGHTS

Dr. K.C. Abraham

S. Kappen is foremost among the contextual theologians in the 70’s in

India who have constantly interacted with the Social Movements.1 The

following is an attempt to mention some aspects of his thought that have

enduring value for our ongoing task of theological construction.

Interaction with Social Movements:

Kappen explains his own interaction with the social movements in one

of his essays written shortly after Emergency, of Indira Gandhi in 1975.

“Though the struggle for justice had started much earlier, only from

the late sixties did Christian theology take notice of it. The reasons

are many. In the preceding decades, such Christians as joined the

Communist movement severed all links with the Church, which was

understandable since they had been taught to look upon Karl Marx

as the very anti-Christ. The situation changed with the Second Vatican

Council, which, on the one hand, prepared the ground for dialogue

with other religions and ideologies and, on the other, projected the

pursuit of justice and freedom as an essential concern of faith. Yet

another factor that prompted the search for a liberative theology is

the emergence of activist groups throughout the country. The

constraints of electoral politics and collusion with rich peasants and

medium capitalists prevented Communists from taking up people’s

causes at the grassroots level, particularly outside their stronghold of

Kerala and West Bengal. It was to fill this vacuum that action groups

came into being. A large number of them were initiated by Christians.

It was they who for the first time voiced the need for a reinterpretation

of the Gospel to meet the requirements of the struggle for justice.

This led to a search for the historical Jesus, a recognition of the

centrality of his message of the reign of God, and a critique of the tieup

between the Indian churches and the powers that be. The new

vision has percolated down to sections of the clergy and the laity of

all Christian denominations. A radical wing has thus been formed

among Indian Christians, which, though only a minority, is articulate

and vocal enough to have an impact over the whole country.

The option for the poor has made both activists and the new

theologians critically assimilate Marxism. Their approach, however,

is not uniform. Some accept the Marxist tools of analysis while rejecting

the philosophy of Marx. Others, including the present writer, hold

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that critical assimilation must extend beyond Marx’s method of social

analysis to his philosophy as the two cannot be dissociated. On the

practical side, many activist groups seek to come under the umbrella

of one or the other of the Communist parties, while others, with greater

justice I think, prefer to maintain critical distance from the same parties.

Be that as it may, Marxism has helped theologians sharpen their

prophetic criticism of capitalism and bourgeois democracy and thereby

concretize Christianity’s historical intervention in society. It has also

provided Christians with the tools necessary to identify the socioeconomic

conditions that contributed to the degeneration of the

prophetic movement of Jesus into an ideology of the status quo.”

Critique of Developmentalism:

It is evident that Marxist ideology provided a framework for some of the

radical theologians like S. Kappen to critically look at the economic

situation. They were critical of the development programme carried out

by the government. For them it was maldevelopment as they bypassed a

numerous people in the slums and in rural areas. They saw Indian path of

development as neo-capitalism. As one of the ecumenical study concludes,

“economic globalisation is about the increasing concentration of economic

power, coupled with increasing dependency of the poor on the decisions

of the powerful.” (Dickenson: Economic Globalisation Depriving change

for Christians, WCC 1998)

The social movements and their critique of globalisation owes a great

deal to theologians like Kappen. However, the complexity of the process

of globalisation is not fully grasped by them. But the foundation was laid

by them especially as they are indebted to the Marxian framework.

Culture:

For Kappen theology is counter cultural and numerous writings on this

has inspired many thinkers in the social movements. He identified the

bewitching influence of the culture of capitalism as evidenced in

consumerism and commodity fetishes. The culture of capitalism is not

fully grasped by communists, he opines. He writes

“Asian countries are in a period of transition when everything is in

the melting pot. Under the impact of science and technology, traditional

ideas, symbols, and myths are dying out and their place is taken by

new ones. Attempts are also going on to revive rituals and practices

long since dead and forgotten. Such being the case, there is not readymade

culture wherewith Christianity may clothe itself. The challenge,

therefore, is the creation of a new culture that combines the positive

values of tradition with those of modernity. Genuine inculturation can

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only occur in the process of transculturation.1 And for this Christians

must join the struggle for the restructuring of society as a whole.”

He is not advocating a romantic view of the traditional culture. We are all

caught up in the process of cultural change brought about by the impact

of technology and the consequent process of change. The traditional

culture and its value premise are bound to change. The crucial question

is what are we trying to enflesh in the indigenous culture? It is taken for

granted that it is dogma and tradition that has to be preserved. One

forgets that dogma and tradition are themselves products of a culture.

They were shaped first in the mould of Hellenistic culture and subsequently

in those of the slave and feudal society in the West. They are the endresult

of a long process of the inculturation of Jesus’ prophetic message in

an alien culture. Therefore, the attempt to clothe the Christian dogma

and tradition in Indian culture is but second degree inculturation. It does

not make Christianity any less foreign to India. More, the development of

the prophetic movement initiated by Jesus into a cultic-dogmatic religion

is more an estrangement than a spontaneous unfolding of its creative

power. Hence by uncritically transplanting dogma and tradition one cannot

develop a liberative Asian theology.”

Money is divinised

Powerful words were written by Kappen about the influence of money.

“Money is more than a mere means of hoarding. As the universal

equivalent of all commodities, it confers control over production,

circulations, and consumption. In the money form are expressed all

the evils of an economy based on private property, competition, and

exploitation. Money presupposes as well as creates the division of

society into the propertied and the propertyless, into employers and

workers, into consumers and producers. As the reification of all social

relations, it expresses, as well, the alienation of people from other

people. More than anything else it distorts our perception of reality,

not excluding the reality of our primordial experience of God.

Where theologians – or any believer for that matter – either belong or

owe allegiance to the moneyed classes, they are likely to use God as a

means to legitimise their own class interests and as an accomplice in

exploiting the poor. In the process, theology is degraded to the level

of an ideology, and the divine to the level of a commodity. Money, the

universal equivalent, can from now on be exchanged also for things

divine. The rich can buy the favour of God by making donations to

religious institutions or by having religious services held for their

spiritual benefit. They can even buy theological expertise and use it to

serve their economic interests. Thus we see the amusing phenomenon

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of the glitter of gold passing for the brilliance of theological reflection,

and of theologians parading as ideologues of Mammon. If money can

be exchanged for divine favours, no less can the latter be exchanged

for the former. Those who claim the right to mediate the favour (grace)

of God can convert it into money. In consequence, the higher the

position one occupies in the religious hierarchy, the greater is that

person’s command over money over production, circulation, and

consumption. Similarly, those who have “accumulated” the knowledge

of God can now indulge in the accumulation of capital or at least in

hoarding. As a result, money is divinised and the divine monetised.

The believer develops a religious attitude to money and a monetary

attitude to God. But all exchange is on the basis of equivalence. If so,

God and money must have a common essence which is nothing but

abstract human labour. It follows then that the God who is exchanged

for money is not the living God but a product of the human brain.

This is not just a possible but a real danger to Asian theology, if the

situation of the Indian churches can be taken as typical of the whole

of Asia. The individual theologian may not be a moneyed person or

indulge in conspicuous consumption, but the theologian theologises

within the framework of churches which own immense property and

whose economic interests coincide with those of the privileged classes.

Besides, the system of values operative in church institutions and

organisations is, more often than not, that of capitalism consisting of

private interest, competition, individualism, and consumerism. No

wonder that the theologies currently taught in seminaries largely tend

to legitimate the status quo. They legitimate not only exploitation

within the country but also economic imperialism, for the obvious

reason that the financial nerve centre of the Asian churches lies in the

capitalist countries of the West.

In order to develop a theology that is faithful to the living God Asian

theologians have, therefore, no other alternative themselves but to

opt out of the institutional church or at any rate dissociate themselves

from its practice, if not also from its theory. They have to make an

historic option in favour of the poor and the oppressed; in other

words, they have to declass themselves. Like the rich young man of

the Gospel they, too, are called upon to sell what they have and give

it to the poor.”

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A New Political Culture :

Kappen believed that a new culture of values alone could be the basis of

our politics. The disappearance of socialism from the Soviet Union and

Eastern Europe is a turning point. All these together compel us to search

for a new political culture that is rooted in the experience of the poor.

Liberative sources of religion, as we have tried to show, have a significant

contribution to make, as they emerge from the depths of the experience

of the poor.

The transition from religion (even the liberative form of it) to politics is

still a moot question. But movements of indigenous and other grass-root

level people, environmentalists, and feminists are already generating a

new political culture, based on spiritual and social visions of their tradition.

They challenge us to live by plurality of culture; they demand justice as a

prerequisite for a meaningful form of human solidarity, they urge us to

commit ourselves to a set of communitarian and bonding values necessary

for the building up of the human community; they show us the need of a

viable eco-system in order to survive. How do we channel these so as to

alter the present political process?

A tentative suggestion is offered as a conclusion. One of the lessons we

learn from present- day politics and the non-party political formations of

grass-root level movements is the potential of ‘myths’ to change the political

behaviour of people. Often these myths are rooted in the religion and

culture of the people. They appeal to the emotions, not to reason. They

are used sometimes by the elite for their own purposes, even deliberately

fabricating further myths. They are used by fundamentalists to arouse

suspicion and hatred towards other religious communities. Can we, drawing

upon liberative traditions, embark on a simultaneous process of

demythologisation and remythologisation? This will involve the deliberate

exposure of oppressive myths and the creation of humanising myths. Our

religions are themselves repositories of such liberative myths. They can

mobilise people for the building up of a community of communities, where

all live without fear or domination. S. Kappen, reflecting on the recent

clash between religious communities in India, poses this challenge :

“What we need today is a new generation of Hindus, Muslims and

Christians who will recapture the humanising universal perspective

and give shape to it in basic human communities. These basic human

communities and basic peoples’ cultural movements will have to come

into being embodying the humanising vision of religions. So it is time

for creating cultural movements which will produce humanising myths,

counter myths, counter rituals, and counter ceremonies without

demonization.”1

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Oikumene of Solidarity

Another watchword Kappen created is Oikumene of Solidarity – His analysis

of ecumenism is as follows:

In his writings he makes mention of two types of ecumenism, ‘ecumenism

of domination and ecumenism of freedom’. Ecumenism of domination is

an attempt by a human group – caste, community or race – to impose on

others its own particular vision and way of life as valid for all. “Ecumenism

of freedom, on the other hand seeks to create a universal community in

which the different races, castes, cultures and religions will be able to

develop each according to its own specific genius and tradition while at

the same time enrich and by being enriched by one another”. Hindutva

movement with its hegemonic tendencies is a clear example of the

ecumenism of domination. Kappen raises a provocative question, ‘Do we

practise an ecumenism of domination in our churches?’ There are other

writers who distinguish between an ecumenism of domination which is

represented by the globalisation process – as it is directed exclusively

towards profit and power over others, and the ecumenism that concerns

itself in furthering the struggle for justice. One may describe the movements

of all the marginal sectors – dalits, tribals and women – as the ecumenism

of freedom or solidarity.

This distinction is helpful in understanding the nature and purpose

of ecumenism. The word Ecumenism, Oikumene, is about the whole

inhabited world. The unity that is envisaged by it is not only worldwide

but also embraces unity of all creation. This is a laudable goal and in itself

it is not controversial. But in regard to the process and goal of it we need

clarity. For example, the process of globalisation, as we have mentioned

earlier, is directed towards achieving a kind of global unity. The economic

process is controlled by the global market; the media spreads the new

technological culture and its lifestyle that cuts across all barriers. But the

profit motive under the control of the rich makes it impossible to achieve

a system of just relationships. It is said that globalisation and marginalisation

go together. The suppression of cultural diversity and the supremacy of

culture evolved and nurtured in the West is also a matter of great concern.

The kind of unity brought about by globalisation cannot, on the basis of

the distinction made earlier result in true ecumenism. Rather it can be

described as the ecumenism of domination.

From this perspective we may also raise a critical question about what

goes on as ecumenism in our churches as well. We express our unity in

the face of communal divisions. The motive, at least on a popular level, is

to show off our strength as Christians.

We run institutions, again as a way to retain our dominance in the public

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life. In India, different communities vie with each other to show who is

stronger than the other. We need to distinguish between such efforts and

the unity we achieve in our struggles for human rights and freedom.

There we go beyond the usual communal lines.

There are ecumenical circles in which the claim for a “wider ecumenism”

is growing increasingly. Believers, who were captured by the striving for

Christian unity, push the question of “the others” into the spotlight, asking

whether the ecumenical movement should include them as well. On the

other hand, however, fundamentalist groups strongly oppose any contact

with “the others”. These intolerant groups are often manipulated by

extremist political forces, thus causing a clear break in the relations within

the same religious family. Those who practice more inclusive forms of

ecumenism frequently fall under the criticism of the authorities of

ecclesiastical bodies that are concerned with keeping the depositum fidei

of their tradition as correct as possible. Nonetheless, the challenge of the

increasing practice of wider ecumenism is there and cannot be ignored. It

is part of the development of the oikoumene.”

Today we are concerned over the ecological crises. We have reached a

point where the natural resources are fast depleted and the earth’s life is

endangered. We need to mobilise people regardless of their religious

differences to save the earth. Technology holds the key. But we all know

that values are nourished, often legitimised by religious sensibilities. It is

here that ecumenism has to assume a new responsibility. The spiritual

resources in all faiths can be brought to bear upon people’s relationship

with nature. A lifestyle that destroys the ecosystem should be discouraged;

the value that helps us conserve the natural resources should be

encouraged. Once we accept the earth centeredness as a focal point of

ecumenical movement, many denominational differences will lose their

rigour. The focus of ecumenism should not be church’s union alone, it

endeavours the unity of people of all faiths and no faith and unity of

humans and nature.

In conclusion, Kappen’s thoughts still inspire us. In short, the implications

of his key ideas like prophetic protest as the essence of Christian faith,

critique of capitalism, Christian faith as counter cultural, construction of

a new political culture and Oikumene of solidarity have brought a clear

message from yester years.

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Following Communication was received by us by Email in response to our

appeal for the Conclave on 08.5.11

Dear All

Thanks much for the information on the Church reforms Conclave. Brilliant

idea.

But I sense a little bitterness and a spirit of vendetta in the letter itself. It is

Christ’s vision of love that we need to build. Hence

I suggest include priests who think with you in the conclave.

Get laity to be pro-active rather than merely critical. If so easy to critical,

but hard to do things.

Get the laity to learn more about the church : church history, canon law,

documents of the church on various issuses etc.

Try to reform the pastoral council.. and work in parish groups. (read my

attached pieces, already published in COMPANION, the newly launched

professional fortnightly on catholic leadership in India)

May the god Lord be with you in your endeavor to make a better united

church.

Fr Jacob

When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, only 1 of 2 things will happen,

either He’ll catch you when you fall, or He’ll teach you how to fly!

Dr. Jacob Srampickal Sj

Professor, Communication Studies

PONTIFICAL GREGORIAN UNIVERSITY

PIAZZA DELLA PILOTTA, 4

ROMA 00187

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The Parish Pastoral Council – Creating

a creative and participatory

community

“Our parish priest is a very learned man. He knows everything. He tells

us what to do and we just follow him”, said an elderly lady.

“Our parish priest is an autocrat. He doesn’t want our opinions. He

won’t allow others to do anything, he fears others can mess up everything”.

“In our parish, when we come up with a suggestion, or an opinion, the

priest is keen to find out who said that. Unless he knows who said it, he

would not like to proceed.”

“In our parish the parish priest takes all the decisions. He has a few

favourites who execute all his decisions”, an young lady quipped in. And

that indeed is partiality !

The above are comments I collected in one of my pastoral communication

classes, in a North Indian parish, while talking on the importance of the

Parish Pastoral Council (PPC).

In a parish, the most important unit that helps create community

participation and a sense of belongingness in the parish is the PPC. And

good communication is the basis of building an effective PPC. Participation

of the members of the parish in the decision making and execution of all

the activities of the parish is the central focus of the PPC. Canon law

numbers 228, 536 and 537 speak highly of the necessity for PPC in every

parish. Earlier, since I already established in this column that the purpose

of communication is to enable participation and empowerment of the

people and thus build strongly united community, let me look at the

formation of PPC from a communication perspective.

Theological foundation: Like in the apostolic times, people can still

come together to share their everything, all their resources to build a

community of love effectively (Acts 3\12). PPCs emphasize the concept,

that it is the people’s parish, not of the priests. The priest cannot and

must not run things his way, he is here for a short time, like a bird of

passage, it must be the people who are responsible for running the parish

and its various activities. PPCs can help the resources of the people to be

made available to the parish community and the less privileged members

cared for more, if an open and friendly atmosphere is built up in the

parish.

Membership: The PPC is constituted of roughly 15- 25 people depending

on the size of the parish. PPC consists of representatives of the parish: from

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various wards \ sectors, pious associations, religious, important institutions

and of course, the parish priest, the non-voting assistant parish priests,

etc. Gender equality may be maintained as much as possible. The members

are normally elected for 3 years, every year one third being changed. A

substitute for each member may also always be elected, who must come

in case of the absence of the elected member.

Modus operandi: Anyone of these members may be elected president,

not necessarily the parish priest. In these PPC meets, which is called

every fortnight, every activity of the parish may be discussed. The agenda

may be prepared in advance. Points may be supplied to the agenda by

anyone of the members collected from those whom they represent.

Documenting the resources of the parish: Resources include money,

personnel, labour, special talents etc. The first priority of the PPC is to

find the resources of the parish, document and update these periodically.

These have to be made available for reference to the parishioners, through

parish website or other ways.

Executive committee: The PPC needs to have an executive committee

of at least 4 people excluding the parish priest, and in emergency these

may be given the power to change decisions in consultation with the

parish priest.

The Secretary must be an elected person, the assistants parish priest(s)

if any, could be well utilized in this post.

Democratic decision making : Never leave the final word to the parish

priest as is often done. It is the duty of the members to be well informed

of all the issues discussed. A 2\3 majority or at least a simple majority

(50% plus one) may be considered the decision point.

Duration of meetings: The more the meetings, the more the participation.

However, too many meetings may not possible. At least a meeting a month

is a must.

Creating a community: PPCs are attempts at getting the participation

of the whole people in running the parish. Wide range of opinions

collected from the parishioners help decisions to favour the faith needs of

the people. For this reason, the parish priest may not be the chairman of

the PPC and also not part of the executive committee, too.

If in many parts of the world Catholics are leaving the church, it is mainly

because they feel isolated from the activities of the parish. PPC can be an

efficient means to re-evangelize them.

“Pastoral councils often fail to function in an effective manner because

parish priests are afraid that they won’t be able to run the parish their

own way. I often wonder why they want to take over our parish and run

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their way” commented an elderly parishioner who was a PPC member for

six years, with two terms.

For all those priests who have been speaking endlessly in national and

regional seminars on the importance of empowering the laity, setting up

a PPC in the manner suggested above can be a bitter pill to swallow.

They may suggest that it will destroy the church, but try doing it and they

will see that the laity can be very responsible.

The power of Parish Groups

Santa Lucia is a parish in S. Italy. It has about670 families. I was invited

there for Easter week ceremonies. The first encounter with the people

there made me realize that they were warm and concerned. During my

interactions with them I learned the dynamics of the parish functioning.

Practically all the parishioners are members of one or the other of the 36

functional groups in the parish. There are groups for children, youth,

adults and the elderly. These join groups for various ministries – Eucharistic,

catechetical, health care, de-addiction, re-evangelization, (bring back the

tepid wayward ones), theatre, media, environment. There are pious groups

and associations like Sodality, Legion of Mary, Vincent de Paul Society,

Christian Life Community, Holy Childhood, Catholic Workers’ Movement,

Parish Court and more. Each of these groups meet at least once a month,

have an annual assembly or a workshop, and an annual get together with

reports, entertainment and refreshments for all. The parish is kept vibrant

with varied activities throughout the year.

Let us have a look at an ordinary week in the parish. On Monday evening

there are three group meetings – sodality, theatre and ministers of the

sick. On Tuesday there is an evening session planned for alcoholic

anonymous, while the Vincent de Paul group meets for an evaluation. On

Wednesday the media group is projecting movie in the parish auditorium.

The re-evangelizers group as well as catechism teachers are having a

planning session for the year. Thursday evening the healthcare agents

meet to plan their services to the sick and invalid, while the theatre

group practices a play to be staged on the following Sunday after the

second Mass. Friday, the environment group and Catholic Workers’

Movement meet to chalk out details of their coming annual meet. Earlier

that day the Holy Childhood, comprising mostly of children from the

parish school had a meeting too. Saturday from 10 a.m. the parish is

bubbling with members from 6 groups including the Parish Pastoral

Council. Besides, Legion of Mary is having a whole day workshop with

some visiting experts. The Prayer Group is having a 16-hour Prayer Vigil

in the church. In the evening the environment group is producing a one

hour play on climate change. Sundays are less packed. Catechism class

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for children is the only major activity. Practically all come to the church

to participate in one of the five Holy masses. There is also a month long

exhibition in the basement of the church on ‘Jesus by various artists,’

organized by the Arts Group, to raise funds for foreign missions,

These groups enable everyone in the parish to participate. The priests

are animators and get involved only when any of the leaders request their

help to solve a problem they cannot handle or for some other help. They

can’t be present in all groups but they do receive a copy of each group’s

report, the next day.

The parish priests consciously or unconsciously are making use of the

techniques of group dynamics to animate the parish. Natural groups may

tend to foster regionalism, parochialism and ghettoism. But created or

formed groups can build communities, as is obvious in this parish.

Communication play the pivotal role. Groups render for dialogue,

discussions, interactions, fellowship, participation and involvement. The

group process is aimed at creative group expressions. This is important

for comprehension and interiorization of even abstract ideas. In fact, the

very notion of group media has to do with people interacting with each

other to comprehend issues better.

Group Discussion – Practice Pays

The simplest form of group media is a group discussion where people

articulate their opinions/ideas/convictions while others listen, question,

confront, debate and thereby create new understandings. In this process,

the responsibility for the final conclusions rests with all. The focus is on

real participation – the crux of communication. The common sense

argument in favour of this process can be derived from the simple

management norm, “Those not consulted at the planning stage, will not

contribute at the execution stage”

In casual groups, some tend to be talkative dominating every one. In

organised groups like in the parish, there is a leader who moderates in a

way that all have a chance to express their views. It is a great feeling when

one hears one’s voice in a group undisturbed by anyone. In the process

of being listened to and understood, the speaker develops self confidence.

Listening is not simply hearing. It is not a physical activity either. It involves

giving total attention to the other, understanding not only what is spoken

but also what is implied. It is respecting the other as s/he is, with different

thinking and feeling. It is being a non-threatening presence where the

other can see his/her problems/views/feelings, mirrored back so that with

an objective vision s/he can arrive at conclusions. “In my Holy Childhood

group, we have lots of youngsters, as many as 35. But all speak up and we

collect together our ideas”, 12 year old Giorgio Pannini tells me.

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Once a person is challenged, she/he is forced to reflect deeper. Others

add on, eliciting further reflection. “When someone questions me, I am

forced to seek reasons for my comment and that makes me responsible

for what I say,” comments Marco Frisca, member of the financial committee

that engages in fund raising for the parish projects.

Reflections also trigger one’s creativity. Creativity is the capacity to express

oneself in newer ways, more appealing to the audience. One major reason

why people leave the Church is the lack of creativity in the church. Experts

argue that institutions given to ritualism cannot be creative. A blind

adherence to rituals renders them fossilised, making changes of any sort

unwelcome. “I like to be in our theatre group. Every one brings in lot of

creativity as we make new plays that are related to our faith life,” comments

Angelina Briffa. “We listen with much interest to what everyone comes

up with. Then we select the best.” She added.

Group interactions help to assert oneself and cultivate positive self image,

which is the basis for self confidence. Youngsters used to such vibrant

groups have the possibility to explore their capacities early in life. They

are enabled to contribute to society at large. “I have grown much in my

group. I look forward to the group meets. We are a lively group of friends,

working together for our parish”, syas Magda Lepanto, a member of the

Christian Life Community.

Once in three years, just after Christmas, all the parishioners are free to

change to other groups.

The final outcome is not an effective ‘plan of action’ to solve all problems,

but a communicative competence that lends itself to problem solving.

‘Tis the human touch in this world that counts, The touch of your

hand and mine, which means far more to the fainting heart than

shelter and bread and wine ; For shelter is gone when the night is

over and bread lasts only a day, But the touch of the hand and the

sound of the voice. Sing on in the soul away.

– Spencer M. Tree

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This Communication was received by us by Email in response to our

appeal for the Conclave on 8.05.11

Dear Allwyn,

This is an excellent move and I wish the group all success; as it is said in

the statement, it is 2000 years late (perhaps only 1700). I think they

should not limit themselves only to the material aspects of the governance,

but all areas of Church life should be discussed. The Church is of the

people of God, but they have been denied any active participation of

centuries.

I also hope women are not left out in this 50-100 group. Their participation

in vital.

Once again I wish the group all success and God’s blessings.

I am attaching a reworked copy of “the lost God” – this might give them

some insight into where things have gone wrong…

Joseph Mattam, sj

Joseph Mattam, SJ

Sneh Jyoti, SEVASI,

Vadodara Dt 391101

tel : 09925013406, 0265-2372152/3

Strive not to banish pain and doubt, In pleasure’s noisy din.

The peace thou seekest from without is only found within

– Cary

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THE LOST GOD AND THE CHURCH

Some years ago there was a robbery in a Church at Adam’s Arcade,

Nairobi, Kenya. The robbers took away the tabernacle with the Blessed

Sacrament. At a reparation service the next day, Cardinal Ottunga said:

“God is stolen.” The press made a lot of noise about this statement,

which is disputable. But there is something indisputable in the history of

the Church: the God of Jesus as presented in the New Testament has

been lost. Why do I claim that the God of Jesus is lost?

What Jesus left behind?

From Jesus’ parables, his own life and deeds we get the picture of an

unconditionally loving Father/Mother, whom Jesus called Abba. God is

not paternalistic: God does not do things for us instead of us, things

which we can and should do for ourselves. God treats us as adults,

respects our freedom; neither is God an ‘indulgent parent’ who gives

unconditional approval of all our actions. God’s acceptance of us is

unconditional (cf Jn 8:11; Lk 15). God looks at us as God’s children, not

primarily at our actions. God is not far away from us, but is in the very

depths of our hearts, empowering us in God’s Spirit to be God’s children,

empowering us to love as God loves, but without forcing us (cf. Gal 4:6ff;

Rom 8:14ff; Jn 14-16). Later we called that presence of God in us as

grace. Grace is the ennobling and enabling love of God: ennobling us to

be God’s sons/daughters, enabling us to love, forgive, care as God does

(Jn 15:12). Grace is the “love-ability with which we are born”, which is a

share in God’s infinite love. We do not get graces; we are grace, we are

through and through graced beings.

This Father is ‘unjust’ (see Mt 20.1-16; Lk 15), God does not follow the

pattern of worldly retributive justice, but responds to the person and his/

her deepest needs. God rejoices to see God’s children bearing fruit, being

authentic and growing up as God’s children. Everything that is vital to us

is given by God freely, unasked by us. Our prayer is the joyful privilege of

God’s children to be in the company of their loving Father/Mother, with

the freedom of children. Prayer is the expression of our loving, obedient

surrender to God in silence. We do not therefore relate to God in terms

of rewards or punishments. Since God is in the heart of all, and reveals

God-self to the little and illiterate ones (Mt 11:25ff) and is known through

our loving, God does not need expert teachers, mediators, interpreters

and defenders. If at all we think of someone teaching about God, it is the

mother who reveals God to her children. God is beyond the control of

the experts; is not a truth to be taught or defended; in fact God cannot

Joseph Mattam, S. J.

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be defended, for whenever and wherever a person loves, God is discovered,

is experienced (1 Jn 4:7ff). We need no mediating class to reach God our

loving Father/Mother.

Jesus is the Way to the Father. He is the Truth of what each one of us is

and can become. He is the Son of God and has revealed what we are

meant to be as God’s sons and daughters. He is our Brother. He lives in

us. He is in the poor and the needy, accessible to anyone who cares to

love genuinely, and is in harmony with one’s brothers/sisters (cf. Mt 25.31

ff; 18.20). He tells us that to love him is to keep his commandment which

is that we love one another. His option for the poor, his ‘good news to

the poor’, his table fellowship – all these become the pattern for all those

who follow him. He is little concerned about correct formulations about

him, but he demands from his followers that they obey the will of His

Father (Mt 7:21 f), or as Our Lady told the servants at Cana, “do what he

tells you” (Jn 2.5). He teaches us a new way of relating to God, to one

another and to things without greed, fear and possessiveness. He teaches

us to relate to one another as brothers /sisters and not on the basis of

their function in society; hence, not to call any one father, master,

teacher, for “you are all brothers/sisters’ (Mt 23:8). Jesus through

his table fellowship showed that sinners, impure persons, outcastes – all

could approach him, touch him, be touched by him. Even a sinful, unclean

woman could touch him and get him to change his mind CZk 8.43ff\ Mk

7.24-30). Jesus left us no doctrines to believe; salvation depends on having

proper relationship (Lk 19.1-10) and caring for the needy (Matt 25.31 ff).

From 613 laws the Jews had, Jesus made just one: Love God by loving the

neighbour (Matt 22.34ff).

Jesus emphasized the importance of bearing fruit, of being authentic to

what we are as God’s children (Jn 15). He told his disciples to continue

remembering him by breaking bread at home in his name,

presided over by the head of the family where they met; this

was the only ritual he left. It was the actualization of the community

of his followers who were classless, equal members at the service of one

another; they celebrated it in this simple breaking of bread. He left no

priestly class to administer the sacraments. His attack on the

temple and the cleansing of the temple shows clearly the old

system of placating God by sacrifice had to go; God did not

want sacrifices, but mercy, compassion, fidelity.

He gave very clear instructions to those who were to be leaders in his

community. They have to be different from leaders in the world; they

have to be servants to one another, there is to be no superior/

inferior, but all are brothers/sisters, “…whoever wishes to be great

among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among

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you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but

to serve…”;”… I am among you as one who serves” (Mt 20.24f; Luke

22.24-27; Jn 13.1-20; Matt 23.8f; Mk 10.41 f). We cannot easily miss the

visual image of chapter 13 of John, where Jesus washes the feet of his

disciples and affirms his role as the Master. “The Twelve” were to represent

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patriarchs, and were to be the judges of the 12 tribes; hence, we do not

find women among them.

For Jesus children, women and men are supreme in God’s eyes; everything

is subordinated to their wholeness and freedom (Mk 2.27ff; 7.1-23). All

are equal before God/Christ, and this equality is not based on anything

that we have, on any position that we hold, but on who we are as God’s

children. As God’s children all are respected; no one is more important

than another. The Bishop of Rome is not more sacred for God

than an illiterate woman working in her kitchen. Jesus’ concern

is about life here on earth, life before death.

The God of Jesus is lost – with tragic consequences

The Church became hierarchical. For all practical purposes, the ‘Church’

means the hierarchy as such phrases show: ‘the Church has decided’,

‘the Church teaches,’ ‘the Church does not allow’. Though Vatican II had

changed this self understanding in favour of a new one as “the people of

God”, the post Vatican period saw a rapid and sure reversal to the old.

The Church, as an Institution of Salvation has been operative, more or

less, from the fourth century to the present. The hierarchy remains a

class above and apart, with special powers and authority supposedly given

by Jesus. As they belong to a different, higher class, they are also

appropriately called Fathers, Reverends, Lords, Graces, Eminences,

Excellencies, Holiness, according to their rank in the hierarchy. The whole

mission of the Church to proclaim, teach, convert, protect and faithfully

hand down the ‘faith’ (beliefs) sanctify and to rule is entrusted to them.

They are also the dispensers of the means for these: the sacraments and

grace. Many have rightly observed that like the Kings and Nobles of old,

the priests too became a non-working class set apart, in the pattern of the

Levitical priests who lived on other peoples’ work. These have nothing in

common with the leaders Jesus left behind.

God: Since the leaders took on the pattern of the empire they also molded

God to the empire system. The God of Jesus, as I mentioned in the beginning,

has been lost and what we have is one who resembles the Monarch: a

replica of the Emperor. That God is inaccessible to the ordinary people;

can be approached only through mediators, both heavenly and earthly.

Among the heavenly, some saints seem to have more power before God

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than others; hence there are special pilgrimage centres. Recently, I came

to know that a catholic parish in Kerala named after St Joseph was changed

into the Church of St. Jude, as he brings in more money than the poor St.

Joseph, my patron. I am not opposing here the idea of the Communion of

Saints, but I am pointing out an idea of God that may be implicit in these

practices: a God, who does not really care for God’s children, does them

a favour because some saints, some ‘higher-ups’ plead for them. Is this

not a feudal system? Also saints are ‘made’ based on this understanding

of God: the saints obtain from God something which others will not get.

The mediators on earth are the clerics. For forgiveness of sins and for the

life-giving communion with the Lord in the Eucharist one needs to depend

on the priestly class.

This God reveals Self in truths, mysteries, which the hierarchy has to

guard, defend and interpret authoritatively. This God is a just judge who

rewards good behaviour and punishes evil deeds. God seems to favour

the rich and the powerful; many rich people claim that their prosperity is

thanks to God’s blessing.

Grace in this system is something that God gives: we obtain it through

prayers, fasting, almsgiving and above all, through the sacraments. The

Church is the repository of all graces – almost like a grace bank. The

Sacraments cause grace; they are administered by priests. They are ex

opere operato effective. The priests give or administer and the people receive

the sacraments. This priestly system encourages a dualistic thinking,

develops a legalistic spirituality and emphasises Orthodoxy and life after

death,

Christ : Christ is God and hence what I said above about God is applicable

to Christ as well. Of all the heavenly mediators, Our Lady has a unique

place before Christ. “Can any son refuse his mother a favour?” Christ is

himself inaccessible, but Mary can help. He is also untouchable by ordinary

unconsecrated hands; hence he has to be given into the mouth by the

clerics. (Even today that is the practice in some of the dioceses in India).

The compassionate, lover of sinners, the rejected and unwanted of society

that we find in the NT is not seen any more. He is a King, with a golden

crown and sceptre, in royal attire.

With this loss of the God of Jesus, lay men and women became second

class citizens, passive, with no voice in the Church, no say in the decisionmaking

process in the Church, no role in the mission of the Church

which is service.

Conclusion

The God of Jesus still remains in exile. The emperor, the court system,

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the court titles rule the day. There is nothing visible to make ordinary

persons think that there has been a new self- understanding by the Church,

that they too are the Church and that the mission of the Church is theirs

as well. Rightly, the lay people continue to be dissatisfied with the still

very clerical Church.

Perhaps in no other area has the Church sinned more grievously than in

the area of leadership. It is obvious to anyone but the hardened heart

that the above description of what happened goes against what Jesus

wanted, and against the God he presented. Hence would not the words

addressed to the tenants in Matthew 21.33-43 be applicable to the present

leaders?

The insight of Vatican II about the Church as a Servant of God’s Kingdom,

as a people of God, needs to be translated into concepts and practices

affecting all realms of life. This concept emphasizes the equality of all.

While one admits different charisms, different functions in the Church,

these functions do not make people a hierarchy, do not make them of

higher and lower status as persons. Hence the clergy is at the service

of the community of love, ‘servants of the servants’, words which

have so far remained an empty formula. Their function in the

community is important and irreplaceable. Though they have to lead the

community in its worship, they are not primarily cultic figures. They are

to be leaders, after the Servant Master, challenging the community to be

true to the ways of Jesus; they are to live fully the call to discipleship, to

love and to freedom in such a way that as Paul told the Christians of

Corinth, they too should challenge their community: “Be imitators of me

as I am of Christ” (1 Cor 11:1). They are to show to all that the newness

brought by Jesus in the concept of authority as service, power as a call to

self-gift and not domination and suppression, can be lived out in truth.

They will have to accept the principle of subsidiarity and co-responsibility

in the exercise of their authority. They will also have to give up their high

status, their privileges, their titles, their claims to special powers, except

the power of laying down their life for the cause of the Kingdom, and of

being truly servants as friends.

The tension between the ideal and the actual will remain. The ideal

formulated at Vatican II has to be put into effect, as far as possible, primarily

through the protests of the lay groups and especially women Religious.

There is above all need for all to be open to the Spirit of Jesus who leads

us into truth, and to the resurrection through a process of death, who

makes us fearless and enables us to dream, so that the dream of God,

entrusted to us by Jesus, may become a reality, that we all become a

servant Church, in the service of God’s Kingdom.

Our leaders call themselves ‘servants’ and the bishop of Rome

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calls himself ‘servant of servants’. As far as we know nowhere is

a servant called “Reverend, Lord, Eminence, Excellency,

Holiness”, except as a joke. The words of the great John XXIII keep

challenging us all: “Surely it is high time, and surely it would be to everyone’s

advantage to shake off the dust of the Empire that has gathered

since Constantine’s day on the throne of St Peter” (Quoted by Y.

Congar (1964): Power and Poverty in the Church, 127). The Church needs

to heed to these words of the great Pope John and act on them.

Following Communication selected by us from a monthly

magazine of Christian laity

Dear Mr. Editor,

Over the years I have had occasion to point out with utmost respect, to

the Church Management at different levels that it is very necessary to

adopt a democratic way of functioning and more importantly, to accept

that the over dominance of the clergy will have to be replaced by a realistic

representation of the voice, of the Laity at all levels. The reason for this is

not only because of the need for transparency and a fairer method of

functioning, particularly in the process of administration and decision

making, but the fact that it is very essential from the angle of ensuring

justice at all levels. For many centuries the belief was extended all the way

down the line and I shall illustrate how disastrous this can be. A young girl

gets into an arranged marriage which ends in a disaster. She applies to the

Civil Court and after years of torture and trauma she obtains a dissolution.

She cannot re-build her life or re-marry unless she gets a decree from the

Ecclesiastical Court where the grounds are very rigorous, the procedures

are also very strict and the chances of obtaining a relief extremely slim.

More importantly my experience has shown that by the time all these

formalities are completed the girl herself would have given up any idea of

getting married. If she were to re-marry before a civil authority she gets

castigated on the ground that she is living in sin and the children. If any,

are treated as having been “born out of concubinage” to use a Cannon

Law expression. Matrimonial break-ups occur with a degree of regularity.

There is a fervent plea from the affected parties that the entire procedure

should be over hauled but apart from minor cosmetic changes, nothing

really worthwhile by way of improvement has taken place.

The Church and Divorce

Two other areas require to be illustrated. All Catholics in matters of marriage

are bound by the Indian Divorce Act o 1868 which is one of the most

retrograde. antiquated and impractical pieces of matrimonial legislation.

For over 50 years in this country the Christian Community has been

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pressing and persuading the Government to repeal this piece of legislation

which makes it almost impossible for an aggrieved party to get a relief. On

as many as 5 occasions, the Government did respond but nothing emerged

only because when the reference was made to the Church it was totally

opposed on the ground that the Church does not recognise

divorce nor does it subscribe to the view that dissolution of

marriage should be made simpler, casier and quicker. At one of

the Seminars, a lady who had been unsuccessfully trying to extricate herself

from a broken marriage wherein it was in evidence that the husband was

a gambler, a drunkard and given to violence, the lady very bitterly remarked

that “the attitudes and decision of the Church in many of these areas are

traceable to the fact that the persons responsible for these decisions and

those who cling to concepts and procedures which are centuries old and

decide policies in these important areas of human affairs which concern a

major cross-section of the Community and even minor children and unborn

children, are themselves not really equipped to sit in Judgement over these

matters of which they have zero personal experience because the

clergy are all celibate”. Recently, a senior lawyer from Mangalore took

up the issue relating to the payment of huge amounts by way of estate

duty in cases relating to the property of Christians who have died. This

was a provision which was draconian and which had the most disastrous

effect on every case relating to Christians. It was a provision which was

highly discriminatory because it applied only to Christians and despite all

of these considerations the Church did nothing about it and it goes to the

credit of Mr. Clarence Pais a Senior Lawyer from Mangalore that he was

ultimately successful in getting the provision repealed. The angle that I am

focusing here on is that Wills and Probate proceedings seriously affect the

Laity and not the clergy and despite the extremely oppressive nature of

the provisions, the Church did nothing in the matter and I venture to add

that had the Church seriously agitated the matter with a public forum or

with the Govt. that the corrective would have come decades ago.

THE CLERGY AND THE CHURCH PROPERTY :

There has been a very disturbing trend witnessed in different parts of the

country and here in our own city of Bangalore wherein the clergy have

been disposing off Church properties. I was not very pleased recently to

find out from one of the documents relating to the building in which I

reside that this property belonged to the Church, it was sold to a

businessman who ultimately ended up making a huge profit out of the

project. I am all in favour of ensuring that the Church is financially secure

and that wherever feasible, necessary schemes be undertaken to enhance

the viability of our institutions. I am totally opposed to situations wherein

these sort of deals take place and the Laity are told that the clergy has no

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bargaining power and that therefore, some third party ends up with all the

profits. The moot question is, why was the scheme not intelligently executed

so as to ensure that the Christian community to whom the asset belonged

was the ultimate beneficiary. If the Agha Khan Trust can achieve this,

there is no reason why the Church cannot do it. Instead we are confronted

with the so called committees and councils of psychopants all of whom

work in tandem and obviously share the spoils under the guise of projecting

the view that certain representatives of the Laity were also involved.

I refuse to accept the plea that in all these land deals the pittance that has

been reflected in the documents as being the price of the land represents

the true value of what was realised and the big question mark is whether

such situations should be allowed to continue.

THE MUSCLE POWER AND THE MONEY POWER

This area is particularly distressing because there have been occasions

even in the very recent past when the Community has protested and it has

been extremely sad that the Church uses the medium of powerful builders

who have all the equipment from muscle power to money power not to

mention unholy influences, to fight back the Members of the Church, who

disapprove of these transactions. It is true that the Church has always won

and it is true that it has always got away, which is all the more reason why

steps should be taken to reverse the trend which is getting totally

out of control.

Recently, I received a complaint that the huge part fo the Church compound

in the centre of Bangalore has been sold to some influential builders. The

school that catered to the cause of Christian education has been

demolished, the parish hall has been demolished and a shopping complex

is being constructed in such a way that it almost touches the Church. It

will disfigure the area and interfere seriously with whatever services are

conducted in the Church and it is my grave apprehension that when this

happens, the Church building itself would be sold on the ground

that it is impractical to continue with services there.

Why it cannot be questioned :

All this has been happening through default because hitherto we have

always been told that all property vests in the Church and that whatever

the clergy has decided to do with it, is a decision that is sacred and cannot

be questioned. Unfortunately, the fundamental point that is over-looked is

that all this property has been gifted or donated to the Church

or acquired through the contributions from th Laity. The clergy

are only the trustees of the property and in keeping with the

well settled principles of law they cannot abuse the trust or for

that matter dispose of the property to the prejudice of the

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institution or the members who form part and parcel of the

Church.

The effective voice of the Christian Laity

It is in this background that I welcome the concept of a Journal that will

effectively project the voice of the Christian Laity or in other words, become

a medium of safe-guarding their rights. Equality important is the welfare

aspect that I have dealt with earlier which is required to be not only safeguarded

but forstered and lastly the most important facet viz. that hitherto

at all times the voice of the Community was considered to be what the

clergy represented. Atrocities have taken place with disturbing

regularity and these have increased only because of the fact that

there has been silence from the side of the affected, irrespective

of what has happened. Whereas any other minority community

would have raised hell, there has not even been a whimper of a

protest or an anticipatory action or steps taken to ensure that

there is no recurrence of such atrocities. All of these will form the

mandate of this journal which to mind was long overdue. I am confident

that it will live up to its expectations and even exceed them!

With every good wish,

Yours Sincerely

(Justice M.F. Saldhans)

Bangalore

10th Oct. 2002

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5th Apr 2007

Dear Rev. Fathers/Mothers/Brothers/Sisters,

We are pleased to inform you that we, a few like-minded Catholic lay

leaders of Bangalore, very much concerned with the disturbed atmosphere

in the Archdiocese of Bangalore, have formed a movement called,

“Bangalore Catholic Laity Movement” for the all- round development

of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.

A copy of a report submitted recently to Hs Grace the Archbishop of

Bangalore and to all the Diocesan Priests in the Archdiocese of Bangalore

by the BCLM in this regard, is enclosed for your kind information. While

requesting you to go through the report, we also solicit your personal as

well as community prayers so that our dear Archdiocese can “Pise and

Shine” more than ever in spreading the Kingdom of God through love

and brotherhood in our Archdioccsc and the State.

We, the Anchor Members of the Bangalore Catholic Laity Movement,

have a great desire to do all that is possible to make our Archdiocese an

exemplary Archdiocese in the country.

Wishing you, and all the members of your Congregation, greetings of our

Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

(Benedict Balu) Convener

#1, 3rd Cioss, R. Sonappa Block, Benson Town, Bangalore – 560 046.

Mob : 934123193J, e-mail : catholiclaity@gmail.com

BANGALORE CATHOLIC LAITY MOVEMENT

FOR ALL ROUND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BANGALORE

ANCHOR WITH CHRIST

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BANGALORE CATHOLIC LAITY MOVEMENT

FOR ALL ROUND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BANGALORE

ANCHOR WITH CHRIST

No. BCLM/A.Bsp-Fr/001 /2007 March 23rd 2007

Respectfully submitted to,

1. His Grace the Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, The Archbishop of

Bangalore

2. The Rev. Fathers of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.

Your Grace and Dear Rev. Fathers,

Let our Archdiocese Rise and Shine

“Enough is Enough”

REPORT

Observations, Opinions and Suggestions for the all-round

Development of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.

We, the Anchor-members of the Bangalore Catholic Laity Movement,

thank His Grace the Archbishop of Bangalore, for kindly sparing his time

in clarifying various issues confronting the Church in Bangalore. We also

thank some of the priests who were good enough to share their thoughts,

views, grievances and also their apprehensions.

Ever willing to be guided by the Holy Spirit, and standing united for the

all-round development of the Archdiocese, we make every effort to bring

about a meaningful relationship and peace among the laity, the clergy

and the Archbishop. It is towards that end,.we place below our opinions

and suggestions on the issues confronting our Archdiocese.

Observations and Opinions :

1. It is indeed a matter of great sorrow to note “our own house”, the

Archdiocese of Bangalore, not in order, as there is a lack of trust and

brotherly feeling among the laity, the clergy and the Archbishop.

2. Day to day administration of the Archdiocese, be it the Archbishop’s

House, the Parish Offices, Schools, Colleges and other connected Social

Organizations and Institutions seem to be operating with an absence

of the Divine Presence of God.

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3. Positions, power and money seem to have taken precedence over

spiritual matters, as it is quite evident from the behaviour and lifestyle

of some of the priests. Some of them seem to be prepared even to

throw their priestly vows to the winds in order to get what their

hearts are set upon.

4. The clergy and the Archbishops have failed to recognize the Laity and

utilize their talents and services for the development of the Archdiocese

both in the spiritual and the secular fields.

5. It is true that some of the people whose desire for better spiritual

growth perhaps could not find proper guidance from the clergy of the

Archdiocese and they had to seek it elsewhere. This only goes to

prove that the Catholic Church in Bangalore has failed to cater to

their spiritual needs.

6. The so called language problem in the Archdiocese has been created

and master-minded by the priests whose mother tongues are Konkani,

Tamil and Telugu, to attain their personal gain and glory. It is indeed

very painful to mention here that different kinds of means and methods

have been used to attract the innocent lay people, among whom many

are already destroyed.

7. A Con-celebrated Mass by a number of priests and the Archbishop

when they are divided in their hearts and minds loses its very sanctity

and perhaps relevance, and this has happened often during the

Ordinations and the Chrism Masses in Bangalore. This, unfortunately,

is a lack of the language of love, but very subtly branded as the problem

of language in the Archdiocese. Can such Con-celebrated Mass be

truly accepted as a valid Mass?

8. Whenever situations warranted a firm action against the priests who

disturbed, destroyed, misbehaved and vandalized, the Archbishops

and the Councils failed in their responsibilities to take action and

proper measures against such culprits. It is shameful to say that in

some cases the culprits were even given recognition. Almost all

concerned authorities seem to have taken to the line of least resistance

always fearing reprisals, which has paved the way for a free for all

situation to-day in the Bangalore Archdiocese.

9. We are sad to say that in the midst of all this trouble in the Church in

Bangalore a small group of committed and experienced priests always

loyal to the cause of the Church and hailing from different language

backgrounds have been systematically sidelined and ignored to the

detriment of the growth of the Church in Bangalore.

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10. After a series of interactions both with the Archbishop and a number

of priests, we are of the firm opinion that in spite of all the bitterness

experienced in the past and at the present moment, there is a keen

desire among a number of them, somehow to come out of the stalemate

and unitedly work for fulfilling all spiritual needs of the faithful in the

Archdiocese.

11. A special mention may not be out of place here, if we touch upon a

couple of points which the Archbishop repeatedly touched upon in

the course of our interactions. He spoke about the importance of

transparency, accountability and greater participation of the laity in

the Church administration which is a must for any institution or

organization to function effectively and efficiently. It is this which also

motivates us to pursue this great task on hand, as we can clearly see

the light at the end of this “long tunnel”.

SUGGESTED SOLUTIONS

1. Topmost priority must be given to remove all curses – the curses of

the simple, innocent and credulous faithful who are the helpless victims

of the power struggle of the Clergy in the Archdiocese of Bangalore.

For the blessings to come down, first the curses have to be removed.

The curses can be removed only by our Heavenly Father and that can

happen only when we repent, reconcile and humbly ask for forgiveness

from HIM and from each other. We need to pray for the removal of

curses and to shower His Blessings upon the Archdiocese of Bangalore.

Everyday of the year, this should be our special prayer for the

Archdiocese. Special prayer cards must be printed and distributed in

all the parishes of the Archdiocese in as many languages as necessary.

2. The Clergy as well as the Laity should seek special graces from God to

be able to forget the past and stop criticizing their brother Christians

and also to put an end to rumour-mongering and gossiping, which

indeed is the work of the forces of evil.

3. Must openly display and demonstrate that our approach to day to day

challenges in our work places is handled by faith and not by sight. In

order to show in action our mutual love, care, concern, and respect

for and trust in one another, this should be the hallmark of every

individual occupying responsible positions in the Archdiocese. Regular

orientation programmes must be organized for all concerned in order

to inculcate in them these important values while discharging their

duties.

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4. God’s ordained priests, of the Archdiocese of Bangalore, whose

vocation is essentially pastoral work, should not be burdened with

other tasks as Administrators, Principals, Professors, Lecturers,

Teachers in schools and colleges in secular world. These positions

can be quite competently held by lay Catholics, since it is not the

vision and hence not the priority for the clergy. Also the clergy should

not be involved unduly with any projects that involve the raising and

handling of funds which would divert them from their primary task,

their pastoral work. The Archbishop who is usually burdened more

with the administrative work of the Archdiocese, should also find enough

time for his pastoral work as the situation demands to day, when the

members of the laity are opting to receive the Word of God outside

the Catholic Church.

5. Identify the members of the laity who have contributed to the growth

of the parishes and recognize and honour them. Restructure the parish

councils and make them really representative bodies at the parish

level. Create necessary awareness among the members ofthe laity with

regard to the importance of their role in building a parish community.

Constant interactions must be held between the Archbishop and the

laity so that the Archbishop is kept well informed about the

requirements of the laity and the Archdiocese.

6. Organise Archdiocesan Fellowship gatherings as often as possible where

the Archbishop,the ciergy and the laity can participate and experience

the real presence and power of God. Eminent and powerfully annointed

men of God from the Catholic Church can be invited to address such

gatherings.

7. It is of paramount importance to have a comprehensive and impartial

census of the entire Archdiocese in order to have a proper Data-Bank

at the Archdiocesan level which could enable us to know the areas of

expertise that can be utilized in the administrative work of the

Archdiocese.

8. With regard to the Catholics who have joined other denominations,

we can only suggest that our priests do their pastoral work

conscientiously by way of catering to the spiritual needs of their

parishioners rather than trying to make a mark in the secular world.

Exhibiting genuine love and concern for the welfare of their parishioners,

they should be able to inspire and guide them by the counsel of the

Holy Spirit. One of the ways to equip themselves better in this regard

would be to be humble enough to ascertain the facts from the very

people who have joined other denominations. The Catholic Church

must learn a lesson from an event like the “Festival of Blessings” held

at the Jakkur grounds, a couple of years ago, which attracted lakhs of

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people from all walks of life from different denominations including

the Catholics, among whom there were many Catholic priests, nuns

and important Catholic lay leaders, some of them actively involved in

organizing the very event. It is also to be noted that a former Archbishop

of Bangalore himself was prominently present at the event. It is time

that the Archdiocese of Bangalore came out of its “closed door

mentality” with regard to the preaching of the gospel and became

truly “catholic”.

On the other hand, it is also very relevant to mention here that our

spiritual leaders must desist from participating in secular and Non-

Christian religious ceremonies which is tantamount to demeaning the

very meaning of their priestly calling and demeaning the status of

Christ. These actions by our spiritual leaders also send wrong signals

to the faithful and dilute or nullify the sanctity of their faith.

9. The language issue has been tormenting the Archdiocese long enough.

The language policy should be framed only after detailed discussions

with the core sections of the laity in the Archdiocese, and by consulting

the unbiased priests, always bearing in mind the local needs of the

parishes. The situation in the Archdiocese of Bangalore is unique and

it cannot be compared with the situation in any other Diocese/

Archdiocese in the Country. We feel it necessary that all the three

languages namely Kannada, Tamil and English should be the official

languages of the Archdiocese. Depending upon the situation in the

parishes, the paris councils should decide as to the languages, the

timings and the number ot services in their respective parishes. Learning

of all these three languages should be made mandatory for all the

priests serving in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.

The vigour and interest displayed by our priests in organizing nonreligious

programmes, functions, protests and demonstrations, should

be diverted and utilized for spreading the gospel of love and

brotherhood for which they have been ordained and for which, we

are sure, their parents have sacrificed much and dedicated and gifted

their precious children for God’s service.

10. The Chrism Mass and the Ordination of a priest are two very important

events in the life of a priest as well as the life of the Church, both

celebrated and witnessed by the congregation. Such events do not

take place often. Hence, while conducting such holy ceremonies, the

spiritual head must do all that is possible to please only Our Heavenly

Father. No extraneous factors should influence and pollute such sacred

ceremonies giving room for scandal and unnecessary agitation. If all

the Archdiocesan priests are not in one accord for such con-celebration

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such celebrations should not be held in public until a conducive

atmosphere is created.

11. As the custodian of the Archdiocese of Bangalore, the Archbishop

and his council should not hesitate to take necessary measures and

firm action against the erring priests and the laity in the larger interests

of the Church. The Archdiocese must be bold in facing the

consequences. Only then there is a possibility of spiritual discipline in

the Archdiocese.

12. An open recognition and appreciation of all the obedient and hard

working priests loyal to the Church, but sidelined all these years,

would be pleasing not only to the congregation in general but also to

our Father in Heaven. This would also send right signals to our newly

ordained and young priests.

We, as the Anchor members of the BCLM, wish to conclude our report

with a fervent hope that this report would be read with an open mind in

larger interest of the Archdiocese in the years to come.

We are always prepared to walk that extra mile joining our hands with all

the members of the Diocesan Clergy, the Religious and Archbishop who,

we are sure, are determined to build an exemplary Archdiocese that

would create men of character to bear witness to our Lord and Saviour

Jesus Christ.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to

dwell together in Unity.”

Psalms 133:1

In this up-hill task, we are ever willing to do anything that is entrusted to

us for the good of the Archdiocese and its people. We will be very happy

to cooperate in conducting an impartial census in the Archdiocese which

is the need of the hour.

“Do What Jesus says “, said Mother Mary, as mentioned in the

Scriptures. That’s what we will do, in all our undertakings in BCML.

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All the Anchor Members desire that this movement, the BCML, grows to

bring peace and joy in the Archdiocese of Bangalore, and for that we

need your continued prayers.

We remain

yours faithfully in Christ Jesus,

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When Nature wants to drill a man

And thrill a man, And skill a man.

When Nature wants to mold a man

To play the noblest part;

When she yearns with all her heart

To create so great and bold a man

That all the world shall praise

Watch her method, watch her ways

How she ruthlessly perfects

Whom she royally elects;

How she hammers him and hurts him.

And with mighty blows converts him

Into trial shapes of clay which only Nature understands

While his tortured heart is crying and he lifts

beseeching hands!

How she bends, but never breaks,

When his good she undertakes….

How she uses whom she cnooses

And with every purpose fuses him

By every art induces him To try his splendor out

Nature knows what she’s about.

When Nature wants to take a man.

And shake a man.

And wake a man;

When Nature wants to make a man

To do the Future’s will;

When she tries with all her skill

And she yearns with all her soul

To create him large and whole . . .

With what cunning sh’e prepares him!

How she goads and never spares him,

How she whets him, and she frets him,

And in poverty begets him . . .

How she often disappoints

Whom she sacredly anoints,

With what wisdom she will hide him,

Never minding what betide him

Though his genius sob with slighting and his

pride may not forget!

Bids him struggle harder yet.

Makes him lonely. So that only

God’s high messages shall reach him,

So that she may surely teach him

What the Hierarchy planned.

Though he may not understand.

Gives him passions to command.

How remorselessly she spurs him

With terrific ardor stirs him

When she poignantly prefers him!

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CHAPTER II

Documents reflecting activities of

Indian Christian Service Association

Since 2001

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into

Kingdom of Heaven : but he that doeth the will of my father

which is in Heaven.

Many will say to me in the day, Lord, Lord, have we not

prophesied in they name? and in the name have cast out devils?

and in thy name done many wonderful works ?

And then will I profess unto them; I never knew you : depart

from me, ye that work iniquity.

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01.04.2011

Rector

St. Joseph’s Seminary

Jeppu Mangalore-2

I am a 70 year old senior citizen and belong to Valencia Parish.

Recently a young man in white cassock got into my home ostensibly to

bless the house to drive away evil spirits. I do not have any belief in these

rituals nor do I believe that cassock wearing humans have any power to

drive away evil spirits, because in my view they are themselves incarnation

of all that is evil on earth. Most priests are hypocrites of the worst order.

Anyhow my point ts writing to you is to tell you that most of these

cassock wearing men not only become arrogant but have lost all manner

of manners and humility that Christ taught them. Christ led by example.

This young boy who must be half of my sons age addressed me as “D’Sa”

Mark the inverted comas. He did not have the background or training to

respect elders. Or is it that most of the Priests these days consider

themselves as so superior that they start calling men double their age by

first name, and they expect laymen to address them as “fathers”. Whose

fathers are you all? who is that bastard who gave you the title of a ‘father’?

I have learnt one thing in my life which taught me to give respect and take

respect. Most of the laymen follow this. It is only men in cassock, almost

all of them, come from poor and uncultured families who over night

become arrogant, just because laymen start giving them respect that they

do not deserve. They teach laymen love, truth, honesty, sacrifice, what

and what not. But they follow none.

I move in top class intellectual society and all men there have respectable

and cultured ways. While close friends go by first names, all others address

each other respectfully. It is only Priests, who claim to do service towards

laymen who treat laymen as trash. It shows the background of the Priests

and does not give them any superiority, which they do not deserve.

P.B. D’Sa

President People’s Union for Civil Liberties,

Karnataka

President S.K. District Industrial Development

and Welfare Association

President Karnataka Backward Christians

Welfare Association, South Kanara

Vice – President Indian Christian Economic and Entrepreneurial

Development Association, Munibai

Vice – President Link Anti Addiction Citizen’s Committee (past)

Past President Rotary Club of Mangalore, Port Town, 1988 89

Trustee New Mangalore Port Trust, 1999-2001

“PAULINE”

Father Muller Road, “Pauline”,

Valencia,

Mangalore-575 002

Phone : 9008820186,4252170

E-mail : dsapb2010@yahoo.co.in

Blogs: www. christianreforms.wordpress.com, http://www.wisdomfoundation.wordpress.com

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Some time back I met another priest by name Bonaventure Nazareth,

who must be my sons age. He too addressed me as “D’Sa”. I had no time

to give him a piece of my mind. I have reserved it for some other day.

Purpose of this letter is to tell you to train your seminarians in good

manners. Even if they dont learn to eat with Fork and Spoon it does not

matter. Let them learn to respect their Masters, the laymen who regularly

offer “alms” to you Priests, so that you live. The house you live in, the

mobile you use, the car you drive, the rich food that you eat, the clothes

you use, the wisky you use etc etc all comes from the hard earned money

of the laymen. All of you have forgotten this.

But you have started living an earthly life of Princes instead of following

the way of life which Christ showed you. You are using Christ as a

commercial commodity.

Very soon laymen will stop addressing all of you as “fathers”. They are

advised to call all their servants by first name, as the same is the right way

to address them.

To enlighten you, great men like Karl Marx called religion as “opium of

masses” and George Bernard Shaw, called Catholicism as a highly organized

hypocrisy. They were not fools.

Yours faithfully

P.B.D’Sa

CC : To The Bishop of Mangalore

The Parish Priest, Valencia

Blog : http://www.christianreforms.wordpress.com

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To

Bishop of Mangalore

Brother Aloysius,

Well and wish you the same,

Much water has flown in river Nethravati after my last letter to you. You

must be under the impression that your foolish stroke of filing an eviction

petition against me in the Mangalore court had silenced me. Far from it. I

was deeply involved in more important issues of human rights involving

the poor, the weak, the Dalits the backward classes etc. In the process I

have become the National Council member of PUCL and State President

of PUCL, which positions I hold with great respect, more than the religion

I was born in. In my work in PUCL and human rights, Jesus Christ, Gandhiji

and George Fernandes are my role models and not baffoons like Pope,

Cardinals and Bishops who are all hypoerites of the first order, wearing

baffoon’s caps and golden cassocks, over coats, what and what not

reminding me of Royalty and not poverty of Christ who was born in a

manger. Contrary to the expectations of Christ, persons born in poverty

are today controlling and misusing the wealth and assetts of laity as if

they belong to their ancestors. In fact laity are the masters and clergy are

the servants. My mission is to empower laity. And this work will continue

even if you succeed in evicting me from my house. But my dear friend

that “if “is a very big” if. Your duffer advocate who is known as Assistant

Bishop in Cask circles has misled you and filed a false case against me.This

is not what is expected of so called religious men. It is a shame. Your

advocate has a chronic criminal mind and indulging in cheating, forgery

and crimes come naturally to him.

My petition before the land tribunal was decided exparte-because your

advocate manipulated and misguided the Authority. This itself is enough

for me to win all my cases,as the decision was taken without serving a

notice on me.

Further, when the lease amount was sent to him by RPAD he refused to

accept it and deposit it in your account. He will put you into disgrace and

disrepute on this account. I shall tell the world how religious crooks

manipulate and acquire illegal wealth, under cover of charity and charitable

trusts and institutions. I havecollected enough & more material to send

INDIAN CHRISTIAN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

“Pauline”, Father Muller Road, Valencia, Mangalore-575 002,

Phone : 4252170

05-02-11

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some Priests to the gallows. In the name of building churches, halls etc

they have forgotten religion and amassed wealth and become slaves of 3

‘W’s. Basil your predecessor was caught with one crore of cash under his

bed. I have eye witness who has seen his bed and cash. His death may be

mistery to laymen but it is crystal clear to me how and why he died.

Now to come to the character known as Assistant Bishop of Mangalore :

He was trained by a Konkana advocate who has identically same initials

as he has. No lawyers in Mangalore have a good word for these Guru

shishya. Forgery, cheating, dishonesty,misleading, misrepresentation,

impersonation etc is their trade mark. You are in such a company. I am

not suprised. My father used to tell me repeatedly “Birds of the same

feather flock together” and “tell me who your friends are I’ll tell you what

you are”. These two sentences I have always made use in judging myself.

If you wish to judge yourself I wish to assist you a bit.

Your advocates, your finance committee members and a number of Priests

on whom you depend for advice are not only hypocrites but they are

crooks,time- servers. I’ll be exposing one by one. But for today, it is

sufficient if I concentrate on your Assistant Bishop who is I am told is no

more a Catholic but belongs to a sect, whom you hate, because they have

taken away a large chunk of your income.

Religion is an organised business. Honest, enlightened people all over the

world know this. And that is why churches in America and Europe are

empty. People are embracing muslim religion in England in large numbers,

because they no longer believe your stories and myths.

Well, now to the Asst Bishop, who helped in cheating a old couple(husband

ex- Priest) and cornering their property and in return you gave a piece of

iand to your advocate where he has built a Palace.

I am enclosing herewith a complaint filed before the Registrar of Karnataka

High Court by one Franklin Pereira of Moodabidri, which is self explanatory.

“Birds of the same fether flock together”. You have an ideal friend in your

advocate.

You are abusing the Constitution of India by glorifying your Canon Law,

which this country does not recognize. You are misleading the innocent

and gullibul laymen under advice from half boiled lawyers, and cunning

time servers.

You have, knowingly or unknowingly or with the advice of mediocre

lawyers at your disposal have misguided, one Godwin D’Souza and got

him married twice without annualling the earlier marriage as per countries

laws. You are imposing Canon law (which will be burnt publicly) and

landing innocent laymen who trust you into bullshit. There is a criminal

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case filed against Godwin and the Priest who performed this illegal 2nd

marriage will also be implicated in this criminal case-you will also be

hauled in as the head of the gang. You are both conspirators and abetters

in the solemnisation of a illegal wedding.

Your advocate has billed you lakhs of rupees though he is worth not even

two pence. His knowledge of law and case law is suspect.

This same lawyer adviced you and the cunning Priest of Kulshekar to

withdraw the case filed against Inspector Ganapathi and others and messed

up with the entire Somshekar Commission. If at all he had spent time in

studying the case properly better results would have come from Somshekar

Commission. Filing private criminal cases against the Police for atrocities

committed on our boys was more important and fool proof. A waiting for

commission report was foolish, as no commission reports have been

honoured and acted upon in this independent India so far.

Enough for the time being.

With assurances that whatever the difficulties, I shall empower Christian

laity whom clergy has cheated, while cheating Christ too. Christ is not

the private property of cassok wearing frauds.

I am now enclosing herewith a threatening “e-mail” received at my

acadamy, addressed to Pearl Electronics (Mr.C.D’Souza) from underground

mafia. This very clearly proves the links M.P.Noronha is having with the

underworld, and God bless you, he is your lawyer and confidante, Congrats.

I have always maintained that Catholic Church is the biggest underworld

mafia in the world. Time will prove my charge. I have enough materials to

prove my charge. I have records of married popes, women popes, sons

becoming popes and cardinals.

Do you know that the email received by Pearl electronics will attract

criminal proceedings against your advocate.

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Brother Bonaventure

Do not get upset because I am addressing you as “Brother”. You priests

have forfeited the privilege to be addressed as “Fathers” because of your

misdeeds, mischief, and corrupt ways. Calling you as a “Brother” is also a

concession as you priests do not have qualities of a brother.

I am in receipt of an appeal signed by you for donation to build an extension

to the Valencia Church Once the construction is over, who will be the

owner of this construction worth Rs, 1.50 crores. You are going to be the

sole owner/ Trustee/ Dictator of the place, as per canon Law, which is

against the laws of democracy, which India is one. You are already the

Trustee of property worth Rs. 200 crores. But you act like it is your

fathers property. A Trustee is merely to represent the beneficiaries, who

are the laity.

I suggest, nay demand that to be fair to all concerned convert the Church

lands and properties as a Cooperative Society and let laity be joint owners

of the properties and let the people/shareholders be given their share of

profit. Dismantle your present set up registered as Associations/ Trusts

just to dodge the laws of our country. In the name of religion you are

running a profitable business, as proprietors and dictators. It is people’s

money. So let people be the beneficiers let them benefit. You are merely

a servant of the people as envisaged by Jesus.

Also convert our church hall as a separate cooperative society by,

converting all donors as share holders and subject your income to govt

Audit. Priests have not paid even a single paise for the Christian Community

or for the assets Christians have created.

Please stop the mischief of calling yourselves as charitable Institutions,

just to camouflage a large commercial venture running on profits without

paying any tax to the govt. As Jesus said “Pay the Govt its dues and the

king his”. My friends call your institutions as “Choritable institutions”

which means institutions which rob the people.

Most of the Parishioners do not know your back ground in the “Catholic

Education Board” and in Puttur. You have very ably fooled our people,

you are a good public relations man. Hats off to you, but I have documents

to prove that you misappropriated nearly Rs. 50 lakhs in Puttur College

INDIAN CHRISTIAN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

“Pauline, Mullers Road, Valencia, Mangalore – 2

Date : 05.03.2010

“Reforming the Indian Christian Church and Enpowering the Laity”

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building (Ref to the article in Lankesh Patrike) and got caught I am told

you announce the amount collected every Sunday. But do you tell/ show

where you spend this amount?

Let me try to assess Valencia Church Income per year. Correct me if I am

wrong

1. Annual collection from 1000 families

at minimum Rs. 100/- per fly 1,00,000.00

2. Additional amounts voluntarily given 2,00,000.00

3. Average collection on 50 Sundays

at Rs. 250000 per Sunday 12,50,000.00

4. Easter, Xmas, Good Friday, Nativity,

Parish Day Collection 1,50,000.00

5. For Weddings, Funerals, Masses…. etc 1,25,000.00

6. Selling Cemetery space etc 5,00,000.00

7. Gifts, Scotch bottles, Dinners, Let the people

Masses etc Calculate

23,25,000.00

At any rate not less than Rs.25 lakhs is the collection of Valencia Church.

Where is this money vanishing? Where is the hall earnings disappearing?

Hall income is in addition to that of Rs.25 lakhs. Why do you need money

from the people again and again?

And in your latest venture, who are your partners? Though they pose as

decent and honest gentleman. Your parishioners know how they amassed

wealth, by selling spurious liquor etc.

I am appealing to our people not to donate any money for your venture

unless you register it as a cooperate society or a limited company.

With Rs.25 lakh collection(turnover) per year let us be honest citizens &

pay taxes to Govt instead of cheating ourselves in the name of charity

and religion.

As a member of the Parish I have right to express my views. It is not

necessary to attend Church and Mass to talk to the Super Power if at all

it exists. Jesus never built a Church he mixed and prayed with poor

people and Priests of his times tortured him as 1 am being tortured by

the Priests of Today. Bishop wants to evict me from the land where I was

born and my family lived for 100 years. He instructed all his institutions

not to invite me to any functions to speak. I welcomed this ban as I have

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enough engagements with Dalits, Muslims and backward classes and

suffering people. In fact I am not very confortable with rich hypocrates.

P.B.D’SA

President: People Union For Civil Liberties, Karnataka Backward

Chirstians Welfare Association Bangalore, S.K Dist Industrial Development

and welfare Association.

Vice President : Komu Souhardha Vedike

Past President: Rotary Club of Port-Town,

Former Trustee: New Mangalore Port Trust

Chief Trustee: P.B.Desa Foundation

Chief Trustee: Wisdom World Foundation

Vice President : Indian Christian Economic and entrepreneurial Associal

Bombay

C.C. To the Bishop you can fool some people all the time and all the

people some of the time. But not all the people all the time.

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INDIAN CHRISTIAN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

“Pauline, Mullers Road, Valencia, Mangalore – 2

Mangalore

Bishop A.P. D’Souza April 12, 2006

Kodialbail

Mangalore

Brother Aloysius D’Souza,

Sub: Urgent need to take action on Belvai church priest Gregory Serrao.

Ref: Our fact finding team Report on Belvai incident dated 19.3.2006.

From the report submitted by the “fact finding team” that was constituted

by the ICSA to go into the details of Belvai Church incident on 19-3-06 it

is clear that, constant provocation by the Belvai priest led to the unfortunate

incident of 19-3-06. You and your priests make tall claims about the

sanctity, holiness and sacredness of the altar at the time of mass. But it is

unfortunate that your own priest, who claims to be your representative

in the parish, ad prince amongst ordinary citizens has chosen to use this

very stage of holy mass, as a weapon to hit out at his critics. We have also

reliably learnt that he denied certain services to the laity which he was

duty bound to perform. This reflects the arrogance of this priest.

There is serious apprehension that this priest may continue his habit of

provocation habitually practiced by him misusing the pulpit, thereby

causing further lawlessness in the vicinity of the parish. Therefore there is

urgent need to shift him out of this parish in order to maintain peace in

the parish of Belvai However a separate representation would be made to

police, to contain the damage by booking the priest under section 107 of

CRPC. This would be a temporary arrangement and the permanent solution

is with you, to cause a transfer. In the eyes of law all are equals. He may

wear a cassock or go around naked. Hope you rightly understand the

need of the hour and there by initiate steps to ensure law and order and

peace to prevail at Belvai parish. Failing which we will be compelled to

plan protests and agitation which would be your responsibility at all times.

Our past experience shows us that you and your predecessor Bishop

Basil D’Souza are both arrogant persons and leaders without any control

over your priests and follow a principle of the proverbial cat that drinks

milk eyes closed. This management folly will not be tolerated by us any

more.

While this letter was being prepared we have received further news of

provocation by this priest Gregory, who has produced a letter purported

to have been written by some shallow minded middle east paupers turned

neo rich characters in support of the priest advocating ex-communication

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of the honest people who were assaulted and insulted by the criminal

minded priest and his stooges.

This sort of twisting of matters and provoking communal divide and

communal unrest is not advisable. If the priest with 9-10 years of training

does not have the ability to become leaders by acceptance of the people

and use divide and rule method very soon the church will crumble and

the clergy will be held responsible for this.

Leadership is thrust on unfit persons with doubtful ability and character.

By simply wearing a white cassock and royal dress (foolish) one does not

become a leader.

Yours faithfully

P.B. D’Sa

President

Copy to :

The S.H.O., Police Station, Moodbidri The

Superintendent of Police, D.K.

The Arch Bishop, Bangalore

The Nuncio, New Delhi

Gregory Serrao Parish Priest Belvai Church

D.K.

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ICSA reply dated : 29/9/2006

Dear Mr. Mathias,

We are glad to have your quick response and we thank you for the same.

Some of your statements in the mail message show that you have the

grasp of the issues concerning our Christian Church, however, it is the

rotten apples which cause the most damage to the bigger lot in the basket.

ICSA has been trying to wake up our Christian community for the last

few years now – and it is this movement that is met with resistance (from

within the priestly circles by provoking the unsuspecting lay-people from

the pulpits). It is a sad situation where our dioceasan clergy is involved

with so many unwanted lay-activities which hinder them in dedicating

them in their spiritual domain. Unless our lay- peopie who are well

equipped with relevant education and professionalism today are allowed

to take care of our institutions, the cause of the poor will not be made

justice to. It is evident from the existence of various anti-lay mechanisms

within the church set up which are an impediment to the true progress of

our lay- community. It is this wrong and false authority which the clergy

has been imposing on our society which is a stumbling block in achieving

the true leadership by the lay-community.

ICSA would like to comment on your remark about the conversions

that, when there is so much blood shed with the whole country burning

on this issue of conversions, causing so much of communal disharmony,

is it right to spend crores of Rupees by the Church on conversions with

an ulterior motive? Would this money not be transparently and well spent

for the welfare of the Christian community by helping our future

generations by giving them better educaton, helping them obtain better

employment and help them become true leaders?

ICSA firmly believes in the Christians setting a good example for others

to follow (rather than the conversions), instead of living in sin and luxury

– especially our clergy.

A person such as you could come and help us join ICSA in

organizing this support of the lay-people which we need and

are working on for some time now.

We invite you to join us in Udupi on October 01, 2006 at 4.00pm for the

“Justice Sunday” programme where the stalwarts of our society such as

Retd. Justice Michael Saldanha, Rev.Dr.John Fernandes, Mr.Vincent Pinto

Industrialist/Manipal, Mr.Ronald Colaco – President/FCA, will be present.

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This would provide a good opportunity for all those who participate to

come and join to make the Christian Community into a Dynamic one

from present state of docility.

Truly committed to the Christian cause in India,

ICSA, Mangalore.

On 24/9/06, cyril mathias<cyrilmath58@yahoo.com>wrote :

I wish to make the following statement pertaining to your leaflet distributed

on Sunday.I feel that we must sortout our differences within the ambit of

the church.The lay leaders might be organized to discuss the issues.Going

to the press and issuing statements amounts to washing our dirty linnen

in public.There are rotten apples among priests no doubt,but there are

number of them who are dedicated to the cause of the poor and

oppressed.lam educated today because of the church.But for the church

I would have been a labourer in a landlords farm.About money diverted

to convert others is a malicious propaganda.I request you to abstain from

making such charges in future.May the lay movement succeed.Let the

least of our brethren get justice ! wish you my sincere support.

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INDIAN CHRISTIAN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

“Pauline, Mullers Road, Valencia, Mangalore – 2

21 January 2005

Rt. Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza

Bishop of Mangalore

Bishops House

Mangalore

Dear Bishop,

On behalf of a large number of laity/general public I consider it my pleasant

duty to issue this show cause notice to you on several issues that are

happening in the diocese of Mangalore.

Since three months the local evening papers have exposed the mean and

evil characters of several Priests who represent you. In this connection

we have already brought the issues to your notice but in vain. Your

deadly silence has given both the clergy and laity wrong signals and forced

them to bow down their heads with shame and shock.

This notice is issued on the directions of more than thousand members of

different parishes. You are given 15 days time strictly to take necessary

steps on the following pressing issues:-

Madanthyar issues: Rev. Fr. Harold Mascarenhas has divided the Parish

into 2 groups and indulged in criminal acts and desecrated the sanctity of

the sanctuary and permanently disturbed the faith and peace of mind of

the laity who, unfortunately, hold priesthood in great awe and respect.

You had ordered a fact finding commission, which has as per our

knowledge submitted a one sided version as they have contacted only the

accused culprits and witnesses from their side and submitted a modified

report. Besides the report is kept in absolute secrecy without revealing to

both sides involved.

Since we find this priest prima facie guilty of instigating the stabbing incident

of a “faithful” within the church premises, desecration of the sanctum

sanctorum by photo graphing during the mass, and allowing film shooting

on the Alter, for personal gains without proper approval and serious

mismanagement of funds and above all dividing the community for his

survival. He should be ousted from immediate effect from Madanthyar

church, as his acts can be classified as worst than mortal sins.

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Failure on your part to take action within 15 days as proposed, in this

notice will lead to serious consequences for which you will be solely held

responsible by the laity.

Some of the actions we are already considering activily are taking the

steps to Seize the authority of the Priest, Prohibit him from his pastoral

duties, Gherao of the Priest as well as the Bishop and resort to all other

peaceful agitational methods open to us including going to the press and

electronic media.

At the same time other issues like Permude Priest, Neeurde issue, Puttur

scam ICYM Director, Catholic Educational Board mismanagement, Derebail

issue, Coondapur mess, Udupi controversy etc. should find a satisfactory

solution within 30 days failing which we will be constrained to resort to

agitational method for which you will be held solely responsible.

As a footnote we may add here that we have taken upon ourselves the

duty of reforming and restructuring our church and resurrecting it from

the mess that it has landed itself. Therefore none- has any rights to question

our motives, least of all the guilty clergy.

Yours faithfully,

for INDIAN CHRISTIAN SERVICE ASSOCATION

P.B.D’Sa

President

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Appeal

India is a Democratic, Socialistic Welfare State which speaks of freedom,

justice, equality, fraternity etc. and above all Right to Life with Dignity.

But since 60 years, India has become more and more Capitalistic; rich

have become richer and poor still poorer. Majority of the citizens do not

hold any land though they have cultivated and developed somebody else’s

land. The basic original resources of the earth/nature i.e land and labour

(man – human being) are deprived of their fundamental human right of

shelter and minimum land needed for their survival; forget about Right to

Life with Dignity.

By Land Reform Act some section of the society was benefited and large

section (nearly 90%) of the society was deprived of this benefit which was

under Chalgeni and Mulgeni system in South Kanara (now D.K. and Udupi)

We are enclosing a few newspaper cuttings to show that unrest is fast

spreading amongst the weaker section of the society who are being harassed

by land-owners, builders and land mafia to vacate their holdings. Land

lords are demanding 1/3 of the market value for conversion of the land

into free hold, which is illegal. As proposed by advocate A.P. Gowrishankar,

landlords may be given some compensation after abolition of this outmoded

system. The religious and other institutions having such Mulgeni / Chalgeni

tenants have no case for any compensation as they are not landlords of

these lands but mere Trustees managing these lands on behalf of the

beneficiaries.

There is no case for high compensation as all these lands had no salability

when they were given on perpetual lease and the landlords did collect

the land value of those days, when they alienated their lands forever on

perpetual basis and without any rights to increase the Mulgeni rent or

take over the said lands.

We therefore request you to bring in necessary legislation at an early

date and restore the right to life with dignity of the poorest of poor.

P.B.D’Sa

President

PEOPLE’S UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES

Father Muller Road, Valencia, Mangalore – 575 002,

Work : 4252170 Fax : 4252174 Email : pucl_sk@yahoo.com

“All that is necessary for evil forces to triumph in this world is for enough good

people, to do nothing’-Edmund Burke

Appeal submitted to Mr. Krishna Palemar Minister-in-charge

of Dakshina Kannada and all the MLA’s of D.K. for abolition of

Mulgeni/Perpertual tenancies and bestowing of free hold (Varga)

rights on the authorized Tenants.

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Hello P.B.D’SA

Are you happy thinking that you have succeeded in taking revenge

with the persons and Institutions whom you do not like by giving all te

paper Publications in your beloved paper Karavali Ale? By doing so you

have exhibited your own meaness and shown you gradge against the

Priests. A cultured and civilised person will not wash the dirty linen in

Public and you have done exactly the same. First you attacked the M.C.C.

Bank because you were not elected as a Director, then the Sabha and

then the Priests of your own Catholic Church. If Manglore Diocese is a

leading Diocese today in India with so many Churches, Hospitals, Colleges

etc it it is just because of the hard and sincere work of many of our Pries

out of 12 Apostlesof Jesus Judas though he was always in the compay of

Jesus betrayed him. Then out of so many Priests if one or two are errant

is there any wonder? Alcoholism is deseas to be treated and it can affect

any human being Priest or Laity and they should be treated may fall and

he needs understanding and help to get up. But what you and your like

have done just the opposit. But within all with all your adverse publications

the reputation of the Catholic Church has not diminished nor the catholies

have lost their love for their Bishop or Priests. You and your few disgrunted

followers should remember that you have pointed out the mistakes of a

couple of Priests but there are so many who are sincere and honest and

serving the catholies well. to achieve you selfishness you have made

mountain of a mole! go on providing some establishment to the readers

of K.A by encouraging your friends to publish some unealisite and cooked

up exaggerated stories. The readers know their worth. You can’t fool the

all the people all the time.

Remember, you were saved by the Priest of Fr Muller’s Hospital

when you were attacked with knife sometime ago and in future too you

may need their help, if not for anything atleast to bury your dead body

according to rite unless you because to be a member of the cath church

which you hate so much at the moment. You never attend mass on

sundays! May god have mercy on you.

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24 May 2005

Dear Ajay Carvalho,

I am in receipt of your letter dt. 11-03-2005. Sorry for the delay in replying.

I am not sure whether you have written your correct name and address.

Presuming that you have given me the correct name and address I am

sending this letter to you. I get lot of abusive letters but normally without

address and without correct names. I simply throw them out to the

municipal dustbin because they are not even fit to be in my dustbin.

Karl Max said (Do you know who is Karl Max – better read history)

“Religion is the opium of masses.” And George Bernard Shaw a Great

British Philosopher said “Christianity is the most highly organized

hypocracy.” These are not my words. Great people have uttered these

words and they must have had valid reasons to utter these words.

You are speaking of happiness and revenge. Well my dear friend, why

should I take revenge on anybody? The best form of revenge is “to be

indifferent” to one. The best form of hatred and revenge is indifference

and not research and education spending our time and money. I have

continuously done research in the way our Priests function and the way

Valentine D’Silva’s committee functions and attempted to educate my

community. Priests (most of them) and Valentine D’Silva are crooks who

are cheating innocent people. This work what I do requires self-motivation,

dedication and sacrifices. Docile and self-centred people like you will

never understand people like us.

You are talking about meanness. Well was Jesus mean when he revolted

against the Priests of his time and exposed them. I am doing exactly what

Jesus did 2000 years back. Do not get upset because I am talking about

Jesus. I do not claim to compare my self with Jesus. But I have atleast the

desire to be like Jesus. In fact it is rather difficult to enlighten people like

you who are fully brain washed and indoctrinated and always wear yellow

glasses You have a closed mind. Will you open it? These great Priests

tortured Martin Luther King and Galileo but the world calls both King

and Galileo as great people today. Are you prepared to die for a cause

like Jesus died? Then why are you afraid to fight for truth and call a spade

a spade?

You are talking about dirty linen. Thank God future generations will benefit

because I have guts to wash the linen which stinks. Did I ask them to dirty

it? I would not have wasted my time washing it if they had not dirtied it.

Will you excuse a Priest if you find that he has raped your mother or

sister? If he does that with somebody’s mother or sister it does not matter.

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“Pauline, Mullers Road, Valencia, Mangalore – 2 Phone : 2436757

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Is not it? Will you keep quiet if you find Priest like Godfrey Saldanha

“sleeps with your brother as young as 8 years.” It is said ignorance is bliss

where it is a folly to be wise” I wonder whether I should take pains to

write to you when in my view you are totally a blind man just like most of

my Christian brotheren. I remember Christ when I say this and utter his

words “God forgive them they do not know what they say or what they

do.”

I may not be a cultured and civilized man, but certainly I am not a

hyporcrate and I am also not a Coward like most of you neither I am an

ignorant man nor a crook. I have the courage of my convictions and have

the guts to call a spade a spade. All that I do is in the interest of my

community, which I love. I have done this since 34 years. By virtue of

being born in Christian community I have a right to work for it. Nobody

need deny this right to me. I do not have to go to Church on Sunday to

get this right because mass is nothing but a pagan ritual simply to fool the

laity. Mass is celebrated by a most contaminated Priest most of the time.

More sins are committed inside the ‘Church on a Sunday than in our

homes. For me the holiest place is my home. Church is commercialized,

money-making racket promoted by 2% clergy for their benefit Christ did

not build a single chapel forget about a palatial and luxurious church.

You say that I attacked MCC Bank. I will never do it. MCC Bank is our

bank, my family deposits are there. I have taken pains to strengthen it for

the last 30 years. I do not know your age. But it is I and my few friends

who exposed mismanagement and misappropriations in MCC bank by

one JOBA Andrade during 70’s and 80’s and dislodged him. Similarly I

have exposed Valentines Committee for their ill deeds based on govt,

audit reports. I will still do it. Valentine brought goondas to the last general

body meeting and did not allow the general body to transact any business.

Even non members were brought in and you seem to support such

criminals. Do you want a list of people whom Valentine has duped in his

professional work? Who gave you an impression that I attacked MCC

Bank because I was not elected. That is why I say “Ignorance is bliss” Half

knowledge is dangerous and find most of the people who criticize me are

people with .half knowledge. When computers were available for Rs.

25,000/- your Valentine has bought them for Rs. 1,00,000 and you hold

a brief for him. How nice? If Priests have done good things, does it give

them a license to sleep with your wife, does it give them license to molest

your son? Does it give them license to rob cash from Sunday collections?

Does that allow them to eat like pigs and sleep in air-conditioned luxury.

If they are our servants as they claim to serve the society then how come

most of them are so arrogant and dictatorial? Why are they not

transparent? Why are they hiding the accounts of money that we have

paid them? Dear Mr. Carvalho, when did you last go for a holiday? Do

you know the servants who say slog for you, go on a holiday every year,

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have sex and come back rejuvenated? Do you know what is happening in

your community? Why we dislodged JOBA Andrade? I could have become

the Chairman of the bank. I did not even contest. Better learn some

history.

Do you think what appears in Karavali Ale and Kannik are bluffs? We

have evidences to prove. All that appeared in these papers is not of my

making. People have spontaneously written. I might have written 3 or 4

letters. And I have done it under my signature. None of the Priests have

so far denied it. In fact I have with me letters written by Priests appreciating

my work. This work costs time and money and I spend from my pocket. I

am involved in lot of other issues like human rights and civil liberties. I

have no time for church mumbo jumbos, T.V. Pictures and clubs. 75% of

my time is spent on social work and 25% to earn my living. I am not a

professional social worker like many BSWs and MSWs who work for

salary. Do you know 90% of the people are supporting us? It is not our

intention to diminish the reputation of the church in anyway. In fact it is

our dream to save the church from Satan’s grip and liberate it from his

agents that are Priests. (not all)

Jesus did not create priests and organized church. Roman Kings did it to

safeguard Roman Empire. Till today Roman Empire exists in the name of

Catholic Church of which Pope is the king and cardinals are the Princes.

These words are not my words. These words are uttered by the same

bandicoots who you worship. But they say they serve us. What a grand

paradox and jugglery of words.

Jesus Christ went to Jessemony a thorny hill to pray but you want the

luxury of a Church with fans and marbles and teakwood to pray. You do

not do anything to reduce the aches and pains of your neighbour but

proclaim in words that you “love thy neighbour as you love yourself.”

Most of the people who go to church are people who do not love their

neighbours. They are there only because they are told that they will go to

hell if they don’t go to church. It is not love of God which drives man to

church. It is fear of hell that takes him there. Put your hand into your

heart and confess to your self whether I am right or wrong.

We are not disgruntled people. We are motivated Christians. We are

reformers. All reformers in the history of the human race have been

insulted the way you are doing. God bless and forgive you because you

do not know what you are doing or saying. Ignorance is always bliss and

it requires extraordinary courage to face a mass of people intoxicated

with religious opium. It is not an easy job.

It is not me or my motivated friends are fooling, it is your friends who are

fooling, it is your friends the Priests who are fooling the people. I can

prove it to you. Truth is bitter and that is why you find that the truth that

appeared in the press is unrealistic and cooked up exaggerated stories.

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Inspite of enlightening you so much if you refuse to see reason I do not

know what I can call you. There is a nice English word to describe. But I

do not want to use it and hurt you. I do not need Priests to bury me free.

They charge us for everything. Nothing is free in the church my dead

body is already donated to a hospital therefore I don’t have to depend on

the Mumbo Jumbos of Priests (that too contaminated evil Priests) to send

me to heaven. I will depend on my deeds to send me to heaven, if at all

such heaven exists: No Priests saved me when I was attacked. It is some

nurses and doctors who saved me. The Priests were enjoying their

afternoon nap when I was attacked. To be accurate my wife saved me as

she came running and stood between me and attackers shouting, but

without anything in her hands. She was prepared to die to save me. The

attackers took to their heels as she started shouting but your great clergy

(sisters) of Roshni Nilaya refused to give evidence though 3 of the students

were eyewitnesses to the incident. There were other 3 Christian

eyewitnesses, but they too dodged. This is what Christians have learnt

from our Priests. None of the Christians have learnt anything form Christ.

Otherwise like Christ they should have been ready to die. How can cowards

be ready to die?

I do not go for mass because honestly I do not believe in any ‘mantras’

what a priest does in the name of ‘mass’ is nothing but ‘Mantra’s God’s

mercy certainly is on me and that is why I have survived 2 attacks on me.

One in 1988 February 18th and one on 8th July 2002. I am prepared to die

for a cause like Jesus did. It is worth dying for a cause than be a coward

to be accurate a eunuch.

It is only a myth to say that Priests are serving us. You kindly meditate for

some time. Come out of all your foolish notions and think afresh. Read

history of Catholic Church. There are some good books on it and please

stop hearing the hollow sermons of these hollow priests. Instead read

Bible and other good books. It is people who serve priests and not vice

versa. They go about the place like kings. They also say in so many words

I heard the Bishop and Parish Priests of Madyanthar openly say that when

they are ordained they become kings. I have heard it from my own ears.

My foot “Kings”. They are cheats, thieves and bastards.

Well I can write volumes on this subject but I have no time now.

God bless You,

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

P.B.D’Sa

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As desired by the Bishop we had prepared an “Agenda” of 20 points for

discussions and settlement in April 2005. But after that as usual there is

no response from the clergy. This assembly resolves that Bishop should

not run away from the crisis as it will be counter-productive and

boomerang on him.

Further Bishop should show to the laity that he is honest about his

intentions by punishing the guilty Priests i.e. by keeping them under

permanent suspension from the position of Parish Priests. They should

not be given any position of responsibility and of handling money.

Further, in order to Save M.C.C. Bank from going bankrupt and closing,

this assembly requests the Registrar of Cooperative Societies to supercede

the present managing committee of the Bank and appoint an Administrator

and hold fresh elections in 6 months. If the bank collapses 150 workmen

will lose their jobs and 750 persons their livelihood.

RESOLUTION DATED : 26-08-2005

I.C.S.A has been holding either “Justice Friday” or “Justice Sunday” every

year from 2002 onwards to press our demand for “empowerment of

laily” but the Bishop, as usual has been dodging like a rat, as done by the

past Bishops. But we will continue our fight.

P. B. D’Sa

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INDIAN CHRISTIAN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

“Pauline, Mullers Road, Valencia, Mangalore – 2 Phone : 2436757

31 August 2004

Resolution passed during the seminar held on “Restructuring

of the Christian Church “on 27th August 2004 (2nd Justice Friday)

observed by Indian Christian Service Association, Valencia,

Mangalore-2 at Ravindra Kalabhavan, University College,

Mangalore.”

This assembly unanimously resolves that in managing the “Church” affairs

the voice of the laity be heard and a meaningful and effective participation

of the laity be introduced in all the affairs of the Church and the

Monarchical style of functioning of the Clergy be replaced with democratic

and transparent ways. It is further resolved that the Indianization of the

Church be continued with full vigour. It is further resolved that the handling

of the common assets of the community be done in the interest of the

laity who constitute 97.8% of the Church.

The resolution was proposed Mr. P.B. D’Sa the President of the Association

seconded by Miss. Maria Theresa Rodrigues and others and unanimously

approved by the assembly.

P. B. D’Sa

President

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Mangalore: Saldanha urges clergy to respect laity

Mangalore, Aug 28: Social justice is the bedrock of Christianity. It is

important for clergy that accounts for 2.2 per cent of the community, to

respect needs and aspirations of laity and uphold social justice, the former

judge of Kamataka High Court, M F. Saldanha, has said. The laity should

have a rightful say over matters pertaining to the Church, he said.

Mr. Saldanha was delivering the keynote address at a seminar on

“Restructuring the Christian church” organised by the Indian Christian

Service Association here on Friday.

He said there was a general feeling that the clergy were not accountable

to anyone. He said the laity could not tolerate such aloofness on the part

of the clergy for they were part of the community.

He said some of the actions of the clergy were reminiscent of feudalistic

times. The attitude of some clergymen was that “it is my church and not

yours” He said this was not conducive for Christianity.

Mr Saldanha said the Church always had a moulding influence on the

community.

The clergy could avail the services of gifted speakers who could render

the homilies to the congregation at a mass in a crisp manner so that

everyone understood it, he said.

The Church had switched over from Latin to the locai languages.

This had in no way undermined the religion or its sanctity, instead, it had

helped more people to understand the words of Jesus Christ.

He said reticence and timidity had held back the Christians from achieving

what they should have got.

Despite a high level of education, the Christians went into a shell when

the hour of reckoning came.

John Fernandes, Chairman, Chair in Christianity, Mangalore University,

and Leena Fernandes, former principal of St. Aloysius Evening College,

participated in the seminar.

P.B. D’Sa, association president, delivered the introductory remarks and

presided over the seminar organised as part of Justice Friday.

Jessie Tellis Nayak welcomed the gathering.

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INDIAN CHRISTIAN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

“Pauline, Father Mullers Road, Valencia, Mangalore – 2

Phone : 2436787

P.B.D’SA

President

Victor D’Souza

Vice-President

Sophie Rodrigues

Vice-President

Albert D’Souza

Vice-President

This year JUSTICE FRIDAY will be observed on 29-8-2003 at Natak Sabha Hall,

Jeppu at 5-00 p.m. All are welcome

JUSTICE FRIDAY

Last Friday of August

August 29, 2003

Justice Sunday : Sunday after Independence Day, every year, is observed

as Justice Sunday all over India by all Catholics as directed by the Catholic

Bishops Conference of India, to press our demands for the upliftment of

Dalit Christians and other backward Classes among Christians. This year

it was observed on 17-08-2003.

Indian Christian Service Association based in Mangalore is observing

similarly, Justice Friday, first time on Friday the 29th August 2003. This

will be observed every year to press for the following demands.

1. Protection and Social justice to the weaker sections of Chirstians in

India by the Church.

2. Conversion of all Mulgeni and Chalgeni lands belonging to the church

into Varga lands in favour of present occupiers without any Good will

money and Donation.

3. Protection and Fair play with all Christian tenants of the Chruch.

4. All the disputes to be settled by Bipartite negotiations and not by

force or through courts, or through blackmail.

5. Democratization of Indian Chruch Administration and total

Transparency in Mangement and Money matters.

6. Revamping of all chruch comittees with better, abler experienced,

impartial and honest laymen.

7. Formation of an autonomous Audit Bureau to Audit all Church accounts.

8. Adoption of a simpler lifestyle by clergy which will be a role model to

the laity.

9. Involvement of Christians more in National Affairs – facilities and

opportunities to be created for laity in participating in National affairs

than tying them up in Church affairs all the time.

10. Clergy should get involved when laymen suffer at the hands of

government or exploiters. They should play an important Catalytic

role when people’s Human Rights and Civil Liberties are threatened

by government and others just like Christ did during his life time.

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October 28, 2002

To,

Rt. Rev. Dr. A. P. D’Souza

Bishop of Mangaiore

Mangalore 575 003

Your Lordship,

In the recent General body meeting of the Association I have been elected

as the President of our Association. I take tliis opportunity to forward

herewith our “Aims and Objects” and seek your co-operation. This

association is formed for the benefit of Christians irrespective of group or

denomination they belong to.

The association will concentrate its energies to support and help the

weaker sections of our Christians and will fight for justice for all. We

have no doubts in our minds about the co – operation of our religious

heads, who have always supported good causes and helped the weaker

sections of our society in various ways.

We have already taken up the issues of conversion of land, and land

reform Act under which Govt, has offered ownership of lands to the

tiller/occupier.

My predecessor has written to you about the problems of tenancy/

occupancy/mulgeni rights and free hold rights of Christians under your

jurisdiction. We have also held discussions with you and your Vicar

General Fr. Fred Pereira on this subject. With this letter I would request

you to take up this issue earnestly and seriously and come to a final

settlement of the issues in favour of occupiers.

I would also request you to desist from making any changes in the tenancy

rights or occupancy rights of innumerable tenants/lease holders and other

occupiers of commercial premises under your jurisdiction, some of whom

have already received legal notices.

I am surprised to learn that you have proposed to terminate the permanent

tenancy rights of several tenants who are having commercial premises

and that you are proposing to treat them as temporary tenants for 11

months or so.

This is neither fair nor ethical. As religious and charitable organizations

and not at all a business venture whatever steps you may take they should

INDIAN CHRISTIAN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

“Pauline, Father Mullers Road, Valencia, Mangalore – 575002

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not take shelter under legal rights and business principles. Let not basic

religious and charitable character of church be lost sight of while handling

these issues.

Let no money be wasted on lawyers and court affairs. We are prepared

to sit across the table and negotiate with you on behalf of the people,

who are going to be our members.

Therefore please desist from taking any legal steps and precipitate any

issue that may cause bad blood in our peace loving society.

Yours faithfully

P.B.D’Sa

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INDIAN CHRISTIAN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

Your Lordship,

Sub : Conversion of Mulgeni Property to Free Hold (Varga)

Ours is an Association of Christians devoted to help christians in

difficulties mainly in economic, political and social fields. Weaker sections,

senior citizens, women and children will receive more attention from us.

Youngsters interested in persuing higher studies and appearing for exams

in State and All-India services will be encouraged and guided by us. Selfemployment

will receive top priority in our scheme of things. In case of

family or nieghbours or other disputes we will strive to solve these disputes

through “out of Court settlements”. Members will be discouraged from

going to the Courts and Police stations.

In case our people are harassed in Govt. Offices or Police stations etc,

this association will take active role in protecting and assisting them. It

will also help in getting various facilities that are available to us as Christians

and as Indian citizens.

In pursuance of our aims we are now approaching you on a very

important and genuine economic problem that has been pestering the

weaker sections of our society for quite some time and which pertains to

Chalgeni / Mulgeni tenants of Mangalore Diocese.

We have received a large number of representations from our members

that your Estate administration is demanding exorbitant rate of “good

will” for the lands occupied by them for generations, whenever they

approach you for conversion of these lands into Free hold lands.

Without making a lengthy representation we may say in short that this is

not in keeping with Christian Charity and Christian values. By virtue of

being in possession of the plots for generation we feel we have earned

the ownership of the lands, moreover, it is in keeping with the socialistic

pattern of our society, where even govt, believes and practices the

philosophy of land for the tiller and the land for the occupier.

Land reform and Akrama -Sakrama schemes are an example of this.

Without going into a long list of merits and demerits we may say that all

the lands were donated to Christians by philanthropic minded people

with the intention to strengthen the Christian community economically

and there was no intention to take back these lands nor make any profit

out of it. Therefore in the interest of the welfare and all round prosperity

of Christian community, we request you to transfer on Free hold basis all

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the properties occupied by bonafide Christians, in their name, without

charging them any additional cost.

History shows Laymen have always been magnanimous in giving financial

aid to clergy, whenever needed. Therefore church has plenty of assets

institutions, and immovable and moveable assets built over the years with

the donations made by christians. Lay men will always rise to the occasion.

This is the first time we the laymen expect clergy to reciprocate. Thanking

you in anticipation

Yours faithfully

John Francis D’Souza

(President)

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ABOLITION OF MULGENI / CHALGENI

Is Possible if We Fight Unitedly

Govt, is actively thinking of abolition of the curse of

Mulgeni / Chalgeni holdings and hand over Varga rights

to the occupiers because the said arrangement is against

the Human flights of an Indian Citizen.

IT VIOLATES

􀁚 His right to life with dignity

􀁚 His right to a decent shelter

􀁚 His right to own minimum land which he has developed

and looked after with care for 15 to 20 generations

􀁚 His right to equality and social justice

􀁚 His right to a dignified living

􀁚 His right to development and progress

For further advise contact :

P.B.D’Sa, People’s Union for civil liberties

“Pauline, Father Mullers Road, Valencia, Mangalore – 575002

Ph : 4252170

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CHAPTER – III

Press releases and other communications

reflecting on the mismanagement misdeeds and

misappropriations in the church

There is a tide in the affairs of men

which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune ;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life

Is bound in shallows, and in miseries.

On such a full sea are we now afloat;

And we must take the current when it serves,

Or lose our ventures

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DIVISIONS WITHIN CHURCH

But even as the Catholic Church launches an emphatic campaign against

the government, it is being forced to face some hard truths from within.

Joseph Pulikkunnel, director of the Kottayam-based Indian Insti-tute of

Christian Studies, who has long been campaigning for democracy within

the Catholic Church, told Frontline:

“The current struggle of the Catholic Church has to be understood in

the proper historical perspective. At the time of the first Liberation Strug-gle

in 1959, local parishes owned the Catholic educational institutions in a

locality.

The Liberation Struggle of 1959 was an unfortunate event in history in

such institutions built up over the years with the sweat and money of the

common believers. The community as a whole was concerned about

govern-ment interference in their schools and colleges.

“But after 1959, dramatic changes happened in our educational sector.

Educational institutions that were once the property of local parishioners

came under the Church’s corporate control and literally became the

prop-erty of priests. Under the Canon laws that came into being in the

early1990s, ignoring the tradition of Catholics of Kerala priests were made

the sole owners of churches and church property.

Catholic educational institutions’ today are governed by a minority of

priests within the Catholic community who, no doubt, accept money for

ap-pointments and admissions. The Catholic community should first

examine the circumstances that have led to such corruption before taking

up arms for yet another liberation struggle.”

On July 19, in a statement, 12 prominent members of the Catholic laity,

including Joseph Pulikkunnel, former Vice-Chancellor of the Univer-sity

of Cochin M.V. Paily, professor and writer P.T. Chacko, and former

Ministers K.J. Chacko and N.M. Jo-seph, pointed out that Catholic

educa-tional institutions were being run today under the protection

granted by Article 30. But the fundamental right to establish and administer

education-al institutions under this Article is a right granted to the minority

“commu-nity” as a whole and not to individuals in that community, they

said.

The way”the educational institu-tions were brought under the

adminis-tration of priests, without any participation from the laity, is

there-fore against the aims envisaged in the Constitution and is the basic

reason for “the corruption and favouritism” that have seeped into Catholic

educational institutions in general, though there are some exceptions,

they added. are as rampant as [they are] in the Catholic educational

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sector. The state-ments that pastoral letters and protec-tion armies would

be organised against the government move is not a permanent solution

to the real prob-lem and would only lead to a long- drawn crisis in society,”

they said.

PROTEST AGAINST CLERGY

By July 22, even as elders of the Latin Catholic Church joined fellow

clergy-men in reading out pastoral letters against the government, unusual

scenes of small groups of believers pro-testing against the clergy could be

wit-nessed in front of some coastal parishes in Thiruvananthapuram.

The Kerala Latin Catholic Associa-tion, among other organisations, said

it was rejecting the pastoral letters as in its opinion “the clergy had

appro-priated minority rights to themselves for their own benefit”.

Perhaps much to the discomfiture of the clergy, their call for a struggle

against the government on the issue of self-financing professional education

and minority rights has also revived a fledgling movement within the

Ca-tholic community for a law under the Constitution to govern the vast

proper-ties of Christian churches.

“Christians today run the strongest chain of institutions in the education

sector. Today there are established laws to govern the properties of other

religious minorities like Muslims and Sikhs as well as that of the majority

Hindu community. But there is no law to monitor the vast properties

owned by the Christian community, which to-day is being run only on

the basis of laws formulated by the clergy,” Joseph Pulikkunnel said.

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Joe A Lewis, 27 Rebello, 132 Hill Road, Bombay 400 050, India

February 11 1994

Pope John Paul II

Vatican City

Rome

Italy

Yours Holiness :

Sub : Dismissal of “Thief” Bishop of Mangalore, Basil D’Souza.

These days you admonish the world to live on moral values, but your

Bishops act like charlatans, thieves and fornicators, you condone them,

despite the representations made by the laity on the wrong doing of

Bishops. Bishop Basil D’Souza was involved in 1986 in foreign exchange

racketeering. Large donations were received by him for the welfare of the

poor from abroad, in his greed this thief Bishop, hoarded the money after

converting them into Indian currency at his personal residence. The

Government enforcement authorities raided his “Palace” and confiscated

the money that ran into nearly a Million dollars.

The Bishop was saved by the political laity who had some clout with the

government, that too the Bishop had to spend nearly $100,000 to bail

him out. Evan he had to silence the media. This happened in April 1986,

after this the laity of the diocese have lost confidence in him, they consider

that the Bishop is interested in money rather than as a pastor, teacher

and administrator. Even some people say that he “worships money” and

forgets Jesus Christ. The people of this diocese blame you why you keep

such thief as their Bishop, as this Bishop has lost their esteem and respect.

They consider him as “Devil’s Bishop”, and think the Pope protects him,

nearly 60,000 people of this diocese have left the Catholic fold and

embraced cults and sects after this incident.

In USA Archbishops Eugene Marino and Rober Sanchez resigned after

sexual scandals reported in the Media, so with Bishop Casey, though

some wrong doing of this Bishop appeared in some Indian media, he has

not yet resigned. Why ask him gracefully to resign, he has disgraced the

Catholic Church of India, do you like, disgraced Bishops as universal

pastor? Hope Holy Spirit will enlighten you and we pray to the Holy Spirit

to get rid of this notorious Bishop.

We hope you will take action soon. Otherwise there will be violence in

this diocese soon. Yours sincerely,

Joe Anthony Lewis

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25-01-2011

Kallianpur, Udupi

From,

Mr J. A. C. Lewis

Near Our Lady of Miracles Church

Kallianpur 576114

Udupi District

Karnataka,

INDIA

To

Rt Rev. Dr Aloysius P. D’Souza

Bishop of Mangalore

Kodialbail Post Mangalore 575003

Dear Lord Bishop,

Sub: Need for an effective action relating to the Kallianpur

Parish Priest Fr Marcel Saldanha.

You may be well aware that Kallianpur Parish and its surroundings is

today a disturbed community on account of several scandals that have

surfaced due to the misdeeds of Fr Marcel Saldanha. As a devout Catholic,

I feel and believe that it is an obligation to call upon you as the Head of

the Diocese to take severe and serious action against the guilty before

the fuel turns into fire.

I have in my pocession at least seven write-ups which conclusively prove

that Fr Marcel Saldanha has committed grave mistakes for which he needs

to be suitably punished. It is very surprising that this Fr Marcel Saldanha

is unrepentant. It is further shocking that you have turned a blind-eye

and shut your vision to these serious misdeeds and crimes. I hope that

our Diocese is enlightened before the fire spreads to more parishes. In

fact the vibrations of these grave offenses, that too committed by a senior

Parish Priest who is also a Vicar Vara is being felt in Udupi and Kundapur

regions.

The only encouraging factor in the whole episode is that the Episcopal

Vicar of Udupi has initiated certain steps within his limited powers to

unearth the misappropriations of funds by Fr Marcel Saldanha. However,

it is very sad to note that you have remained deaf and dumb to the

aspirations of the parishioners of Kallianpur to see that due justice is

done to them. I pray everyday without fail, especially to our Lady of

Miracles that you may be inspired to act at least at this juncture.

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Copies of the letters in my possession are herein enclosed for your

immediate action. Copies of this letter are also forwarded to prominent

persons in society as listed below to create an awareness of the state of

affairs prevailing in the Parish of Kallianpur in specific, and in the Diocese

in General.

Thanking you,

Enclosed:

1. A Public letter by ‘Kallinpur Firgez bachave Samithi’, received on 5-

11-2010

2. A Public letter by ‘Hithachintak Samithi’

3. Report of the Problem of Shalom Apartments on 10-11-2010

4. A Public letter in Kannada by “wellwihers of the school’, received on

22-11-2010

5. A public letter signed by Mr Joyson D’Souza, received on 7-12-2010

6. A Christmas song by X.M.S. Louis received on 22-12-2010

25-1-2011 Kallianpur, Udupi

7. A Lamentation song ‘Festa sandharbhi Milar maiyeche Rudan” received

on 17-1-2011

Yours Sincerely

Mr J.A.C.Lewis

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PROBLEM OF SHALOM APARTMENTS

Ref, s Bishop’s Letter No. YJ/850/97 dated 19/08/1997

Report submitted to the Bishop of Mangalore on 17th December 1997 by

Rev. Fr. Bernard L. D’Souza (Convener), Rev. Fr. Valerian D’Souza and

Fr. Walter D’Mello.

Going deep in to the problem of “Shalom Apartments” we found the

issue terribly complicated. We have spent lot of time in interviewing

Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha, Fr. Pius F. Pinto, the custom-ers of shops and

apartments and many others connected with the “Shalom Apartments.

We have also examined the available files, the Project Report of the Project

Manager and the relevant pa-pers.

Mr. C.J. Lobo, Consulting Engineer and Project Manager of the Shalom

Project has prepared a project proposal wherein he has estimated the

cost of the project at Rs. 4,00,00,000/- and he has estimated the sale

proceeds at Rs. 5,97,95,543/- and the profits at Rs. 1,97,95,543/-.

He has valued the land investment at Rs. 48,00,000/-. However no

investment has been done on land and hence the estimated net profit is

Rs. 1,97,95,543/- + Rs. 42,00,000/— – Rs. 2,39,95,543/-

In the cost analysis, the Consulting Engineer and Project Manager has

kept a provision of File. 15,00,000/- for extra steel as also Rs. 6,35,105/-

towards unforeseen items. Towards planning and supervision fees

Rs. 11,62,097/- have been set aside 3.5%

In our opinion, the cost and sales analysis and -the consequent projected

gross profit is totally realistic except for the fol-lowing :-

1) In the cost analysis, the supervision and planning fees at 3.5% is

certainly very much on the higher side. The Engineer however has

supplied us a copy of the work order duly issued to him by the client,

Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha.

2) With regard to sales analysis, while computing the cost per square

foot, super built area should have been taken into consid-eration and

not plinth area or the carpet area. This has resulted in loss of gross

profit due to a faulty analysis of income.

In the sales analysis, the proceeds of the shops have been shown at

Rs. 92,39,883.50. But the shops have not been sold but only rented

out and hence this amount has to be deducted from the projected

gross profit. Therefore Rs. 2,39,95,543/- Rs. 98,39,883.50 =

Rs. 1,47,55,719.50 is the projected gross profit.

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The Income :

The flat sale rates fixed per square foot are reasonable. Howev-er, while

computing the area, the super built up area had to be taken into account

and not the carpet area or the plinth area. The super built area is 20%

higher than the carpet area. This is a verv serious lapse resulting in loss of

additional income of 20% . According to the computer list, the total

amount receivable from 68 flats is Rs. 5,01,47,100/- (inclusive of car park).

As on 10/04/1997 the total amount received in cash and through cheques

is Rs. 4,30,73,866.90. Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha has collected Rs.

3,15,96,108.90 on Shalom Apartments receipts as sale consideration. The

rest of the receipted amount of Rs. 1,14,84,608/- was collected by

him by issuing receipts without any authorization under the

following heads:

Amount .

Diocese of Mangalores Rs.

343 receipts issued from 88.1E.94

to 13.11.96 48,35,000.00

St. Joseph’s Asy. Poor Families Benefit A/c

86 receipts issued from 26.05.95 to 13.ll.96 4,81,000.00

St. Joseph’s Asy. Housing & Development Funds

189 receipts issu 21-04-1997 15,75,208.00

St. Joseph’s Asy. Hr. Pry. School Bldg. A/ct

106 receipts issued from 26-05-95 to 02-01-97. 5,94,250.00

St. Joseph’ts Charitable Fund

299 receipts issued from 11-01-95 to 20-11-96. 39,91,700.00

Total of above receipts Rs. 1,14,77,158.00

From 10/04/1997 to 15/11/1997 another Rs. 18,78,008.10 have been

received. Hence the total amount so far received is Rs.4,43,45,269/- From

all 68 flats total amount yet to be re-ceived is Rs. 31,53,160/- Hence the

total of money so far re-ceived and yet to be received is Rw. 4,74,98,429/

But as stated above Rs. 12,22,411 is yet to be received from the 38 flats

already registered. There is no way of collecting this amount. Hence when

we write off this amount, the total income is Rs. 4,62,76,018/-.

The above income amount is short by Rs. 38,71,088/-. This figure also

includes Rs. 18,28,411/- the arrears from 38 flats already reg i stered.

Here, we see a difference of Rs. 26,48,671/- which Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha

needs to explain.

Further, in the sales analysis each car park is priced at Rs.80,000/- But

car parks have been sold at Rs. 45,000/-. In our opinion, the price fixed

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in the sales analysis is too high. Rs.45,000/- to Rs. 50,000/- is the normal

rate. Hence, from the projected gross income another (35,000 X 56 –

19,60,000/-) Rs.19,60,000/- has to be deducted. Hence, the projected

gross income is Rs. 1,27,95,719.50.

The Expenditure :

During the time of Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha, through cheques and by

cash Ra. 4,13,86,001.84 have been spent.

Further, there are pending bills amounting to Rs.65,08,770.62.

From 10/04/1997, the present Manager has spent Rs. 3,26,411.24. Hence,

the amount so far spent and the pending bills to be paid amounts to

Rs. 4,84,2l,183.70.

The amounts spent by the diocese towards payment of pending bills and

to carry on the remaining works is not included here.

We have inspected the Shalom premises. In our opinion, another Rs. 23

to 30 lakhs will be required to fully complete the pro-ject. Hence, the

total cost of the project will be (Rs.5,14,21,183.70) between

Rs. 3,09,21,183.70 to Ra.5,14,21,183.70.

Remarks

1) We agree with the Consulting Engineer and Project Manager with his

cost analysis. But his computation of sales analysis and the projected

income is not in order as discussed earlier. Fur ther, as stated earlier in

this report, the planning and supar vising charges are very much on the

higher side. He has also claimed in his recent bill that the total cost of the

project excluding Plumbing and Electrification work is Rs. 4 crores.

However, he has agreed that Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha has paid him already

Rs.6,14,000/- out of his bill amount of Rs. 12,00,000/-. In view of the

above, more light needs to be shed on the accept-ance of the rates and

issuance of the Work Order.

The cost factor has taken a new dimension as three different figures have

come to the fore.

a) Rs. 3.5 crores as per the original estimate of the Project Engineer

b) Rs. 4 crores plus additional cost towards plumbing and electrification

amounting in total to nearly Rs. 4.3 crores based on the bill for

professional charges of the Project Engineer.

c) Rs. 5.14 crores as per the findings in this report.

2) We feel that the rates fixed for the sale of flats in his sales’ analysis as

reasonable. But his missing out on the super— built area is very sorely

felt. However, the period during which the flats were booked was a boom

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period and therefore higher rates could have been quoted to the clients.

The rates fixed for car parks are too high. The car parks have been sold

for Rs. 43,000/- each. This rate, we feel as very reasonable.

The rates fixed for sale of shop premises is almost 1/3 opinion. But since

no shops have been sold, this, no way affects the accounts.

The quality of the Construction :

We have inspected the building. In our opinion, the quality of the building

is quite poor on various counts.

1) The main staircase is exposed to the exterior and hence during rainy

season you may need an umbrella to use this stair case. The staircase

could have been at least enclosed with glass shutters.

2) The flush doors used are of sub-standard quality as many of them are

already rotten even before the flats are occupied and therefore need to

be changed while giving delivery.

3) Glazed tiles fixed in toilets are short of the specifications given to the

clients.

4) The iron grills have not been fixed properly. They should have been

properly embedded into the wall. The ‘Pattis’ of the grills are already

rusted. They can neither be painted nor plas-tered now.

5) It is stated by the Engineer who prepared the bills of the Civil Contractor,

that the walls were double plastered. But we find no evidence of

such double plastering. In fact here and there not even single plastering

is done. The plastering done at the bottom of the grills fixed for the.

staircase is shabby, to say the least. There are signs of leakages/seepages

both in shops and flats. If double plastering was done, there would

not have been such leakage.

6) Further, when we questioned the painters why their rates were so

high, they stated that the plastering was not at all done properly and

hence they had to use “putty” and paint the building over and over again

in order to give some shape to the flats and the building.

Responsibility needs to be fixed for this poor quality work and the resultant

losses on the executors of the project. Better construction by the contractor

and responsible supervision by the Project Engineer for the high fees

demanded by him seems to have been lacking in the execution of the

project.

Remarks on the actual cost analysis :

We have already stated above in this report that the projected cost analysis

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by the Engineer/Project Manager was quite realistic and reasonable. The

project was estimated to cost Rs.3,50,00,000/-. In the estimate the Engineer

had kept aside Rs.21,35,105/- for additional Iron and unforeseen items.

But in reality, the project is costing Rs. 5,14,,21,183.70. At the very

outset this figure cannot be believed to be true.

It is very difficult for us to point out where exactly things have gone really

wrong.

Mr. C.J. Lobo has already prepared bills amounting to Rs.2,63,52,163.86

out of which Rs.2,61,82,126.30 has been already paid.

According to Mr. C.J. Lobo, due to the two wells that existed ‘ in the work

site and due to extra beam etc about Rs. 16,00,000/- have been spent.

The cement basic price was Rs. 125/- per bag. Computing the cement

used the amount in excess of Rs. l23/~ per bag amounts to Rs.6,62,422.30.

However, in his explanation for the variation of the total amount arrived

at by him and by Mr. Oswald Veigas, Mr. C.J. Lobo has Claimed (7,242.36

X 55) Rs.4,14,829.80. This is not true. The correct figure should be

Rs. 6,62,422.50 as stated above.

According to Mr. C.J. Lobo, Rs.38,334.23 has to be paid to the Civil

Contractor because of the hike in prices of sand. According to him 179.49

X 323 Rs.38,334.23 should be added. To the best of our knowledge, the

hike in prices like sand, timber, stones is not considered in general. Any

hike in cement and steel is always considered.

According to Mr. C.J. Lobo, on account of the use of additional steel,

expense of Rs.16,93,138/- have been incurred. But in the original estimate

he had kept Rs. 13,00,000/- for additional cost. Hence on the count of

additional use of steel the total cost should not go up.

According to Mr. G.J. Lobo, another factor for the rise in costs is because

of double plastering. As stated above, there is no such evidence to the

naked eye. This is all the more tenable because of the statement of the

painters and the rates which they have been paid.

Hence, at this juncture, it is not possible at all for us to say whether the

bills prepared by Mr. C.J. Lobo really reflect the work executed by the

civil contractor or not. Besides, to ascer-tain this, the services of qualified

engineer/Architect is cer-tainly needed. Besides, such evaluation would

need at least three to five months.

However, the difference of amount due to the hike in cement prices amounting

to Rs. 6,62,422.30 and the additional labour involved due to the use of extra steel

should certainly be con-sidered while making the calculations.

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Further, the civil contractor has paid Rs. 1,17,303.36 towards carpentry

work. He has done the sump tank work at Rs.3,20,000/-.

He has paid the painters Rs.2,50,000/- on the Wokshops manager’s

account. He has further supplied cement worth Rs. 2,19,240/-. He has

spent Rs. 1,S3,000/- towards bull-dozer and supplied labour from

1993-1997 worth Rs. 1,84,101.77. All these amounts are due to the civil

contractor and need to be considered at the time of settlement of the

account by way of recovery from him or other way round.

It is also appropriate to state at this juncture that the present manager

has presented to us a copy of the lease deed entered upon between the

Workshops and Mr. Mark Rodrigues. He has not paid to the workshops

account the rent amount and other dues (water and electricity charges)

arising from this lease deed. This amount needs to be taken into account.

According to our opinion, the painting bills of Mr. Anand Kottari and Mr.

Walter D’Cunha are genuine and hence these bills must be settled without

question.

According to Mr. Kamalaksha J. Amin, Electrical and Plumbing Engineer,

the total cost of lighting and plumbing would be around Rs..54,00,000/-

In the original cost analysis provision is made for Rs. 40,00,000/-. We are

not happy with the material used. Some of the taps used are of substandard

quality. We feel that the original amount of Rs. 40,00,000/- is nearer to

the expendi-ture really incurred. It may be said here that no supervision

or checks have been conducted on the work executed and material used

on the project.

In the cost analysis, the Consulting Engineer/Project Manager has kept

provision of rates ranging from Rs. 28/- to Rs. 34/- per square foot for

flooring. But from our inspection of the material used we feel that the cost

may be between Rs. 23/- to Rs.25/- inclusive of all labour.

Hence taking all things into consideration, the total cost of the project

when fully completed should be between Rs.3,80,00,000/- and

Rs.4,00,00,000/-.

This additional amount between Rs. 30,00,000/- to Rs. 50,00,000/- is

added to the original cost analysis because of hike in prices of cement,

use of additional steel, delay in completing the project.

Therefore in our opinion :

The total income : Rs. 4,62,76,018/-

Total expenditure : between Rs. 3,80,00,000/-

and Rs. 4,00,00,000/-

The profit from the Project t : between Rs. 62 lakhs and Rs. 82 lakhs.

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This only shows that the project has been very badly executed. This

becomes all the more glaring as we have got no consideration for the 65

cents of land used for this project.

However, one more fact has to be kept in mind, i.e., We have some

11,584 square feet of shopping complex. If you consider the cost of

construction as Rs. 400/- per square foot, we have an asset of (11584 X

400) Rs.46,33,600/-. This will cover the cost of the land leaving the profit

of the project between Rs. 68,00,000/- and Rs. 88,00,000/-.

However, we would like to stress the fact that the above conclusions are

subject to verification of rates fixed per square foot for each apartment

which varies from flat to flat.

We would like to deal here with a few more things pertaining to the

project.

1. One Mr. Charles Mascaranhas has given us some papers regarding a

flat he booked in the Shalom Apartments and the payment made by him

towards the same. According to the papers supplied by Mr. Charles

Mascarenhas, he had booked “D” 5 in the Shalom Apartments

and had paid Rs. 3,95,000/-. In the records supplied by him there

were 8 letters written to him by Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha dated 03/03/

1997 and 25/04/1997 asking him to pay the balance amount and get

registered the flat D5 in his favour.

But curiously enough though 28 flats were hurriedly registered

in the names of various persons, this flat of Sri Charles

Mascarenhas was not registered in his name by Rev. Fr. Marcel

Saldanha.

Further, in the list of flat bookings there is no name of Mr.Charles

Mascarenhas against D5. In the list of. complete ad-dresses of persons

intending to purchase the Flats supplied to the Income Tax Department

by Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha on 27/03/1997 only 67 flats have been

mentioned. No mention of D5 flat or the name of Mr. Charles Mascarenhas.

Again while submitting the accounts, Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha has not

said anything regarding the money received from Sri Charles Mascarenhas

nor has the amount been entered anywhere in the account books of the

Shalom Apartments. Hence, he alone should be held responsible

for this.

There is another case which is equally curious. The client is one Mr. John

B. D’Souza who has booked Flat No. C8. The total amount due by him

against the flat booking is Rs. 9,04,800/- He has paid only Rs. 35,000/-

through cheques and in cash Rs. 5,77,760/- As per the computer list

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available, the rate per square foot is Rs.800/- But he and his wife have

been stating that the rate agreed upon by them with the previous manager

was Rs. 600/- per square foot inclusive of the car park. But later on they

brought a letter from Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha which states that the rate

is Rs.650/- per square foot inclusive of car park. Here also we suspect

some foul play and no clear dealings. They are in posses-sion of

three chits with the signature of Rev.Fr. Marcel Saldan-ha. The total amount

mentioned to have been received by him is Rs.3,00,000/-. This amount

has neither been entered in the ac-counts books of the Shalom Apartments

nor been reflected as per the list of amounts received by Rev. Fr. Marcel

Saldanha.

Further, they have claimed a deduction of Rs. 68,500/- for mate-rial used

by them. The coat of the flooring will not be more than Rs. S5/- per

square foot (1074 X 23) Rs. 26,850/-).

Taking all these things into consideration the party has to still pay

Rs. 2,64,210/-. Therefore their plea that they have made the full payment

and that the flat booked by them should be imme-diately registered in

their name is not valid at all.

Besides, why they did not ask for receipts when they paid money to

Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha cannot be understood. They have paid to

Rev.Fr. Marcel 8aldanha a sum of Rs. 3,00,000/- by obtaining from him

three chits! I Unless this amount of Rs. 3,00,000/- plu Rs. 2,64,210/- is

paid by them to the Shalom Apartments, their flat cannot be legally

registered in their favour.

Regarding Rev. Frv Marcel Saldanha :

It is very painful to make the following remarks :

1. He should have had a clear agreement with the clients who

came forward to book the flats.

2. He should have maintained clear accounts and issued proper

receipts for money received from the clients.

3. His printing of receipts in the name of the diocese and issue

them to the clients with his signature as procurator i« highly

reprehensible, to say the least.

4. His expending the money for purposes other than for the

purpose of construction of the apartments even when bills

were pending for payment is totally unjust.

5. His spending of the deposit money received from the shop

owners is also wrong. Besides, he has not accounted for Rs.

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1,00,000/- received in deposit from M/s Acacia Wood and

Rs.50,000/— received from the proprietor of M/s India House.

Finally it is very painful to pass the following remarks in conclusioni

1) The cost of the whole project in our opinion cannot go beyond

Rs.4,00,00,000/-.

2) The expenditure is nearly Rs.5,14,21,183.70. Hence, we can boldly

say that either proper accounts have not been kept or bills have not

been properly scrutinized and vouchers not fully true.

3) Rev.Fr. Marcel Saldanha has spent Rs. 23,25,000/- from the Caution

Deposit and Rs. 3,55,000/- from Rent Account.

4) Further there are pending bills of Rs. 65,08,770.62

5) His spending of the deposit from the shop owners is also wrong.

6) Besides, he has received money from the flat bookings by merely giving

them an acknowledgement in a chit. We have not been able to track

such chits form all the clients. 28 flats have been already registered

during the time of Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha. We have not been able to

secure these chits from these flat owners. However, we have the

following chits :

1) Mr. John B. D’Souza Rs. 3,00,000.00

2) Mrs.Wilma D’Souza Rs.45,000.00

3) Mrs. Mary D’Souza Rs.50,000.00

4) Mrs. Eugine Barros Rs.1,00,000.00

5) Mrs. Mable Menezes Rs.60,000.00

6) M/s India House(shop) Rs.50,000.00

7) M/s Acacia Wood(shop) Rs.1,00,000.00

8) Mrs. Nirmala Cardoz Rs.77,650.00

9) Mr. Charles Mascarenhas Rs. 3,95,000.00

Total Rs. 11,77,650.00

It is seen from the accounts that amounts received thus have not been

entered into the Shalom Apartment account books. We are not able to

correctly arrive at the figure thus collected.

But we are constrained to conclude that the amount is likely to

be close to Rs. 30,00,000/- In our income analysis we have shown

that the collection has fallen short of Rs.38,71,082/- This is the

basis for our above conclusion. In our opinion Rev.Fr.Marcel

Saldanha is fully answerable to these amounts.

7) The cost of the whole project in no way can go beyond Rs. 4 crores.

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But in reality the cost is nearly Rs. 5 crores 14 lakhs. Rev.Fr.Marcel

Saldanha, Mr. Mark Rodrigues the contractor and Mr.C.J. Lobo the

Consulting Engineer/Project Manager are jointly answerable to these

amounts of Rs. 1 crore 14 lakhs.

Other issues involved in the problem :

1. Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha is very much hurt that Fr.Pius F. Pinto accused

him of keeping a deficit of Rs. 94,00,000/-. His question is How he

could make such a remark before the accounts were finalized?

According to Fr.Pius F. Pinto, he was constrained to make this

statement because Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha had spent Rs. 24 lakhs

from the shop caution deposits and there were pending bills of Rs. 70

lakhs. Besides, Rs. 3.55 lakhs from shop rent account, Rs. 4 lakhs from

Workshops account and Rs.2 lakhs from Shanti Kendra acconts were

also spent for the building. Hence he made this remark. We feel that

Fr. Pius was not descrete in making such a statement at that

juncture. However, we feel that Fr. Pius F. Pinto is right in

making such a statement.

Further, removing of the files kept by Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha in

Workshops drawer without his knowledge is not proper. Fortu-nately

all the files and account books were intact when they were returned

according to the statement of the accountant and hence it need not

be made much of.

2. Rev. Fr. Marcel Saldanha had written to the Vicar General who was in

possession of the files, to return the same to him in order to enable

him to submit the accounts.

In our opinion, the files should have been returned to him imme-diately

and he should have been pressed to submit all the ac-counts forthwith.

But when we interviewed the Vicar General, he stated that he was

advised by legal and financial advisers to keep the files in his safe

custody.

3. There is a major issue involved in this problem due to which lot of

avoidable complications have been created. The issue is was it right

for the diocesan administration to relieve Rev . Fr . Marce 1 Saldanha

before completing the project and before he rendered the full accounts.

In our opinion, he should have been allowed to complete the project

and give full accounts within stipulated time.

Finally, if Rev.Fr. Marcel Saldanha had kept proper accounts

all these complications would not have arisen and therefore

he should be squarely held responsible for the problem. His

circulating an open letter inspite of all that is said above is

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in very bad taste, to say the least. There is evidence that he

is in posses-sion of Shalom Apartment letter heads which he

has been making use of for official purposes with anti dates

even after he laid down office. It is highly improper. He should

return all such materials.

Further, he has taken the car belonging to the Workshops. It was

wrong to have registered the car in his personal name, when the

payment for the car was made from the Wokshops accounts. He should

immediately take steps to transfer the car in favour of the Workshops

avid return the same to the Workshops.

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ST. ANNE CHURCH

Kelarai, Pedamale Post, Mangalorc – 575029

To

Rev.Fr.Godfrey Saldanha

Parish Prieat

Most Holy Redeemer Church. Derebail

Dear Rev.Father

You have written in your letter dated 25-10-2003 that the parish Pastoral

Council has requested you to communicate the text of the resolution.

Are you sincere in what you write? If you are a sincere pastor you should

read this letter in the coming Parish Pastoral Council meeting as my reply

to your letter. If you fail to read this whole letter then you prove that you

are insincere. Have you not introduced the topic in the council and

suggested that you would write a letter to me? Does it become a resolution

by itself when you suggest something and dominate the Parish Pastoral

Council and camouflage the whole situation? Have you not distorted the

whole truth? No one believes you. Here is the truth:

I have informed you on 10.04.2003 at 8.20 a.m. that the hall and the mini

hall inauguration granite slabs will have to be fixed on the wall of the hall

stating the importance of the day, date, name of the inaugurator, the

name of the Bishop (Bishop A.P.D’Souza) who blessed it and you have

agreed to it. Again I have visited you on Sunday 25.05.2003 at 12.30

noon at Derebail Church office and I have recalled to your mind of the

same topic and you have willingly agreed. At that time I had informed you

that within a week or two when the masonry workers are available they

would do the needful. -You have agreed and said “ there is no difficulty

with regard to that”. Then how is it a “highhanded- act” and “cowardly

manner” since I have already informed you? Is it the language of a 60 year

old pastor to his flock? Is it not a cunning act of misguiding the Parish

Pastoral Council by hiding the truth and revealing only apart of it in

order to gain cheap popularity? Did I construct the hall in a cowardly

manner? Are you not enjoying the fruits of it? Did you not make a big

show of yourself on 27.09.2003 for your 60th birthday in the same hall?

Are you not ashamed of yourself to organise your 60 years birthday

program in the same Derebail Church hall and mini hall which I have

constructed and belittling me at the came time? Is it the quality of a 60

year old pastor? Have I criticised my predecessor either at Derebail or at

Kelarai or somewhere else? Do you know that till the day of my transfer

Rev Dr. Mark Castelino

Parish Priest

Tel : 2272199

3-11-2004

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I had worked to complete the remaining works of the hall? To whom are

you working? Is it to gain a name and fame? Did you construct the Derebail

Church hall and the mini hall? How you can fix a granite slab bearing

your name. Do you know how much I have toiled to construct that hall

under the pressure of debt and stress? Are you making a big show of

yourself and of your tongue? Did you not fix a granite slab at Kallianpur

bearing your name in the construction work that you have taken up? Do

you think that I. do not know how you have misappropriated the-Church

funds at Kallianpur? Should I reveal everything about you what you have

done at Kallianpur?

Ever since I have handed over the Derebail parish to you it has been

observed that you have been deliberately pricking my name in the parish

council in order to malign me and to divert the attention of the council

members from your own problems. Remember, it is because of my hard

work and self- sacrificing life at Derebail you are enjoying the fruits now.

You were telephoning me several times at night from Kallianpur just a

few weeks before your transfer and you were speaking under the influence

of alcohol with flattery words for my successful pastoral work at Derebail

for 7 years and having made this parish an ideal parish in the diocese.

Where are those words now? What has happened to you? What is wrong

with you?

I have been tolerating all your sarcastic comments and destructive criticism

about me at Derebail even during Holy Mass. in various meetings, and

with some individuals etc. Is it the spirituality of a pastor? Is it edifying to

a pastor of 60 years old?

With good wishes and prayers

Yours sincerely in Christ

Parish Priest

Copy to : 1. The Bishop of Mangalore

2. The Parish Pastoral Council Members, Derebail

Note : This is how our cassock wearing frauds behave and live. Will you

still trust them?

P.B.D’Sa

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From

Christine Sequeira

Flat No 203

Pompei Shade Apartments

Urwa, Ladyhill

Mangalore-575006

Phone 0824 2450840

To

The Bishop

Bishops House

Kodialbail

Mangalore-575005

Dear Bishop Aloysius Paul D’souza,

Sub: Eviction of myself (a owner) of a flat in “Pompei Shade”,

Urwa Parish, Mangalore-575006

May I, a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church, Urwa, place before

you the facts of my case?

1) In the year 1983 the Parish council members headed by the then

Parish Priest (Rev.Fr.F.P.S.Moniz) planned to put up a project

comprising 24 ownership flats under the name Pompei Shade

Apartments. Accordingly prospective buyers were invited through

advertisements in papers. I myself purchased my flat in the above

apartments by paying Rs 1,38,000/- and that too without Bank loan,

since registration of deeds was not completed. I wish to state that the

consideration paid by us then was more compared to the then

prevailing price of property. Hence it was incorrect to say that the

project was merely to provide subsidized shelter to the poor; though

I appreciate that given the difficulty of obtaining a license/permission

for a commercial project on trust property, it might have been

considered expedient to state that the project was launched to provide

affordable shelter to the poor.

2) I completed paying the full amount in five installments and obtained a

letter from the Parish Priest, to occupy the flat and I have been residing

in the flat so purchased, i.e. Flat No 203, Pompei Shade Apartments

from 26 January 1985. To our common dismay, however, we learnt

that the registration of the flats purchased was not possible and water

and electricity supply were not regularized and hence not ensured.

Even the plinth area of the project was not according to the terms of

payment.

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3) We had striven to straighten out the above discrepancies with the

then Parish Priest, Fr. John D’souza and patiently waited for the

registration till the urban land ceiling was abolished by which time

Fr. Denis Moras had taken over as Parish Priest. When we approached

Fr. Moras and the Vice President Mr. Archibald Pais for registration of

our flats, we were told that registration was possible only if we gave

up our riqhts_such as access to the well for water, drainage etc. We

wish to submit that by then these rights were in existence for over 15

years and were granted in the Registered Deed of Declaration by

Fr.F.P.S Moniz on 12th March 1985. (This Deed of declaration was

registered in the Registrar’s Office, Mangalore and passed in the Parish

Assembly on 11th Dec 1988). However, Fr. Denis Moras amended this

declaration twice; once on 15th Nov 2000 and again on 16th May

2001. As by then we had occupied the flats for over 15 years and

none of the preceding Parish Priests had raised any_objection to the

deed of declaration thus the amendment of the declaration by Fr.

Moras left us deeply hurt and confused.

4) Once the basic trust was betrayed by the unilateral amendment of

the declaration, most of the tenants were frightened into submission

as they had no other option but to acquiesce to the new terms

presented to them. Some others who by then had acquired alternative

/ additional residences chose the line of least resistance. However, in

my case since I am having no other piece of real estate and am still

residing in Flat No 203 of the Apartments, the abridged / abrogated

rights under the amended declaration will make my living in the flat

extremely difficult and inconvenient. We have also pleaded our case

with the Parish Priest (Fr. Andrew Lewis); Vice President and Finance

Committee members of the Parish. However, our efforts have been in

vain. In fact Mr. Archibald Pais who was authorized to settle the issue

with the owners of the flat in Pompei Shade Apartments, had bluntly

told Mrs. Margarette Lobo, one of the owners of the flat to go to the

court of law to enforce the rights in question. Given the background,

I am sure it will be appreciated that we resorted to legal action only as

a last resort.

5) Subsequent developments have further vitiated the atmosphere. It is

said that we have not paid the amount due on the flat and that we

were allowed to occupy the flats because we were poor. We were

hurt deeply by the motivated rumors presumably floated by vested

interests, that Fr. F.P.S. Moniz wept in your presence saying

that he was forced to give evidence and record the deed of

declaration in our favor. It is also mentioned that no profit

resulted from the project. However, we understand that the

audit in 1988 clearly showed an income of Rs.2 lakhs. And at

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present, I have received a court notice from Religious and Charitable

Institute represented by the Parish Priest stating that I will be evicted

from the flat on the ground that I am only a permissive occupant and

my permission has been revoked.

6) I have tried to explain the unfair treatment received by me from the

Parish authorities. But I wish to unequivocally confirm that my

commitment to the Church and Lord Jesus Christ remains undiminished;

though at times I am assailed by feelings that the ‘Shepherd’ instead of

taking care of the sheep is exploiting the same. But I will continue to

resist the injustice to which I and my fellow residents in Pompei Shade

Apartments are subjected and I earnestly desire from church authorities

fair play and justice.

Yours in Christ

(Mrs. Christine Sequeira)

Note : This is a typical case which exposes the criminal mind of Priests.

There are same cunning men like Archibald Pais in every Parish who

collaborate and abet will these cassock wearing men, who should be

castrated before admitting into the seminary, as earlier Kings used to do

with their security staff to protect their harem.

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INDIAN CHRISTIAN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

“Pauline, Father Mullers Road, Valencia, Mangalore – 575002

Ph : 2436787

25-November-2004

Before the Deputy Commissioner, Dakshina Kannada, Mangalore – 575001

Dear Sir,

Sub: False representation of problems of Christians by clergy

We have read about the meeting of so-called Catholic leaders with you

recently in the newspapers. We do appreciate the stand taken by the

leaders about various attacks on Churches belonging to Catholics. We

would like to go a step forward and would say that it is not only the

places belonging to Catholics but several places belonging to a larger

group known as Christians have also faced several attacks during the last

two or three years. We represent this larger group and vehemently

condemn the attacks carried on Christians and Christian places of worship.

We also condemn the attempt of Catholic leaders to split our community

into Catholics and Groups belonging to other denominations. This Catholic

group which is a representative body of the “Catholic Clergy” which

consists of only one percent of the Christian population, seems to be

interested only in the woes of Clergy who are indeed exploiters of the

entire community who are exploiting the goodness of the common

Christians. 99% of the Christians amongst whom majority are poor are

not their concern nor they are worried about them.

I. Attacks on young men marrying inter caste and inter –

communally:-

From our side we like to highlight the problems faced by ordinary Christians

who are called Laity (laymen) by us. We have come across several instances

where the poor Christians are attacked by communal forces both within

and outside specially when they want to get married to girls of other

faiths and no Priests come forward to help them in times of problems.

II. Karavali Ale has represented the happenings in the community

fairly and justly:-

The Catholic so called leaders have also questioned the news appearing

in Karavali Ale, a Kannada paper. We have found nothing defamatory or

untruthful in the news. In fact this paper is a pioneer and champion of

human rights who is fighting for justice and reforms in all sections of

society exposing corruption and all evils in the society. This paper has

not spoken anything about the religious matters but pointed out dictatorial

style of functioning of the clergy and their mismanagement and

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misappropriation indulged into by the clergy, which we are all worried

about. There is truth in the fact that the laity provides large sums of

money when clergy requires, but

the clergy is not in a habit of maintaining transparency in accounts. They

say truth is bitter. Truth spoken by the press has become unpalatable to

our clergy.

III. Physical, mental and Religious atrocities committed by the

clergy can be proved:-

The claim that the Catholic clergy are not involved in violence and acts

against the harmony of the society is not true at all. The attempt on the

life of Mr. J.R. D’Souza of Madyanthar was a result of conspiracy created

by Fr. Herald Mascarenhas as per the fact-finding report prepared by us.

The assault on Mr. E. Gonsalves by Fr. Bernard of Bejai is also a fact

witnessed by several people. Our Catholic leaders have no right to question

the freedom of the press in exposing the events and crimes that are going

on in the country. We have no hesitation in welcoming the role played

by this paper. Some matter for publication has been supplied by well

wishers, thinkers and reformers in the Christian laity who are united

under our umbrella.

IV. Rakno-Konkani weekly published by Catholic Priests has been

creating anti- communal feelings:-

This paper has for too long isolated Catholics from the main stream and

indoctrinated the Catholics against t-he majority community of India by

their subtle anti majority philosophy and publications and made it into a

captivated community. Their philosophy has created a serious communal

divide. Action should be taken against this paper under Sec. 153/153A

under IPC for promoting enimity between classes and want only giving

provocation and the paper should be banned.

Even within the community the paper has divided the community into the

clergy supported 2% and the exploited 98%. Mismanagement,

misappropriations, scandals and scams by the clergy does not find any

place in this Newspaper.

Faithfully,

P.B.D’Sa

President, ICSA

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Sex Abuse Lawsuits Add to Catholic Church Money Woes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – First came the sex scandal. Then there were

lawsuits. Now there are bankruptcies.

And some economic analysts believe this could be just the beginning of

the financial fallout from widespread charges of clerical sexual abuse

within the U.S. Catholic Church.

Nearly 11,000 people have accused priests of child sexual abuse from

1950 through 2002, according to a church-commissioned study released

this year. There could be thousands more who have not yet come forward.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has acknowledged this as its

worst scandal and vowed to “heal the hurt that has happened,” in the

words of departing conference president Bishop Wilton Gregory.

The question is how to pay for it.

“Even without the sex abuse scandal, the Catholic Church was in deep

financial difficulty,” said Charles Zech, an economics professor at Villanova

University who monitors church finances.

Zech said the church’s money troubles include the costs of deferred

maintenance on church properties, the aging of its low-cost work force

of priests and nuns and its disproportionate holdings in real estate – often

run-down inner-city buildings that are hard to sell.

Frank Butler, president of a group of major donors to Catholic institutions,

said the problems may go deeper.

“Many of the archdioceses are very marginal operations, and the reason

for that is they have a very aging infrastructure that includes the parishes

and schools,” Butler said from the Washington-based Foundations and

Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, known as FADICA.

In addition, American Catholics give less per person to their individual

churches than Protestants or Jews do, Butler said, adding that those who

do give are getting older.

“Their donor base would seem to be shrinking,” he said.

Added to these long-term problems are expected payments that could

total billions of dollars nationally to victims of priest sexual abuse.

Nearly three years after the pedophile scandal erupted in Boston, that

archdiocese has sold real estate to help pay $87 million in claims by 541

people. The diocese in Orange, California, recently settled claims of 87

alleged abuse victims that reportedly will total more than the Boston

settlement, with an average $1.1 million payment per plaintiff.

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Los Angeles, the largest archdiocese in the United States, could face

hundreds of lawsuits, with some estimates putting a possible total settlement

there are $ 1 billion or more.

This is a small fraction of the U.S. Catholic Church’s annual revenue,

which in 2001 was an estimated $102 billion. For individual dioceses,

though, such settlements can be devastating.

Three dioceses — Spokane. Washington; Portland, Oregon, and Tucson,

Arizona — have filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of

the U.S. bankruptcy code.

Joseph Harris, a Seattle-based management expert who has analyzed the

U.S. Catholic Church’s revenues, said he was initially surprised to learn

of the bankruptcy filings ~ but not after he checked the numbers in the

Portland case.

“If I was working as a financial manager… I don’t know what you do with

$341 million in claims,” as there were in the Portland diocese, Harris said

in a telephone interview. “We are going into uncharted territory.”

Some U.S. bishops have stressed that the choice to file for bankruptcy or

reach a negotiated settlement puts all plaintiffs on an equal footing, as

opposed to the first-come, first-served procedure that would favor the

first to file individual claims and leave those who come forward later at a

disadvantage.

But these paths also mean that it will be up to a bankruptcy judge to

decide who actually owns church property — a question that caused

dissent in the 19th century — and what can be sold off to pay victims’

claims.

The bishops have said they do not own church property but hold it in

trust for parishioners. If bankruptcy judges find that parishioners themselves

own church property and can dispose of it as they see fit, that would be

a major shift, Zech said.

Until the 19th century, U.S. Catholic parishioners had financial control of

their churches. But in a move aimed at allowing priests to act with

autonomy, the Vatican (news – web sites) Council of 1863-1870 gave the

popes ordinary jurisdiction in every Catholic diocese.

“If you start telling parishioners they own church property, they’re going

to insist on all kinds of things that the bishops aren’t prepared to give

them: the right to hire their own pastor, the right to dispose of property

far more possibility than they currently have,” Zech said by telephone.

“For the worldwise church, they’re opening such as issue that they

shouldn’t want to have to deal with, “he said.

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Mangalore

01.05.05

Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souz

Bishop of Mangalore.

Your Lordship,

As a Bishop you are duty-bound to find out what is going on in the

Catholic priestly hierarchy in Dakshina Kannada and specially in Mangalore

a certain Kannada daily is awash with the affairs of priests indulging in

unpriestly activities and leading sinful lives.

It is an open secret to find priests stealing money from the weekly church

collections of a few thousand in the city and also in the villages.

One comes across in a Kannada daily, stories about a priest – one Samuel

Sequeira (has since left the priesthood) who was in charge of the

management of the Kannada daily ‘Jana-Vahini’. As it was a newly started

venture it had teething trouble which is natural and this is a case with all

the news papers in the initial stages, readership was not that bad including

the Bangalore edition. Then there was suddenly a thunderbolt. This

scoundrel,the so called catholic priest Samuel Sequeira swindled crores

of rupees from the office funds and bought expensive gifts to his girl

friend and also bought a house in England for both of them which episode

saw the nadir of our prestigeous daily ‘jana Vahini’.

Many people, poor and from the lower middle class families who bought

shares and others who had deposited their hard earned money with the

paper – a pride of their community) are in a constant state of

disappointment and in their despair curse the priest and those who

encouraged them to Invest in the said paper.

It is reported that the above mentioned priest used to have sexual

relationship with his female relative. And it is shocking to observe this

devil of a preist saying holy mass and holding holy eucharist in his dirty

sinful hands. What about the oath of celebecy and turning their back

against worldly luxuries?

Your Lordship,we the laity who are in the open field know better about

the affairs of the priests than yourselves because you are confined within

the four walla for much of the time.

While dealing with this sad episode one should note that every priest is

not a rogue. There are good and God fearing priests who account for just

25% of the total priests, and the remaining lot …? The problem is, most of

their lot emerged from the poor and middle class families. Money and the

position they are bestowed with is the culprit that tempts” them to go

astray and betray their holy oath and vows.

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This Kannada daily is read mostly by non-Christians and one can imagine

what they think about our priests and their way of life.

Let them come out of the bond and live like common human beings than

tarnishing the hallowed name of the priesthood and claiming to be in the

service of God and man.

It is suggested that your Lordship call a meeting of the priests once or

twice a year and explain them their position in the society, what the laity

expects from them and how they should control the temptations.

We are thinking of forming a consortium of like minded people and take

the help of the Interpol to locate this priest and bring him to justice.

I remain

Yours in Christ.

xxxxx Stanley Serrao

Copy to:

Most Rev. Ignatius pinto

Archbishop of Bangalore And a very few intelligentia of our community

Notes : Samuel was the Editor of Rakno who became the Managing

Director of Jana Vahini a Kannada Daily. He made love to 3 girls

simultaneously and ruined Jana Vahini and absconded only to be found

in England after some months.

The great news is the Church ruled by the 2% clergy did not make any

attempt to charge this crook for cheating and misappropriating public

funds. In fact Bishop Aloysius stayed with this Bastard in England when

he had gone to Rome for a pleasure trip. All of them belong to the same

class.

Who pays for all this? You and me.

P.B.D’Sa

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Text of the speech delibered by F.O.C Andrade paying tribute

to the late Maurice Pereira

At the gathering after the 7th day requeim mass on 29th

January, 2005, at Urwa

Last Sunday i.e. on 23rd January, I walked into th Urwa Church for the 7

a.m. Mass by about 10 minutes. Walking down the aisle from the main

door and turning left to take my place in the second pew of the near

block, I saw Movis and Claret Perieira as usual in the third pew but not

Maurice who used to be present with then every Sunday regularly for the

7 a.m. Mass. I felt this absence compicous but for got about it during the

day.

I noticed the obituary announcement of Maurice the next day in

“Udayavani” at 6.15 a.m. and was stunned. I tended to disbelieve. However,

I set for 7 a.m. Mass and on the way my fears got confirmed and I proceeded

to “Oceamia, the Pereira residence at Kandet to express my sympathy to

his family. The atmosphere was like the resultant effect of an earthquake

or a tidal wave in the “Oceania” as happended in Asia a day after

Christmas. I had met Maurice and his family and one grand child on

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day after Mass in the Church grounds

and had exchanged pleasautries in the true. Yuletide spirit. With all these

memories, it was difficult to connect Mauries last agonizing moments to

the precise moment of my observing his absence in the Church that

fathful day when destiny played havoc. Our trust is in the great mercy of

God, and in the background of our Cherished Christian, values exclaim,

“Lord, Thy will be done.”

A part from my personal comment till now, I stand before you as a

parishoner of Urwa, to extol the life of Co-parishoner Maurice and to

condole his death and offer our sympathy to Mavis and the three daughters

Violet, Joyet and Claret. Maurice’s contribution to the betterment of Urwa

Parish and upliftment of the down-trodden is significant. His services during

construction of New Church building and as a Volunteer at the annual

Pompei shrine feast cannot be forgotten though I am elder to him by 9

years, he was my contemporary, He had set up a home in Urwa for his

family in 1978 where as I came back to my parents parish in 1979. Maurice

had a tough life at the high seas for 30years, equally divided with the

Indian Navy and the Merchant Navy. He was an active member of the

Merchant Navy officers Association in Mangalore. He was aborbed in

Mazagon Docks Ltd., and held middle management position in the N.M.P.T

area in Panambur. When the company packed up, Maurice chose to stay

back in Mangalore to be with his family, subsistng on his Pensien

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supplemented with income as Canvaser of small savings and life insurance.

He made many friends and it was not his nature to make enemeis of

others. On his part, he did not create enemies. I used to admire his

strong physic, suntanned skin of hard work and ability to analyse problems

to find solutions. His good nature was quite apparent and prommant

when he was engaged in social work for the poor and while undertaking

corporal works of mercy as embodied in the regulations of St. Vincent De

Paul society of which he was an active member for twenty years. Somewhere

in the middle he was its President for 3 years and automatically became

ex-officio member fo the Parish Council. But fate was curel. On completing

20 years, autocracy and despotism had on upper hand and he was expelled

for no fault of his. This was the turning point and a contributory factor to

his withering from an energetic life.

Note : F.O.C Andrade is a gentleman, who did not expose the name of

the Priest who was an auto crat and despot. For the benefit of readers at

large I must reveal that it was one (Charcol) Andrew Lewis, (Parish Priest)

who was the despot who was mainly responsible for the death of my dear

friend Maurice Pereira Unfortunate that in every Parish we have a bunch

of crooks and time servers, who cooperate and protect and create Dictators

and Despots out of nervous Priests who suffer from accute inferiority

complex.

P.B.D’Sa

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8th January 2005

The President

PUCL, Mangalore.

Dear sir,

Sub: Regarding high-handedness of priests of Fr.Muller’s

Hospital, Mangalore.

I am an employee of Fr.Mullers Hospital working since last 20 years. I am

a daily reader of Karavali Ale, in which action taken by you against mis

deeds of priests are reported.

I would like to bring to your kind notice, the attitude of management of

our hospital, so that even these points may also be brought to light in

the interest of Catholic Leity.

All these years, Fr.Muller Hospital employees had a very cordial

relationship. After Fr.Dr.Baptist Menezes took charge, even though he

increased our salary, slowly started illtreating the staff. Till then, lady

administrative staff were not given night duty. He made it compulsory.

The staff are just working under fear and insecurity. Now it is the rumour

that in future, he intends to make the working hours to 10 hours daily

instead of 8 hours. He also is planning to give work on contract to

FAMILY AND FRIENDS as they have agreed to work for 12 hours without

Provident Fund and Gratutity. Can a priest do all these things to save

legally entitled benefits to employees? Kindly bring this to the notice of

general public and help us.

I also come to know that Fr.Baptist Menezes give Rs.100 lakhs to Janavahini

News Paper although as per Income-tax Rules he has no right to give

money. Further it is also rumoured that this money was taken to England

by Fr.Samuel Sequeira who is now hiding in England to avoid Police

Action for cheque bouncing. This money is said be shared by both the

priests.

Can a priest who thinks of saving on account of Provident Fund of Poor

employees grab Institutions money for his personal use. I am told that

Income-tax Department is now trying to probe into the matter and

Fr.Baptist is trying to influence the income-tax people.

Please probe into all these matters and bring this to the notice of general

public.

I am also sending a copy of this letter to Karavali Ale for information.

Thanking you,

Your admirer

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Bhopal, Jan 17- The title “Father” has become a divisive issue among

Christian groups in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

Catholic and Orthodox church leaders in Madhya Pradesh state resent a

new trend among pastors of Pentecostal and neo-Christian groups to

prefix their names with “Father” instead of “Reverend”

The issue attracted attention on Jan. 3 when the Bhopal edition of the

“Hindustan Times” newspaper used the title “Father” in referring to two

Pentecostal pastors in a news item. Bhopal, 745 kilometers south of New

Delhi, is the state capital.

Such news reports, explains Father Thomas Daniel of the Marthoma

Church, would negatively impact the activities of traditional Churches in

the state, based mostly in villages, where illiteracy and poverty prevail.

Pastors of congregational Churches “are not supposed to use” the title

“Father.” asserted the priest, whose Church is an offshoot of the Orthodox

Church based in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

According to Father Daniel, who is based in Bhopal, the new trend among

neo-Christian eiders would create misunderstanding, as people of other

religions in Madhya Pradesh would not be able to distinguish between

the established Churches and the neo-Christian seets.

Christians of various denominations form 0.3 percent of the state’s 60.34

million people. Officially, Hindus account for 91.1 percent and Muslims

6.4 percent of the state’s population. The rest are Sikhs Buddhists and

Jains.

Agreeing with the Orthodox priest, Father Anand Muttungal, sperson of

the Catholic Church in the state, explained that priesthood in traditional

Churches is a Sacrament that confers the power to celebrate the Eucharist

and other sacramerfts.

In contrast, Pentecostals regard their pastor as a respected elder in the

community. Theologically and in Church practice, the titles “Father”

and “Pastor” are not similar, the Bhopal- based Catholic priest said in a

statement sent to UCA News Jan. 5.

Traditional Churches believe that priesthood marks the priest with “an

indelible” imprint of the Holy Spirit and places them in the line of apostolic

succession. It is not an honor but the fulfillment of an invitation to become

a mediator between God and humans, the Catholic spokesperson

explained.

Pastor Sam Francis, who was mentioned in the news report, disagreed

He told UCA News he finds nothing objectionable in using “Father,”

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“Pastor,” or “clergy,” provided “these titles are used to promote the love

of God.” One should live up to the expectations of the title one assumes,

he added.

Father Sam Oommen of the Orthodox Church rejected this stand. Speaking

with UCA News, the priest asked whether a housewife would use the

tittle “Sister” as Catholic nuns do. Such a practice, he told UCA News,

would amount to cheating the people. He urged the leaders of the

congregational Churches to refrain from using “Father” as their title.

Father Popson Varghese of the Jacobite Church, another Orthodox group,

wants the pastors to end the practice immediately, “ft is wrong,” the

Bhopal-based priest said. He quickly added that the traditional Churches

are helpless if someone “deliberately” uses the term. In his observation,

pastors never used the “Father” title until recently.

The other Pentecostal pastor mentioned in the “Hindustan Times” report,

Pastor Prabhakar, dismissed the controversial title as “a printing error.”

He declined to comment further on the subject.

Some laypeople find the issue a “serious” matter. Babu Varghese,

coordinator of Akhil Bharatiya Isai Mahasabha (all India Christian grand

assembly), told UCA News his group would discuss the matter to reach

an amicable solution in case the pastors continue to use the title “out of

ignorance.”

UCAN

Note : Have you obeserved the arrogance of Catholic Priests. They want

to monopolize the title “Father” as the same gives them a mystical

advantage. Children consider them as aleins from heaven and this makes

a permanent dent on the minds of people which helps the mortals known

as preists an automatic advantage as spuperior beeings, leaders above

ordianary men. We must start calling them by their first names.

P.B.D’Sa

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INDIAN CHRISTIAN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

“Pauline, Father Mullers Road, Valencia, Mangalore – 575002

Ph : 2436787

To,

The Inspector General of Police

Western Range

Mangalore

Sir,

Sub: FIR against priest and the follow up action

Ref: FIR against priest Andrew Nazareth ,Neerude at Moodbridri Police

Station for misappropriation of public funds to the tune of 32 lakhs

We the above named organization working for the cleansing and

reformation of the Church system for the past 5 years have come across

many fraudulent and fishy and murky financial deals of Christian priests.

In one such incident a priest named Andrew Nazareth of Neerude

Church was found to be misappropriating funds collected for the school

building at Neerude.Upon filing a complaint before the JMFC court at

Moodbidri it was referred to the SHO of Moodbidri Police Station for

investigation. Now though the Police Have taken up investigation the

accused priest has fled the country. It is extremely necessary that the

accused priest be arrested and interrogated and all the documents relating

to the collection of money be seized , which are in the possession of the

accused . Therefore it is necessary to give proper direction to the Moodbidri

police in the interest of justice and fair play.

May we request you to do the needful.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully

For Indian Christian Service Association

Robert Rosario General Secretary

Date : 06-11-06

Place : Mangalore

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Before The station house officer, Mangalore South police station, Mangalore

Between :

Antony John Monteiro, aged 79 years

S/o Piedade Monterio

Residing at 303, 2nd Floor

Heera Mothi Apratment

Opp. Mangalore Nursing Home

Balmatta, Mangalore

And

Rev. Fr. Lawrence F. Monteiro

S/o Piedade Monteiro

Residing at Mura

Airport Road, Bajpe, Mangalore

COMPLAINT FOR OFFENCES PUNISHABLE UNDER

SECTIONS 406, 409, 420, 465, 467, 468 AND 471 I.P.C.

The Complainant named above begs to submit as follows :

1. That the complainant is the elder brother’of the accused and both of

them alongwith other brothers and sisters are the co-owners of

ancestral immovable property measuring 10.10 acres comprised in

S.No.70/5, 70/3, 70/8, 70/9B, 117/1C, 166/2B2B along with residential

buildings and other improvements in Malavoor Village of Mangalore

Taluk.

2. That the Government through the Land Acquisition Officer, Mangalore

Sub Division, Mangalore, had acquired a portion of the above said

property for the purpose of expanding the Air Port situated at Bajpe

and proceeding were initialed in LAQ-SR.2/2005-2006 and ultimately

a total compensation of Rs.32,93,686/- was awarded towards the land

value and towards the value of improvements effected on the said

property.

3. That the complaint approached the Land Acquisition Officer at

Mangalore and on enquiry the complainant learnt that the accused

had withdrawn the entire compensation amount by using as genuine

a concocted and forged document styled as General Power of Attorney.

4. That the complainant submits that he has never executed a General

Power of Attorney in favour of the accused nor he autliorized the

accused to represent him before the acquisition officer or withdraw

the amounts on his behalf.

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5. That the complainant obtained a copy of the forged power of attorney

which was used by the accused before the Land Acquisition Officer

and the complainant noticed that the signature of the complainant on

the said power of attorney had been forged on all the four pages of

the said power of attorney.

6. That the accused had also impersonated the complainant before the

Notary namely Clarence. Pais before whom_the alleged power of

attorney was executed.

7. That the complainant is entitled to a 1/11th share in the total

compensation awarded and the share of the complainant amounts to

Rs.2,99,426/-.

8. That the accused has paid the complainant only a sum of Rs.66,717/

– out of Rs.2,99,426/- due to the complainant and a balance amount

of Rs.2,32,709/- alongwith accrued interest is due to the complainant

from the accused.

9. That the complainant has issued a legal notice to the accused calling

upon him to make good the amount due to him, but inspite of the

receipt of the said notice the accused has not made good the payment

due to the complainant.

10. That the accused by forging the signature of the accused on the Power

of Attorney has committed the offence /punishable under sections

465, 467, 468 I.P.C. and further by using the forged document as

genuine before the Land Acquisition officer he has committed offence

punishable under section 471 I.P.C. Further the accused by not making

the payments due to the complainant and by misappropriating the

amounts has committed the offence punishable under section 409m

406 and 420 I.P.C. and further the accused by impersonating the

complainant before the Notary has committed the offence punishable

under section 419 I.P.C

11. That the accused has also cheated and forged the signatures of the

other family members.

12. That the accused has committed the offences at Mangalore where the

office of the Land Acquisition Officer is situated and the same is within

the jurisdiction of the Mangalore South P.S.

13. It is therfore prayed, that the S.H.O may secure the presence of the

accused and deal with him in accordance with law, in the interest of

justice.

The list of witnesses and documents will be produced at the time of

investigation.

Complainant

Mangalore

Date : 7/2007

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19th November 2007

To

The Provincial Council

Sadbhavana

Bangalore

Dear Fathers,

Here by I admit and accept that I am the biological father of the child

born to Rekha D’Silva and I am willing to take the responsibility.

Owing my responsibility towards the child and Rekha I have decided to

settle down with her. Please do proceed with the legal matters

Thank you all everything

With Regards

Fr. Ambrose D’Souza Ocd

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Declaration on Rs. 20/- stamp paper of Goa

I, Ambrose D’Souza, son of Christine and Augustine D’Souza. Born on

7/12/1972 at Karkala Udupi district of Karnataka State. Age 35 years

wish to state that, Rekha Delilah D’Silva, daughter of Marie and late

Raymond D’Silva born on 3/12/1971 age 36 years delivered a boy on

14/02/2007 named Raphael Aaron D’Silva Patsis is my son. I wish to

declare that I am the biological father of the child Raphael and I am ready

to take the responsibility of being a father to the child and settling down

with Rekha D’Silva and bearing the responsibilities as a father and spouse.

Ambrose D’Souza

signed on oath before a notary.

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Rekha D.Dislva

F-1, Vrundawan Palace

Peddem -Karaswada

Mapusa-Goa

Tel : 2266014/9422637921

To

The Police Inspector

Mapasa Police Station

Mapasa Goa

Date

Sab : Cheating and threat by Amborse D’Souza

(alias Ambu) and his family

Sir,

1 the undersigned beg to lodge my complaint against the above accused

as under..

1) After mis – behaving, He said that he had informed his provincial and

action would he taken for his mis deeds and he also threatened me

then that being a priest his words had more value than what I had to

say and the consequences of me telling the truth would not be good

for me or mv family.

2) After being brought for inquiry by his Provincial he said that he would

settle the matter by himself saying that he would take the responsibility

of what he had done and informed the pro vincial and came to our

place saying that he would rectify the damage done and he stayed

here saying he had no where to go, When he said he could not do

such a Ihtng. he said that by him staying here he would dispensed and

he gave an affidavit stating that he is die biological father of the child

and thai he will settle down with me as a spouse and be a father to the

child,

3) The accused Ambrose D’souza when he assaulted mc. was asked to

leave our residence and he begged us saving he had no where to go

and not to take legal action against him sincc be was going to settle as

a family and stayed 2 months 7 days oil he came to know thai the

congregation has suspended him and documents would be sent to my

address to be signed by him for his dispensation from Rome and

therefore runs away after Sic had spoken to hts Niece Janet D’souza

and sister Eugine D’souza the next morning and runs away without

informing us about has where abouts robbing Rs. 19,000/- from my

cupboard Which he took along with him.

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4) When he was here his brother Anthony D’souza, sister Veronica

D’Souza alias (Vinda) and his Neice Janet D’souza came to my residence

to threaten me. Saying they would cause physical harm to me and the

child and burn us and my home for having complained to she religious

authorities about the misdeeds of Ambrose D’Souza. I wanted to lodge

a complaint for receiving threats, from them and the said Ambrose

D’souza again said, that since he would be settling the matter not to

lodge a complaint with the police even on that day he did not go away

with them and stopped mc from complaining to the Police about the

threats I have been receiving from them ever since that day.

5. On the day he had run away, the previous day he had spoken to bis

Niece Janet D’souza who had threatened us. On 26th Dec, 2007 at

3:00 pm afternoon and then at 4:00 pm afternoon and at 4:45 pm she

spoke to Ambrose D’souza on 27lh morning at 8:15 am we again receive

threats from Janet D’souza and Eugine who again spoke to Ambrose

D’souza and on that day it self 27th December 2007 he ran away

without informing robbing Rs, 19,000?- from my cupboard as he was

being aided and abetted by his family and they kept threatening us

ever since that day.

6. If any harm comes to me my child my mother or any family member,

I hold Ambrose D’Souza and his family solely responsible.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully

(Rekha D. D’Souza)

Copy to the Deputy Supdt. of Police for information and necessary action.

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From, P.B. D’Sa, President ICSA

To, Email : basilvas@yahoo.com

C.C. To the Bishop bishopap@sancharnet.in

Sub : Excommunication (social boycott of some families at

Kayyar church by your priest John Walter Mendanca

It has come to our notice that on account of excommunication of some

families in kayyar church by your Priest John Walter Mendonca peace in

the Parish is disturbed and law and order situation is very delicate. Some

innocent people have been assaulted by the people at the instigation of

John mendanca and have been constantly threatened over the telephone

and victimized by the supporters of the Priest Your Priest is harassing a

small group of people and as a result disputes have reached police stations

and the courts, and to add oil to the fire the said Priest is harassing the

excommunicated (orally) people, by refusing to solemnize the marriage

of one Maurice DSouza though 3 banns have been read, he wants the

couple to wait for 3 months, against rules made by the church, though

he has conducted marriages in 7/8 days of those who have bribed him,

pleased him. Even a marriage of a girl expecting a baby was alleged to

have been blessed recently out of time and out of turn.

When we approached your Priest in this connection Sunday 4/2/2007

he reluctantly agreed to bless the marriage but laid certain impractical

conditions He requested us to arrange for a compromise meeting on

18th/Feb 2007 for which we have agreed though there is no connection

whatsoever between the Kayyar Disputes and marriage. However the

place of meeting is not acceptable to us as we anticipate criminal elements

supporting the Priest to disturb and possibly, indulge In criminal acts at

the venue, as a taste of the same was given to us by the Priest and his

goondas who had rushed to the place of meet on last Sunday that is 4/2/

2007.

A group of youngsters started threatening us as we were talking to the

Priests and threatened us of dyre consequences, they told us not to talk

to the Priest alone, they threatened us saying that they will call the people

of the Parish and teach us a lesson, there was specially a young and good

looking woman who was vociferously abusing us and threatening us One

of the youngsters also threatened us with a gun.

Therefore please arrange for the meeting at any place other than Kayyar

Church and uniform us the place time of the meet, as we will be only 5/

6 persons, we do not want more than 5/6 persons from your side. Police

Protection should be provided at the meeting venue

Yours in Christ

P.B.D’Sa

President

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To

The Superintendent of Police

D.K. Mangalore

Dear Sir,

Sub: Rowdism and Criminal Acts by Vincent Priest of

Kuishekar Church

It is reported to us as follows: On the night of 29/11/07 a young Priest of

Kushekar Church in banian and chaddi assaulted, with his. fists, one Loy

Rasquinha, a Parishioner of Kuishekar, who was passing through the

mamool road (centuries old, which passes through the church compound,

between Kulsheka bus stand and Niddel to and from) The Priest appeared

to be drunk, when objecting Loy using the path way Time was around 9

30 p.m. and his name is Vincent A complaint has been registered at the

Kadri Police. station.

For sometime now, infact, after the arrival of 3 young Priests and one

Lawrence, as the Vicar of Kulshekar Church, night life has become more

active, Priests coming back from their night jaunts around 12.00 night to

1.30 in the morning is a common sight This has caused the Priests to

object, usage of this path way after7.00 p.m. by neighbours so that their

criminal and illegal activities are not noticed by the parishioners.

Connected to this is the recent demolition of a “sit out” existing within

the parish compound, but much away from the church premises, which

was being used by Parish youngsters for relaxation in the evenings after

games like cricket etc, which practice existed since the Kuishekar Church

started years back. The modern Priests who have taken Priesthood as a

profession, have become unscrupulous and corrupt and their personal

lives have become worst than criminals as unexpected and unaccounted

money has come into their hands. Drinking and womanizing has become

a routine with these priests.

However, they find it easy to turn the tables on the youngsters in the

Parish because of their cassock and support of innocent followers who

are not aware of the night life of these young priests, as we!! as

misappropriations of public funds.

We thereofore seek impartial investigations into the present incidence

which occured on 29/1/07 at Kulshekar and a proper bond to be taken

from the Priest so that he does not indulge in any rowdism and criminal

acts in future. He has a history of criminal violence in the seminary where

he was under training.

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Blocking of centuries old pathway is illegal as it is a mamool path way.

The same should be kept open for the use of public as usual. We have

further learnt from Kadri station that the said Priest was summoned to

the Police station and some statement has been obtained from him it also

learnt that a false allegation has been made against the complainant that

he was drunk in the night on 29th November 2007. this is a faise allegation

as he has no habit of taking any intoxicants. In fact the Priest is a habitual

drunkard.

We may take this opportunity to enlighten you that there is a reformation

movement going on in the “Christian Church” specially aiming at change

in the management style ofthe Priests., more powers to the laymen in the

temporal issues, more transparency in management and money matters,

as most of Priests have become unscrupulous., corrupt and live a life of

luxury and sin. Priests have become not oniy unaccountable but also

power drunk. They act like Dictators in their own domain, the educated

youth who are questioning them are targeted by them with false complaints

and false propaganda, making use of innocent and eideriy people.

Under these circumstances our youngsters have to be protected from

false allegations and complaints made by the Priests and their agents.

Priests background has to be probed before any steps are taken against

our Christian Youth.

end : Two booklets published by I.C.S.A

Yours faithfully

P.B D’Sa

President

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ST ANTONY’S CHURCH UJIRE

Rev Fr…………………………

Parish Priest

P.O. UJIRE – 574 240

Ref No……….. Date……………………

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Note : This is a love letter from a Parish Priest to an young girl.

received by me through a parishioner and a member of IC.SA

P.B.D’Sa

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Mr. Aroksunder

Vice – Provincial

Bangalore

Ours is an Association engulfing the entire Indian Christians, whether

they live in Bannur or Puttur, or Mangalore, Bangalore, Delhi, Tokyo,

New York or England. We represent all Indian Christians living on Earth,

Heaven or Hell.

Our main aim is to empower the laity on earth and save them from

mental torture meted out to them by the mediocre clergy who are arrogant,

corrupt, authoritarian, businessmen cheating the govt, of its taxes and

cheating the laity in the name of God, Hell and Heaven, spending most of

their time in sex and all types of temporal pleasures. We want to liberate

the indoctrinated laymen from the clutches of these representatives of

satan in the garb of a sheep.

Our aims in more details are enclosed herewith.

You are aware that your representative Alokiaswamy who is very ably

representing you at Bannur is not only involved in mismanagement and

frauds but also in sexual excapades as the people of Bannur have written

to you 4 times by Registered letters, though you had the audacity to say

that you have no complaints against the Priest, when I spoke to you for

the first time on 3.11.08.

In my conversation^ with you on 3.11.08 and later after a week regarding

your “Play Boy” married bachelor Priest by name Alokiaswamy who is

representing you very ably at Bannur Church Puttur. I tried to brief you

about the information I had received from our members at Bannur, but

you did not show much interest in talking to me.

Like any other Priest or Bishop in India, your replies were vague, ambiguous

and excapist type. I have handled not less than 10 Bishops and a large

numbers of Vicars whom I call Royal Princess, who have no courage to

face any crisis face to face. All that they do is hide, dodge and defend

their, Juniors because the Juniors follow the footstep of their Seniors.

They have no difference at all in their attitudes and their acts though they

preach one thing and practice exactly the opposite

Karl Marx was not wrong when he said “Religion is an opium of masses”

INDIAN CHRISTIAN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

“Pauline, Father Mullers Road, Valencia, Mangalore – 575002

Ph : 4252170 Mob : 9008820186

EMPOWERING THE LAITY

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And you people are exploiting a basic human weekness i.e. fear.

After your disciples at Bannur burnt the monthly magazine brought out

by some laymen in the premises of Bannur Church after announcing the

same from the pulpit, your hero disappeared from the Church for a week

as he was afraid of the consequences. But a cunning secular senior priest

controlling Bannur Church played his usual tricks (we are well aware of

these tricks) took the delinquent Priest under his protection just to gain

time, promised to transfer the Priest but brought him back quietly. We

are aware that all arrogant Priests do not want to respect public opinion.

They will always dictate terms and think that they are experts in managing

people. Because of their arrogance thousands are migrating to “New Life”

“Believers Church” etc. and Bajrangies have taken courage to attack

Churches.

I had told you specifically that I am passing an important information in

your interest and that there will be back lashes if you try to play your old

tricks. I even warned you that there may be physical obstructions and

resistance if you insist on this Priest of yours with 4 girl friends to be back

at Bannur. But you did not care.

Occasion has now come to speak out because you and Bishop both

played tricks with the people. In the name of a enquiry, you both have

tried to hush up the matter. But the result is negative. This is the only

method that priests-know. It worked once. It will not work now, most of

the people do not believe in your heaven hell and that is why they are not

afraid of your false preachings.

Now you dance according to our music.

Already, under the able leadership of your disciples, your daughters in

law Pauline and Pricilla have torn another magazine “Harso” on Sunday

the 23rd Nov. ’08. If you cassock wearing women are so arrogant, and try

to dominate us, let us see who wins this time.

We will expose all you deeds as we are not interested in giving you

anymore opportunity to repent.

What is more, your adopted son, has a room in Harady where he goes

every night at 9.00 p.m. and spends his night with your daughters in law

and comes back in the morning. When well wishers of the community,

like this association wants to help^you turn arrogant and foolish.

I wish you get 2 grandsons in another 9 months? through your adopted

son ArokiaSwamy.

Yours faithfully

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The Catholic

Bishop of Mangalore Diocese

Kodialbail

Mangalore-3

Brother Aloysius,

Sub: Kidnapping and attempt to murder John D’Souza a

Journalist, made by your Priest at Kayyar John Waiter

Mendonca.

We are pained to report to you about a criminal act committed by your

Priest at Kayyar on John D’Souza a journalist, on 30/9/2007.

A fact finding report prepared by a nationally reputed human rights

organization in conjunction with us, which is self explanatory, is enclosed

herewith.

We had written to you about a year back about the criminal activities of

this priest, who has also defrauded lakhs of public money under the

pretext of erecting a school building as well as an attempt made by him

on the life and house of above mentioned. John D’Souza because he

exercised his rights as a journalist. You slept over the matter.

His freedom of expression was violated by your Priest. Surprisingly your

Priest has indulged in criminal acts just to silence a voice of fair play and

justice. He has misused his cassock to hide his criminal mind and acts.

You have time and again defended crooked, cunning and arrogant. Priests

who have amassed lot of wealth and misused a number of women. All

our attempts to cleanse our society have fallen on deft ear. By this letter,

we demand immediate transfer of John Walter Mendonca from Kayyar

Parish within 7 days and proper enquiry and dismissal of this Priest,

failing which we will resort to a series of demonstration, all over the

Diocese starting from your residence at Kodialbail, for which development

you will be held solely responsible.

INDIAN CHRISTIAN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

“Pauline, Father Mullers Road, Valencia, Mangalore – 575002

Ph : 2436787

Your’s faithfully

For Indian Christian Service Association

P.B.D’Sa

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INDIAN CHRISTIAN SERVICE ASSOCIAION

Pauline”, Fr. Muller’s Road, Valencia, Mangalore – 575 002

Dear brother Peter Noronha,

Ours is an all India Association born in 1999, with the aim of reforming

and restructuring Indian Christian Church and empowering the laymen.

Congrats, though you are entitled to be called as a “Father” I refrain from

calling you as father, since you are a disgraced father.

Over the last 30 years I have heard about your nocturnal adventures. I

have also heard about your affair with your brother’s wife. Recently many

men met me to tell me that you have a grown up son for whom you have

bought a flat at Kankanady and also a car. I am also told that he black

mails you and you are under his clutches. 1 am also told that his name is

Sunil or something close to it, and that he is a true successor to you as he

is found to bring different girls to his flat now and then, though he does

not normally stay there.

I am also informed that you survive on 2 doses of insulin a day 30 ML

each time, but you are not ready to give up your bottle of scotch every

day. If you were not a Priest, I would not have cared for all these adventures

of yours, which I am ready to disbelieve unless and until you confirm the

truth. 1 like lovers. But I hate crooks in the garb of sheep.

You are a Priest and you live by the Alms that people give you. Priesthood

is not a profession and you cannot fool me saying that you are serving the

people. You have given up these worldly pleasures and your family and

dedicated yourself for the service of the people. Christians are ready to

meet your needs but definitely not your greed, adventures, and pleasures

of the flesh. People pretend to respect you but behind your back curse

you.

I will wait for 15 days to hear from you denying the allegations, as it is

only you who can speak on this subject, failing which I will construe that

the allegations are true and feel free to expose your life time adventures.

I am doing this as my duty.

Yours faithfully

for Indian Christian service association

P.B.D’SA

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This Note was being distributed on 23/02/04 near Taj Mahal

Hotel at Milagres Junction.

BENDUR RUMBLING

1. Church Expenses Too High : Viear sleeps in A.C. Room monthly

current, telephone, Mobile, internet bills amount to a whopping Rs.

45,000/- to Rs. 48,000/-

2. Vicar’s Dictatorship : Parish council and finance commitee have no

say in church matters. All resolutions /projects are passed under

pressure of the Parish Priest. Church steps renovated by Non publishers

contractor. An utter waste of Rs. 4 Lakhs. When Parishioners fund

Church Projects, the works are given to Non Parishioners, example.

Watch out for church Auditorium repairs.

3 Caution Parishioners : Wake up before it is too late. Come out in the

open, oppose the tyranny of the Priests and stop all donations. The

Priests are our servants not boss

4. Watch out for (Padre) “Peters Tales shortly in Print.

Who ne’er has suffered, he has lived but half, who never failed,

he never strove or sought, who never wept is stranger to a

laugh, And he who never doubted never thought.

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I observed “a “locomotive in the railroad yards one day,

It was waiting in the roundhouse where the locomotives stay,

It was panting for the journey, it was coaled and fully manned,

And it had a box the fireman was filling full of sand..

It appears that locomotives cannot always get a grip

On their slender iron pavement ‘cause the wheels are apt to slip;

And when they reach a slippery spot, their tactics they command,

And to get a grip upon the rail, they sprinkle it with sand.

It’s about the way with travel along life’s slippery track—

If your load is rather heavy, you’re always slipping back;

So, if a common locomotive you completely understand,

You’ll provide yourself in starting with a good supply of sand.

If your track is steep and hilly and you have a heavy grade,

If those who’ve gone before you have the rails quite

slippery made, If you ever reach the summit of the upper tableland,

You’ll find you’ll have to do it with a liberal use of sand.

If you strike some frigid weather and discover to your cost,

That you’re liable to slip upon a heavy coat of frost,

Then some prompt decided action will be called into demand,

And you’ll slip ‘way to the bottom if you haven’t any sand

You can get to any station that is on life’s schedule seen,

If there’s fire beneath the boiler of ambition’s strong machine,

And you’ll reach a place called Flushtown at a rate

of speed that’s grand,

If for all the slippery places you’ve a good supply of sand.

It can do you no harm if you memorize the poems quoted

In this lesson and make the philosophy upon

which they are based a part of your own.

Material for “Christianreforms”, worldpress.com

Material for “Christianreforms, worldpress.com

 

-DHUJE

Cover-up by the Vatican still goes on…..

 

Vatican has failed to learn its lesson for the past few years, when it covered up the sexual and monetary scandals of cleargy and Bishops, now Ireland has given it an ultimatum. the prime minister of Ireland Enda Kenny has condemned the Holy See for “covering up and torture of children”, so far the Vatican has not taken any action against the culprits. the Vatiocan has recalled its Ambassador Monsignor Giuseppe leanza, after the revelations of rape and beatings of members of the religious orders and priests in the past against children. now the once famous Catholic church has lost its dominant role in Ireland. Following wave of criticism there heighted tensions between Ireland and the Vatican. Now nearly 40% of the people of Ireland follow the church, rest have become rebles. We wonder shy Vatican does not take any steps to reform the clergy and Bishops ? if things  go on like this within the next few years there will be large scale exodus by the laity. then who will be the real looser?

 

Begging and thieving is common now in the Catholic church!

attending a lity empowerment covention in my native district at Mangalore on May 8th this year, put me out of the church, now i am a recaused Catholic. The testimonies that the participants gave against the clergy and Bishop made us feel that they are “shop-keeprs and hawkers” of the faith. when asked they fail to produce the accounts, and  threaten the laity and some laity and some laity are ex-communicated, who is the valid person to excommunicate?. God doesnot ex-communicate us? even questioning him? Mere mortals like priest’s have the right to ex-communicate, it has not legal basis. best thing for such persons victimised by the clergy is to boycott the church, donot pay your annual dues, never give your offerings, if they dont wish to bury your dear ones, bury them elsewhere, you can Baptise your children or grand children. why we need clergy? For rituals.? If you have guts you can say mass on your Eating table, who stops you. Is their ordination has any power of the Holy Spirit ? If it has, then our Bishops and clergy donot rob the church, like Judas. Remember that our clergy are the Judasses, then why bother them. as laity we must show our Strength to handle the clergy, and if we have guts we can use violence, provided we face the law. after many years in the church i came the conclusion that Violence will help us, once you use violent methods against bishops and clergy, they will relent and call you as their co-partners. have a big stick to beat the Bishops and clergy, why are you afraid. Many years ago my good friend Patrick D’Sa told me that “Priests live by begging”, we all agree, but they are beggars  with a golden bowl and crucify Jesus Christ with golden nails!

 

Priests identify today with the rich!.

Priests today identify with the rich and not the poor. the rich give them money and the poor cant.

By serving  the rich citizens they are looking after their own interests. “Your heart is where your treasure is”. In Brazil most of the clergy there cater to the rich and middle class ignoring the poor, result, the poor joined Evengelical and Pentocostal cults and sects, where they are taken care off. Vatican doesnot give any directive to the clergy to serve the poor instead asks them to a mass money and institutions for the church, Vatican says “ hell with the poor”, and damn the poor! “Should not Shepherds feed the sheep? you eat, the fat, you clothe yourselves  with the wool, you slaughter the failings, but you donot feed the sheep” [Ezekiel 34:2] These days clergy are involved in political liberalism, immorality, irreligiosity, and irresponsibility, that is the cause of the down fall of the Catholic Church, “Treat  the people and their needs  as Holy”, is forgotten in the church today. The chosen few[priests] enjoy fully the riches of the community.

 

Treat the People’s needs as Holy

Despite all the pomp and circumstance permeating the  church today, the truth us that Jesus didn’t  found an institituion, he started a movement, he started a movement. he ordained no Bishops, pastors, deacons or trustees. he issued no ecclesiatical decrees, wrote no complicated doctrines, established no churches, endorsed no religious hierarchies. Jesus simple taught  the men and women who needed his call by loving their neighbours themselves.  All Jesus had was movement, plain and simple, and all who followed him in his lifetime were not only his disciples, they were also partners in that movement.

 

Catholic priests are privileged artstocray!

 

These days we find that our Catholic priests live like aristocrats, they own cars, have concubines, hefty bank balances girl frinds and none of them embrce the poverty of Jesus  or his Apostles. Many join the priesthood to a mass wealth, like the Bishop of Mangalore, Aloysius Paulo D’Souza [his net worth is nearly Rs.10 Crores  and owns three houses, though he is a heart patient]. This Bishop came from a poor family of sharecroppers and tenant farmers, he was good at studies, and after a few years as priest he was sent Rome to study Cannon law, and he get a Doctorate  in Cannon law, and forgot it in his wrong doing? Who respect’s him not even a stray dog at Mangalore. now he is called as “Chor Bishop of Mangalore”.  This Bishop like other Bishops of the Catholic church are widely perceived as avaricious and predatory. it is well known in the Mangalore and other dioceses of India, there is economic exploitation of the parishioners. Here, in India, parishioners arestructured as inferiors not people of God. these days most priests in India are assuming with hauty condescension. Priests failed to peach, teach and serve.

 

But the Church’s hierarchy was hierarchy of roles and functions, not of rank. Elected Bishops should be considered first among belivers, unfortunately Vatican imposes on us” chor Bishops” like Aloysius Paulo D’Souza, where as it gives  opporunity to elect Bishops for our neighbouring  Syro-Malankara church, considered as Eastern church, whereas Vatican denies so the so called Latin church the privelege of electing our own Bishops, and that’s why we get wrong Bishops like Bishop Aloysius! We need Anna Hazare type of people who can get us justice from the Vatican, how long we have to suffer the wrongs of incompent and spiritually bankrupt Bishops? We may have to shoot  them? Then may be Vatican will relent!

How false prophets can be identified?

 

  1. They are silent about issues of Social justice.
  2. They function s uncritical supports of rulers and politicians, rather shun their moral conscience and dedicated arbiters of biblical justice.
  3. They donot chanllenge political regime, false prophets either align themselves with them or say nothing at all. Religious leaders who claim to be prophets yet ignored to speak the truth to power! Biblical justice is the establishment or restoration of fair, equitable and harmonius relationships in society. Love your neighbour as yourself, a lesson that much of Christendom in our time seems to have forgotten or never to have learned.

Jesus called priests in the Mathew’s Gospel “blind guides” a brood of vipers, and white washed tombs”. If you read the good Samaritan Jesus was against the clergy of his time.

 

What is Miracle ?

 

People run to Potta and other places for “ signs and wonders” and try to get HEALINGS, peace and tranquility, prospertiy in their lives? Then what is a miracle. Every One waits for it. “A miracle is an unusual or extraordinary event that is in principle perceivable by others, that finds no reasonable explanation in ordinary human abilities or in others operate in the world of time and space, and that is the result of a special act of God or the gods or human beings transformed by efforts of thier own through ascetism and meditation”. Potta fathers donto fast, show no ascetism or perform any medition, they are after money, with dubious healings, that are never documented by Physicians. After all going to any so called healer is a frenzy! a group psychosis.

 

How is that in elightened times, when every impossibility was rejected with scorn, the world believed excessively in miraculous incredibilities without the confirmation of any miracles at all? There is Hasidic Saying “He who believes all these tales is a fool, but anyone who cannot believe them is a heretic”

 

After all Christ demands his followers to follow him to the Cross, suferings pain, disease and death we have to bear, after all Christ suffered for nearly 16 hours of agony, can we escape our agony, and what manner of death we may face? Face it with all your  might, as if you are carying your own cross to calvary!

 

Catholic church will be reduced in numbers by 2025 Christian era or A.D.

 

Many population experts project that Christanity by 2025 will reach between 2500 million to 3000 million in numbers. Catholic church will loose nearly 500 million, and will be reduced to 700-800 million. Evangelical and Pentocostal are rapidly expanding their numbers and competing with the Catholic church. Islam will reach around 2000 million to 2300 million. Mostly it will gain in ASIA, Viz, India, Pakisthan, Bangaladesh and Indonesia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roughly the breakdown is as follows: Christians.

Latin America          650 million

Africa                         780 million

Europe                      600 million

Asia                            500 million

North America        330 million

Oceania                     50 million

2910 million [Estimated]                                                  Asian Drama

 

This shows that Catholic church will no longer be the largest denomination by 2025 AD, unless it does vigorous evangelisation and prose telisation. May be a next liberal Popr can do, as the Church has ample resources. Ther present Pope will not live the Next five years! Everything  depends on Pope’s leadership! In Asia Christanity has made less headway. the chief reason has been strength and cultural enhancement of competing world religious-Hinduism, Buddism, and Islam. The battle between Islam and Christanity continues as bitterly int o the present as before, with militant forces of Islam breaking down ancient forms of Christanity in such places as the lebanon, Palestine, and Pakistan, Generally speaking Christian mission made headway in Asia only when it managed to win converts among group peripheral to major socio-religious formations, formations, such as some outcaste Christian groups and tribal peoples in India, ethnic peripherals in Nepal, Thailand, Burma, and Indonesia and more recently, evangelical middle class transnational groups in Singapore and some other small tiger economics of Asia.

 

Meanwhile the main action in the unforlding drama of subjectivisation both spiritual and secular continues to take place outside the churches rather than with them. Christanity’s heaby freight becomes a stumbling block in Asia to prosetelyze.

 

Diabolical tendencies among the Christians of India: I am dowser while dowsing we find whether a person is influenced by occult powers or had resorted to them. it is sad when nothering happens, most of the Christians from lower middle class middle class flock to the Baba’s to relieve their suffering or get rid of their sicknes  that canot be cured in medicine, or to get what they want in life, anyway we give below Black magic evenues available to those who seek it.

  1. Jadotona: Casting of spells.
  2. Indrajala: Creation of Illusions
  3. Sadhnas: Obtaining miraculour powers
  4. Vashikarna: Complete control over women, husbands etc.,
  5. Mohana: Attraction
  6. Stambjana: Immobilization
  7. Shantikarna: Pacification
  8. Marana: Causing death
  9. Videshna: Sowing enmity.

 

Anyway, you cant trust these Bhabhas and  soothsayers, charlatans, astrologers, etc. Some tantriks have the Devil power, they can do, but they are rarely found, despite the operate within their own circles. There are some specialise in excorcism, but it is better to got  to a priest who practices exorcism than to a Bhabha or Tantrik. Christians cant resort to evil power as it is a Capital sin, against the Holy Spirit. Beware of Babas!.

 

The religious resugence throught the world

 

The religious resurgence throughout the world is a reaction against secularism, moral relativism and self indulgence and a reafirmation of the values of order, discipline, work, mutual help  and human solidarity.

 

Christanity with its message of personal salvation and individual destiny offered a surer comfort in a time of confusion and change, Catholic Churche’s slowness in comming to terms with technicalities of Urban life and its structure that occasionally makes it incapable of responding to the psychological needs of present day people. The Protestant church [One Brazilian priest observed] “the Protestant churches meet the basic needs of the person human warmth, healing, a deep spiritual experience. Christanity is going through a resurgence connected to modernization and in Latin America it has taken Protestant rather than Catholic Form. Catholicism reflects the inability to meet psychological, emotional, and social needs of people caught in the traumas of modernization.

 

Pope John Paul on Islam refer “Crossing the Threshold of Hope”, this book sold about 5 million copies in 5 languages world wide.

“In Islam all the richness of God’s self revelation which constitutes the heritage of the old and New Testaments, has definitely been set aside. Islam is not a religion of redemption. There is no room for the cause and the Resurrection. Jesus is mentioned, but only as Prophet who prepares the last “Prophet” Mohammed. But the tragedy of redemption is completely absent. For this reason not only the theology but also the anthropology of Islam is very distant from Christanity”

 

Gospel

The gospel doesnot promise comfortable life to anyone. the gospel is not a promise of easy success, undergoing systematic  process of decomposition and decline.

it makes demands, it is a great promise of eternal life for man who is subject to the law of death and the promise of victory throught faith for man, who is subject to many tricks and set backs.