Justice Saldanha objects the statement of Chief Minister – “Hindu Dharma is in Danger”
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source: Karavali Ale
source mailed by: Gordon Jacobs
A Parishioner seeks JUSTICE IN OUR LADY OF SALVATIONCHURCH(OLSC), DADAR since she feels it is better to fight for Justice when alive than after death as her character has been assassinated and church owned computers have allegedly been used to commit a cyber crime and hence will protest on 27th November 2011 near Our Lady of Salvation Church Dadar.It is indeed a shame that she has not been able to get justice.
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source: The Hindu; Mailed by : Gordon Jacobs
Ireland has become the first major Catholic nation to break its ties with the Vatican over the child sex abuse issue after it closed its embassy in the Holy See.The country cited “economic reasons” for closing the embassy, that has infuriated the Holy See as it might lead to other closures now that Dublin has shown the way.
In a communique, the Irish Foreign Ministry said the mission was being closed because “it yields no economic return” and that relations would be continued with an ambassador in Dublin.However, observers said the closure of the embassy at the Holy See, Iran and Timor-Leste would result in economies of a paltry €1.2 million per year.
The Irish decision has brought relations between Dublin and the Vatican, considered unbreakable and very close, at an all-time low.Besides economic considerations, there is simmering anger in Dublin over the Vatican’s protracted cover-up of priests who sexually abused children in their care.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has accused Rome of stonewalling, if not obstructing, official enquiries into the abuse which went on as late as 2009. He said the Church was guilty of “dysfunction, disconnection, elitism and narcissism.”Ireland has been one of the most faithful daughters of the Catholic Church, banning abortion even today and introducing divorce only in 1995.But the very close relationship enjoyed by the Vatican with successive Irish governments was severely damaged by a series of reports over the Church’s seemingly deliberate obliviousness to child sex abuse by Catholic priests.
Indeed in Ireland, most educational institutions were at one time almost exclusively run by the Church and abuse and harsh, even inhuman, treatment of children flourished.“The decision to close the embassy does not surprise me,” Moira D., an Irish journalist based in Paris, told The Hindu.
“For months now, there has been seething anger towards the hypocrisy of Rome and this decision will be welcomed by the people,” she said.While Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore denied the embassy closure was linked to the row over sexual abuse, Rome-based diplomats said they believed it probably played a major role.
Gilmore stressed that the decision to close down the Embassy in the Vatican was unrelated to the Holy See’s recall of Papal Nuncio to Ireland this year.The Irish government, he said, will not sell Villa Spada, a hugely valuable property which serves as the Irish mission to the Vatican. Instead, staff from the Irish embassy to Italy will be moved from rented premises to the Villa Spada.
Cardinal Sean Brady, the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, said he was profoundly disappointed by the decision and hoped the government would “revisit” it.“This decision seems to show little regard for the important role played by the Holy See in international relations and of the historic ties between the Irish people and the Holy See over many centuries,” Cardinal Brady said.
An Indian source at the Vatican said this decision “comes at a particularly bad time when the world is going through troubled times, both morally and economically. The Church has solutions to offer but politicians are unwilling to hear them.”
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to: Fr Vernon Private
Dated: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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A mail From: judith monteiro
to: Archbishop of Bombay
Dated: Tue, Nov 1, 2011
Your Eminence, just when One thinks the Church can surprise us no more, some Church authority somewhere proves us wrong
I refer to the recent News on a site :
Blessing of Graves Postponed on All Souls day in St.Michaels Church Mahim
My query to you Your Eminence is “isn’t all souls day an universal date on the Catholic Calendar ? If yes, did this Parish have Your permission as the Archbishop to postpone it ?
Correct me if I am wrong, but we were brough up by our parents & elders with the teaching that this is not an ordinary calendar date but one laced with religious & personal human sentiments for the departed souls. Prayers recited at the graveyard for the intentions of the Pope & the dearly departed gains one plenary indulgence. It is the day when one prays not only for the souls in the family but also for the abandoned souls, all souls in purgatory, unborn aborted souls, etc. Can such a day be tampered with.The significance of 2nd Nov is not just that day but it follows ALL SAIINTS DAY (1st nov) which is marked as a day of prayer & rosaries for the souls in preparation for ALL SOULS DAY. Infact Indians are so touchy about family sentiments (& rightfully so), etc that when people in Mumbai were asked to recycle coffins they openly objected to it, how then will such a strong indian community react to a date dedicated to the dead being postponed – i do not need to tell you, you know the answer.
What surprises us, the laity is”Why postpone the day”. wouldnt more prayers specially in communion with people of other faiths be more welcome ? surely people seeing the flowers & candles, etc would not stand on the graves ? volunteers, ushers, youth could have been used to request those attending the novena to stand elsewhere.
If it can be postponed by 1 parish then tomorrow why not others ? in that case why not have it on a convenient day – Sunday ? The Catholic Church which is already facing dwindlng population, baptised but nonpractising catholics, precedence of money over right or wrong, etc what example are we setting to our youth & our future generations ? An example of – “fulfilling of your christian duty is important, not love for your christian values & teachings”, do what you want, as you want … which will result in situations like Sunday obligation fulfilled on saturday evening not as an emergency case but so that one can happily party the weekend away once the obligation is fulfilled
Your Eminence, today the date is postponed to the next day due to Wednesday novenas, next yr those celebrating St Jude novena on thursdays will postpone it by a day, following year First friday celebrations will again postpone it by a day, Tuesday St Anthony’s novenas will postpone it by a day ….will this be a precedence for others to follow as per occassions as & when the need arises?
Your Emminence, was this decision taken after approval of the Archdiocese & U in particular ? was it a solo decision by the parish priest ? Even if it was in consultation with the parish council isnt yours or a bishops permission needed ? Request you to kindly make your say on this matter known thro the Examiner so that the laity are not confused on religious aspects of the church.
In fact your Emminence, would like to request you to ask all churches to maintain the respect due to the dead. Its noticed that on every wednesday people stand in the graveyard & hear the novenas BUT your emminence whats wrong is that THEY STAND ON THE GRAVES. Is that the respect we give our dead ? We lovingly care for our family graves but do not think twice before walking over the graves in Mahim. what example are we setting to our non-christian brethren ? Our dead loved ones should be respected all year through not just on 2nd nov. Hence would request you to kindly ask them to shut the doors of the graveyard from public use & make announcements requesting peope not to stand on the graves – simple signboards at strategic locations too can help.
Once again request that some clarification on this & general postponement of Church approved calendar dates be carried in the Examiner. (This will also ensure that people do not blame the Archdiocese for individual parish decisions which may be wrong as at some times the Archbishops house may be the last to know)
Yours in Christ,