Notice to CASK

21th July 2012

To:

1. Dr. Derek Lobo,
2. Capt. Hugh Vaz,
3. Mrs. Lily Pereira,
4. David V. Pais,
5. Walter D’Sa
6. Group Capt. Leslie Rebello,
7. Capt. John P. Menezes,
8. Marjorie Texeira,
9. Leena Fernandes,
10. Dr. Errol Pinto,
11. Winston D’Souza,
12. Zozimus Pais,
13. JJV Fernandes,
14. F.M. Lobo,
15. Ian Lobo,
16. Lawrence Pinto,
17. Norbert Moras,
18. Ullhas Rasquinha,
19. Dr. Gerard D’Souza,
20. Marcel Monteiro,
21. Arjun Pinto,
22. Thelma Pais,
23. Terry Pais,
24. Nayana Fernandes,

Catholic Association of South Kanara (CASK),
Catholic Centre, Hampankatta,
MANGALORE – 575 001.

Dear Sirs,

It has come to the notice of the undersigned that a Criminal Complaint has been lodged with the Police Authorities of the Mangalore North Police Station by Dr. Derek Lobo for and on behalf of CASK. The 24 of you are Office-bearers and members of the Governing Council and have been parties to the action by authorizing it. This foists both the Civil and Criminal liability for the action on each of you individually as also collectively.

The Complaint specifically alleges the commission of serious Criminal Offences and it pre-supposes the fact that there is specific evidence to substantiate these Offences. The allegation is to the effect that Circulars issued in June 2011 bearing the signature of the President – Dr. Derek Lobo are alleged to have been fabricated and the charge is that Justice M. F. Saldanha and I, Mr. Patrick D’Sa am liable for the commission of these offences. The allegations in question are per se false. If all or any of you have any evidence in support of the allegations, I am officially calling upon you to disclose it and further more, you will indicate as to what is the basis on which the complaint has been filed against me.

In the month of May 2011, I had addressed a letter to the President of CASK, strongly disapproving of what had taken place at the Mangalore Club on 21st November 2010. Inter-alia, I had condemned the promotion of alcoholism that has ruined the Catholic Community. I had also disapproved of the large consumption of liquor smuggled in from Goa at that function. I was one of those who had attended the function and I have with me one of the sealed bottles that was sold on the occasion. There were several other issues/offences that had been pointed out by me in this letter which is officially on record. Not a single one of the charges was even denied or disputed.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In response to what I had pointed out the President of CASK issued Circulars containing explanations/ justifications but more importantly, ADMISSIONS. It was then very clear why a bunch of traders had hijacked this Association which was being used as a front for so called transactions yielding not lakhs but crores of rupees. Subsequently, these cases were taken up for investigation by the Government Authorities and several months later, when the situation became extremely uncomfortable for your President, he suddenly came out with the contention that the Circulars have been fabricated. There is direct and circumstantial evidence to establish that he is the author of the Circulars. One of the tell-tale circumstances is the pertinent question as to why did it take him so many months to dispute the genuineness and as a lame defence to run to the Police with a false complaint.

The lodging of a false complaint with the Police is per-se defamatory. This act was pursuant to a Criminal conspiracy between all of you to defame me and to try and subject me to the rigours and humiliation of a prosecution. The Law prescribes rigorous penalties on those indulging in malicious prosecution. The Civil liability for defamation is an independent and distinct cause of action apart from prosecution under Section 500 IPC.

This Notice is officially served on the Registered Office of CASK and it is presumed that it would be communicated to each of you individually. If there is any defence that you would like to put forward, this will have to be done within a period of 15 days from today, failing which, action according to Law will ensue at your risk as to costs and consequences.

Yours faithfully,

 
(P.B. D’Sa)

 

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Can we be like Parsees & India be like UK?

Lord Bilimoria’s Speech at the House of Lords On the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe.

House of Lords – Thursday 24 May 2012 

Opening speech by Lord Bilimoria to move the motion:

“That this House takes note of the contribution made by minority ethnic and religious communities to the cultural life and economy of the United Kingdom, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe”

My Lords, more than 1,000 years ago, a group of Zoroastrian refugees fleeing religious persecution in Iran arrived in India in what is now the state of Gujarat. The Zoroastrians asked the local king for refuge but he said there was no space for them in his land. One of the Zoroastrian priests asked the king for a cup of milk filled to the brim. The priest gently took a teaspoon of sugar and stirred it into the milk without spilling a drop. He then said to the king, “If you take us into your kingdom, we will be like the sugar in the milk: we will blend in with you but we will also make your kingdom sweeter”. The king allowed them to stay and that group of refugees, and others who followed, flourished to become India’s Zoroastrian Parsee community.

Fast-forward over 1,000 years and the Zoroastrian community is still tiny: only 69,000 people, less than 0.006% of India’s population of 1.2 billion people, and yet wherever you go in India, everyone knows who a Parsee is. Moreover, what makes me so proud as a Zoroastrian Parsee is the reputation of our community within India. When I took over as UK chairman of the Indo-British Partnership, now the UK India Business Council, of which I am president, my Indian counterpart Narayana Murthy, one of India’s most respected business leaders, said to me, “I have never met a bad Parsee”.

Mahatma Gandhi said: “In numbers, Parsees are beneath contempt, but in contribution, beyond compare”.

Over the centuries, the Zoroastrian Parsee community has excelled in every field. Today, both the Chief Justice of India and the Solicitor-General of India are Parsees. Maestro Zubin Mehta, the world-famous conductor; the late Freddie Mercury of Queen; Farokh Engineer, the great cricketer—all Zoroastrian Parsees. I could go on. In fact, I could go so far as to say that in achievement per capita, the Zoroastrian community is the most successful in the world by far. However, the community has not only looked after its own but has always put back into the wider community. It exemplifies one of my favourite sayings: “It is not good enough to be the best in the world, you also have to be the best for the world”.

The Zoroastrian faith was brought to the world by the prophet Zoroaster in around 1500 BC. It is said to be one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions, if not the oldest, with a god, a supreme being, and the concepts of good and evil and heaven and hell. This was the religion of the largest of the ancient empires, the Persian Empire. This was the religion of the Emperors Xerxes, Darius and Cyrus the Great.

The Emperor Cyrus is of course credited with writing the world’s first Bill of Rights, the Cyrus cylinder, which is far older than our own Magna Carta, whose 800th anniversary we will soon be celebrating. The basis of Zoroastrian faith is three words: “Humata, Hukhta, Hvarshta”—good thoughts, good words, good deeds. I was the founding chair of the World Zoroastrian Chamber of Commerce in the UK. Our motto is: “Industry and Integrity”. When the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury visited the Zoroastrian Centre recently, he explained that the word “integrity” comes from the Latin word “integrum”, which means wholeness. In order to practise integrity, you need to feel complete and whole.

During our 150th anniversary, when His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Zoroastrian Centre in Harrow—a grade 2 listed building—he arrived in a Land Rover. When I greeted him, I said: “Sir, thank you for arriving in a Tata-mobile!”. Jaguar Land Rover is, of course, now owned by one of India’s largest conglomerates, the Tata Group, a Zoroastrian Parsee company. When Jamsetji Tata, the founder, set up Tata Steel over 100 years ago in the jungles of what was then part of the state of Bihar, where our company, Molson Coors Cobra, now owns the only brewery in the state, a British civil servant at the time dismissed the idea of an Indian ever owning a steel factory and said he would eat every bar of steel that came out of that factory. He has certainly had to eat his words. Now, a century later, Tata Steel owns British Steel—Corus—and is one of the largest steel manufacturers in the world.

I am proud to be the first Zoroastrian Parsee to sit in your Lordships’ House. Before I made my maiden speech, the first thing I did was to read the maiden speech of the first Indian to be elected to Westminster. Dadabhai Naoroji entered the House of Commons as a Liberal in 1892, against all odds. In fact, the then Prime Minister, Lord Salisbury, said that no British person would ever accept a “black man” as their MP. In 1895, just three years later, the second Indian, Mancherjee Bhownagree, also a Zoroastrian Parsee, was elected to the House of Commons as a Conservative. In 1922, the third—and the only one of the three Indians elected to the other place before India’s independence—was Shapurji Saklatvala, or “Comrade Sak”, who was elected as a Communist with Labour support. All three were Zoroastrian Parsees—one a Liberal, one a Conservative and one Labour. I now sit, as a Zoroastrian Parsee, as an independent Cross-Bench Peer. We have squared the circle.

The Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe was founded in 1861 and is now celebrating its 150th anniversary. Dadabhai Naoroji himself served as president of the ZTFE from 1863 to 1908. During this time, ZTFE functions were attended by young barristers and professionals, including none other than Mahatma Gandhi.

Earlier this year, my friend Maurice Ostro presented Her Majesty the Queen, on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee, with a specially made necklace with symbols from the nine recognised faiths of the United Kingdom—Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Baha’i and Zoroastrian. These nine faiths are represented by the Inter Faith Network, which has been enormously successful.

The Zoroastrian community has made an enormous contribution to the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, with my own family as an example. My late father, Lieutenant-General Bilimoria, was commissioned into the Indian army. His father, Brigadier Bilimoria, was commissioned from Sandhurst. My father’s cousin, Lieutenant-General Jungoo Satarawalla, from my father’s regiment, the 5th Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), was awarded the Military Cross in the Second World War, as was India’s first Field Marshal, Sam Manekshaw, also a Zoroastrian. My maternal grandfather, JD Italia, served as a squadron leader in the Royal Indian Air Force during the Second World War. I could go on with a long list of Zoroastrian Parsees who have served in the British Armed Forces. However, I am disappointed that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has not yet allowed the Zoroastrian community to be represented at the annual Cenotaph ceremony each Remembrance Day. Can the Minister ask her Cabinet colleagues to rectify this anomaly?

I mentioned the Gurkhas. What an amazing contribution they have made to Britain over the centuries. My father’s battalion, the 5th Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), was awarded three Victoria Crosses in the Second World War. I am so happy that the previous Government eventually recognised this contribution, allowing retired Gurkhas to settle in this country should they so wish.

When I came to this country 30 years ago as a student from India, I was told by my family and friends to remember that if I decided to stay on and work in Britain I would never be allowed to get to the top, because, as a foreigner, there is a glass ceiling. They were absolutely right 30 years ago. Today, they would be absolutely wrong, because I have seen before my eyes this country being transformed over the past few decades into a country of meritocracy where there is opportunity for all, regardless of race, religion or background. The glass ceiling has well and truly been shattered and the ethnic minority and religious communities are now reaching the very top in every field, whether it is in sport, academia, the Civil Service or politics—just look around your Lordships’ House at the speakers in this debate who come from so many minority communities, having reached the very top in their respective fields. I am so proud of them and so looking forward to the wide-ranging perspectives that will be reflected in this debate, and the high quality of debate and contributions that I know my colleagues will bring to this discussion.

Indeed, yesterday there was a photograph taken in Westminster Hall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the election of the first four ethnic minority MPs since the war, in 1987. From just four MPs 25 years ago, we now have 69 ethnic minority MPs and Peers at Westminster and in Parliament. This is the progress that I have been talking about. In fact, I believe strongly that in my lifetime we will see a member of the ethnic minority community become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Immigrants from all ethnic minorities and religions have been the making of the “Great” in Great Britain. They have been crucial to Britain’s success, contributing enormously to the economic and cultural life of Britain and enriching it in every way by punching far above our weight. One example is the Asian community, which makes up just 4% of the population of Britain yet contributes double that percentage to our economy. Yet the Government have brought in the immigration cap—a madcap idea, and a crude and blunt instrument. Foreign students bring up to £8 billion a year in revenue into our country, both direct and indirect, yet potential foreign students are asking themselves, “Does Britain really want us?”.

I know from my experience as a member of the advisory board of the Cambridge, Cranfield and Birmingham business schools that we have seen the number of applications from Indian students, for example, plummet. This is so short-sighted when student numbers should not be included in immigration figures to start off with. Would the Minister ask her Cabinet colleagues to once again look into removing students from immigration figures? Yes, the Government need to crack down on phoney students and, yes, they need to crack down on bogus colleges, but why tar everyone with the same brush? Furthermore, foreign students bring generation-long links between Britain and their own countries. I know this, coming from a family that has been educated in Britain for three generations.

The immigration cap is also affecting business. My own business, Cobra Beer, supplies 98% of the UK’s Indian restaurants. Well over two-thirds of the country’s Indian restaurants are actually owned and run by Bangladeshis, and the Bangladesh Caterers Association does tremendous work supporting this industry. Because of the immigration cap, the industry is unable to bring in the skilled staff—the chefs—which it so desperately requires.

This industry has been an inspiration to me. It is made up of pioneering entrepreneurs who have gone to every corner of Great Britain, opened up restaurants on every high street, won customers and made friends, put back into their local communities and made Indian food a part of the British way of life. They deserve our support and our gratitude, and we must do all we can to help them. I know that the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, has mooted a curry college. It is a great idea to train British people in the industry but it will take time. The restaurants are suffering. They need the staff and have the skills shortages. Can the Minister look into this with her Cabinet colleagues and see what can be done to help this important industry in the mean time?

I am often asked to express what Asian values are and I summarise them as the importance of hard work, family and education. Britain prides itself on being a secular and multicultural society where all religions are allowed to be practiced and where all races, communities and cultures co-exist side by side. There is a word, however, that I do not like: tolerance. I believe not that all this should be tolerated but that it should be celebrated. It should be about mutual trust and mutual respect. I have spoken a great deal about the inspirational achievements of the minority and religious communities in Great Britain, but none of this would have been possible without the great opportunities that this great country has given us.

In this country, renowned around the world for its sense of fairness and opportunity for all and where the glass ceiling has been shattered, the wonderful thing is that when people from minority ethnic and religious communities do well they reach the top. Their achievement creates inspiration, which creates aspiration, which in turn leads to achievement, and the virtuous circle continues. That is the magnifying, multiplying and inspiring power of minority ethnic and religious communities succeeding in Britain. We are a tiny nation, yet we are still one of the 10 largest economies in the world, with hardly any natural resources. The one resource that we have is our people and among our people it is the minority, ethnic and religious communities who punch far above their weight. Without their contribution, Britain would not be where it is today.

The Nobel laureate Professor Amartya Sen talks about identity. He says that each one of us has not just one identity but several identities—religious, ethnic, professional and national. When I came to this country, my father gave me some great advice. He said, “Son, you are going to study abroad. You may stay on in Britain. You may live in another part of the world. Wherever you live, integrate with the community that you are in to the best of your abilities, but never forget your roots”. I am so proud to be a Zoroastrian Parsee. I am so proud to be an Indian. I am so proud to be an Asian in Britain, and most importantly I am so proud to be British.
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This e-journal specifically highlights and documents persecution and violation of human rights of Christians, Minorities, Schedule Caste/Tribes and Other Backwards, urging you to at least – PRAY. Our aim is to identify fundamentalists and those disrupting communal harmony and indigenous communities – posing a threat to a just, equal, plural and secular citizenry. We oppose any kind of discrimination and oppression, whether of race, religion, culture, gender etc. specially when it comes from some of our own. Please pray for the following local, state, national, regional and international situations.

Editor-in-Chief: Joseph Dias  

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How a rape survivor could change afganistan

Dear friends,

After being kidnapped, raped and tortured by Afghan police, 18-year-old Lal Bibi is fighting police impunity and the cultural requirement that she commit suicide. Prosecutors are failing to try her rapists, but a massive global outcry can persuade the donor countries that are about to hand over billions to Afghanistan to use their leverage to force real change for Lal Bibi and all Afghan women. Sign the petition:

18 year-old Lal Bibi was kidnapped, raped, tortured and chained to a wall for five days by a gang of powerful Afghan police officers. But she stood up to do what women in Afghanistan are told not to — she is fighting back, and together we can help her and all Afghan women win justice.

According to deep cultural mandates, as a raped woman, Lal Bibi has been “dishonoured” and will kill herself — and she publicly says she must, unless her rapists are brought to justice to restore her honour and dignity. Afghanistan’s justice system routinely fails to pursue these cases and so far the chief suspects in Lal Bibi’s case have not been prosecuted, likely in the hopes that international attention will die down. Every day that passes without the prosecutions pushes Lal Bibi closer to suicide — but there is hope.

This weekend, the US, UK, Japan and other major donors are expected to pledge 4 billion dollars to Afghanistan — money that will pay for the very police forces responsible for Lal Bibi’s rape. But an international outcry can shame donor countries into action, conditioning their aid on real action to fight rape and protect women. We don’t have much time left — click below for change that could save Lal Bibi’s life and our petition will be delivered right into the donor conference in Tokyo:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/justice_for_lal_bibi_c/?bYXKScb&v=15836

Local custom in some parts of Afghanistan dictates that women are shamed by rape and must kill themselves to restore their family’s honour for generations to come. Amazingly, Lal Bibi and her family courageously are seeking to save her life by insisting on the prosecution of her torturers and shifting the blame to the perpetrators, in society’s eyes.

The Afghan police force responsible for the rape depends heavily on foreign funding that will be pledged this weekend, when all of Afghanistan’s major donors gather in Tokyo. Donor countries can and should require that funds are not spent to grow a police force that acts with appalling impunity and that police officers work to protect women, not attack them!

There are hundreds of women and girls all across Afghanistan who are subject to the “tribal justice” meted out to Lal Bibi. Thousands more are watching carefully to see how the Afghan government and the world will respond to the girl who is fighting back and refuses to die quietly. Let’s stand with her — sign the petition below and tell everyone:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/justice_for_lal_bibi_c/?bYXKScb&v=15836

The global war on women is relentless. But time and time again our community joins together to win. We helped stop the illegal stoning of Sakineh Ashtiani in Iran, and fought for justice for rape survivors in Libya, Morocco and Honduras. Let’s show the global power of our community to help win justice for Lal Bibi and millions of women in Afghanistan.

With hope and determination,

Dalia, Emma, Alaphia, Ricken, Laura, Antonia and the rest of the Avaaz team

P.S. Avaaz has launched Community Petitions, an exciting new platform where it’s quick and easy to create a campaign on any issue you care strongly about. Start your own by clicking here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?do.ps.lal_bibi

More Information:

Rape case tests Afghan justice (Radio Free Europe)
http://www.rferl.org/content/rape-case-tests-afghan-justice/24604549.html

Afghan rape case turns focus on local police (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/world/asia/afghan-rape-case-turns-focus-on-local-police.html?pagewanted=all

Afghanistan expects $4 billion in aid pledges at the July conference (CNBC)
http://www.cnbc.com/id/47900279/Afghanistan_expects_4_billion_in_aid_pledges_at_July_conference

Tokyo Declaration to push donors, Afghanistan to make better use of aid (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/02/us-afghanistan-aid-idUSBRE8610CL20120702

Afghan government confident about endorsement of its strategic vision in Tokyo (UNAMA)
http://unama.unmissions.org/Default.aspx?tabid=1741&ctl=Details&mid=1882&ItemID=17189

US & UK Churches converted to temples

Churches are turning into temples in UK and US

US & UK, June 29, 2012: Next month, a Swaminarayan temple will be thrown open to devotees in Los Angeles, California. While there are many Hindu shrines the world over, a majority of them built by global Gujaratis, the consecration scheduled on July 22 is special. For, this abode of Lord Swaminarayan was once a …

 

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Karnataka: Sangha Parivarists attack a fasting prayer meeting

Karnataka, July 07, 2012: Pastor Mounesh (35) is the pastor in charge of Immanuel Sakineh Church located at Doddakatte in Ramagundahally in Channagiri Taluk of Davanagere District in Karnataka. It is a House Church, and he lives with his wife Hanumakka (25) and their two small children, I boy and a girl. His ministry is …

 

Christians affected in Assam floods

Assam, July 08, 2012: EFI expresses profound commiseration to the bereaved families of the flood victims and deep concerned for all who are affected by it in different parts of Assam. The heavy downpour of the monsoon torrent in the state resulted in at least 77 people killed and nearly two million affected by it. …

 

Pillai shining example for those facing persecution

Rome, July 7, 2012: He was imprisoned and tortured, but he persevered heroically to the end. Venerable Devasahayam Pillai is a shining example for those suffering persecution for faith today, Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, has said. He termed the 18 the century martyr, the first …

 

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Vietnam: Thugs attack congregation during church service

Vietnam, July 03, 2012: A Christian woman suffered a fractured skull in a brutal attack on a congregation in Vietnamby a group of thugs believed to have been paid by the authorities. The woman was taken to hospital for treatment in intensive care following the assault in Nghe An province on Sunday evening (1 July). …

 

WORLD

Blasphemy law proposed in Iraqi Kurdistan after Muslim protests

Iraq, July 02, 2012: A “blasphemy law” has been drafted by MPs in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan following violent protests by Muslims against a magazine article deemed insulting to Islam. The Draft Law to Protect Sanctities prescribes up to ten years in prison and fines of up to 50,000,000 dinars (£27,390, US$43,029) for …

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Presbyterian Church rejects gay marriage proposal

USA, July 8, 2012: Opponents of the change argued the move would alienate the Church from Presbyterian Churches in other countries. The U.S. Presbyterian Church has rejected a proposal by same-sex marriage proponents to change the definition of marriage as a union between “two people”. The proposal was defeated 338-308 in a close vote after …

 

CARTOON

Intercession, Awareness, Activism, Action …

This e-journal specifically highlights and documents persecution and violation of human rights of Christians, Minorities, Schedule Caste/Tribes and Other Backwards, urging you to at least – PRAY. Our aim is to identify fundamentalists and those disrupting communal harmony and indigenous communities – posing a threat to a just, equal, plural and secular citizenry. We oppose any kind of discrimination and oppression, whether of race, religion, culture, gender etc. specially when it comes from some of our own. Please pray for the following local, state, national, regional and international situations.

Editor-in-Chief: Joseph Dias  

NB: We may not agree with material that appears here, which is published to give a cross section of diverse opinions / views, for study, awareness or in the interest of pluralism and freedom of expression, as reported. Images may be indicative and not related to the description. We are also not liable for any claims made here & readers are advised to exercise their own discretion. External sources / links do not signify that we endorse or authenticate them. We take no responsibility and indemnify ourselves for the content of the email. You are receiving this email because you subscribed to this list. This email is solely for the one who receives it & if you are not the correct recipient, or have received it inadvertently, please destroy the email and unsubscribe from the list.

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All India Laity meeting

Dear friends,

This is an appeal to your hearts and souls. A very serious and important All India   Laity meeting is organized by Indian Christian Laity Forum on 14-10-2012 at Mangalore.

Empowering the laity as envisaged in Vatican II issued by the Pope nearly 50 years back, [but not implemented by the clergy in India] is the subject Indian Church is no more a religious and Charitable institution. It has become an organized criminal Mafia, not just a corporate body. It is the most powerful corporate venture feared by the government, not just common man.

Because of mediocre leadership of the clergy, Indian Christians have remained poor and Powerless compared to Parses Sikhs. Who are not even 1% of the Indian population? Where has we are near 2% in this country.

We wish to take over the management of all temporal affairs of the Church and we need your support.

Please reserve your seat for the conference and send your monetary help to the organisers. We are planning to put together about 750 people and our expenses may run upto Rs. 5 lakhs.

If you believe in our cause, please do get in touch will the organisers.

P.B. D’Sa

 

INDIAN CHRISTIAN LAITY FORUM

INDIAN CHRISTIAN LAITY FORUM

Empower the laity

AN APPEAL                                                 Date:

Dear Well Wishers,            

Indian Christian Laity Forum (ICLF) was formed on 3rd june2012by a Group of like mined Christianfor the exclusive purpose of securing the empowrement of the laity in linewith the wishes of the church.our members who are in the forefront of social service work with zeal and vigour towards thedevelopment of christian community arround us.with this initiative we hope to increase  our visibility and register our presence in your lives. A lot is happening at ICLF and we wish for you, to share this excitement with us.

 

We wish to print below for your perusal few excerpts taken from the degree on the apostolate of the day laity.of the vatican II.Promulgated on the 18th november 1965…Today the laity is more necessary than in the past, due to the progress in the modern word, due to new problems.the Holy spirit makes the laity ever more aware of their rightsduties and responsibililities.

Out of several objectives, charity stands highlighted. Charity must be shown in finding food, clothes, Housing, medicine, work, and Education for all.

Bishop, parish priests and all other priests must acknowledge the right of lay people to exercise several forms of the apostolate.church must place all the spirictual means, school, colleges, and congresses needed for the training of laity to cover spiritual, moral, intellectual, social and cultural fields.

Let lay people learn well to distinguish between the rights and duties they have as the membersof the church and of civil society.Lay people have theright to receive spiritual goods from their pastors,as well as their own individual or collective views on religious matters.pastors should promote a sense or dignity and responsibility among the in the church.

The Bishop must understand the need of the Christians of the Diocese and satisfy their needs.Bishop”conferences should see that the Degree “on the ministry and life of priests”is properly implemended.

Christ’s faithfully may freely establish associations which serve charitable purposesand they may hold meetings to pursue these purposes by common effort.

The faithful have the right to immunity from any kind of coercion in choosing a way of life.no one unlawfully harm the good reputation, which a person enjoys.

The faithfull may lawfully vindicate and defend the right they enjoy in the church, before the ecclesiastical forum in accordance with the law.

They have also the special obligation to permeate and perfect the temporal order of things. In conducting the secular business and exercising secular functions, they are to give witness to Christ.

 

Christian Laity’s rights have long occupied the forefront of Christian’s concems, but now time is ripe for Christian community but also that of the Diocess/parishes heyinhabit.

We at ICLF have lauched an activity to spred the Christian Laity’s rights awareness through parisshioners of various parishes in and around Manglore Diocess,beginning 14th October 2012.The action plan is to cover parishes exceeding50 during the academic year 2012-2013.

The inaugural function to be held at Don Bosco Hall on 14th October 2012 will be attended by around 750 lay persons,religious and clergy from Mangalore,Mumbai,Goa,Bangalore and a few dignitaries.you are most welcom.

We have envisaged to bring out a souvenir in English and Konkani (1000 copies) enumerating the laity’s rights for the benefit of the Christian community.we are have a readership of over 10,000.

We invite you to be part of our activity.we want to see a chance in the way our poor Christian brothers and sisters live.

Fund Raising.

Right now we the members have pumped in our own funds for handholding the Forum (ICLF’).but the aid from our pockets has declined to the extend that it does not provide in nurture the ICLF’s current year and future plans.

As we grow in the years to come, we request individuals and philanthropic institution to provide financial support.An occasional corporate associated assistance helps keep the cash register ringing.

We invite adverticement in the Souvenir that we have envisaged.

Back cover colour                                Rs.15000/-                                                                                                                   Front insiside cove colour                  Rs.10,000/-                                                                                                                              Back inside cover colour                 Rs.10,000/-                                                                                                                     Full page colour                                   Rs.6,000/-                                                                                                                                                  Full page B/W                                       Rs. 4,000/-                                                                                                                                       Half page B/W                                      Rs.2,000/-                                                                                                                                              Quarter page B/W                               R.1,000/-

With folded hnds, we plasevthis appeal in your hands, for kind perusal and magnanimous contribution for the nobles cause.

The Donation/Tariff amount may kindly be paid through DD/Cheque drawn in favor of “INDIAN CHRISTIAN LAITY FORUM”payable at manglore.

 

 

                                                                                                                President

Address: A5, Shalom Apartments, Fr. Muller Road, Jjeppu, Mangalore 575002

President: David N.D’Souza,              Secretary: Bertram Pinto                   Treasurer: Walter Mascarenhas

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