I remember the time when a priest ,crossed over the road came to me and told me that he will see me.I complained to the Cardinal nothing happened.The same priest when he was confronted at Cross Maidan and asked about this behaviour of his by certain catholics , immediately a priest from the seminary who is a Professor came to his aid and told me that ” you will get a written reply” .More than two years have passed and till today I am waiting for a reply.Yes I will remember the Priest from the seminary who I did not know at that time .
Another priest from Archbishops house (who was a witness to both the above incidents ) told a person who had gone to complain about a Priest ( will be releasing his story shortly of how he became homeless) that since you have gone to the Association of Concerned Catholics you go to them only and dont come back.
Other people too may have had similar/worse experiences with certain priests/religious.
Complaints have fallen on deaf ears or are being suppressed and the anger is being taken out on the Pope for no fault of his but for the fault of his administrators.The other day two persons and I had a meeting with two Consul General’s belonging to predominant Christian Countries and during the course of the conversation one of them told me that the reason why Catholics are leaving the Church is because their complaints are not being attended to.
Here in Mumbai the normal way to solve a problem is to first verbally insult and then insult in writing a person so that his family members put pressure on him and he withdraws from what he is doing.
Next is to defame the person either directly through the print media or in the Church during mass or indirectly through their yes me ( nominated persons on the Parish Council) as in the case of the ex Vice Presidents of St.Pauls Church/Good Shepherds Church and Judith Monterio of Our Lady of Salvation Church Dadar .
When they know that the complainants are persisting and not giving up then only will meetings be arranged and that too they will make all attempts to lie and fool you.
Certain Priests who are appointed as Inquiry officers are themselves corrupt or are guilty of disobedience.Inquiries are being tailored towards a desired end.A priest was found guilty in an inquiry conducted by fellow Priests and died due to the stigma and tension of being framed all alone in India without any of his relatives by his bed side and subsequently his name was cleared.What about his family ? Has any one thought about how they went through this ordeal? Who will want their children to be Priests?
When this is the way complaints are being handled then can we blame persons who take out their frustration on the Pontiff?
Administrators who also happen to be Priests should learn to behave as Priests and then only can changes be expected otherwise we shall see worse things in the years to come.
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He thanked his followers for their “generous response” and added ” I bless all of you from my heart”.
Pope Benedict posed questions including “How can faith in Jesus be lived in a world without hope?” He also made statements including “We can be certain that a believer is never alone. God is the solid rock upon which we build our lives and his love is always faithful.”
The tweets were written in eight different languages including Polish, German and Arabic.
But within minutes of his first tweet the Pontiff was subjected to expletives and abuse.
Some Twitter users complained the Pope lives “in a palace” while children beg on streets all over the world. Others asked about clerical child abuse and the Catholic Church’s opposition to contraception and married priests.
Some users, many from Ireland, decided the Pope’s questions should be answered by ones of their own.
“Satan promised me fortune, fame, and unlimited Diet Coke refills in return for my immortal soul. Care to make a counter offer, @Pontifex?” one wrote.