THE MODERN MIRACLE MAKERS

My  Friend  Gordon Jacobs sent a message to me a couple of days back stating “Jesus rode into the city on the back of a humble donkey, Our Bishop speeds along the roads of Mumbai in an expensive Honda Accord .Is what our dear Cardinal meant when he said during the conclave at Rome, that one of the qualities of the Pope is he must be thick skinned?

Well said I have been shouting from the top of my roof and asking layman to rise and revolt against these ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’ but some of my well wishers advice me saying that your Aim is good but you are too harsh. My reply to these friends of mine is that when the Cancer is set all our body what do you do? Do you still give him injections and medicines or you cut the cancer part and throw it out? Of course it will hurt the patient but is there any alternative?

I do not understand the philosophy of thinking of my friends ,please tell me whether decent words so called Gentlemen’s respectable words have  achieved any results since 17 centuries?

If you want results you must used the strong words .Anna Hazare said, it is better to use violent words than violent action.

Cassock wearing hypocrites who I  do not hesitate to call “bastards” will not change unless you make them naked with words and deeds.

I will not spare these bastards who exploit our sisters, mothers and even our young brothers and sons and get away with paying a penalty drawn from a church accounts.

Some time back a Christian from Tamil Nadu started his own church in Mangalore by name “Grace Ministry” and he started attracting thousands of people .Getting alarmed with this, Bishop of Mangalore Aloysius issued a Pastoral circular and published it all over the Diocese. This man simply filed criminal and civil proceedings in the courts, which served a summons on the Bishop. This was published in one of the news paper. in a matter of  30 days, everything was smooth and quiet .police who was not allowing him to conduct his prayers simply disappeared and a  few girls(arranged by the bishop)who demonstrated against the new born preacher also disappeared. But the preacher has brought a place for 65 lakhs and built a structure worth Rs.45 Lakhs. See the modern miracles makers. We find it very difficult to raise Rs.1 lakh for a seminar. But you when beg in the name of god money comes flowing. Can Bishop Aloysius revealed the secrete of the silence from both sides. What happened to the cases filled by grace ministry? Can my Friends who still have faith in these Priests and Pastor Comment on this issue.

 

P.B D’Sa

 

If not capital punishment for a rapist, India should look at chemical castration as an option

If not capital punishment for a rapist, India should look at chemical castration as an option

Tehelka archive

As I write this, the news feeds talk about yet another rape in Delhi. This time, horrifically, in a moving bus, a gang rape in which the staff of the bus also participated— according to reports. The victim and her male friend, who was dropping her home, were brutally assaulted and thrown off the moving bus. The victim is in the ICU with severe injuries, including those on her head. The doctors treating her are horrified at the extreme injuries she has sustained and doubt she will survive.

Some days ago, a 16-year-old returning home was raped by two men who were keeping watch on her movements. A neighbouring family, which happened to be related to one of the rapists, watched on and did nothing to intervene. Traumatised and humiliated, she poured kerosene and set herself on fire. She died a day later in the hospital. This happened in Haryana.

This September, in Haryana again, a young Dalit girl was raped by perhaps eight men. They warned her not to tell anyone about it, or they would kill her. She didn’t, terrified. But then they began circulating the videos they had taken of her, one of these happened to reach her father. Humiliated, the father committed suicide.

There are too many cases to write about. The cases I’ve mentioned are just indicative. Rapes are on the rise across the country.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau, a woman is raped every 20 minutes in India. What is more shameful is that according to the statistics, the possibility of someone being convicted for the crime has declined by a third. Last year, 24,206 rape cases were reported — up 10 percent from 2010. This shows an increase of 873 percent since 1971 from when the Crime Bureau began recording these statistics. What is scarier? Last year, every third victim was a child. And that many cases go unreported. According to reports, for every case reported, 50 go unreported.

If you thought that rape was a crime committed by strangers in the dark, know that a majority of rapes are committed by a person known to the victim, who stalks the victim, knows the victim’s schedule and, more importantly, has the victim’s trust and access to the victim. Stranger rapes are a miniscule percentage of the rapes committed but get reported more often, according to the Delhi police. “In 2011, only 2.46 percent stranger-related rape cases were reported, in comparison to 3.94 percent in 2010.” They also said that around 97 percent of the perpetrators were known to the victims. (Indian Express, 7 January 2012).

Many sociologists and social commentators have attempted to analyse the various factors that could be leading up to this alarming rise in the number of rapes. We have reasons ranging from change in social attitudes, urban isolation, declining gender ratio, easy access to pornography, distorted perceptions of relationships, the social taboo around sex, apart from completely ludicrous ones like Jitender Chhatar’s, Jind’s thua khap panchayat leader, laying of the blame on the increased consumption of spicy food such as chowmein.

To quote him, “To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents. Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts. You also know the impact of chowmein, which is a spicy food, on our body. Hence, our elders also advised to consume light and nutritious food.” Solutions provided by these khap panchayats included lowering the age of marriage for girls to 16, because they think that apparently married women don’t get raped, and early marriage for women keeps their sexual desires in check. Of course, male sexual desire has no such restrictions imposed.

Other reasons proffered for the rise in rapes is that women are wearing increasingly provocative clothes, if one has to believe Andhra Pradesh DGP V Dinesh Reddy, who at a press conference in Hyderabad, blamed women for provoking people with fashionable clothing. And how could one forget Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal chief minister, who explained that one of the main reasons for the increase in rape cases in the country is due to the rise in free interaction between men and women. To quote her, “Earlier if men and women would hold hands, they would get caught by parents and reprimanded but now everything is so open. It’s like an open market with open options,” (IBNlive, 15 October 2012).

If these custodians of our morality are to be believed, infants and geriatrics would never be raped, a woman would never be raped in her own house, women wearing salwar kameezes, saris or ethnic wear would never be the victims of rape, no rapes would be committed in the day time and only strangers commit rape.

A revealing investigation by Tehelka caught on camera the attitudes of policemen in the National Capital Region towards rape victims. “Seventeen senior cops of over a dozen police stations across Gurgaon, Noida, Ghaziabad and Faridabad were caught on spy camera blaming everything from fashionable or revealing clothes to having boyfriends to visiting pubs to consuming alcohol to working alongside men as the main reasons for instances of rape. ‘It’s always the woman who is at fault’ was in essence the argument offered by a majority of the cops. Many of them believe that genuine rape victims never approach the police and those who do are basically extortionists or have loose moral values.” (NDTV.com).

The Union Cabinet in July this year approved the proposal for introduction of the Criminal Law (Amendment ) Bill, 2012 in the Parliament. According to this bill, “The punishment for sexual assault will be for a minimum of seven years which may extend to imprisonment for life and also fine for aggravated sexual assault, i.e., by a police officer within his jurisdiction or a public servant / manager or person taking advantage of his position of authority etc. The punishment will be rigorous imprisonment which shall not be less than ten years which may extend to life imprisonment and also fine.”

Rape is not a crime of lust but a crime of opportunity, the opportunity and the perceived risk ratio, which leads the perpetrator to believe they can get away with it. This is because of the very real possibility that most women will not report a rape due to the social stigma that will follow. And also because most men believe that they will be out on bail, or get out after serving a minimal sentence.

What we do need are fast track courts to deal with rape cases, increased convictions, a sensitised police force, in-camera hearings, and social support that allows a victim to report a rape without the fear of social stigma and being tarred as a scarlet woman.
To deter people from committing rapes, we definitely need more severe sentences. If not capital punishment for extreme cases, then chemical castration is definitely an option to be looked at. What we also need is an open to public online database of convicted sex offenders and rapists, so people can be on the alert, the way it is in some countries. The fear of social shame and chemical castration might just be a deterrent, might just erase that mocking impunity, which underlines the brazenness with which rapes are being committed these days. Also, we need laws to be relooked at in order to do away with the growing incidents of consensual sex in relationships turned sour being turned into rape cases. These are at best cases of cheating, and definitely not rape, which is an invasion of a person’s body against their will.

And more importantly, this generation of parents has to push for the change in mindsets that needs to begin at home. Bringing up our boys to become men who will respect women, who know that a No means a No and not a Perhaps, Maybe, or aYes. To stop the ridiculous concept of stalker like wooing that our cinema has popularised, where in order to get a girl to be romantically interested in him, the male lead has to behave borderline stalker obsessed and harass a girl in so persistent a manner that in real life he would be eligible for a restraining order. Our movies need to take a hard look at how they’re depicting stalking, street sexual harassment and yes, rape. We need to watch our vocabulary, rape jokes that get forwarded and laughed at are not funny in the least. They trivialise a serious crime and need to be stopped.

The basic premise behind rape is not sexual, contrary to popular perception, but that of power, that of opportunity, that of impunity. It comes from years of being brought up to think that a woman is a non entity and immaterial.

Our boys are brought up to believe that they are more important than their sisters. They are denied nothing, given everything. They think they will get away with rape. Very often they do. Traumatic and cumbersome procedures for registering rapes, lack of sensitivity while dealing with victims by both the police and medical personnel, result in most rapes going unreported.

For our girls, we need to teach them self defence. And make it compulsory. Every girl needs to learn how to fight off an attacker. Every school and college should introduce self defence classes for girls. Every girl needs to carry something article for self defence in her bag, a taser gun, pepper spray, even a whistle.

Above all, we need to be a society mature enough to stop blaming the victim. Only when we stop saying, “Don’t get raped” to our girls and start saying “Don’t rape” to our boys will things ever start to change.

If Chemical  castration is used on our Priest who Volunteers to become Priest it would save our Community from lot of s candles besides it would Attract only the Genuine Human Being to Priesthood….

                                                                                                                              P.B D’Sa

Advice of Pope Pius XI on priests who seek personal promotions

Advice of Pope Pius XI on priests who seek personal promotions

Joe, 

Bishop Percy needs to read this also in the same encyclical .

Many priests seek personal promotions because of their greed of self glorification.

This is what Pope Pius XI has to say about them.

 

48. Not less than by his chastity, the Catholic priest ought to be distinguished by his detachment. Surrounded by the corruptions of a world in which everything can be bought and sold, he must pass through them utterly free of selfishness. He must holily spurn all vile greed of earthly gains, since he is in search of souls, not of money, of the glory of God, not his own. He is no mercenary working for a temporal recompense, nor yet an employee who, whilst attending conscientiously to duties of his office, at the same time is looking to his career and personal promotion; he is the “good soldier of Christ” who “entangleth not himself with secular business: that he may please Him to whom he hath engaged himself.”

Prakash

Woe to priests greedy of filthy lucre-Pope Pius XI
 
Joe,
 
Bishop Percy can also read the strong comments of Pope Pius XI
on greedy priests.
 
The minister of God is a father of souls; and he knows that his toils and his cares cannot adequately be repaid with wealth and honors of earth. He is not indeed forbidden to receive fitting sustenance, according to the teaching of the Apostle: “They that serve the altar may partake with the altar . . . so also the Lord ordained that they who preach the Gospel should live by the Gospel.” But once “called to the inheritance of the Lord,” as his very title “cleric” declares, a priest must expect no other recompense than that promised by Christ to His Apostles: “Your reward is very great in Heaven.” Woe to the priest who, forgetful of these divine promises should become “greedy of filthy lucre.” Woe if he join the herd of the worldly over whom the Church like the Apostle grieves: “All seek the things that are their own: not the things that are Jesus Christ’s.” Such a priest, besides failing in his vocation, would earn the contempt even of his own people. They would perceive in him the deplorable contradiction between his conduct and the doctrine so clearly expounded by Christ, which the priest is bound to teach: “Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust and moth consume and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up to yourselves treasures in Heaven.” Judas, an Apostle of Christ, “one of the twelve,” as the Evangelists sadly observe, was led down to the abyss of iniquity precisely through the spirit of greed for earthly things.
 
 
Prakash
Date: Sunday, March 24, 2013, 8:34 PM

Bishop Percy needs to learn from Pope Francis to use public transport.
Joe
Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2013 11:56:38 +0000

well said Prakash,
If Bishop Percy drives an ambassador,he does not need to ask people for rs 5 postal stamps as he would save a lot of money.
Joe
Rev. Bishop Percy,
 
   Who would like to donate to a bishop who lives an extravagant lifestyle and then shows “concern” for the poor by instituting a Corpus Fund for the poor? Secondly you are not transparent with how the money collected has been used.
 
   You need to give a good example as bishop to fellow priests and laity, otherwise your actions will be termed hypocritical like the Pharisees living during Jesus’ time.
 
    I hope you settle for a simple Ambassador car and give up the expensive Honda Accord car.
 
    If I were a bishop, I would have used an Ambassador car and hired a driver. The car could be used by other priests as well if I am not using it.
   
Regards,
Prakash

Rev. Bishop Percy,

    Since you drive an expensive Honda Accord car and live an extravagant lifestyle, are self referential and interested in self glorification, here is advice for you and other such priests from Pope John XXIII

16. All of this will give you a clear idea of what We have in mind, Venerable Brethren, when We exhort all of Our beloved sons who share in the priesthood to give careful thought to this example of poverty and charity. “Daily experience shows”—wrote Pius XI, with St. John Mary Vianney specifically in mind—”that priests who live modestly and follow the teaching of the Gospel by paying little attention to their own interests, always confer wonderful benefits on the Christian people.”(23) And the same Supreme Pontiff issued this serious warning to priests as well as to others in the course of a discussion of the current problems of society: “When they look around and see men ready to sell anything for money and to strike a bargain for anything at all, let them pass right through the midst of these attractions of vice without a thought or care for their own desires; and let them in their holiness spurn this base pursuit of wealth, and look for the riches of souls rather than for money, and let them long for and seek God’s glory rather than their own.”(24) The Use of Possessions

17. It is very important for these words to sink deep into the mind of every priest. If someone owns things that are rightfully his, let him be careful not to hang on to them greedily. Instead he should remember that the prescriptions of the Code of Canon Law dealing with church benefices make it clear that he has a serious obligation “to use superfluous income for the poor or for pious causes.”(25) May God grant that no one of Us ever lets that terrible sentence that the parish priest of Ars once used in rebuking his flock fall on him: “There are many people keeping their money hidden away while many others are dying of hunger.”(26)
 
 
 
Regards,
Prakash
 
For the sake of truth, I do not mind humiliation by anybody.
 
Let Percy rebut me and his rebuttals and humiliations directed towards me most welcome with cc to all !!!
 
Regards,
Prakash

Prakash,
you have hit the nail on its head—whatever you have stated is the gospel truth,if Bishop percy is honest and transparent he will answer the questions I asked him.
Joe

 

Bishop Percy ” The Holy Father must know whats happening in India and Bombay.”

Bishop Percy

Bishop Percy,
you are avoiding the answer to my email ?
well now as you are a high ranking member of the clergy so now I assuming or presuming that you are a member of the finance
committee 
can you answer the following questions
1 Land/fsi was sold in mahim mumbai @ rs 2000 a foot when the market rate was rs 20000,(the catholic community of mumbai lost crores of rupees because of this undervalued deal),If this was your own property would you have sold it at rs 2000.
2The examiner press building in Fort mumbai ,was put up for sale but  was withdrawn when opponents to its sale filed an application in the charity commisioners office,can you explain the logic behind the sale of this important landmark of the community.
3.The church has sold land on which a building called gloriossa stands in dadar,the builder has sold every flat in the building and not handed to the church the flats due to the church,but the church rewards this builder with further plots of land in mumbai—WHY?
4.The church in mumbai sold a plot in mahim to a builder(mary dell), and the cheque had bounced it was only after a hue and cry by activists that the deal was stalled. can you advise me why flats were reserved for a non catholic Mr Amin in this project and why w
as the project not reserved for catholics only initially.
5.can you advise me why no action was taken by the church against fr John rumao for commiting forgery? in the vakola land deal,the vakola police have lodged an FIR but the church has failed to ACT WHY WHY WHY?
THESE ARE FIVE QUESTIONS FOR NOW IF YOU DO NOT ANSWER THEN AN ADVERSE INFERENCE WOULD BE DRAWN–I CAN BACK ALL MY ALLEGATIONS WITH DOCUMENTS  AND DOCUMENTS DONT LIE

my only question to you is that you ask for rs 5 postal stamps–think about the postal stamps you could buy with the crores and crores of rs lost?

Subject: RE: Bishop Percy is a hypocrite
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:29:54 +0000

Bishop Percy,
SECOND REMINDER
are you or were you a member of the archdiocesan finance committee in mumbai?JOE SODDER

Subject: RE: Bishop Percy is a hypocrite
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:41:57 +0000

Bishop Percy,
(first reminder) to my question I dont think you need my postal address for this simple questionare you or were you a member of the archdiocesan finance committee in mumbai?
Joe Sodder

Rev. Fr. Ronnie,

 

     I would like you and all clergymen to contemplate why Jesus did not point out the faults of the laity like Matthew, the tax collector and Zaccheus the financier in public ?

 

  However to members of the clergy, he called them “brood of vipers” and “whitened sepulchres” in public.

 

    To Matthew, Jesus simply said ” come follow Me” and Matthew left his desk and followed Jesus. To Zaccheus another cheat, Jesus said “Zaccheus, come down. I would like to dine with you”. Jesus never told Matthew and Zaccheus that they were cheats in public.

 

   The answer is simple. The clergymen were proud and boastful of their piety. The clergymen were pious, not holy. On the contrary the members of the laity like Matthew and Zaccheus knew their guilt and hence Jesus never put them down in public.

 

   This is evident by the parable of the proud Pharisee and the humble publican offering their prayers to God. God answered the humble publican and not the boastful Pharisee.

 

    This shows that clergy should be humble like Nicodemus or Joseph of Arimathea.

 

Regards,

Prakash

 

Date: Monday, March 11, 2013, 10:05 PM

Dear Prakash,
 
One of the things I learned in recent times is the way of expressing our dissatisfaction with the way a person behaves.
 
Instead of saying ‘So and So is a liar’, we do well to say ‘So and So is not speaking the truth’ or ‘Sos and So’s statements are full of lies’.
 
Instead of saying ‘John is an idiot’ we do well to say ‘John is acting like an idiot’.
 
Instead of ‘Jeevan is a hypocite’ we do well to say that ‘Jeevan’s transactions are downright hypocriitical’
 
When we say someone is an idiot, or a liar, or an imbecile, we brand the whole person; but that is not really what we really want; 
 
What we want to say is the transactions of the person here and now are idiotic, full of falsehoods, hyprocritical. The person is not always a liar, but here are now he is dishing out falsehoods.
 
The focus is on the actions of the person and not on the person himself.
 
St Paul says we must speak the truth with love.
 
With regards and appreciation,
Ronnie
 
 
Rev. Bishop Percy,
 
    Please refer Arcanjo Sodder’s email and the replies you sent to me highlighted below.
 
  You use an expensive Honda Accord as alleged by Arcanjo which costs Rs 20-30 lacs approx when you could use a Maruti 800 which is much cheaper (Rs 2-3 lacs approx). The balance money saved could have been used to serve the poor.
    On the other hand, you pretend to have no money for buying stamps and have requested Rs 5 stamps from me. Also you mention that you use your personal savings to buy stamps, computer needs etc.
 
 
    Why the double standards? Aren’t you a hypocrite? You live a high life, are status conscious and self serving and on the other hand pretend to serve the poor by dipping into your personal savings.
 
   Kindly rebut me with cc to all.
 
 I have myself seen the Bishop of Mangalore use a humble Ambassador car which is justified. Ambassador car is good for the rough hilly terrain of Mangalore since it is sturdy.
 
Regards,
Prakash
Date: Sunday, March 10, 2013, 2:21 AM

Hi Prakash,Attached below is an old e mail which I had sent .

It is self explanatory.The point I would like to make here is that some people cannot adapt to change immediately it quite acceptable.Therefore maybe the bishop prefers postal mail compared to e mail,but what i cannot understand is that why does the same Bishop not prefer a Maruti 800 and prefers a high end car Honda Accord which he uses.Interestingly please see the official web site of the Archdiocese of Mumbai and see for yourself how many institutions are displaying their e mail ids.Yes this is called transparency

A.M.Sodder

Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 7:23 PM

Dear Prakash,
Your concern is excellent. Please note that all the money I collect for the poor is handed over to the Archdiocesan Finance Office. The Archbishop’s Finance Office has a Committtee with several excellent lay people in it, the accounts are audited annually and presented to the Charity Commissioner dear. I DO NOT KEEP ANY MONEY THAT I HAVE COLLECTED FOR THE POOR WITH ME. I spend my own personal savings to manage this Project : for stamps, computer needs etc.!
Thank you for your concern
Bp Percy
Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 9:14 PM

Der Prakash,
I forgot to mention in my earlier communication to you that if you wish to help us with the postage expenditure, you may kindly send me 5 Rupee Postal Stamps, as two other lay persons from Mahim and Bandra do. This will be acknowledged dear.
Love and Respect from
Bishop Percy

 

Bishop Percy,

Till today no reply, but I will ask some more questions on the sale of property

1 a right to information application was moved in the charity commissioners office and the reply last week has revealed that one more property is now sold in Kalina, Mumbai(as per the cardinals directive no property was to be sold without following the guidelines)The guidelines have not been followed so please advise?
2 a property in dadar mumbai(ave maria) was sold to the favourite builder,as per the deal the sale component and the churches component /tenants component was to be built simultaneously .The builder has only built the sale component-why no action from the

church,please advise?

Joe

Joe,
As I have mentioned earlier, its a worthless exercise asking our ‘Dharma Gurus” to discuss, the only thing we must do is to expose these issues so that the laity will know the truth.
Get these issues onto the streets of Bombay, Write to the Holy Father explaining to him we have reached his doors as even the Apostolic nuncio at New Delhi does not open his mouth and answer.
Have you received even a courtesy acknowledgement from him? The Holy Father must know whats happening in India and Bombay.
Thanks

Query for all laypeople

Dear bishop,
as you are aware the Holy father is using public transport,so do not embarass us by driving in this expensive
car,please follow in the footsteps of the pope and use public transport.Now please sell the car so you can
donate the money for the upliftment of the poor and some money you can use to buy postal stamps.(this is
only my suggestion and I am sure you will not imlement my suggestions)
Joe
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 06:4

Joe,

   I don’t mind if the bishop uses an ordinary car because in India public transport is overcrowded and the bishop’s vestments might get dirty if he needs to say Mass or meet an important political dignitary on behalf of the Catholic community etc.

   When I attend a job interview, I avoid public transport because my clothes may get dirty. On other ordinary days I use public transport. Let me ask you. If you are wearing lawyer’s robes and attend court would you go by public transport if it is overcrowded. What impression would you create on the judges at court if your robes are all crumpled?

We must ensure that our clergy men are comfortable but do not lead a luxurious lifestyle.

Regards,

Prakash

Prakash,
what you have said is absolutely right,but in mumbai I have noticed lay priests driving in swanky cars because their superiors have set the trend.
Joe

Joe,
 
    If you have the time, please name the swanky cars and the priests. Corrective action needs to be taken. I hope the swanky cars are not bought with church money.
 
   Cars used should be Ambassador or Maruti 800.
 
   I would prefer Ambassador since it is sturdier compared to Maruti 800 and can be used on rough roads also without getting damaged. In India roads are very bad.
 
    If as a priest, I were to receive an expensive car as a gift from a rich layperson, I would request him to give me money instead which I could use for the poor.
 
Regards,
Prakash
Joe,
 
   Ambassador car is slightly more expensive than Maruti 800, yet I would go for Ambassador since it is sturdier than Maruti 800.
 
   Maintenance costs for Ambassador would be lower if both Maruti and Ambassador were used on bumpy roads.
 
Regards,
Prakash
Prakash ,

they are not maruti or ambassador.
Joe
Hi Prakash,
 
Clergy are scared they will be punished. in fact a few nuns have even stood up to speak, yet when we ask them to put if down on paper they say that they could be  made out castes. In fact I met two young priests from The Archdiocese of Bombay on Monday and they asked me to continue to pursue all finance and land and property issues, as there must be transparency
 
 They informed me that this was a topic discussed time and time again at the Archbishops house at Bombay. Some how the issue never sees the light of day as who wishes to upset the apple cart.?
 
A priest who has since left the clergy once told me that those who tally the weekend mass collections are like those who gathered the remains of the five loaves and two fish. We count the donations after the cream has already been taken away the night previous, when I asked him why he did not bring this up when he was a priest, he said to me, who kills the goose that lays the golden egg?, taking a few Dollars each weekend can even get you money to buy expensive cars and mobiles, this could also be the cause of the collections dropping.
 
Remember the saying ” Pay, Pray and Obey” 2013 will soon change all this, let me hasten to say.
 
Have a prayerful Holy Week and a Happy Easter in praise of the risen Jesus.
 
Happy Easter

Hi Gordon, Joe Sodder, Arcanjo Sodder,

    I agree there is lot of mismanagement of church finances.

  Anyway I don’t have the time nor the energy nor the technical knowledge to pursue issues of transparency and delve into intricate details of financial/property matters since I am not a lawyer nor a chartered accountant. Also I find theology more interesting than finance/property matters.

    I just like to focus on the big picture and castigate clergymen on mega issues without going too much into the details.

  One day these errant priests will have to face divine retribution unless they repent for God watches everything. No point in filing FIRs or court cases etc. Our job is simply to warn. If the clergy does not listen, let God handle the matter. God’s justice will be better than the court’s justice.

   I am more focused on issues pertaining to heresy and theological matters rather than transparency in the limited time available to me.

 

Regards,

Prakash

 

Hi Gordon, Joe Sodder, Arcanjo Sodder,

 

   Please note that I seek correction and not punishment of errant clergymen.

  I do not like to take legal action against anybody as the Bible forbids it. Some of you may disagree with me on this, but I prefer to stick to the Bible on this issue.

    My aim is correction and avoidance of future mistakes and reform, not punishment.

Regards,

Prakash

 

Pope Francis: the humble pontiff with practical approach to poverty

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the new Pope Francis, on the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has become the Catholic church’s 266th pope, is the choice of humility, a Jesuit intellectual who travels by bus and has a practical approach to poverty: when he was appointed a cardinal, Bergoglio persuaded hundreds of Argentinians not to fly to Rome to celebrate with him but instead to give the money they would have spent on plane tickets to the poor.

Something of a surprise choice – he was quoted as a 30/1 outsider going into the conclave – the archbishop of Buenos Aires was one of the leading challengers to Joseph Ratzinger during the 2005 conclave that elected the latter as Benedict XVI.

A champion of liberation theology which some thought might have been too much for conservatives in the Vatican, he nonetheless is considered a candidate that everyone in the higher echelons of the church respects. He becomes the church’s first Latin American pope.Jorge Mario Bergoglio

The Unholy See Is Exposed as Owing Europe’s Biggest “Gay” Sauna in Rome In Whose Apartments a Newcardinal and Several Presbyters Live

The historic palazzo is the headquarters of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, which was founded in 1622 and is responsible for missionary activities. The building provides accommodation for about 15 priests.

But the imposing stone mansion also contains the Europa Multiclub Sauna and Gym, which claims on its website that it is “the number one gay sauna in Italy”.

The Vatican paid a hugely inflated price for around 20 apartments in the building when it was acquired in 2008, La Repubblica newspaper claimed in a front page report on Monday.

The apartments were bought for nine million euros on May 30 2008 by a property company which later that day sold them to the Vatican for 20 million euros, making an instant profit of 11 million euros, the daily claimed.

The newspaper offered no explanation for the hugely inflated price but there was no suggestion that there was anything illegal about the deal.3

One of the apartments bought by the Vatican is inhabited by Cardinal Ivan Dias, the prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of the Peoples.

The cardinal, who is Indian, will take part in the conclave to elect a new Pope. He is the archbishop emeritus of Mumbai and also served as a Vatican diplomat, holding posts in Scandinavia, Madagascar and Mauritius.

Not far from his apartment, and accommodation for around 15 clergy, is the gay sauna club.

The Vatican has declined to comment.

Pope: True power is service to “protect” the whole of creation and “every person, especially the poorest, to protect ourselves”

” Authentic power is service ” and “the Pope too, when exercising power, must enter ever more fully into that service which has its radiant culmination on the Cross,” a “humble, real, rich faith, “a service that is “to protect the whole of creation, to protect each person, especially the poorest, to protect ourselves”: ” this is a service that the Bishop of Rome is called to carry out. “

Mass for the beginning of the pontificate is traditionally the occasion for the new Pope to outline, in a way the focal points of his pontificate.

Francis speaks of “service” and “protection” and “tenderness” and “humility” and “constant presence” and “respect for all of God’s creatures and the environment in which we live” and, in the end, he asks ” Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be “protectors” of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world!. “

There are kings and queens, heads of state and government to listen to the Pope’s request: 132 delegations. From pretty much all over the world. With the exception of China, whose old and new leaders who only know how to repeat the stale phrases about papal”interference” in matters of religion.
There are also 33 delegations from other Christian churches and confessions: 14 from the Eastern Churches, 10 from the Western, 3 international. There was also – and for the first time for the beginning of a pontificate – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Armenian Catholicos Karekin II, Metropolitan Hilarion for the Moscow Patriarchate, the secretary of the World Council of Churches Olav Fykse Tveit. There was a significant Jewish delegation, composed of 16 people, both from the Roman and Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate. There are representatives of Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jainists.

And there is a massive presence of the “people of God”. An immense crowd since early morning found its way to St. Peter’s Square. Maybe 200 thousand people, among whom the Pope toured in his open topped popemobile. He spent almost half an hour greeting pilgrims in the midst of flags and banners from all over the world, including one from the San Lorenzo football Club, a team of which he is notoriously a fan. Several times the jeep stops to let him kiss a child, once the Pope climbed down from the jeep to kiss a young ill pilgrim. The bells of the church ringing loudly. The sun was shining.
Images were beamed from Buenos Aires, where a large crowd gathered in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, which Francis surprised overnight, with a greeting by phone.

The ceremony of the “beginning of the Petrine ministry” begins inside the basilica, at the tomb of Peter, where the ring “fisherman” and the pallium are placed.  The same pallium used by Benedict XVI, and today, the new Pope reminds us, is his predecessor’s name day, expressing his closeness “with prayer, full of affection and gratitude.”
On the feast day of St. Joseph, the Pope’s homily begins with a reflection on the man who had the task of “protecting”.

” The protector of whom? Of Mary and Jesus”. ” How does Joseph exercise his role as protector? Discreetly, humbly and silently, but with an unfailing presence and utter fidelity, even when he finds it hard to understand. From the time of his betrothal to Mary until the finding of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem, he is there at every moment with loving care. As the spouse of Mary, he is at her side in good times and bad, on the journey to Bethlehem for the census and in the anxious and joyful hours when she gave birth; amid the drama of the flight into Egypt and during the frantic search for their child in the Temple; and later in the day-to-day life of the home of Nazareth, in the workshop where he taught his trade to Jesus.”.

” How does Joseph respond to his calling to be the protector of Mary, Jesus and the Church? By being constantly attentive to God, open to the signs of God’s presence and receptive to God’s plans, and not simply to his own. This is what God asked of David, as we heard in the first reading. God does not want a house built by men, but faithfulness to his word, to his plan. It is God himself who builds the house, but from living stones sealed by his Spirit. Joseph is a “protector” because he is able to hear God’s voice and be guided by his will; and for this reason he is all the more sensitive to the persons entrusted to his safekeeping. He can look at things realistically, he is in touch with his surroundings, he can make truly wise decisions. In him, dear friends, we learn how to respond to God’s call, readily and willingly, but we also see the core of the Christian vocation, which is Christ! Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!”

” The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about. It means caring for one another in our families: husbands and wives first protect one another, and then, as parents, they care for their children, and children themselves, in time, protect their parents. It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness. In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts!”.

” Whenever human beings fail to live up to this responsibility, whenever we fail to care for creation and for our brothers and sisters, the way is opened to destruction and hearts are hardened. Tragically, in every period of history there are “Herods” who plot death, wreak havoc, and mar the countenance of men and women.”.

” Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be “protectors” of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world! But to be “protectors”, we also have to keep watch over ourselves! Let us not forget that hatred, envy and pride defile our lives! Being protectors, then, also means keeping watch over our emotions, over our hearts, because they are the seat of good and evil intentions: intentions that build up and tear down! We must not be afraid of goodness or even tenderness!”.

” Today, together with the feast of Saint Joseph, we are celebrating the beginning of the ministry of the new Bishop of Rome, the Successor of Peter, which also involves a certain power. Certainly, Jesus Christ conferred power upon Peter, but what sort of power was it? Jesus’ three questions to Peter about love are followed by three commands: feed my lambs, feed my sheep. Let us never forget that authentic power is service, and that the Pope too, when exercising power, must enter ever more fully into that service which has its radiant culmination on the Cross. He must be inspired by the lowly, concrete and faithful service which marked Saint Joseph and, like him, he must open his arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those whom Matthew lists in the final judgment on love: the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison (cf. Mt 25:31-46). Only those who serve with love are able to protect!”.

” In the second reading, Saint Paul speaks of Abraham, who, “hoping against hope, believed” (Rom 4:18). Hoping against hope! Today too, amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others. To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds; it is to bring the warmth of hope! For believers, for us Christians, like Abraham, like Saint Joseph, the hope that we bring is set against the horizon of God, which has opened up before us in Christ. It is a hope built on the rock which is God”.

“To protect Jesus with Mary, to protect the whole of creation, to protect each person, especially the poorest, to protect ourselves: this is a service that the Bishop of Rome is called to carry out, yet one to which all of us are called, so that the star of hope will shine brightly. Let us protect with love all that God has given us!

I implore the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, Saints Peter and Paul, and Saint Francis, that the Holy Spirit may accompany my ministry, and I ask all of you to pray for me!”.C_2_fotogallery

Self reform has started’ as Vatican officials catch cabs

Vatican officials, made nervous by the public example of the new pope, have already begun to moderate their lifestyle, taking taxis around Rome rather than using the large fleet of luxury sedans, Italian newspapers have reported.

“The pope, who is used to taking the minibus with his Cardinal brethren, standing in line for breakfast at the self-service restaurant in the Domus Sancta Martha (the Vatican hotel) and settling his hotel bill in person, could look out of the window and see that he is surrounded by people who are not getting the drift and not following suit,” reported La Stampa. “Self reform has started.”

The newspapers suggest he has begun reading the secret 300-page secret report on the Vatican that allegedly includes accounts of corruption and sex scandals, which Pope Benedict XVI sealed for his successor when he resigned on February 28.

 vatican-729-620x349As is customary, Pope Francis has confirmed all Vatican staff in their posts, but emphasised it is only temporary. “The Holy Father wishes to leave some time for reflection, prayer, and dialogue before any final appointment or confirmation is made,” a Vatican statement said.

The most eagerly awaited appointment is secretary of state, the Vatican prime minister, who will be expected to lead reform of the Curia, the bureaucracy.

Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes – the man who inspired the pope to adopt the name Francis by asking him to “remember the poor” – told Italian newspaper Avvenire that the cardinals spent considerable time discussing the Curia.

“Many are waiting for a reform of the Roman Curia and I’m pretty certain that Francis will do it, and will do in the light of the Word, of essentiality, of simplicity and of the humility required by the Gospel,” Cardinal Hummes said.

 Pope Francis gave his first Angelus on Sunday, to an audience of some 200,000, a larger crowd than thronged the square to see the white smoke that signalled his election last week.

The Angelus is an ancient short Christian devotion, which the Pope gives after a short message every Sunday.

For hours people streamed into the square, the early arrivals seeking the best spots under the windows of the papal apartment. They greeted the pope enthusiastically, waving flags from dozens of nations but especially the yellow and white of the papal flag.

Pope Francis spoke for about 15 minutes in a gentle, conversational tone about forgiveness and God’s patience, saying “the word mercy changes the world. A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just.

“Do not forget this: the Lord never wearies of forgiving! We are the ones who weary of asking for forgiveness.”

He finished: “Have a good Sunday and a good lunch.”

Eamonn McCann – Pope owes a duty to murdered priests Latin America

Did Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio speak out loudly enough during his time as Bishop of Buenos Aires against the death-squads unleashed by the military junta (1976-1983) against opposition activists and their families?

The question became resonant last week when Dr. Bergoglio emerged from the Vatican conclave as Francis I.

Some in Argentina say he had kept silent about the plight of the ‘disappeared’.

Others say he was working in the background and achieved a great deal.

The most troublesome charge is that he condoned through silence the kidnap and torture of two fellow Jesuits who had been a thorn in the side of both the institutional church and the junta through their support for ‘liberation theology’, Fr. Orlando Yorio and Fr. Franz Jalics.

“I can’t believe it. I’m so distressed and full of anger that I don’t know what to do,” said Fr. Yorio’s sister, Graciela, last week, when word came of Latin America’s first pope.

Since both his supporters and opponents agree that he had made no public comment at the time – while disagreeing as to why – it’s possible the argument won’t ever be settled.

But there is a broader aspect of the matter that he can speak out on now, if he wishes – the targeting of priests and nuns in the same period by far-Right governments across the continent.

Father Luis Alfredo Suarez Salazar was gunned down on February 2nd last in the city of Ocana in northern Colombia. His family say that the only reason they can think of is that, “He was known in the community for his solidarity with those in need.”

The previous day, February 1st, Fr. Jose Mejía Palomino was assassinated in the district of Caldas.

A fortnight earlier, on January 16th, Fr. Francisco José Vélez Echeverry was ambushed and riddled with bullets in Tuluá, in the Cauca Valley.

The three deaths marked a resumption of a murder-spree against priests after a two-year hiatus. The last such killing had been in 2011 of Fr Reynel Restrepo Idarraga of Marmato – the leader of a campaign against Canadian mining company Gran Colombia Gold which was attempting to assert mining rights over all of the land on which Marmato is built.

The death toll of Colombian priests murdered for political reasons in the last 30 years is approaching 100. The main reason the massacre isn’t a worldwide issue is that the worldwide Church hasn’t pushed it.

In ‘Manufacturing Consent’, Noam Chomsky analysed the imbalance in coverage of the killing of clergy in Latin America compared with the 1984 murder of Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko, an outspoken champion of Solidarity in Poland: the Popieluzko killing had attracted more column inches than all the clerical murders in Latin America combined.

These included the murder of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero as he said mass in his church in San Salvador on March 24th 1980 and the torture, rape and murder of four American nuns in the same country in December the same year.

One of the nuns was Jean Donovan, 27, from a liberal middle-class home in Connecticut, who had spent a year as an exchange student at University College Cork, where she is remembered as bright-eyed and full of fun, before volunteering for, as we used to say, “the missions.”

A week before government soldiers dragged her and her three sisters from the roadside ditch where they had crouched for safety and abused them for five hours before killing them, she had written to her best friend back home: “The Peace Corps left today and my heart sank low. The danger is extreme and they were right to leave. Now I must assess my own position, because I am not up for suicide. Several times I have decided to leave El Salvador. I almost could, except for the children, the poor, bruised victims of this insanity. Who would care for them? Whose heart could be so staunch as to favour the reasonable thing in a sea of their tears and loneliness? Not mine, dear friend, not mine.”

I don’t believe in saints, but if there were such things Jean Donovan would be among them.

The fact that the Church she served didn’t rise up in anger before the world to urge an end by whatever means to the regime propped up by the Reagan administration which had done such evil – that, surely, has been a sacrilege against humanity as grievous as the cover-up of depravity against children.

Chomsky’s conclusion was that the falsity of the coverage arose from the fact that the priest-killers of Latin America tended to be agents of powerful Western interests, whereas the murderers of Fr. Popieluszko represented a decaying regime that nobody who mattered had need of any more.

Latin America is a distinct entity within the Catholic Church. For more than quarter of a century, Cardinal Bergoglio was one of its leaders. He is now supreme ruler of the Church everywhere.

Controversy about his actions in relation to events in his home country in the 1980s would likely melt away if he were to apologise now for the Church having averted its eyes from the slaughter of its own so as not to compromise its relationship with the elite or to appear to give credence to religious who sought their validation not from the putative relationship of the Church with heaven but among the marginalised, downtrodden and wretched on earth.3534140103