Must Read – Prakash Lasrado’s Letter

Prakash Lasrado’s Letter

Dear PB D’Sa,

Laypeople must not run the church and must not look after church property since they are less ethical than priests.

If one reads the New Testament, Peter spent his time worshipping God and the task of collecting money was given to Ananias and Sapphira (husband and wife, a lay couple) (Acts Chapter 5) who to seek a good name from the public gave the collected money to the apostles for the poor. However they were stealing part of it. Peter inspired by the Holy spirit got to know of it and rebuked them severely since they were not interested in the poor but were benefitting from donations by getting a good name and getting good money for themselves. They had disguised their evil as good. We all know that Ananias and Sapphira fell dead instantly. 

Same is happening today also. 

Two women accused of stealing $1 million each from two archdioceses

http://www.uscatholic.org/news/2012/01/two-women-accused-stealing-1-million-each-two-archdioceses

Mother, son confess to stealing church funds

http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/6146/53/

Laypeople are worse than priests in terms of ethics so it is better that priests govern finances since laypeople cannot be trusted entirely. Laypeople can only assist priests.

Regards,

Prakash

Reply from – P.B D’Sa

Dear Prakash Lasrado

I totally agree with Mr. Prakash Lasrado, that both priests and laymen are corrupt. but i do not agree that the lay men are more corrupt. both belong to human race and both have human weaknesses. But when Chosen people of God who live with God, Walk with God, Sleep with God and Market God, cannot and should not be corrupt, arrogant, liars, crooks etc. etc.
I totally agree that all temporal issues, all properties and money matters of the church  should be jointly handeled by laymen and priest. More specificaly the laymen should handle all temporal issues properties, cash etc. and the priest should be both internal and external auditors. they should not be “spiritual directors”- This is a funny word and misleading word. this word should be scrapped from church vocabulary.
Most of the priests are mediocre and repeat things parrot like. i have not found creativity and dynamism in any priest. They are lazy , pleasure and leisure loving and too much  in love with their bodies.
This forum will give equal opportunities to diverse views on the matter. We do not want to waste our time in speaking about good work done by the priest. Every human being is expected to be good and to do good work. W have no time to praise and pamper them our priority is to sweep, clean the mess created by useless people and make this world  a better world to live in. the mess created during the last 2000 years cannot be cleaned by a small number of people. We need more people like Prakash Lasrado, Gordon, Sodders, Alban Menezes, Maurice Mascarenhas, Walter mascarenhas, Jeevan Vas, Dr. Joe Lewis Arthur Rasquinha, Augustine Rodrigues, etc. etc.
We have already an Army of More than thousand people with us we want to reach 50000 within 5 years. i promise that together we will clean the mess created by the ” Wolves in the Garb of Sheep” and do Christ’s work, which will continue even after our death.
P.B D’Sa
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Leaked letters reveal Viganò’s complaints of corruption

Leaked letters reveal Viganò’s complaints of corruption

source: mailed by Prakash Lasrado

In another, addressed to Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state, Viganò said that the management of Vatican investments had been entrusted to a group of Italian bankers “who look after their interests more than ours.” He complained that contracts are “always given to the same companies at costs at least double compared to those charged outside the Vatican,” on the basis of personal connections and patronage ties.

Viganò also described a campaign of defamation against him inside the Vatican, openly naming names as the alleged ringleaders. They include an Italian monsignor who works at the Vatican museums, and a well-known Italian layman who’s held senior positions both in the Vatican and at the Italian public broadcaster RAI, and who is viewed as especially close to Bertone.

Viganò accused both figures of various forms of misconduct, and accused both of being the source of “calumnious judgments, evil insinuations [and] lies” circulating within the Vatican, intended to discredit him with Bertone.

Monsignors’ mutiny” revealed by Vatican leaks

Monsignors’ mutiny” revealed by Vatican leaks

source mailed by : Gordon Jacobs

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Call it Conspiracy City. Call it Scandal City. Call it Leak City. These days the holy city has been in the news for anything but holy reasons.

“It is a total mess,” said one high-ranking Vatican official who spoke, like all others, on the condition of anonymity.

The Machiavellian maneuvering and machinations that have come to light in the Vatican recently are worthy of a novel about a sinister power struggle at a medieval court.

Senior church officials interviewed this month said almost daily embarrassments that have put the Vatican on the defensive could force Pope Benedict to act to clean up the image of its administration – at a time when the church faces a deeper crisis of authority and relevance in the wider world.

Some of those sources said the outcome of a power struggle inside the Holy See may even have a longer-term effect, on the choice of the man to succeed Benedict when he dies.

From leaked letters by an archbishop who was transferred after he blew the whistle on what he saw as a web of corruption and cronyism, to a leaked poison pen memo which puts a number of cardinals in a bad light, to new suspicions about its bank, Vatican spokesmen have had their work cut out responding.

The flurry of leaks has come at an embarrassing time – just before a usually joyful ceremony this week known as a consistory, when Benedict will admit more prelates into the College of Cardinals, the exclusive men’s club that will one day pick the next Roman Catholic leader from among their own ranks.

“This consistory will be taking place in an atmosphere that is certainly not very glorious or exalting,” said one bishop with direct knowledge of Vatican affairs.

The sources agreed that the leaks were part of an internal campaign – a sort of “mutiny of the monsignors” – against the pope’s right-hand man, Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Bertone, 77, has a reputation as a heavy-handed administrator and power-broker whose style has alienated many in the Curia, the bureaucracy that runs the central administration of the 1.3 billion-strong Roman Catholic Church.

He came to the job, traditionally occupied by a career diplomat, in 2006 with no experience of working in the church’s diplomatic corps, which manages its international relations. Benedict chose him, rather, because he had worked under the future pontiff, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, in the Vatican’s powerful doctrinal office.

“It’s all aimed at Bertone,” said a monsignor in a key Vatican department who sympathizes with the secretary of state and who sees the leakers as determined to oust him. “It’s very clear that they want to get rid of Bertone.”

Vatican sources say the rebels have the tacit backing of a former secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, an influential power-broker in his own right and a veteran diplomat who served under the late Pope John Paul II for 15 years.

“The diplomatic wing feels that they are the rightful owners of the Vatican,” the monsignor who favors Bertone said.

Sodano and Bertone are not mutual admirers, to put it mildly. Neither has commented publicly on the reports.

WHISTLE-BLOWING ARCHBISHOP

The Vatican has been no stranger to controversy in recent years, when uproar over its handling of child sex abuse charges has hampered the church’s efforts to stem the erosion of congregations and priestly recruitment in the developed world.

But the latest image crisis could not be closer to home.

It began last month when an Italian television investigative show broadcast private letters to Bertone and the pope from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former deputy governor of the Vatican City and currently the Vatican ambassador in Washington.

The letters, which the Vatican has confirmed are authentic, showed that Vigano was transferred after he exposed what he argued was a web of corruption, nepotism and cronyism linked to the awarding of contracts to contractors at inflated prices.

As deputy governor of the Vatican City for two years from 2009 to 2011, Vigano was the number two official in a department responsible for maintaining the tiny city-state’s gardens, buildings, streets, museums and other infrastructure, which are managed separately from the Italian capital which surrounds it.

In one letter, Vigano writes of a smear campaign against him by other Vatican officials who were upset that he had taken drastic steps to clean up the purchasing procedures and begged to stay in the job to finish what he had started.

Bertone responded by removing Vigano from his position three years before the end of his tenure and sending him to the United States, despite his strong resistance.

Other leaks center on the Vatican bank, just as it is trying to put behind it past scandals – including the collapse 30 years ago of Banco Ambrosiano, which entangled it in lurid allegations about money-laundering, freemasons, mafiosi and the mysterious death of Ambrosiano chairman Roberto Calvi – “God’s banker.”

Today, the Vatican bank, formally known at the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), is aiming to comply fully with international norms and has applied for the Vatican’s inclusion on the European Commission’s approved “white list” of states that meet EU standards for total financial transparency.

Bertone was instrumental in putting the bank’s current executives in place and any lingering suspicion about it reflects badly on him. The Commission will decide in June and failure to make the list would be an embarrassment for Bertone.

ITALIAN POPE?

Last week, an Italian newspaper that has published some of the leaks ran a bizarre internal Vatican memo that involved one cardinal complaining about another cardinal who spoke about a possible assassination attempt against the pope within 12 months and openly speculated on who the next pope should be.

Bertone’s detractors say he has packed the Curia with Italian friends. Some see an attempt to influence the election of the next pope and increase the chances that the papacy returns to Italy after two successive non-Italian popes who have broken what had been an Italian monopoly for over 450 years.

Seven of the 18 new “cardinal electors” — those aged under 80 eligible to elect a pope — at this Saturday’s consistory are Italian. Six of those work for Bertone in the Curia.

Bertone, as chief administrator, had a key role in advising the pope on the appointments, which raised eyebrows because of the high number of Italian bureaucrats among them.

“There is widespread malaise and delusion about Bertone inside the Curia. It is full of complaints,” said the bishop who has close knowledge of Vatican affairs.

“Bertone has had a very brash method of running the Vatican and putting his friends in high places. People could not take it any more and said ‘enough’ and that is why I think these leaks are coming out now to make him look bad,” he said.

POPE “ISOLATED”

Leaked confidential cables sent to the State Department by the U.S. embassy to the Vatican depicted him as a “yes man” with no diplomatic experience or linguistic skills and the 2009 cable suggests that the pope is protected from bad news.

“There is also the question of who, if anyone, brings dissenting views to the pope’s attention,” read the cable, published by WikiLeaks.

The Vatican sources said some cardinals asked the pope to replace Bertone because of administrative lapses, including the failure to warn the pope that a renegade bishop re-admitted to the Church in 2009 was a well-known Holocaust denier.

But they said the pope, at 84 and increasingly showing the signs of his age, is not eager to break in a new right-hand man.

“It’s so complicated and the pope is so helpless,” said the monsignor.

The bishop said: “The pope is very isolated. He lives in his own world and some say the information he receives is filtered. He is interested in his books and his sermons but he is not very interested in government.”

Why Catholic Bishops Have Lost Their Grip on Their Flock

Why Catholic Bishops Have Lost Their Grip on Their Flock

source: Gordon Jacobs

The Vatican’s timing was ironic. While Roman Catholic bishops in the U.S. were trying to revive their moral and political clout last week by battling President Obama over contraception coverage and religious liberty, a papally endorsed symposium was underway in Rome on how the Church has to change if it wants to prevent sexual abuse crises, the very tragedy that has shriveled the stature of Catholic prelates worldwide over the past decade, especially in the U.S. One monsignor at the Vatican gathering even suggested the hierarchy had been guilty of “omertà,” the Mafia code of silence, by protecting abusive priests.

The Roman forum was a reminder — and the birth control clash is turning out to be one as well — of just how much influence the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has lost in the 10 years since the abuse crisis erupted in America. It hopes that its protest of a new federal rule requiring religiously affiliated institutions like Catholic hospitals and universities to provide no-cost contraception in their health insurance coverage, even if church doctrine forbids birth control, will help restore the bishops’ relevance. They did win a partial victory last Friday when Obama, acknowledging the uproar, said those institutions would no longer have to pay for the contraception coverage themselves. But the President did not fully genuflect: The compromise will still oblige religious-based employers to offer the coverage, while their insurance providers foot the bill.

Although major Catholic groups like Catholic Charities and Catholic Health Services accepted that revision, the bishops are holding out for more. But their crusade to be exempted from the mandate is likely to fall short of its grail. If so, it’s because Obama read the Catholic flock better than its shepherds did.

Granted, the bishops, led by New York Archbishop and Cardinal-elect Timothy Dolan, did get the White House to acknowledge how high-handedly and ham-handedly it had managed the contraception debate — confirming along the way the public’s wariness of the so-called liberal elite — and convinced it to craft a deal that should have been policy in the first place. Yet in his refusal to cave completely to the religious liberty campaign, Obama has illustrated the reality that the bishops no longer speak for most U.S. Catholics — the nation’s largest religious denomination and a critical swing-voter group — on a host of moral issues, according to polls.

Not on abortion or the death penalty (a majority of Catholics believe those should remain legal); on divorce or homosexuality (most say those are acceptable); on women being ordained as priests and priests getting married (ditto); or on masturbation and pre-marital sex (ditto again, Your Excellencies).

And especially not on contraception. Ever since Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the Church’s senseless ban on birth control in 1968, few doctrines have been as vilified, ridiculed and outright ignored by Catholics – evidenced by a recent study showing that 98% of American Catholic women have used some form of contraception. It’s hard to believe, as the bishops would have it, that those women simply succumbed to society’s pressure to do the secular thing. They’ve decided, in keeping with their faith’s precept of exercising personal conscience, that family planning is the moral and societally responsible thing to do — for example, preventing unwanted pregnancies and therefore abortions. And it explains why a recent Public Religion Research Institute poll found most Catholics support the contraception coverage mandate even for Catholic-affiliated organizations. Presumably most endorse Friday’s compromise.

Far more Evangelical Protestants, according to the PRRI survey, back the bishops than Catholics do. But that hardly makes the bishops, when it comes to the more independent Catholic vote, the same force to be reckoned with that they were in the 20th century. That is, before 2002 and the horror stories of how prelates like Cardinal Bernard Law, then Boston’s archbishop, had serially shielded alleged pedophile priests. It’s true that some bishops, like Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl, confronted rather than coddled accused priests. But when it became clear that so many of the men in miters cared more about safeguarding the clerical corporation than about protecting kids, episcopal “authority” vanished like so much incense smoke — and Catholics increasingly abandoned the 2,000-year-old notion that their church and their religion are the same thing.

That’s essentially what Catholics like me are asking for, especially from my colleagues in the media, during episodes like the contraception and religious liberty fracas: Stop equating what the bishops say with what we think, because we’re not the obedient, monolithic bloc that newspapers and cable news networks so tiresomely insist is in “jeopardy” for this or that party whenever they smell church-state friction. When a hardline U.S. bishop calls for withholding communion from a Catholic politician who supports legalized abortion, stop assuming all Catholics have the prelate’s back rather than the pol’s. When Catholic politicians draft legislation like the religious liberty bills popping up on Capitol Hill right now, stop accepting their assertion that the birth-control ban is “a major tenet” of Catholic faith, as Florida Senator Marco Rubio called it this month. For the vast majority of Catholics, it isn’t.

And for that matter, stop forgetting that in the 2008 election, 54% of Catholic voters ignored their bishops and backed a pro-choice presidential candidate like Obama. I certainly don’t point that out as some kind of endorsement of Obama in 2012. I’m simply noting that pundits and politicians need smarter criteria for gauging the Catholic vote — just as advisers in Obama’s White House shouldn’t have been so clueless about religious issues when they first decreed the contraception mandate. If the tragedy of the 2002 abuse crisis reminds us of anything, it’s that religion does matter in politics. Just ask the church leaders who are still paying a political price for their religious code of silence.

Must Read – Address by Dhuje Parbhu at the Inaugural Christian Reforms Foundation meeting at YMCA Hall, Mangalore

Must Read- Address by Dhuje Parbhu at the Inaugural Christian Reforms Foundation meeting at YMCA Hall, Mangalore

Bishops and Clergy in this country think that the church belongs to them and we the laity are docile, simple, cows and buffaloes. So far because of lack of proper laity organisation in the church, they took us for  a ride. Vatican II never favors the laity and calls us as the “subjects” of the Bishops. After all one must know that Vatican II is the council of Bishops to safeguard their interests…..Read More

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IT probe against CASK- (Catholic Association of South Kanara)

IT probe against CASK- (Catholic Association of South Kanara)

source: The Canara Times

MANGALORE : The Income Tax Department which has accused the Catholic Association of South Kanara (CASK) of tax evasion, has ordered a probe into the same. If the Mangalore Bishop is the patron of CASK, all the day-to-day affairs are monitored by his Marcel Monteiro.

The CASK President had issued three circulars. If the circular dated 1-6-2011 had declared that the Association had earned a revenue of Rs 6,38,600/- through sale of liquor, another circular dated 6-6-2011 had said that 11900 dollars had been received for the centenary fund from Christians in America and Canada. The third circular dated 9-6-2011 had declared that the CASK had received a donation of Rs one crore.

It has been learnt that the CASK had not shown records pertaining to the above funds exceeding Rs 2 crore neither in its statement of accounts nor had paid taxes for the same.Reliable sources revealed that CASK intended to deposit this amount in the name of the office bearers and members of the Association.

The Income Tax Department which has ordered a probe has said that all members and office bearers of the Association as well as the Bishop would be enquired individually and that legal action would also follow.

Must Read: Mumbailaity.WordPress.com is here to stay without any copyright

Must Read: Mumbailaity.WordPress.com is here to stay without any copyright

source: Mumbailaity

Our success has not gone down well with a few people.They have copied our name and used it.As you are all aware mumbailaity.wordpress.com was formed and registerd in May 2010 and since then we had news of the catholic world being published and thousands of persons have visited our site and read our articles.No person can take the same name again and there is no need to take a copyright for the same since wordpress will not allow the same blog name.There can never be  two same e mail ids of two different persons.

As has been informed earlier this blog was started to air the views and publish articles which the laity had not been informed or which were not published by the newspapers/Sites which claim to be catholic.The site does not earn any revenue nor does it collect donations.

There is a certain individual who loves Mumbai so much that he has left Mumbai and yet by remaining out of Mumbai wants to serve Mumbai.How ironic.He furthur claims that he is not controlled by the Archbishop of the place where he lives .The said person can also be sued for defamation but he has to return to India.

We were not sure who was backing this individual and the reason why a similar name as that of Mumbaility.Wordpress.com taken, now we are aware who are the different persons backing this individual.Unfortunately the said persons in Mumbai are not coming in the open.The said person was in touch via e mail with mumbailaity.wordpress.com before he could launch his site which had a name similar to ours  .As was informed earlier the idea was to misguide and confuse readers who would be looking for our blog.However that did not work despite our site being free.

If that person had the courage of his convictions he should have chosen a name which is different and should not have tried to ride piggy back on another persons success.

Let it be known loud and clear that mumbailaity.wordpress.com is here to stay.The laity of Mumbai and India have a right to know the truth.Yes the truth does hurt.In fact persons who are covering the misdeeds of the wrong doer are guilty of the sin of complicity and we too pray for them that

God grant them the serenity
to accept the things they cannot change;
courage to change the things they can;
and wisdom to know the difference. .

Pope Benedict hit by new Church child abuse allegations

Pope Benedict hit by new Church child abuse allegations

source: mailed by Prem D’Sa

The Pope is facing allegations he was responsible for delaying Church action against a paedophile priest – the first time he has been accused so directly.

1985 letter with Cardinal Ratzinger's signature

1985 letter with Cardinal Ratzinger's signature

The allegations stem from a letter signed by Benedict XVI in 1985, when he was a senior Vatican official. Associated Press said it had obtained the letter, signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, resisting the defrocking of offending US priest Stephen Kiesle. The Vatican says he was exercising due caution before sacking the priest. Cardinal Ratzinger – who was at the time the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – said the “good of the universal Church” needed to be considered in any defrocking, AP reported.

Vatican officials say the letter was part of a long correspondence and should not be taken out of context. Vatican spokesman Rev Federico Lombardi said: “The press office doesn’t believe it is necessary to respond to every single document taken out of context regarding particular legal situations.” The allegations come as the Vatican says the Pope is willing to meet more victims of clerical abuse, and as the Vatican prepares to publish a guide on the internet about how bishops should deal with accusations of sexual abuse.

The Catholic Church has been hit by a series of child abuse scandals, including in Ireland, the US, Germany and Norway, and has faced criticism for failing to deal adequately with the problem.

‘Grave significance’

AP says the 1985 correspondence, written in Latin, shows Cardinal Ratzinger saying that Kiesle’s removal would need careful review. Cardinal Ratzinger urged “as much paternal care as possible” for Kiesle. Kiesle was sentenced to six years in prison in 2004 after admitting molesting a young girl in 1995. Kiesle is now 63 and is on the registered sex offenders list in California. On Friday, the Vatican urged Catholic dioceses around the world to co-operate with police investigating sex abuse allegations against priests. Father Lombardi acknowledged that the Church had lost public trust and said Church law could no longer be placed above civil laws if that trust were to be recovered.AP said the Rev Kiesle was sentenced to three years of probation in 1978 for lewd conduct with two young boys in San Francisco. It said the Oakland diocese had recommended Kiesle’s removal in 1981 but that that did not happen until 1987. Cardinal Ratzinger took over the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which at the time dealt with some sex abuse cases, in 1981.

He also said Pope Benedict was prepared to meet more victims of abuse to offer them moral support. BBC religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott says this is an abrupt change of tone by the Vatican. He says officials had previously accused critics of trying to smear the Pope personally and only last weekend said he should ignore petty gossip directed at him. Meanwhile Italian media have reported that the Vatican is to issue guidelines on its website on Monday on fighting paedophilia. The Vatican has ruled out any possibility of a papal resignation over the scandals.

ANALYSIS

David Willey
By David Willey,
BBC News, Rome

The Vatican claims the letter must be considered in its true context of a lengthy exchange of correspondence between California and Rome about defrocking an American priest who was a known child molester.

The Pope’s critics claim that he stalled and left unanswered for years letters concerning alleged cases of sexual abuse by priests.

American bishops are coming under increasing pressure from their flocks to explain why the church in Rome did not take more robust action or took no action at all.

So they are releasing confidential documents which put the future Pope’s lack of action in a bad light.

The Vatican insists that the Pope was only exercising due caution before sacking a priest for sexual misconduct.

ALLEGATIONS FACING POPE

  • In 1980 as archbishop of Munich and Freising, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger unwittingly approved housing for a priest accused of child abuse. A former deputy later said he made the decision
  • Cardinal Ratzinger failed to act over complaints during the 1990s about US priest Lawrence Murphy, who is thought to have abused some 200 deaf boys in Wisconsin
  • Cardinal Ratzinger allowed a case against Arizona priest Michael Teta to languish at the Vatican for more than a decade despite repeated pleas for his removal
  • Cardinal Ratzinger resisted the defrocking of California priest Stephen Kiesle, a convicted offender, saying “good of the universal Church” needed to be considered
The Pope’s supporters say he has been unfairly blamed for cases handled by junior staff, and that he has been proactive in addressing child abuse.