First beneficiary of Diocese’s 160 house-project says she has been deceived
Source: Coastal Digest
Saturday, 21 January 2012 14:08
Mangalore, January 22: “Jesus Christ will not forgive the sin of the Mangalore Diocese, which is fooling poor Christians without any sense of shame” — This was the reaction of a poor Christian couple, which was projected as the first beneficiary of the ‘Mangalore Diocese’s ‘philanthropic project’ of donating 160 houses to poor as part of its post-centenary silver jubilee celebrations.
“We are deeply hurt after coming to know that media projected us as the first beneficiaries of the Mangalore Diocese’s so called ‘shelter-for-poor’ project. In fact we were the first victims of the unpardonable lie and deceit of the Diocese”, said Irene Rita D’Souza, whose husband John D’Souza had received the key from Mangalore Bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza on January 16, at a formal ‘house donation function’ in the presence of media at Maroli near here.
“Neither me, nor my husband were aware that Mangalore Diocese was going to project our newly constructed house as donation, when they forcefully organized a ‘house-warming’ celebration”, said D’Souza at a press conference convened by the local unit of Peoples Union for Civil Liberties here on Saturday.
“How can the Church people call it a donation, when I had pledged my gold ornaments to construct this 400 square feet house on our own land?,” questioned Irene D’Souza, who claims herself to be an illiterate.
Irene and her husband who resided in a rented house in Kulashekara for many years, had dreamt of constructing a house of their own.
“By pledging three gold ornaments including a wedding ring, I was able to raise Rs70, 000 to construct the house. However, we needed more money to complete the house” she said.
“Meanwhile, Kulashekara Church furnished me a loan of Rs 1 lakh and asked to sign on a stamp paper committing me to pay Rs 2,000 every month. They also gave me Rs 50,000 additional loan. However, when the Church people invited me for the loan they did not inform me about the Diocese’s plan of house donation,” she said.
She said that she came to know about the real picture only after people began to point fingers at her.
“I felt humiliated when I was told that the house was a donation of the church. Feeling robbed of my self-respect, I immediately returned Rs 50,000 to Fr Valerian Pinto in Kulashekara church,” she said.
She also said that she wanted to return the loan of Rs 1 lakh too at a public function in front of the media. “Let Mangalore Diocese organize a function to take back their loan and remove the plaque with the engraving that the house is a donation of Mangalore diocese,” she said.
She also criticised the double standard of the priests. “They preach in the Church that when you do alms, let not your left hand know what your right hand does. But the same priests projected the house constructed with my own money and with the help of loans, as their donation”, she lamented.
PUCL State President PB D’sa said the family’s plight was just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to the blunders of the Mangalore Diocese. He predicted that there would be a repeat of such incidents as diocese completes 160 houses.
President, PUCL Comments:
This is a huge Fraud played by the “Cassock wearing Wolves in Sheep’s Garb”. When 50% of Mangalore belongs to Mangalore Diocese occupied by their Mulgeni tenants of the diocese, which Bishop is administrating as the trustee for the benefit of the laity or the final beneficiaries. Is there any need to collect further money from the laity and build small dungeons unfit for even pigs to live?
The entire Christian communities specially the Mulgeni holders who are numbering around 4 Lakhs (Subject to corrections) will benefit immensely and become the most prosperous community in South India, forget about only in Mangalore. I have personally and on behalf of several organizations demanded from the Bishop this for the last 15 years and he has arrogantly told me that it is his property and I have no right to demand this. Simply because he is a Bishop he does not become the owner of the diocesan properties. The entire laity’s numbering 98% of Christian Population are the co-owners of this land. But unfortunately the Bishop Who calls himself the most religious and charitable man is trading with the land belonging to somebody else and committing a serious offence of breach of trust and cheating a huge fraud on the public. Bishop requires to be put “Behind the Bars” for this offence for collecting 33.33% of the amount on the land and swallowing the same without showing any account of this.160 houses for poor is a mere drama under the pretext of this scheme Walter D’Mello and Denis Moras two collaborators with the Bishop have gone to the Middle east and collected about 18 crores. What has happened to this amount? The so called first house is handed over by the Bishop was another public fraud. About this there was a press conference addressed by me and the office bearers of united Christian Association on 22 January. I would request Daijiworld and Mangalorean.com and other media to give proper publicity to our Press Conference.
I have fought for press freedom and the let the press be true to their profession.
I congratulate coastal digest management for upholding press freedom and projecting the problems of the least and the last who have been pushed to the wall. As against this we have one or two websites belonging to Christians who have repeatedly blacked out the genuine news released to them by PUCL and Christian Reforms Foundation. Just because the rich and powerful can affect their business they behave like Rats in Front of These rich and powerful people who have actually become rich by dubious activities and criminal methods.
“Birds of the same feather flock together”
As a social activists i have released a true fact finding report about the mischief and fraud played by the Bishop and his followers in two cases, But these websites have given credence to the false news of the Bishop and their Gang and the true revealed by us does not find any place anywhere in their pages.
“Rats will remain Rats”, you cannot turn them into Lions.