22 Letters

posted Jul 25, 2018, 10:43 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 25, 2018, 10:43 AM ]

A call for transparency

Sir, Our community is known for its commendable work in various fields. However, in the past few weeks, we have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. As a concerned member of the community, allow me to make some suggestions. Notwithstanding our good record, like others, we too have a few bad apples. We must, in all humility, accept this fact. In the present social and political environment, these few bad apples can completely undo the good work being done by the rest. We must guard against that happening.

Firstly, we need to be more open and transparent in everything we do. We need to keep meticulous records, and these records must be open to scrutiny. Our hospitals, orphanages and institutions must maintain records and registers 'conforming to govt regulations'. A case in point: some time ago, some Catholic hospitals were pulled up by the Charity Commissioner (CC) for not complying with the required norms of reserving 10% free beds for the poor. I was told that the hospitals were in fact, reserving up to 50% beds for the poor, either free or concessional. Apparently, the hospitals were faulted, because they did not maintain 'separate records of the minimum requirements'. The lesson we learn is that we need to maintain meticulous records of the 'minimum requirements' stipulated by the authorities.

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Congratulations on completing 25 years of service

Sir, With reference to Mrs Nirmala Carvalho's letter titled 'A Silver Jubilee Legacy of Service' and Mr Albert C De Souza's letter titled 'Evolving Examiner' in THE EXAMINER dated July 14-20, 2018, congratulations to the editor and his team on completion of 25 years of service.

I always look forward to reading the interesting and informative articles in THE EXAMINER and always urge Catholics who do not read it to do so, and also give copies of it to my friends living abroad when I visit them or they come to India.

Variety is the spice of life; a bigger variety of articles would make it more popular and increase its circulation.

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Pope on saving the Earth!

Sir, On July 6, 2018, Pope Francis addressed around 300 delegates at the International Conference on Saving Our Common Home, and the Future Life on Earth! This was held on the third anniversary of his Encyclical Laudato Si'– on the care of our common home!

"Your presence here is to testify to the urgent need to respond to the encyclical's call for a 'change towards an ecological conversion'! Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility."

"Listen to God's appeal to St Francis of Assisi: 'Go and repair My house which lies in ruins!' Today, this 'common house' of our planet also needs to be urgently repaired and secured for a sustainable future!"

"Indeed, the pace of consumption, waste and environmental change has so stretched the planet's capacity, that our contemporary lifestyle can only precipitate catastrophes, which now occur frequently." (Laudato Si' 161)

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No altar servers at communion

Sir, Nowadays, I have noticed many of our parishes distribute Holy Communion without someone holding a (communion) plate underneath; of course, there should be enough Altar servers to do it. But if a Lay Minister can distribute Holy Communion, then why can't any lay person help in holding the plate?

I was shocked to see the Main Celebrant distributing Holy Communion in a church in Mumbai, without the altarboy who was coolly sitting there.

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Tirade against Missionaries of Charity must be stopped

Sir, Given the political climate in our country, it should come as no surprise that the press release of the Missionaries of Charity has found little mention in the National Press. TV channels which came down heavily on the Church in general, and the Order in particular, have chosen to ignore it completely. Channels inimical to Christians insinuated that this was merely the tip of the iceberg, as there were 280 more cases to be investigated. After the completion of the investigations, such channels must be made to apologise or be sued. >>>

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Ven. Carlo Acutis: Patron of Computer Programmers

Sir, On July 5, 2018, Pope Francis recognised Carlo Acutis as 'Venerable', for his heroic virtues. Acutis was born in London on May 3, 1991, and died of fulminant leukaemia near Milan, Italy, on October 12, 2006 at the tender age of 15.

Acutis was a pious child, attending daily Mass, frequently praying the Rosary, and making weekly confessions. He offered his sufferings for the Pope and the Church.

Acutis was exceptionally gifted in working with computers, and developed a website which catalogued 'Eucharistic Miracles'. An international exhibition highlights such phenomenal occurrences. Acutis had stated:

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