24 Letters

posted Nov 14, 2018, 7:48 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 14, 2018, 7:48 AM ]

Truth in Journalism

Sir, Reflecting on what our Pope says in connection with 'Truth in journalism' (Examiner dated Nov. 03-09, 2018) Good decision-making depends on people having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but in a capacity that is more down to earth. All truths – even the laws of science – are subject to revision, but we operate by them in the meantime, because they are necessary and they work. It is not the truth in the absolute or philosophical or scientific sense, but rather a pursuit of "the truths by which we can operate on a day-to-day basis." This "journalistic truth" is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. >>>


Ven. Fr Agnelo

Sir, The full-page advertisement of the programme of Masses and Novena services on page 5 of the 'Examiner' dated Nov. 03-09 to commemorate the 91st death anniversary of Ven. Fr Agnelo D'Souza, mentions that lakhs of favours and miraculous cures of cancer, TB, paralysis, etc, have taken place through his powerful intercession. This is borne out by the fact that thousands of his devotees throng his ashrams to seek his blessings and favours.

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SCCs in our Archdiocese

Sir, In the mid-September 2018 edition of The Examiner, there appeared a Synopsis of findings of the SCC Evaluation 2018 of the Archdiocese of Bombay. The reading of the published Summary appears to be like the proverbial curate's egg – good and bad in parts. Outreach to the needy seems to have increased. Relationships between priests and the members of a community have witnessed positive developments. These and some other positive signs of the functioning of SCCs are not as many as the many problematic areas mentioned in the Report. Some of the more important latter are: the non-involvement of the rich, the poor and those who feel they are seen as not "morally OK"; low involvement of priests due to age, workload; lack of proper training; the perception that the FILMC is not functioning as it should, and the continuation of the same persons as leaders in a particular SCC.


Biblical children of God!

Sir, Emeritus Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bombay, Bishop Bosco Penha, pioneer of the Small Christian Communities (SCC), has written a moving and educative article for 'Children's Day' on November 14, 'Let The Little Children Come To Me' (Mt 19:14) (The Examiner, 10-16 Nov. 2018).

He has cited 'ongoing experiments' at Dadar West/Vakola, Malvani, and Mulund, regarding efforts made to reach children with their talents and gifts, in order to help build the Church. He has pleaded for a special 'Ministry for Children'.


Addressing Mumbai's e-Waste

Sir, This refers to the article by Fr Savio Silveira SDB of 'Greenline' on e-Waste (The Examiner, Nov. 3-9).

As Mumbai generates a huge amount of e-Waste of around 1,20,000 tonnes annually, and its treatment is a huge challenge, I suggest that the Cardinal/Archdiocese direct all parishes in Mumbai to have this e-Waste collected and given to authorised e-Waste recyclers.

As our Cardinal is head of CBCI, this effort could be taken up at the National level. The youth group in every parish should be directed to initiate this effort under the leadership of the Parish Priest; collection containers may be kept in parish compounds; occasional house to house drives to collect e-waste can be organised. Wide publicity needs to be given in the media and locally, so that all will be enthused to give their e-waste.