Letter to Pope, July 5, 2020

by samreen

Retired High Court judge M F Saldanha retired from service in 2004. But, continues to use the emblems of Karnataka and Bombay High Courts in the letters, e-mails and his other written communication.

Even before the courts come out with verdicts to make a factual assessment of the cases, Robert Raymond D’Souza, Member of Association of Concerned Catholics (AOCC) writes a letter to Pope Francis to bring to his notice a string of allegations connected to the clergy in the Catholic Church, pointing an accusing finger at various Bishops and priests in the country. While writing a letter to Pope, there should be some authentication or proof to substantiate the charges, but here Mr Raymond D Souza is just reeling out allegation after allegation against the clergy without any proof. Can the Pope accept such allegations without any evidence?

Such allegation against Bishops or the clergy are not rare. But, the charges will have value only when they are supported with documentary evidence.

The charges levelled against heads of various churches and Bishops in the letter written to the Pope by Raymond D Souza on July 5, 2020 appear to be based on vested interests. If at all he had any concern towards Christianity, he should have requested the Pope to conduct an impartial inquiry against the allegations, but here he is requesting the Pope to take action against the personalities he has mentioned.

In a democratic country like India, even terrorists get an opportunity to defend themselves in the court of law. How fair is Raymond D Souza’s argument that the Pope should to take action against the Bishops and other heads of various Churches.
In his letter to Pope, regarding various allegations against Bishop William, Raymond also mentions that 37 priests have openly revolted against Bishop William; to claim these allegations, does he have signatures from all the 37 priests who have revolted. As a member of Association Concerned Catholics, Raymond D Souza should be more responsible; Isn’t he causing more damage to the Catholic Church and the Christian community under the pretext of carrying out a damage control exercise?

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