My response to the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India’s Questionnaire on the 2015 Synod on the Family


MARCH 2015/UPDATED AND REVISED

 

My response to the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India’s Questionnaire on the 2015 Synod on the Family

 

Though the Notification and Questionnaire issued by the Bishop of Dharmapuri, Chairman, Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) Commission for Family, Most Rev. Lawrence Pius Dorairaj is dated February 26, 2015 (see below),
I first came to know of it, despite having published several reports on the 2014 Synod on my web site and being in close touch with lay ministries and Church developments all over India on a daily basis, only on
March 7, 2015 from Joseph LR Vaz* of Goa but for whose concern for the Church I may not have known till much later.

During the following week, I mailed the same to dozens of pro-family and pro-life activists all over India. From their feedback, I came to learn that all of them had first come to know about the Questionnaire from me and had never heard it brought to their attention in their parishes.

*Subject: Fwd: FW: CCBI Family Survey 2015 preparing for the Synod on Family called by Pope Francis lager this year. Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:31:47 +0530 {with 4 attachments}

 

Mr. Vaz had received the same from Mr. John Dayal (National Integration Council, Government of India; All India Catholic Union; All India Christian Council) — who was intimated about it by Mr. Alan Doulton, the only lay member of the national level committee on issues concerning the family (!) — only the previous day, March 6, 2015:

From: John Dayal Sent: Friday, March 06, 2015 3:18 PM
To: A communicating Indian Church; synod@yahoogroups.com
Subject: CCBI Family Survey 2015 preparing for the Synod on Family called by Pope Francis lager this year.

 

Fr. Milton Gonsalves, the Executive Secretary of the CCBI Commission for the Family emailed his letter along with the Questionnaire only on March 16, 2015, a full 19 days after the Bishop-Chairman’s Notification (see further below)! And the cut-off date for evaluating and submitting the filled-in Questionnaire was given as March 25, 2015, giving Indian Catholics only about 9/10 days to do the needful!! And in that short period, they aspired to get 100,000 responses to the Questionnaire!!!!! I came to hear from sources close to the Family Commission in Mumbai that by the cut-off date, they had not received even 1000 filled-in Questionnaires, which is less than 1% of their target. The liberal lobby in the Indian Church who have a strong presence in Mumbai, meanwhile could be expected to have been busily engaged in mobilising support for their cause of influencing major “progressive” changes at the Synod.

The article by dissident priest Fr. Thomas Reese SJ recently published by the Family Commission team of Bombay Archdiocese, headed by Bishop Agnelo Gracias of Bombay and Fr. Cajetan Menezes, one of the delegates to the October 2014 Extraordinary Family Synod in Rome, in a recent issue of their magazine Family Link, is evidence of the liberal agenda that is being pursued by our so-called representatives at the Vatican since it is also well-known (and documented by me in several reports) that the hierarchy of the Bombay Archdiocese has been shielding, covering up and supporting the powerful women’s theologians’ group — including two feminist lay so-called theologians — that is lobbying for the ordination for women as priests and similar gender-based issues in the guise of campaigning for women’s rights.

See

IS THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOMBAY IN THE LIBERAL CAMP AT THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY

http://ephesians-511.net/docs/IS_THE_ARCHDIOCESE_OF_BOMBAY_IN_THE_LIBERAL_CAMP_AT_THE_SYNOD_ON_THE_FAMILY.doc

 

The Notification issued by the Bishop of Dharmapuri, Chairman, Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) Commission for Family

26th February, 2015

TO ALL MEMBERS of the CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF INDIA

 

 

 

Your Eminence/ Grace/Excellency,
Greetings from CCBI Commission for Family!

We have received reactions/feedback that the questionnaire from the Vatican sent to you earlier is complex and many experienced difficulty in answering the same. You also have expressed concerns during the Plenary Assembly in Bangalore. Therefore, after much deliberation and discussion we have prepared for you a new simplified questionnaire which incorporates almost all the aspects/themes of the Lineamenta
and the original questionnaire.

The CCBI Commission for Family has developed a modus operandi to answer the call of Pope Francis by providing responses to the questionnaire sent from Rome. With your cooperation we aspire to reach as many faithful as possible (100,000 responses to the questionnaire) by 25th March 2015. I have enclosed the simplified questionnaire for your perusal. Your cooperation is solicited.
To achieve this target we have:

1.      Simplified the questionnaire to make it easy for respondents

2.      Translated the questionnaire into regional languages and uploaded the same on our website (www.ccbifamily.com)

3.      Formed a national level committee inclusive of laity to facilitate the process.


The national level committee consists of following persons:

Name – Email id – Mobile no.

1. Bishop Lawrence Pius, Chairman, CCBI Commission for Family dharmapuridiocese@gmail.com 09442590888

2. Fr. Milton Gonsalves, Ex. Secretary ccbifamily25@gmail.com 09422669854

3. Fr. Arul Raj, Bangalore arulraj.gali@gmail.com 09900517523

4. Fr. Cajetan Menezes, Mumbai, Snehalaya, director@gmail.com 09323029622

5. Alan Doulton, Pune, adoulton@gmail.com 09822008389

 
 

You may please contact members for any clarification and in turn they would also be in touch with you to find out if any support is required.
Once again I appeal to you to treat matter with utmost urgency in order to partake meaningfully in the Synodal process. The responses can be sent to Fr. Milton Gonsalves, CCBI Family Commission Secretary. His email Id: ccbifamily25@gmail.com, mobile: 09422669854.

Thanking you in anticipation

Yours fraternally in Jesus Christ,

+ Lawrence Pius, D.D.,
Bishop of Dharmapuri and Chairman, CCBI Commission for Family 

 

From:
Executive Secretary <ccbifamily25@gmail.com> Subject: Synod Questioner- Urgent Appeal
Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM

To All Heads of Family Movements

Greeting in the Name of Jesus!

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

I had written to you earlier regarding Synod Questionnaire and also about Family movements’ meeting on 22nd January 2015.

CCBI Commission for Family has organize meeting of all Family Movements in India on 1st, 2nd and 3rd June 2015 at Goa.

This dates are confirmed. Kindly confirm your participation with Annie Oliver Andrade -Mob. 9820192737 / 9821192737, 022- 25700572; Email: magandrade@gmail.com

Please make your own traveling arrangements.  If you have any difficulty attending the same, please let us know as soon as possible.

Secondly,
we have prepared simplified questioner which I have enclosed herewith and given below online links. Kindly forward it to ALL THE MEMBERS OF YOUR MOVEMENT AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO RESPOND IMMEDIATELY

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Milton Gonsalves
Executive Secretary
CCBI Commission for Family

 

Synod on Family- 2-24 October 2015

To answer the call of Pope Francis Can you spare some time and respond to the questionnaire by answering few questions on family life?

 

 

 

With your cooperation we aspire to reach as many faithful as possible (100,000 responses to the questionnaire) by 25th March 2015.

For the on line Questionnaire in English
kindly click on the following links: http://ccbifamily.com/question.php OR http://goo.gl/X04N7o

 

P.B. No. 8490

Hutchins Road, 2nd Cross, Bangalore – 560 084

Email: ccbifamily25@gmail.com

Tel. O. 0091-080-25498241, Fax. O. 0091-080-25498180

Mob. 09422669854/08147407717(Bangalore)

 

Family Synod 2015 – Preliminary Questionnaire

Pope Francis has asked the faithful to suggest different ways in which the Church can provide better pastoral care to the families. This questionnaire has been designed to gather your opinion about solutions to the challenges that our families face today. At the end of the questionnaire space has been provided for you to add any issue that you feel has not been addressed.

Please circle the appropriate answer for each question.

Legend: Yes (Y), No (N), or Don’t Know (DK).

INSTEAD OF CIRCLING THE SELECTED ANSWERS FURTHER BELOW, I HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THEM IN
YELLOW

 

A. How can the Church foster a family spirituality?

1. By ensuring that the parish team visits families on a regular basis. Y N DK

2. By training the families to include family experiences in their prayer. Y N DK

3. By organizing Family/couple retreats so they know Christian marriage corresponds to plan of God. Y N DK

4. By encouraging families to participate in support groups (Marriage Encounter, SCC/BCC etc.) Y N DK

5. By interpreting the Bible and Church Teachings in relation to everyday family experiences. Y N DK

6. By encouraging families to participate frequently in sacraments (Eucharist, Reconciliation). Y N DK

7. By having parish pastoral programs that focus on the family Y N DK

8. By helping couples to understand that the church recognizes the family as “Domestic Church” Y
N DK

 
 

B. How can the Church help spouses to strengthen their relationships and build commitment?

1. By providing couple centered activities to foster bonding and indissolubility Y N DK

2. By providing ongoing training to learn skills to nurture relationship and commitment. Y N DK

3. By making trained counselors available for couples in need. Y N DK

4. By common celebrations of marriages/baptisms/anniversaries, etc. Y N DK

5. By assisting couples in the initial years of their marriage to understand each other better. Y N DK

6. By inviting successfully married couples to share experiences with other couples. Y N DK

7. By emphasizing the permanence/vocation of marriage in programs for the youth. Y N DK

8. By organizing more family fellowship functions to foster bonding within families. Y N DK

9. By motivating members of family to take care of elderly and sick. Y N DK

 
 

C. How can we encourage responsible Christian parenting?

1. By providing parenting skills to couples at different stages of their family life. Y N DK

2. By creating opportunities for experience sharing for parents with children of similar ages. Y N DK

3. By educating parents on how to address the doubts of a child regarding faith and values. Y N DK

4. By emphasizing faith and character formation of children in their development. Y N DK

5. By encouraging parents to become role models for children in living Christian values/faith. Y N DK

6. By ensuring children attend faith education programs organized by the parish/diocese. Y N DK

7. By encouraging parents to spend quality time with their children. Y N DK

 
 

D. How can the marriage preparation / enrichment course be made meaningful and effective?

1. By increasing the involvement of the lay people in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of marriage preparation courses. Y N DK

2. By periodically updating the course syllabus in line with the changing situations of family. Y N DK

3. By ensuring that the courses are conducted by trained professionals in accordance with the recommended syllabus. Y N DK

4. By educating the parents of the couple on their roles and responsibilities in promoting a healthy marital relationship. Y N DK

5. By gearing parish youth programs towards marriage preparation. Y N DK

6. By drawing on popular wisdom found in prevailing cultures that support natural marriages. Y N DK

 

 

E. How can the Church care for those who seek annulment/divorce and those in irregular marriages?

1. By simplifying the process of annulment. Y N DK

2. By providing judicial vicars assistance for timely handling of the annulment process. Y N DK

3. By setting a definite time frame for completion of the process of annulment. Y N DK

4. By offering counseling/reconciliation to those who seek divorce. Y N DK

5. By inviting the catholic partner in an interreligious marriage to participate in the sacramental life of the Church. Y N DK

6. By allowing those in irregular marriages to participate in active life of the parish. Y N DK

7. By assisting couples who live together without marriage to accept the sacrament of marriage. Y
N DK

8. By being more compassionate and less judgmental in our approach. Y N DK

9. By parish priest/other representatives of the Church visiting couples. Y N DK

 
 

F. How can the Church promote Openness to life?

1. By bringing in lay professionals to conduct Natural Family Programs. Y N DK

2. By conducting sex education programs for youth. Y N DK

3. By promoting Natural Family Planning as the only family planning method. Y N DK

4. By educating people on the right to life and the evil of abortion. Y N DK

5. By educating people that abortion is not a solution to unplanned pregnancy. Y N DK

6. By relaxing the Church’s stand on contraception in the context of increasing abortions. Y N DK

7. By encouraging couples and families to go in for adoption. Y N DK

8. By promoting dialogue with science and biomedical technologies that support natural family planning. Y N DK

9. By promoting pro-life groups and volunteers in the parish and the diocese. Y N DK

 
 

G. How can the Church counter negative social influences?

1. Church should take a timely stand against social influences contrary to Christian values. Y N DK

2. By educating people [children, youth, and adults] to critically reflect on messages from the media and other sources. Y N DK

3. By the Church involving itself actively in local issues [e.g. alcoholism, dowry, domestic violence, etc.] which harm unity/harmony in the family. Y N DK

 
 

H. How can the Church enhance pastoral care practices of priests/religious?

1. By ensuring that the priests have adequate practical skills to minister to families before they are ordained. Y N DK

2. By involving laity in giving training to priests/sisters/brothers for ministering to families. Y N DK

3. By organizing ongoing training programs for priests/sisters/brothers to understand and address changing family situations. Y N DK

4. By making priests accountable for imparting the teachings of the Church to the lay faithful. Y N DK

 
 

I. How can the Church provide pastoral care for those with homosexual tendencies?

1. By inviting homosexuals in the church to participate in the family organizations and movements. Y N DK

2. By educating everyone to treat homosexual persons with respect and sensitivity. Y N DK

 
 

Any missing aspect or additional issue/comment:

1. Despite there being many lay pro-family and pro-life individuals and ministries in India, INCLUDING COUPLES, just ONE single lay person has been included in the “national level committee” of five. There is also no member of the female sex.

 

2. Although I am a very pro-active Catholic in ministry since 33 years, working on it at least 8 hours a day, I did not receive any intimation or hear about the first questionnaire of 2014 from our priests or diocesan authorities, and have only just received this 2015 questionnaire because of the interest taken by one individual. I am yet to hear about it in the parish church.

This shows the pathetic state of the Indian Church’s involvement of laity in the decision-making processes, even in critical matters concerning their spiritual welfare and the future direction of the Church.

 

3. From my experience, the people who get to participate in the discussions and influence the decisions and are delegated to attend meetings and seminars are generally the liberals among the laity and the clergy. The conservatives are filtered out.

The lay “representatives” of the faithful are mostly selected by Bishops whom they satisfy by their subservience, not by their zeal for the Catholic Faith.

 

4. In selecting my answers in the boxes, I realize that they do not express all that I stand for as a lay Catholic in ministry.

 

 

 

 

To expand on that: the vast majority of Catholics in leadership positions in the Church or whose opinions are given weightage by the clergy are recognized, known and consulted largely because of their academic qualifications and/or their positions in industry and/or their connections. The simple and sincere, knowledgeable and committed Catholic is ignored.

 

Most catechism, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teachers lack sound catechesis themselves; many of them are blissfully ignorant of the current developments both in the Church as well as in science and technology.

 

Most of them do not possess a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Vatican Documents, possibly even a Bible, and many of them practice contraception (for instance) or do not believe they need to confess their sins to a priest, or reject some or the other doctrine or dogma of the Church (on Mary, for instance).

There are priests who make life and ministry difficult for zealous pro-lifers and have progressive ideas on contraception or natural family planning.

What does one do about all of them? What will they teach rank and file Catholics about the Faith?

 

Priests in the parishes are administrators, not pastors (please let me not be wrongly accused of generalizing). They do not have any time for spiritually guiding their flocks, especially on the individual level, so often even for administering the sacraments and for home visits.

So if I tick a particular box, of what use is it when the prevailing conditions are as above?

 

At the October 2014 Synod, the liberals among the Cardinals and Bishops were wanting to accommodate what the Church has always regarded as “sin” using the excuses of “mercy” and “compassion”. Opening the Church doors wider to welcome those living in sin must not ever be interpreted as the condoning of sin.

The selection of questions did not provide us an opportunity to comment on these aspects of Family and Life issues.

 

On the whole, about the Questionnaire, I felt it was too simplistic and also did not address/skipped many aspects or problems that came up at the 2014 Synod, one of those being the so-called “Law of Graduality” and the other the tension between the “mercy” and the “justice” of God in the context of sin.
Our Bishop/s should have taken cognizance of the issues that were hotly debated at the Synod between the progressives on one side and the conservatives on the other, and incorporated them into the Questionnaire. This does not look like a Questionnaire that follows a two-week long Synod during which many contentious issues arose but more like an exploratory one.

 

A4 NO – Because I believe that SCCs and BCCs are of little good in spiritual or moral formation.

B6 NO – Because the question should have specified trained practicing Catholic couples who are not using contraceptives and not just any married couple. Many active Catholic couples known to me influence other Catholics in the wrong (LIBERAL) direction.

D3 NO – Because instead of trained PROFESSIONALS, the marriage preparation course should be given by trained MARRIED COUPLES.  My wife and I are trained Catholic counselors and a Marriage Encounter team couple.

D6 NO – What does “natural marriages” mean? Secular live-in relationships?  The Questionnaire should have been clear in its meaning.

F1 NO – Because married couples who are practicing NFP must conduct the course.

F2 NO – Because sex education is to be given by parents to children on a one-to-one basis and not in a classroom by teachers and others.  

Michael Prabhu 

 

From: michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
To: Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:50:42 +0530 + a few others

Subject: REVISED CCBI QUESTIONNAIRE FOR THE OCTOBER 2015 SYNOD ON THE FAMILY

Dear Pro-Family and Pro-Life Catholics,
The CCBI, the Conference of the Latin Rite bishops, has released its questionnaire calling for responses.

I am reproducing below the CCBI questionnaire. Please find time to fill up and respond to the questionnaire as the cut-off date is March 25.

The only lay member on the “national level” organising committee for this massive exercise is Alan Doultan of Pune.

The committee has set a target of 100,000 questionnaires to be filled by the end of this month.

The letter sent by Bishop Lawrence Pius Dorairaj (Bishop of Dharmapuri and Chairman, CCBI Family Apostolate) to all the 131 CCBI bishops is also copied below. It is also available on www.ccbifamily.com.

 

 


I would be pleased to know from any or all of the recipients of this mail if
1. You are already in possession of this questionnaire from some other source
2. If the same has been communicated by the clergy to the faithful in your parishes/dioceses.

Michael Prabhu

 

Some responses:

From: Paul Abraham (Pro-lifer) Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:10:17 +0530

Subject: Re: REVISED CCBI QUESTIONNAIRE FOR THE OCTOBER 2015 SYNOD ON THE FAMILY

I’ve not seen this modified questionnaire. It has also not been circulated to our parish.

May I forward this to the Jesus Youth family group/ other groups? God bless!

 

From: AF, Mumbai (Very pro-active Catholic) Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:47:02 +0530

Subject: RE: FILLED IN QUESTIONNAIRE ATTACHED

Dear Michael, Thanks for forwarding the questionnaire. Was not aware that this existed till I saw your email. I will surely fill it up & email to the concerned before the date limit.

 

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Submitted on 2015/03/16 at 2:31 am

Yesterday after 7.00 AM Mass, we were given the questionnaire and asked to complete it there and then. What happened to the previous questionnaire only Jesus in his infinite wisdom knows — findings swept under the carpet? –Lonavla/Pune

From: A Pro-Family couple in full time ministry Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:11:00 +0530

Subject: Fwd: Synod Questionnaire attached

Any missing aspect or additional issue/comment:

B.6 We have answered No because the question should have specified trained practicing Catholic couples who are not contracepting, and not just any married couple.

D.3 Rather than trained professionals giving the marriage preparation course, this course should be given by trained married couples, who testify with their lived experience, side by side with the necessary “theory”.  We suggest that the Engaged Encounter Program available with the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Movement be made widely available all over India as statistics show that it is the preferred Marriage Preparation Course in the Archdiocese of Mumbai.

D.6 This question sounds innocuous, but a careful reading of the Lineamenta shows that the real meaning of “natural marriages” appears to be “live-in relationships”.  In the interests of getting an educated response on this question, this meaning should have been made clear in the questionnaire.

F.1 We have answered No because we believe that trained married couples who are practicing Natural Family Planning are the best witnesses to this lifestyle – their relationship will confirm the finding that NFP builds better marriages. Furthermore, the presence of the husband is a direct witness to the men to be involved in the practice of NFP.

F.2 We strongly believe that sex education is to be imparted by the parents/ guardians who have a close relationship with their child, on a one-to-one basis.  On no account should sex education be imparted in a classroom setting.  Instead, parents should be empowered by training them to impart sex education to their children as and when needed at the appropriate time. 

I.1 We have answered No here not because we want to exclude homosexuals but for the fear that having a “homosexual” couple sitting in on a Marriage Encounter Weekend (for example) would send wrong signals that we, (& the Church) accept this lifestyle as a normal and alternative one.

 

Subject: Re: FILLED IN QUESTIONNAIRE ATTACHED Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2015 01:11:02 +0530

Dear Michael, 

Thanks for sending me this questionnaire. 

I have always been against such questionnaires right from the beginning as it spells a theology which is heretical or rather socialistic and if you can forward this view then I would be happy. Let me explain:  

The great socialists, like the followers of Socrates, believe that there is truth in us which needs to be drawn out through questionings.(Paulo Freire was one of these) But this has not been the theology of the church and can never be the mind of the church founded on Christ Jesus. 

If truth was to originate from the ordinary people then God need not have sent his son Jesus into the world as the one to reveal to us the ultimate truth. “He will guide you into all the truth” John 16:13/John 14: 6. He will indeed guide if we allow him but we need survey to guide us! (There is a problem with statistical data) DOES THE EVIDENCE REFLECT THE REALITY UNDER SCRUTINY? HERE IN THIS CASE THE PREMISE (Doctrine of the term: Church) ON WHICH THE RESEARCH IS BASED IS ERRONEOUS

 

 

 

(The error of Russia or the error of socialism has taken deep roots in the church and now it is rearing its head completely by the survey method which is copiously fraught with danger)

Church here seems to be the ones who want the info and the others seem to be outsiders making the suggestions; there is a clear separation between the questioning authority which seems to be the church and the others)  

Being a closed ended questionnaire it seems abundantly loaded towards a desired end, especially the introduction of the last question is intriguing and deceptively seems to have lead its way well towards the end.

 

Even the Vatican documents says that: “Truth is not immanent to man” (I can’t remember the document) i.e. as Christians we reject the principle of immanentism is clear. 

This practice of social research is seen in the way the Archdiocese of Bombay has been conducting its synod or consultation in the past and it is a way of side-tracking the discerning among the followers of Christ. Many a times the questions framed are either loaded, intended to arrive at a desired end and heretical in approach with the many not realizing the erroneous nature of the theology. 

The present questionnaire is in in itself a proof of such an erroneous thinking.

 

A few random errors: 

1) Each of these questions separates the concept of the Church from the people and that in itself is an error which also is: a) instigative  

b) motivates towards rebellion against hierarchy which is considered church, and

c) demands of the hierarchy a certain probity.

2) It definitely makes each one feel that he and she has participated in the process but don’t realize that they have been taken for a ride and made a scape goat to cover the sins of the organizers. . 

3) It shows the failure of the Synod fathers and Bishops to listen to the laity by being immersed in the sound magisterium and having the other ear open to listening to their needs: This is pastoral approach and not the synodal questionnaire approach which overlooks this element by asking any Tom, Dick and Harry to give suggestions and in reality fooled to believe (through a closed ended questionnaire) that they have wisely given suggestions)

4) It takes for granted that the Church hierarchy is in a fit and sound state to carry on with any pastoral initiatives to resolve the problems of the people once things are decided through deductions arrived at through the survey. The Pope himself has confused people about homosexuals and gays and so what should we expect at ground level.

5) It undervalues the teaching office of the Church as teacher of the truth and now seeks to learn it from the people rather than learn through scripture, tradition and the already existing magisterium. 

6) One such loaded question clearly spells doom for the church is Point B: 3: “By making trained counselors available for couples in need.”  From experience, such counselors are psychologists who apply very little of the faith in resolving issues pertaining to life. 

7) Except for Point 1, which could be more surely an eyewash, which is focused on spirituality and faith, the rest of the questionnaire is secular and can be seen as a secular humanistic approach. 

8) The fact that the questionnaire doesn’t bother to: ….. A/B/C ……. renders the questionnaire suspiciously DANGEROUS. 

A) Reveal the actual goal of the questionnaire, in itself is cryptically deceptive.

B) Ask why there is a crisis in modern families and the reasons for the same proves that the church is not interested in a correct diagnosis of the problem but as usual wants to superficially hoodwink the church into believing that they have involved the whole community to arrive at their insidious decisions and on the other hand they will use the statistics to suppress the discerningly opposing voices with FACTS (arrived through a loaded questionnaire and which outcome no one may question as it will be presented as facts) If this really comes from Pope Francis than it is shocking that even the Pope has started using such illegitimately corrupt methods which are normally used by social scientists and which corruption is rampant in the pastoral action of the church in India, especially in Bombay. Is Cardinal Oswald Gracias the brains behind such intrigues? These are the surreptitious games of the powerful to bring about change in an apparently democratic way. 

C) Tell us why at this juncture there is crisis in families and what necessitated this exercise

9) There is talk of having training for priests, developing their skills, etc but no reference to corrections, training for Cardinals, Bishops and even the Pope.

10) The goal of the questionnaire seems to be clearly a first step towards legitimizing homosexual unions and marriages without understanding the long tradition of the church, the anthropological compulsions, the scriptural teachings, etc.,  (as is said: give the devil a foothold and he will occupy the whole space. Cfr. Ephesians 4:27). How can an avowed or publicly avowed homosexual have a place of legitimacy in the church? There is a difference between respecting a person with homosexual tendencies, who acknowledges his sinfulness and striving to reform and on the other hand those who publically profess their homosexual tendencies as justification or live life that is scandalous. The questionnaire surreptitiously is not differentiating the 2 elements and yet inviting a response from the people; thus the organizers of the survey have shown their insidious design at creating a division in the church of Christ or are the small players just going on a ride organized by the biggies!   

11)  Can I finally state: The survey is absolutely unfounded and hence renders the whole questionnaire erroneously dangerous. By suggesting that it is desired by Pope Francis is the same as giving the questionnaire a legitimacy, an imprimatur of infallibility already, which it doesn’t deserve; thus rendering the whole activity illegitimate!

 

 

 

12)  What is more; Since Bishops are also involved in the drawing of such an erroneous survey, it clearly shows them and their abilities as teachers of the truth in a poor light.

If the laity, priests and religious don’t see the danger writ large on the wall through this survey then they are not reading the signs of the time. There is an urgent need to protest and boycott the questionnaire and not to allow ourselves to be fooled by the satanic deception that surrounds it.

– Besides praying for a church in crisis

– Do we approach the press here? 

– Do we write to the Vatican?

– Do we put it up on blogs?

– Do we write a few more articles to expose the deceptions based on this basic inputs?

– Do we also send it far and wide through email forums?

A priest

 

This ministry’s letter concerning the Questionnaire, to the Bishop of Dharmapuri, Chairman, Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) Commission for Family, Most Rev. Lawrence Pius Dorairaj:

From: michaelprabhu@vsnl.net

To: dharmapuridiocese@gmail.com; catholicostvm@gmail.com; baselioscleemis@gmail.com; diocesebombay@gmail.com; abpossie@gmail.com;

CC: agnelorg@gmail.com; director@gmail.com; ccbifamily25@gmail.com; arulraj.gali@gmail.com; adoulton@gmail.com; magandrade@gmail.com;

Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:10:58 +0530

Subject: CCBI QUESTIONNAIRE CIRCULATED WITH VERY SHORT NOTICE / PROBLEMS WITH LIBERAL ARTICLE IN BOMBAY ARCHDIOCESE’S MAGAZINE “FAMILY LINK”

Dear Bishop Lawrence Pius,

Bishop of Dharmapuri and Chairman, CCBI Commission for Family

I refer to your letter dated February 26, 2005 addressed “TO ALL MEMBERS of the CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF INDIA”.

 

Though the Notification and Questionnaire issued by you as Chairman, Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) Commission for Family, is dated
February 26, 2015
, I first came to know of it, despite having published several reports on the 2014 Synod on my web site and being in close touch with lay ministries and Church developments all over India on a daily basis, only on
March 7, 2015
from Joseph LR Vaz of Goa but for whose concern for the Church I may not have known till much later.

During the following week, I mailed the same to dozens of pro-family and pro-life activists all over India. From their feedback, I came to learn that all of them had first come to know about the Questionnaire from me and had never had it brought to their attention in their parishes.

Mr. Vaz had received the same from Mr. John Dayal (National Integration Council, Government of India; All India Catholic Union; All India Christian Council) — who was intimated about it by Mr. Alan Doulton —
only the previous day,
March 6, 2015
.

The Executive Secretary of the CCBI Commission for the Family emailed his letter along with the Questionnaire only on
March 16, 2015
, a full 19 days after the Notification issued by you with
the cut-off date for evaluating and submitting the filled-in Questionnaire as
March 25, 2015
, giving Indian Catholics only about
9/10 days
to do the needful!! And in that short period, they aspired to get 100,000 responses to the Questionnaire!
I came to hear from sources close to the Family Commission in Mumbai that by the cut-off date, they had not received even 1000 filled-in Questionnaires, which is less than 1% of your target.
The liberal lobby in the Indian Church who have a strong presence in Mumbai, meanwhile could be expected to have been busily engaged in mobilising support for their cause of influencing major “progressive” changes at the Synod.

 

The article by dissident priest
Fr. Thomas Reese SJ
recently published by the Family Commission team of Bombay Archdiocese, headed by Bishop Agnelo Gracias
of Bombay and
Fr. Cajetan Menezes
, one of the delegates to the October 2014 Extraordinary Family Synod in Rome, in a recent issue of their magazine Family Link, is evidence of the liberal agenda that is being pursued by our so-called representatives at the Vatican since it is also well-known (and documented by me in several reports) that the hierarchy of the Bombay Archdiocese has been shielding, covering up and supporting the powerful women’s theologians’ group — including two feminist lay so-called theologians — that is lobbying for the ordination for women as priests and similar gender-based issues in the guise of campaigning for women’s rights.

 

You had asked us to send in the duly filled Questionnaire to Fr. Cajetan Menezes, Mumbai, Snehalaya, director@gmail.com and named four other members of the Commission and you said that we “may please contact members for any clarification and in turn they would also be in touch with you to find out if any support is required”.

 

 

 

 

Well, facing a problem, we did just that, but neither Fr. Cajetan Menezes nor Bishop Agnelo Gracias has replied to three letters* from me despite this being a very serious issue that I have raised. Is this treatment of our letters indicative of the Church hierarchy’s attitude to the concerns and voices of an informed conservative laity?
Till the time of my writing to you, not a single lay Catholic contacted by me had any awareness of the Questionnaire relating to the Synod. I am now writing to some parish priests to find out if they are aware of it or not.
The only positive feedback on this issue that I can give you is that the Questionnaire was circulated to the participants of the recently-concluded Marriage Preparation Course in the Archdiocese of Bangalore. I concede that this may be the case in other dioceses and parishes too, but they appear to be exceptions to the rule.


*1.
To: director@gmail.com
Subject: “Law of graduality: living with the imperfect” by Fr. Thomas Reese SJ.

Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:05:27 +0530

Dear Fr. Cajetan Menezes, Director, Snehalaya, Mumbai,
We are informed that in the Family Link, the bulletin of the Archdiocesan Family Commission, Mumbai, Vol. 13, no. 2 of December 2014, you have published an article titled “Law of graduality: living with the imperfect” by Fr. Thomas Reese SJ.
I am certain that you must be aware that Fr. Reese is a dissenting theologian who has had a run-in with Rome on a few occasions and he is in the “progressive” camp on the issues that have been and are to be taken up at the Synods on the Family (October 2014 and October 2015).
Since you are on the national level committee of five persons that has been constituted by the CCBI to gather information, feedback and responses to the Synod-related, Questionnaire from the faithful and religious, we were wondering if you had realized the consequences of the mal-influence that Fr. Reese’s article could have on individuals especially since his arguments in favour of the “Law of graduality” are not compatible with Catholic orthodoxy?
Since Family Link is the journal of the Bombay Archdiocesan Family Commission, does the inclusion of the article in its December issue mean that the Archdiocese of Bombay concurs with the liberal views of Fr. Reese?
I would like to hear your views on the matter.
Thanking you,
Michael


*2.
To:
agnelorg@gmail.com; CC: director@gmail.com
Subject: Fw: “Law of graduality: living with the imperfect” by Fr. Thomas Reese SJ.
Date:
Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:11:56 +0530

Dear Bishop Agnelo,
Fr. Cajetan Menezes has not deigned to respond to the clarification sought by me in my communication of 5 days ago, see below.
From my enquiries, I understand that you are the publisher of Family Link and
Fr. Menezes heads the Family Link team.
I hope that you will clarify both, Family Link’s and the Bombay Archdiocese’s stand on the matter.
Michael Prabhu

 
 

*3. To: famco.bombay@gmail.com, agnelorg@gmail.com, director@gmail.com

Subject: MY THIRD LETTER, SECOND REMINDER PLEASE: “Law of graduality: living with the imperfect” by Fr. Thomas Reese SJ.
Date:
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:06:29 +0530

Dear Bishop Agnelo and Fr. Cajetan Menezes,
Kindly respond.
Michael Prabhu

Fr. Cajetan Menezes

CCBI Family Commission Synod Prep. Committee

Family Apostolate, Bombay
famco.bombay@gmail.com;
Archdiocesan Family Commission, (Archdiocese of Bombay) Snehalaya Family Service Centre, Victoria School Campus,
Mahim, Mumbai – 400 016. Tel. 91-22-24468218/24448218. (10am – 1pm & 4 – 7 pm) Website:
www.snehalaya.in

This is for your kind information and necessary action.


THE PRESENT EMAIL IS JOINTLY ADDRESSED TO:
His Eminence Baselios Cardinal Cleemis, President, CBCI,

His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, President CCBI, Archbishop of Bombay
and copied to other Members of the CCBI Family Commission that has been selected to represent the Indian Church

 

 

 

Response:

From: Alan Doulton <adoulton@gmail.com>

To: ‘Michael Prabhu’ <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>, dharmapuridiocese@gmail.com, catholicostvm@gmail.com, baselioscleemis@gmail.com, diocesebombay@gmail.com, abpossie@gmail.com

CC: agnelorg@gmail.com, director@gmail.com, ccbifamily25@gmail.com, arulraj.gali@gmail.com, magandrade@gmail.com, Fr Cajetan M <snehalaya.director@gmail.com>

Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:33:52 +0530

Subject: RE: CCBI QUESTIONNAIRE CIRCULATED WITH VERY SHORT NOTICE / PROBLEMS WITH LIBERAL ARTICLE IN BOMBAY ARCHDIOCESE’S MAGAZINE “FAMILY LINK”

Dear Michael,

Am very happy to see your response and that you are concerned.

Yes we will do a postmortem on the functioning of the church (vis a vis the Family Synod Survey) later but at present we request you to get as many questionnaires completed as possible.

Just for your information we have already touched 50,000 completed questionnaires and are monitoring it by diocese. Bangalore started late but with Bishop Bernard’s guidance they completed 4000 in less than 10 days and are trying for 10,000. You may connect with Fr Anthony Martin who is overseeing the initiative. Also Fr Cajetan in Mumbai who would be happy to talk to you. Sometimes the email ids are incorrect so you may have to use alternate means – we are getting surprises daily. To hear from you shows that all the multiple channels, besides the clergy, we are using are not working as efficiently as imagined. (Laity: AICU, Women’s Commission, SVP, Youth Groups, CFC, – Religious: CRI, CSC, SJ, J&M, SSS, etc.)

In case you would like to talk my number is +91 9822008389 or send me yours and I will give you a call.

Appreciate your spirit and support

Regards, Alan

 

From: michaelprabhu@vsnl.net Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:16:55 +0530

To: adoulton@gmail.com, dharmapuridiocese@gmail.com, catholicostvm@gmail.com, baselioscleemis@gmail.com, diocesebombay@gmail.com, abpossie@gmail.com

CC: agnelorg@gmail.com, director@gmail.com, ccbifamily25@gmail.com, arulraj.gali@gmail.com, magandrade@gmail.com, snehalaya.director@gmail.com

Subject: Re: CCBI QUESTIONNAIRE CIRCULATED WITH VERY SHORT NOTICE / PROBLEMS WITH LIBERAL ARTICLE IN BOMBAY ARCHDIOCESE’S MAGAZINE “FAMILY LINK”

Dear Alan,
Thank you very much for your kind response. And for your invitation to share our mutual concerns over the phone.
You come across as an honest, sincere and committed Catholic.
I sincerely doubt that any priest or Bishop will respond as you did. I have much experience in these matters. When they come up against the Truth and find that they or one of their own has erred, they all close ranks and clamp up.
My pro-family, pro-life contacts and I have contacted all who we could; I even put the information up on my web site.
This is because we KNOW how active the dissidents, progressives and liberals are, not just in India, but worldwide.
I am glad that we have touched the 50,000 responses mark on the Questionnaire but it still remains that the great majority of Catholics do not know the rudiments of our Faith; even individuals with MBAs believe that they are Catholics just because they attend Mass on Sundays, period, and are giving their opinions, which is basically that the Church — and the norms of morality — must change with the times!
Don’t you think that it is a tragedy of as yet unpredictable proportions that the decisions on moral issues of the Catholic Church of the future are being made not by Popes or a Council but by ignorant, biased and even militant individuals answering a simplistic Questionnaire?
If the majority of respondents to the “survey” favour giving Holy Communion to individuals living in sin or “welcoming” gays into the Church, without calling sin sin, thus opening the doors to the possibility of gay marriages in the future, is the Pope and his Bishops at the 2015 Synod going to say “If that’s what Catholics want, let’s give it to them”?
Please do reflect for some time on the questions that I have put to you.
God bless you, Alan.
I hope and pray that you are one of those who will be prophetic and make a decisive and critical difference in this spiritual warfare that we are engaged in, upholding orthodoxy and orthopraxis.
Michael

 

Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:14:55 +0530

Dear Michael,

Very appropriate reply from you. I also feel that our hierarchy must stop acting democratic in the Church and allowing all Catholics to respond to such questionnaires. Only those who understand their Catholic faith properly and who know that once a teaching is giving by a Pope of the past on such important topic as marriage and family, changing that teaching in any way because of popular demand (even if it is from majority Catholics) does not make sense and should be avoided at all costs. Jesus only gave Peter the power to bind and lose and by being democratic in this is just going against Jesus.

Prayer group leader, Mumbai

 

 

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