Chikkamagaluru bishop, priest accused of irregularities in land, pepper deals


Daijiworld Media Network – Chikkamagaluru (SB)

Chikkamagaluru, Apr 6: Christian community members of 46 churches of Chikkamagaluru diocese have accused Bishop Anthony Swamy and Fr Shantharaj of being involved in irregularities regarding lands pertaining to St Joseph Education Society and have demanded a probe against them.

As per sources, community members have strong piece of evidence against Bishop Anthony Swamy and priest Fr Shantharaj that they have misused the financial sources of the diocese and are directly involved in scam of land and sale of pepper owned by the diocese. It is said that on Sunday, the community members and its leaders gathered at Catholic Club at Chikkamagaluru and discussed further steps on the probe of the alleged scam.


Bishop Anthony Swamy


Community leader Stanly D'Silva

Presenting the issue Stanly D’Silva said, “The diocese owns an agricultural land at Baskal. It is a multi crop estate. In 2016, the administration of the diocese cultivated pepper and sold it. There is a huge amount of change in price which denotes that the bishop and his close aides have made money by selling the produce for higher prices. When lay leaders tried to seek clarification on it, Bishop Anthony Swamy and Fr Shantharaj are not ready to give a convincing answer.

“Secondly, without permission of the governing council, the bishop has reportedly transferred the land of St Joseph Education Society to his name and made six sites and sold them to private parties. A donor donated this land to the diocese for the construction of a school for poor children in 1984. But now, the bishop has become the owner of this land and with forged documents and signatures. The bishop also sold another 20 guntas land which was donated by an individual for the construction of hostel. The current value of this land is Rs 18 crore. But the bishop says that he sold it for Rs 2.10 crore. We suspect that there is a scam in this deal and the bishop has received a bigger amount under a secret agreement.

“Apart from this, the bishop and his close aides are ruling the diocese as autocrats. There are no rights for community members and lay leaders to express their opinions. The bishop himself is taking all decisions and does not listen to anyone. If this continues the same way, it will pave way for a riot within the community,” he said.

It is learnt that a committee of lay leaders has been formed to investigate the allegation made on the bishop and the priest. A two-week time period has been given to the bishop and the administration to give convincing answers. If they fail, as part of protest, the members of 46 churches will hold a march from AIT Circle to the Bishop’s house. They have also decided to submit a memorandum to the government for probe in the issue.

Leaders Pramod Pinto, Maria Raj, Jochim, and Alwyn D’Souza were present in the meeting.

  

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  • Anil Colaco, Koppa, Chickmanglur

    Mon, Apr 8 2019

    It's very sad to see that dirty linen is being washed in public. The Bishop and the Church administration must come out clean in this whole episode.All are human and everyone can succumb to temptation, nothing is sacred and no one is above the law. Transparency is the need of he hour and I suggest a committee of legal and Chartered Accountants from the community to look into the grievances of he parishioners of the 46 churches and settle the matter.

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  • COREA, MUDIGERE

    Sun, Apr 7 2019

    Fr.David prakash ,we are your admirer
    But we shocked by your statement in newspaper,your are protecting culprit s
    Don't do this
    Ask both of them quit the post&face the enquire

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 7 2019

    Priestly ordination does not make any priest holy or genuine. It is just a graduation from studies. Holiness and commitment is developed and nurtured by individual person. There are good people and bad people in every field.

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  • Krishna Dasa, Udupi,.

    Sun, Apr 7 2019

    Catholic Church is well organized and managed by well educated people. it still has few good Leaders who will invetigate and truth will come out.

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  • Richard Thomas, UDUPI

    Sun, Apr 7 2019

    The Bible clearly states in Matthew 16:24 and Luke 9:23 - what is the condition to follow
    Christ and his teachings.

    Christianity however simply does the opposite - it is very materialistic - building large churches
    with costly wooden altars, benches and pews, and fittings, and owning land, building schools, all
    from the money collected in tithes and donations from the people of the parish.

    Therefore, the Church and all it's properties belong to the people of the Parish and not to some
    Bishop in Udupi, Mangalore or Chikkamangalore, and therefore the Parishioners should be active
    and look into the financial and social affairs of the Church and those who are appointed to serve it.

    Especially in these times, when more women are inducted to serve every committee in the Church, when Priests own cars and drive everywhere, Bishops have private security and private quarters, cooks, maids, and all the luxuries - Jesus did not even have a pillow!

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  • Manju, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Whom will this bishop confess his sins committed ?.

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  • Sanjay Serrao, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Once a fraud always a fraud! Whether he is Bishopji or Seamyji or Mullahji !! Amen😂😂😂

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  • LINUS, Chikmagalur

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    BISHOP GO BACK

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  • S N BANGs, Thannirubhavi

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Oh God. Forgive them . they don't know what they were doing.

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  • Vinayak Prabhu, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    It's happening everywhere..They call charity and look at the fees they collect..Govenment should get a law and should take over all the land and property

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  • Dr Michael Menezes MD, FRCOG, ST. ALBANS

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Since I have started stabilising my head last 30 years, I have been studying and watching corruption at all level (just give lots of example, one priest died few years ago fell in a well !!, next, in belthangady priest was killed ! , lot more in the history of religion). My opinion is very simple, if it is a catholic priest or imam or swamy, all are born with flesh and blood, some would do corruption (not all I accept).
    Any one indulged in such corruption should be investigated and punished. Doesn't matter if the person is swamy, imam or priest, they all are flesh and blood people, bound to do corruption.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Apr 7 2019

    @Dr M ichael Menezes St alben ,yes all are made of flesh and blood.Everyone can commit mistakes.But as heads of religion institutions , should holdback in doing such mistakes.They are suppose to not to herit from others cheat etc,They do preach .Still they shouldnt do such mistakes in name of religion .Since some years religion leaders are involved in rapes,mord (?as in Bangalore )and landinvolvement which I as a catholic shame .Do we take these earthly luxus when we go?Should they cheat poor ,illiterate ?Hard to believe.When I hear such things cant believe and will be upset for long time.Other people are showing finger to us .shouldnt they consider this?Live a normal simple life as Pope do and say.Thats what I say.Vows made on their concecration day is forgotten.where does this money go ?is what I ask.For their pension later?or to their people.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sun, Apr 7 2019

    Rita you said it nicely. We, being lay people are not behind money or greedy for money. We lead very simple life though there are possibilities to lead a lavish through hook and crook. But no we have fear of god, our elders. We sacrifice so much in life...still we eat "pez ani meet nursing". We support our religion, we try to keep our faith strong in every circumstances. We strive for it. And see how our pillars are shaking?

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sun, Apr 7 2019

    Read as "meet mirsang (nursing) "uppu munchi"

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  • Indian, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    All the property of all the dioceses belong to the people. They either donated or gave money to buy all the properties. Hence they have right to get protect all the properties. So don't worry...God is working through. He will bless you.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Money laundering, rape, sex, murder, paedophilia, autocracy; now what else is remaining to be seen in these so called "religious places", which are supposed to be "SACRED" ??????

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    'Chowkidar Chor Hai' is applicable all over India ...

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  • Rajesh. D., Manglore, Dubai.

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    ''The bishop himself is taking all decisions and does not listen to anyone. ''
    If this continues the same way, it will pave way for a riot within the community,” he said ''

    Need of the hour is to pray for your self and your family, do not get distracted by such things you will only loose peace of mind and gain nothing, these things keep happening for which layman like us do not have control. we will not judge.

    This is what written in the Bible One cannot serve Money and God at the same time , choose one.

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    A revolution of sorts is taking place in Christianity in India . The lay people are today demanding accountability from religious people. Gone are the days when people will turn a blind eye to all the irregularities that are taking place . God himself is exerting his will through the laity .

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  • Prem Prasad, Bangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Superstitious people are fearing of Brahman Families.
    They speak something against us a curse will fall upon us is a scare-crow
    Brahmans are people like us you and me.
    And we Hindus are scared to speak against Brahmans whenever miss-embezzlement or rape happens in the temples.

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  • Rajesh. D., Manglore, Dubai.

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    They are supposed to be spiritual leaders but sadly they are trained to be religious leader . They do their duty as religious leaders and we accepted them in the church.
    I am happy that there are still some spiritual priests in Mangalore who help us to come out of sinful life and ready to counsel at any time of the day. No need to mention their names as we all know them.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    In the past when first Christians who were mostly migrants from Goa to escape inquisition by Portuguese who were not that much educated but agriculturists, as such all the property of the Church was looked after by priests & bishops who were educated & some were from Portugal itself.
    Now that most of Coastal Christians are highly educated the property & wealth should be managed by a Committee comprising of local church members, priests, bishops & Chartered Accountants of the community & all decisions & money spent, received must be made transparent through suitable means with all community members.
    All these things should be controlled & managed in such a way as some companies or co-op societies do in their A G meetings. The money & wealth is used in such a way that the community's welfare is achieved instead of hoarding in some banks or financial instruments which are of no use to the community as big land holdings or wealth might be used to construct buildings like colleges, hostels, convention halls, hospitals commercial buildings which only looks at money they can make rather than service to the community.
    As some suggest govt. intervention is not beyond scams & corruption along with influence of politicians to get some plum posts with no accountability to the people to whom the money belongs.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Every where the same thing; money making by fooling the gullible masses in the name of an unknown God!!

    HIGH TIME THE LAY PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT "ORGANIZED RELIGION" IS THE BIGGEST MONEY MINTING INDUSTRY IN THIS WORLD!!

    GOD IS IN ALL HIS CREATIONS, NOT IN SO CALLED "SACRED PLACES", WHICH ARE ACTUALLY AN IDEA OF SATAN!!!

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Tell me how far masses are fruitful if offered by the hands of these priests? It's better to follow my faith rather attending the services offered by some of these? I think and I feel I am much more happy in serving our needy as a lay person. It gives immense pleasure for me.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Bhandarkarmaam, FYI Baba Ramdev was born on 25th Dec, 1965 so whose age are you talking about??????

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    For those who disagree to my above post on Ramdev's age, kindly have the decency to counter it!

    BTW, WHR IS BHANDARKARMAAM??

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    corruption in da land 2 tatas & rafale files missing in da chori. bishop of chor chowkidar both should b punished. pehele rafale chorko pakado baagna nahim paaye.

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  • Mahathma, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    i think he is close associate of Swamy Nithyananda??? hehehe

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  • VISHU, Moodbidri

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    OMG!! What happening with Churches, now days. Now, where should people go to find Peace of Mind.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Go into the deep woods for a few weeks, connect with nature w/o any connection with the outer world and you'll experience peace; in Japan there is a proven therapy called "forest therapy" for depressed people!!

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Aisa pehli baar hua hai satra-athra saalo me.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore/Kwt

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Pehli baar hua nahi, shayad pehli baar bahar aya hai.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    You are right john, but I don't understand why they want money to keep secretly when they get everything under one roof and lay people support them and help them in their needs.. ?

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Most money is supposedly transferred to their favourite family members who build lavish houses; remaining they would require to live a comfortable life with the ability to do discretionary spending at will??

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Yes every one is aware of this fact but our humble suggestion is, in such cases who wants money and luxurious life, they should not join such religious life. They can study and join the job and live as they want. As one of the commentators said here that most of the faithful keep quiet and tolerate in order to retain in their faith and religion. Many know what's going on but keep their eyes closed and mouth shut. One important thing here Rudolph is if you work hard you won't get huge amount of money outside the religious life.

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Nahi nahi!!! Chalees Pachaas saal pehele bhee suna hai, how priests misusing the church property....

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  • NAVEEN, MANGALURU

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Now a days Most of Priest and Bishop are more interested in looting money but not interest in serving poor people. This is clear example for this .

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  • Bappu, Koppa/Shimoga

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    in fact a thorough audit should be conducted in all the 46 churches.the modus operandi is to construct buildings churches and chapels...collect donations make a quick buck take a transfer and live happily ever after. they are also ably assisted by the appointed committee who bend backwbackwards in the fond hope of a greater reward In the afterlife.

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  • ray, mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Priest is a bachelor and y he needs money..that means every one is selfish even bachelor...how abt chowkidar !!!

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  • Prashant Karkera, Hejamady/Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    These priests have obtained priesthood without going through proper ordain process, not received the sacrament of holy orders ....

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Anyone can accuse anyone ,give all proof to court and court will decide, and take actions accordingly.let the truth come out.

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  • Mithra, Mangalore / UAE

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    It appears religion is commercialised, Religious education is commercialised and Charitable Hospitals are commercialised sincerity has vanished!!! Devil is in action.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    After 2014....correct jossey?

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  • LIONEL, MANGALORE

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    SABKA BAAP….BABA RAMDEV....80 CR COMPANY TO 7800CR COMPANY IN 4.5 YEARS.....
    WHY BABA'S WANT MONEY/BUSINESS/MONEY/PROPERTY?????

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  • Chowkidar Narahari, Ballrapur

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Baba Ramdev is not preaching in temples. He his just an yoga teacher.
    Samjahe kya na samjahe.

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    THEN YOU CAN CALL HIM RAMDEV AND NOT BABA ……..

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    So what? What Bishop did is right?😀😀

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    I NEVER SAID THAT

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Yes, you didn't say. But, giving example of chor to defend other chor is also supporting the chors...

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  • Prashant Karkera, Hejamady/Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    It all started with Franco, the great .....

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    NO
    ASARAM BAPU....AND SWAMY NITHYANANDA...

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Apr 7 2019

    Prashanth Karkera Hejmady,not with Franco.There were instances long before that,which I need not mention in media.and you need not know.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Arre Lionel aaaa...
    Grow up!!
    You talk of Baba Ramdev... He is a Yogi.... have you seen hid Yogic powers ...he is over 80 and in full control of his body...desires... His body listens to him...he does not listen to his body....

    The same is expected of all 'Religious leaders'...To be 'Master's of their Body'...Only then can they breach...

    Here in this case , I am sorry to say the Bishop is not in control of anything if we are to go by the article.
    So 'Land and Pepper' comes in.

    Why bring Baba Ramdev here?
    Concentrate on Anthony Swamy....

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    HoHo
    Please read only then can they 'PREACH"..
    breach will give a different meaning altogether..

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    ACCHA....
    THEN TELL ME WHY YOU SUPPORT MODI WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT NEHRU/INDIRA/PATEL ETC
    TALK ABOUT LAST 5 YEARS.....

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  • Chowkidar Narahari, Ballrapur

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Lionel...Priests are those undergoing many tests for the period of 14 years and given training to obtain priesthood. Latter on also questioned whether they are ready to continue in priesthood. It's not so easy. Still they are involving in illegal things and minting money..it's not at all accepted. Priests are surrender to lord fully.

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    CORRECT...YOU ARE RITE.....
    THEN WHY DID YOGI JOIN POLITICS.....???

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  • Prashant Karkera, Hejamady/Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Instead of engaged in religious activities, these priests and swamijis are involved in irregularities ....

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  • Chowkidar Narahari, Ballrapur

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    People's trust vanished on bishops..priests. They remained only for name sake.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Ho Ho..
    Hyen Kaale Vichitraa...
    Jaagyanth Anee Pepper anth Gee??

    Jejo Kade Devotion Kaayen Naa.... Bishten Lokaank Saangche...

    Land and Pepper...
    Haanthu Devu Deestha Konaaaaa...

    O Muje Devaaaaaaaaaa.....
    Sulobh naa ...Tujhe Kaden Yevunche...
    Mosth 'Pareekshaa' Pass Jaaije...

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  • abdul munim, mangaluru

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Mugambo Kush Hua. Now Andh bhakts will keep on chewing this bone for the next 24 hours

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  • Mahathma, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    same like you guys are chewing and wearing CHADDIS!!! ok?

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  • Chowkidar Narahari, Ballrapur

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    Bishop...priests..nuns taken oath to serve lord upto land. Why they need money..for whom..?? Why than they taken priesthood.

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  • Chowkidar Narahari, Ballrapur

    Sat, Apr 6 2019

    What's the role of bishop, priest in land deal..pepper deal...coffee deal..!!

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