Fr Mahesh suicide: 200-page final investigation report puts an end to rumours


Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi

Editor's note: The unnatural death of Fr Mahesh D'Souza was shocking and unfortunate. The events that happened in the aftermath of his death were also equally shocking. Daijiworld as responsible media carried a series of articles on this matter. A few readers questioned the authenticity of our reports, and accused us of being 'biased'. We accept the criticism in the right spirit. Unfortunately, we could not make everyone happy. But we have been constantly urged by thousands of our readers from all over the world for a conclusive report so as to put an end to the speculations regarding the exact reason behind Fr Mahesh's death. Perhaps, for the first time in the history of Daijiworld, a death case has attracted this level of curiosity. To answer everyone's questions, we have decided to publish articles in series, without taking any sides and only based on the FINAL report submitted by the investigation officer to the court. Daijiworld has no personal interest in this report, but as media we need to cater to the needs of our readers who have been following the case closely right from day one of Fr Mahesh's death and entreating us to publish a detailed report.

Udupi, Mar 20: Over five months after the death of Fr Mahesh D'Souza, former principal of Don Bosco School, Shirva, the final investigation report submitted by investigation officer and Kaup circle inspector Mahesh Prasad, who is widely respected as an upright officer in the department, has revealed some hitherto unknown sides of Fr Mahesh D'Souza and brought an end to the several speculations and rumours spread across the world among the community members and others.

The 200-plus page final investigation report on the unnatural death, a copy of which is in possession of Daijiworld through Right-to-Information (RTI) Act, mentions detailed statements by over 95 witnesses including bishops, priests, entrepreneurs, family members and friends of Fr Mahesh as well as other related persons.

After his death, four mobile phones belonging to Fr Mahesh had been confiscated, and it was revealed that Fr Mahesh had tried to commit suicide at least three times in the past. He was asked to leave the seminary in 1999 by SVD congregation in Kirem as he was habitually spending excessively and borrowing money from others. He later joined the diocesan seminary, but in 2007 he was asked to correct his behaviour and lifestyle, and sent away to pursue BEd. It is reported that he changed his behaviour, and rejoined the seminary again in 2009 with a much-improved attitude and renewed commitment.

Nevertheless, the post-death investigation reveals shocking transcripts of his chats with five different women, including a non-Christian married woman, from 2015 to until his last day. The chat content is explosive, highly unbecoming of a priest, according to the report.

The report gives clean chit to Shirva parish priest, assistant parish priest and a former teacher of Don Bosco school who was suspected to have written an anonymous letter to Fr Mahesh's parents, Bishop and all the priests laying the blame on the character of the deceased priest.

In one instance, the investigation report reveals that there were financial irregularities as Fr Mahesh collected donations from 9 different people for the school building but never deposited the money in the school's account, and instead credited it to his personal account in a Shirva bank.

There are several mentions of hospitalisation of Fr Mahesh due to various reasons. In fact, he had voluntarily joined Naturopathy therapy at the Ayurveda centre in Dharmasthala to lose weight.

According to the post-mortem report: "Deceased died due to asphyxia as a result of the constriction of neck structures by a ligature."

The RFSL report says: "...Analyses have not responded for the presence of residues of ethyl alcohol, volatile poisons, pesticides, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, toxis metal ions and anions in all above-stated articles."

The investigation report on the post-mortem further clears doubts as to how the priest's legs were touching the ground, and the position of the rope across the neck.

"The death occurred at least 8-14 hours before the post-mortem, there was no single clue of resistance by the deceased. There were no perligature marks on the body, so it is concluded that the death occurred due to suicide," states the report.

During the investigation, a few witnesses had alleged that Fr Mahesh did not share a cordial relationship with the parish priest, however, the majority of witnesses stated that there were not many problems between them. An NRI entrepreneur who was also one of the witnesses stated that Fr Mahesh and the parish priest had visited his house to discuss some plans relating to the school. On October 7, 2019, they came together and actively participated in the discussion and both looked jovial. Fr Mahesh drove the car. Moreover, the parish priest who was in Kuwait at the time of Fr Mahesh's death, exchanged cordial chats on WhatsApp a few minutes before the suicide and also exchanged a photo of a programme in Kuwait and of a programme that took place during the daytime in Don Bosco School.

It may be recalled that Mudarangady gram panchayat president David D'Souza has been arrested in the case on charges of instigating Fr Mahesh to commit suicide. The report and chat transcripts mention that Fr Mahesh and a lady named Priya had a close relationship. David had warned the priest at least three times in the past. Angered that Fr Mahesh had ignored his warning, David reportedly threatened to disclose his alleged misdeeds to the public by ringing the church bell. David is still in judicial custody, and has reportedly applied for bail through the high court.

More details to be published in the next part.

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  • Celine, Shirva/Kuwait

    Thu, May 7 2020

    Fr. Mahesh, your good works, your preaching will not be forgotten. Your service to the Lord and His people will not be forgotten. We may have lost Fr. Mahesh from this world, but his memories will remain in our hearts and minds. Especially of those he taught in his school, thousands of school children will remember you forever. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him, May Fr. Mahesh’s soul rest in peace.

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  • Jason, Udupi

    Thu, May 7 2020

    Fr Mahesh will always be in our Hearts forever.

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  • L Manoj, Udupi

    Tue, May 5 2020

    A vital aspect of the investigation should have been - Why was CCTV switched off that evening by a school staff and later he went home. That person (Johnson) has not been reprimanded or questioned. Is he a missing link? is a part of the conspiracy? I say this because CCTV would have given the truth clearly and investigations could have solved various assumptions, presumptions, loopholes and hypothesises.
    Why has he has left the job now?

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Mon, May 4 2020

    Fr Mahesh tragic death raises many hypothesis, there are vested interest who desire an early closure of the case... this certainly raises suspicion, there are more questions then answers !!! My firm belief, is to hand over the case to our premier investigating agency in our nation....the CBI to finally unravel this mysterious death of a good priest !!!!

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Fri, Apr 24 2020

    Just a thought!

    When we found ourselves “alone” at home, God is with us.

    When we celebrate a occasion — “alone" , the love and affection of our loved ones, still enwrap us.

    When people die “alone”, their good deeds and many merits are with them.

    And when people are buried “alone,” scores of angels accompany them from this world to the next.

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Sun, Apr 12 2020

    Bible message on this pandemic.

    ISAIAH 26:20

    Go home, my people, and lock your doors! Hide yourselves for a little while until the LORD ’s anger has passed.

    Lord..! Forgive all of us!

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  • Peace, .

    Sun, Apr 12 2020

    Dear Friend Peshu,

    This is what should have been said on the FIRST DAY when the report was published....Better late than never.😊🙏

    Now peace, healing and understanding will flow....🤟

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Sun, Apr 12 2020

    Have a blessed Easter!

    Peace✌️

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  • Yashwanth, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    What we call god's justice is the man's idea of what he would do if he were god - Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 18 2020

    True, simply bringing God in between; they do not understand "God is all inclusive, never exclusive, he never discriminates" !!

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Sat, Apr 18 2020

    The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

    Ezekiel 18/20

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  • Manoj B, mangalore

    Tue, Apr 7 2020

    the day 1 i said the involvement of the people .Jesus said God Forgive Them they don't know what they are doing ..

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  • Christian, mangalore

    Tue, Apr 7 2020

    .....jesus tried to correct them too....but they were stone hearted and too engrossed in their evil deeds...

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  • James Fernandes, Barkur Chicago

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    Rest in Peace. Or No Peace at Rest?

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  • janet/Belman, Dubai

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    I personally feel priest should avoid commenting on this forum negatively even after the report is in the open. what does Fr. Roque wants to convey to the catholic people? Looks like he is only preaching and not put them in to practise. Why cant he go to the Bishop and put his concerns forward and have a good read at the 200+ pages report. This will make him feel very good. Now he has realised the departed souls feel injury and insult. What about the living people who have been brutally insulted and injured by fake videos, whatzup FB etc. ? Are you afraid Fr. Roque there will be more worms from the can will be out of your dear friend Fr. Mahesh?

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  • RS, mangalore

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    Well said Janet.

    If at all something needs to be said, it should help in bringing peace in the community instead of talking of 'For' and 'Against' groups ! We need to know under which group the majority of clergy come?

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    What, I have seen is there are a group of lay people in every parish who are boot lickers for obvious reasons; they are the inner circle who act as a strong shield to all the dubious activities, if any, going inside! These people are sweet talkers & are successful in manipulating those who believe in "blind faith"; these people influence these blind followers to shun & demoralize people who stand up for the truth!
    Believe me, I know of so many people who have joined other sects after seeing with their own eyes what really is happening behind the curtains!
    I stop here...

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  • Wilson, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 5 2020

    Here the five married women are equally at fault for being married and known to them that they were developing unwanted relationship with the Priest and maintaining it till the last.

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  • Marina, Katipalla

    Sun, Apr 5 2020

    @Wilson you are absolutely right. Fr.Mahesh and the 5 women are answerable to God.

    But here, was it right on the part of Shirvites and a few others who have no principles or ethics, to get carried away by whatsapp /FB created stories and accuse Bishop and priests?
    Justice is delivered, now why the same people are hesitating to openly admit that they were wrong.
    It will be their greatness if they show that they are in favour of truth, however shocking and bitter it might be....only then God will forgive us for the injustice done to his annointed priests and show mercy on us and on our land ....

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sun, Apr 5 2020

    Such dubious activities are indulged in by people who are fattened by wealth & have lots of free time; the poor & downtrodden would never entertain such thoughts neither would they be entertained! The main culprit here is money; anyone who has access to excess money indulge in such activities! Can you imagine a man who is considered as a shepherd owning 4-5 smart phones when many from the laity are struggling to make both ends meet!
    This is more of a regular feature than an isolated incident!!

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Apr 12 2020

    Marina Katipalla,dear Marina ,for Gods sake let us not count sins of others now ,instead let us put a lid over what had happened in the past ,and let us look what we are doing now and did in past.let them answer to God themselves.it is high time we really close this matter.it pains really when each one of us add everyday something or other.Best is Daiji could close this matter once for all.

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  • Helen, Shirva

    Sun, Apr 5 2020

    During November 2019, so many fake messages and audio's were in circulation, so also FB judgements, because of the blind faith the people had in in the deceased. Some with hidden agenda seem to have taken advantage of the ignorant people.

    Now when the investigation is complete, and people have realised the truth, why isnt this factual report of Daiji being circulated with the same zest and zeal?

    Admitting and accepting the truth is also a great act of charity during the Holy Week and only God can forgive us for doing injustice the Bishop, Parish Priest and Asst. Parish Priest in our ignorance and because we were carried away by the evil ones. We should be open enough to seek forgiveness and claim blessings on us and our families.

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  • santhan/belman, Belman

    Sun, Apr 5 2020

    People who have made fake whatzup audios, FB posts (i know most of them) know they are wrong and made a big mistake but are ashamed to come out in the open with the same energy they had while posting false information. I am sure they will not be able have good night sleep since the report is out.

    Nothing is lost, this is the time of lent and surely our church authorities will forgive them. That's why we are called Catholics. Don',t hesitate to apologise and ask for forgiveness. You will be free from guilt.

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  • Fr Roque D'Souza, Palimar, Udupi

    Sun, Apr 5 2020

    Dear Readers,
    The Daijiworld news-panel with late Fr Mahesh’s photo and analysis of the Investigation Report is still kept alive even after 15 days. It has received more than 245 feedbacks. My own review has received 40 odd feedbacks. Since it is a public forum and all being free to express their views, I thought it proper to maintain silence so far. Yesterday, Jerome of Karkala opined: “hope Fr Roque D’Souza has taken our views, comments & reactions constructively” I say yes to it.

    Also thank all who offered their views to my review on the subject. Though some of them border on ‘character assassination’, I need not be apologetic. As priests, we must expect these days lot of negative criticism. These are testing and purifying times for the local Church and in particular for us priests.
    I have one more request with the DAIJIWORLD. They have noted the publication of more details in the next part that has not yet come. I wonder, if it is proper now especially when we are focusing on the Passion of Our Lord and the COVID-19!! There are also other organs highlighting analysis on the Investigation Report. If Daijiworld comes out with further parts on the subject, let it not be highlighted with the PHOTO of late Fr Mahesh on the panel. It would be improper to overuse (abuse!) his photo for seeking attention, thus promoting insult to injury to a departed soul. I see, there are already camps for and against the Investigation Report as there were before. Where will it all lead to? We must seek the amelioration of our Church and our society as responsible Christians and Citizens. Excuse me for being preachy.
    Thanks. Fr Roque D'Souza

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  • Peace maker, Udyavar

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    If you are really concerned and want to bring about peace, during Covid19 and Holy Week, please for once admit the truth and say that people were wrong in judging the living.

    Surely, only then you will be greatly appreciated and applauded by the people who are now realising the facts and seeing through all the game plans.....

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  • Jerome, Karkala

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    Dear friends, I hope Fr Roque Dsouza has taken our views,comments & reactions constructively.
    Now as the report is known to us, its time to analyse the opinion of Rev Fr. Francis Lewis, St.Francis Xavier Church, Mudarangadi too (Pls see his comment of 14th oct, to Suicide news published by daiji). Many were quick in expressing anguish at the way such a SENIOR PRIEST had reacted! Being a close friend of BOTH Fr. Mahesh & David, we never expected such comments from him, and glorification of the act of suicide. WHAT IS THE MESSAGE THE YOUTH ARE SUPPOSED TO DRAW FROM HIS COMMENTt? We know that the majority of the priests and religious are hurt and pained because of the way things have been exposed. Many have commented that they too are human coming from families, so WE as laymen and heads of our own families have a GREATER RESPONSIBILITY OF CORRECTING THEM WHEN THEY ARE WRONG.
    Let me quote some of Fr Francis Lewis words and may be we can debate on it. Fr. Francis being a jovial person, I know will take it in the right spirit:

    1. Sadly, a quote of St Mother Theresa did not fit there in his comment as she refers to natural death.
    2. ".....When I think of those last few hours of Fr Mahesh, the words of Winston Churchill come to my mind, “I am ready to meet my Maker.. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter”…. Fr Mahesh embraced death because death seemed so beautiful to him. It is to lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above his head and listen to silence. It is to have no yesterday and no tomorrow. It is to forget time, to forget life, to be at peace… Dear Fr Mahesh, your death reveals that you were not afraid to die. Your life was so beautiful that death fell in love with it. A Beautiful Novel of your life ended abruptly shattering the dreams of your family members."

    Fr, now WE TOO know why Fr Mahesh died and as his friends, if he was guided & corrected, may be the 3rd attempt could have been foiled?

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  • Sevrine/Shirva, Shirva

    Sun, Apr 5 2020

    Fr. Francis Lewis - You are not practising what you preach. You are glorifying your friend's death. What kind of priests we are having ? I can smell jelousiness from his comments towards fellow priests. Be a true Christian and be a guiding model for others rather than instigating hatred among Catholics. You did not save your friend when he was alive and you are not doing any justice to him when he is dead.

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  • Stephen Aranha, Udupi

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    Truth is bitter. Today the ones who went against the senior priests and Bishop doesn't want to accept the truth and their defeat in prooving as per their doubts.

    - Rather than gossiping, why cant one provide proofs for what they claim?
    - earlier reports and videos srfaced on social media , said money laundering etc by senior preists etc. Why cant they do audit and check the truth if it was so?
    -Now there are witnesses from so many, including who supported Mahesh, Why couldn't they show their chats between them and Mahesh where they say the senior priest is at fault. Was it that Fr. Mahesh shared those issues only with those ladies?
    -A responsible Princpal/ Headmaster will not share adminstartive issues he is facing to any Tom-dick&Haryy. If we read the chats he shared with girls regarding his adminstartive aspects, it doesn't show any maturity. It looks like show off, attention seeking
    -Also if it was only chats related to doing wedding mass my Mahesh, they why the messages on that day between them were deleted by the lady? On what fear? They could have showed those messages and could avoid her husbands arrest right

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    "Nevertheless, the post-death investigation reveals shocking transcripts of his chats with five different women, including a non-Christian married woman, from 2015 to until his last day. The chat content is explosive, highly unbecoming of a priest, according to the report."

    What does the above statement in the investigation report mean to you?? If one thinks it's fabricated, he/she is open to challenge it by proving it otherwise!!

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  • Stephen Aranha, Udupi

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    @Rudolf: what are you trying to explain or ask? I have not gone aginst the rport. I am saying to people who are still arguing on final report. Why dont they sub. It their records to proove they were right.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sun, Apr 5 2020

    Those who think that the report is fabricated are either too naive or the biggest hypocrites; they indirectly are supporting nonsense in a holy setup for whatever reasons!

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  • Vincent DMello, Belman / UAE

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Police report is not a final judgement. All the statements/witnesses should be cross examined in court. How come a person of such a dubious character was allowed to work as a priest as well as a principal of such a reputed & prestigious school till he hung himself to death.

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  • leena, kinnigoli

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    @Samson - who are we to judge a persons character with fake whatzup, audios, videos, protests?
    People were protesting for the report and when it is there it is not final judgement??? limit of hypocracy.
    Truth is bitter.

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  • Violet, Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    God knows which chit is right or wrong. We are praying daily for the clean chit from God. He alone is true righteous judge.
    The centre verse of the Bible stands true It is better to take refuge in the Lord then to put confidence in any living mortal. Pslam 118:8 Only Jesus saves. Justice will be served soon through Christ alone. As the story of Genesis 4:1-14.
    Heaven and Earth shall pass away but his words will never pass away.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Love, forgiveness, mercy... comes from God. Accusations come from Satan, Revelation 12:10 teach us that.

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  • S Dsouza, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 1 2020

    Sadly every religious leader is a human and it is human nature to sin. Some of them are morally strong and the rest arent so strong. It also needs to be seen why he chose to become a priest in the first place. Was he willing or forced into it? If people are forced into priesthood because of family, poverty or any other reason apart from sense of service, then they are likely to take up the wrong path. This is something the church needs to actually look at, so that the future priests are better.

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  • SAMSON DSOUZA, KINNIGOLI

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Who are we to judge a person's character. Police report is not final judgement.

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  • naveen mascarenhas, derabail

    Wed, Apr 1 2020

    may his soul rip .

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  • Reena, Udupi

    Mon, Mar 30 2020

    Why people so much worried about this particular case. Instead of commenting go to authority question them whoever it is Bishop, Parish Priest , asst parish priest deceased fly members and police authorities. Simply blame everyone there are priest who work for the poor the needy because of one person we cannot blame everyone. Remember all r human beings including priest they need our prayers. Let's pray for them.

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Dear Reena...you said "there are priest who work for the poor the needy"

    Give me a example of one Priest who did a great work from UDUPI district??

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  • George, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Priests are Christ’s representatives, their mission is to serve and tend His flock.
    No one can question any priests, which ever corner of the world.

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Amen!

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  • NFS Rodrigues, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Wed, Apr 1 2020

    In a heard there are many breeds of sheep's and goat's. There is one breed that does not know to lift its head....!

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Wed, Apr 1 2020

    Peshu, Catholic Church and Priests are serving the poor, destitute and needy world over for centuries and Udupi is no exception. They are not in advertisement business to start with. Just two examples among galore..... Goratti Hospital and Manasa are they not in Udupi? Or do you live in moon?

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    Mr Ronald, do you know Vishu Shetty -Ambalpady? Just Google it., Check his Facebook too.
    Daijiworld had taken his interview on Nov 5, 2019..There are 2 more guys, one with a long hairs... can't recall their names.
    The type of service offered by them to the poor and needy ones are truly amazing. They are the real heroes and true God's servants!

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  • Lanslara, nakre karkala

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Dear Pishu Are You Roman Catholic . please describe . i mean to say to you dont have any rights to talk about priest or Nun .

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    I'm a true believer of Jesus Christ...! It says all

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    Pishu is mundasu 30 mola, he just wants to freak out quoting irrelevant to his own!

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  • James Fernandes, Barkur/USA

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    Late Blessed Fr. Alfred Roche. OFM, Cap
    He helped lots of poor people, including me.
    Kittal.com carries lots of information about him. Besides Capuchins.

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  • Yashwanth, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 30 2020

    "More details to be published in the next part"

    When is the next part coming?

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  • Stanly, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 30 2020

    Second part after extending lock down for another 10 days.

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  • Abdullah Amin, Ullal

    Sat, Mar 28 2020

    RIP.

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 27 2020

    More people are dying and advt of died photo in the frame at least now be closed

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  • Jane, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    I HAVE FOLLOWING OBSERVATIONS TO MAKE ABOUT THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF Shirva parish at the time. of Fr. MAHESH death.Heard from reliable sources that he was there on 11th October evening witnessing all the events and also he was a close friend of the deceased.
    WHAT was his role when there were protests?As the vice president he was supposed to actively help the parish priest and asst parish priest.
    If he wanted to be neutral or oppose what was the need to be the vice president? Or was there any hidden agenda which is still existent?This calls for real thinking by the parishioners and catholics of Udipi Diocese.After all we catholics have to pray love and show our unity.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    It was impossible that such multiple affairs of the victim were hidden from most of the parishioners, but for obvious reasons they were being suppressed, and those who wanted to expose the truth were marked as traitors; but, the suppression of facts could not have gone on for long, and finally the bubble got burst after the threshold limit was crossed; and the final result is in front of all! Now, you think & decide what's going on behind the curtains!!

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  • Shelma Saldanha, Bangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    I Mr.Herald D Culham if you have so many doubts about the report by a honest Police officer and team Mahesh Prasad why don't you approach him?He will clarify your doubts.
    Do you think Police do not have any concern for legal matters?Or else do you mean to say there were men in disguise to attack Fr.Mahesh? Please think over

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    @Shelma Saldanha Bangalore ,here we dont have doubts about Post mortum report from Police officers.No we still are shocked to know the facts.and it makes one still unbelievable. It will take some time to digest it.and feel sorry too such a dedicated priest who walked out of his teaching and preaching ,instead of his original priestly living.He too is a human ,we pray now may God forgive him for his faults ,sins,and give eternal rest. I feel some women,that too married ones made him easy ,to commit sins?instead of concentrating in their married life .Other side Heads of catholic church should have expelled him as soon as they came to know about his character and deeds so that no further he can continue what he was doing.Or they didnt know anything?Why they kept him in office still?So he had a free hand to commit sins and atlast suicide was the only way out to him?

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 27 2020

    Dear Rita, who will have the guts to throw him out if the majority is "sailing in the same boat"? Can you imagine the repercussions of it???

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  • John, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    Not majority but may be a few percent. God is warning through calamities everywhere one after another to repent and turn back to him.

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  • William D'Souza, Udupi

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    After lot of protests & delays, the investigations were handed over to the Kaup Police personal. The post mortem report was done on the first instance. The way the dead body was resting on the rope, marks on the hand, missing CCTV footage are still confusing. Whatever is the case investigation, my mind is not at rest and doubts remain. I don't want any clarification but my faith on priests is gone for good. The truth of the Catholic Church is intact but not the priests.

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  • Angel, shirva

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    @willam - you can meet the investigating officer to clear all your doubts. you can travel to kaup, but be careful of corona!!!

    Fr. mahesh committed suicide and that too for his own personal pleasure and put all community to shame. Don't paint everyone with the same brush. There are honest, committed, forthright and disciplined priests as well.

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  • Abigail Fernandes, Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 28 2020

    @Angel, Is this a joke to you, whatever you Miss or Mr? just be careful with your words and you seem to be very immature. It would be better if you sit at home and play PUBG with your grand kids rather than typing nonsense over here...

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  • Johnson, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Previous SP of Udupi Nisha James told in her interview that 2 mobile phones of Fr Mahesh have been sent to Forensic lab for tests. From where 4 mobiles came into picture ?
    His room was not sealed.
    There are many uncertainties after his death.
    He could have saved.
    Please don't humiliate any priest.They come from families not heaven.
    We shall pray for them.

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  • Harold Dcunha, Mangalore, Mangalore, India

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Fr. Mahesh death is, death under mysterious circumstances and only the soul of Fr. Mahesh knows, who are the real culprit for his death. I will not buy the investigation report as it has not answered the basic question about CCTV issue before his death. Who had visited his room, just before his death and CCTV is not supporting this movement of the disguised person.

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  • nysa, mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    @ Harold - you can meet the investigating officer for CCTV footage and your doubts will be cleared.

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  • Angel/shirva, dxb

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    @harold - you could have led the investigation if you knew somebody had visited the office. where were you then? no one is asking you to buy. It is a open book to the world how he has hood winked the whole catholic community, students, parishioners for his lust.

    Wait for part II and then you can decide what a shameful life he has led.

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  • Savio D'Souza, Bhandup, Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 28 2020

    @angel, how can you be so sure that he led a sinful life? were you also part of his game? just a random thought....

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  • Sheila Mathias, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 2 2020

    @Angel, have you read about Mary Magdalene's story in Bible? Before pointing on other's life, can you be very sure that you never led any sinful activity in your life? I don't want to sound judgmental but your comment would be enough proof to read between the lines.

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  • Charlotte, BOMBAY

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    So much discussion is going on in Daijiworld after the publication of final investigation report.
    In the background of this report the following questions bother me:
    1. Why did the family make a U-turn from closing the death issue to police investigation? Who coaxed them?
    2. Why did the case get a political twist? Was there any personal agenda of politicians at the local level? Did the faithful become victims of partisan politics?
    3. Could there be deeper reasons as to why a criminal case was filed against some of the protestors in Shirva? Did they have any other personal agenda? Why did they oppose Fr Denis? Did they have real interest about Fr Mahesh or their own personal gain?
    4. Was the money given by the donors for the cause of the school truly utilised for school project as desired by well wishers?
    I hope some day these questions will be answered.

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  • Angel, shirva/dubai

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    @ charlette. yes exactly.... we also want to know the truth as to why these so called local politicians who otherwise not bothered about took personal interest in this? this is a well plotted plan by these so called concerned people by staging protest, barking , barging in and out of the church office, instigating parishoners, to tarnish the image of the church and the authorities. we can very well remember those faces from the video and can recognise them anywhere

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  • Simon, Karkala/ Ajman

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    a case suits similar of Upright officer D.K Ravi....so we always should keep in Mind even though how popular or strict one in Public life, there is always a personal life. Rev. Father was living his priest life combating his personal desire, the comments and attraction is common, the threats is regular for any Priest, instead of stopping chat he stopped his own breath..that's only the difference

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  • James, Bendur

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Yes indeed the best example that you have mentioned is D.K. Ravi. Thank you.

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  • RJD, UAE

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Firstly thanks daiji for non-bias journalism. I know both Fr. Dr Roque and Late Fr Mahesh personally and closely for 5-6 years. Now coming to the whole subject, no doubt matter could had handled in better way considering the magnanimity of the situation. It is evident from Fr.Dr Roque’s comments that there is trust deficit between Bishop and clergymen of Udupi diocese. Several incidents that are mentioned on the police report that resulted to suicide of Mahesh demands answers from various parties. A) What corrective action did bishop take when allegations were made by Mr.David with regards to Late Mahesh’s character. B)Why church authorities did not act with diligence when there were 3 previous attempts for suicide by Mahesh? Why complaint was not filed with police as attempts to commit suicide is crime under IPC. C)Did the family of Mahesh were aware of his suicidal attempts? Or this is completely new revelation to them?
    I believe if the above questions were answered correctly, the dead and the one who are living will be in peace!

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Appreciated sir, well said!
    Bishop and other Seniors have taken proactive actions and measures for completing his final rites...But, they had failed to do it when he was alive.

    We all make mistakes, nobody is perfect...but corrective measures would have saved someone's life. Feel sorry about it

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  • jessy, sorkol/shirva

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    @peshu- atleast he was given a royal funeral which he does not deserve . He has left a big scar on catholic community and the church. People will not believe in churches or clergy or priests. There will be no confession and no Gods call. Do you think after watching, reading story of Fr. Mahesh anyone would want to become priest? Will the people have any respect for priest? i doubt very much. They will watch every priest with doubtful eyes.

    Need of the hour is to build faith with catholic community
    show the congregation the bishop and clergy are working together
    Most importantly priests should unite together and solve such problems in future and not watching fun. They are all your brothers and belong to your Diocese. This does not set a good example.

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  • NFS Rodrigues, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Royal funeral so silly..! for the dead any good talk, ceremony, functions, coffee, food, etc. has no meaning. Its for those who are alive..! let's fist learn to take care of people when then are alive ..! humanity has dropped so low that the funerals are well conducted . its like a movie....! but while the person is alive and suffering or in pain everyone wants to watch from a distance....!

    First start living ..!

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  • John, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    It is spirtually taught that satan attacks priests the most so that faithful loose faith on confessions, holy mass, makes oneself doubt priests...this case is one of the fine example.

    Love, joy, peace, self-control, patience, forgiveness, gentleness, kindness, humility, godliness, holiness, charity, justice, mercy, heaven, freedom... comes from God.

    Lust, pride, anger, envy, unforgiveness, hatred, jealousy, selfishness, greed, gluttony, addictions, attachments, Terror, destroying good, injustice, harassment, hell, slavery... comes from evil.

    Mother Mary said God's will be done for all to overcome the satan. All the above Negative thoughts, emotions and temptations are common to humans beings. Everyone love them to surrender to God and overcome them with the help of God, as God is Love. 1John4:8.

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Dear Jessy, I wasn't talking about the royal funeral.

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  • Vicky, Udupi

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    If your faith, religious practice and values depend on the behavior people / priests around you, you need to question your own integrity. Over the past 2000 years, there have been thousands of rotten priests, bishops and popes. The Christianity has survived all that. Life of Fr.Mahesh should not force anyone to turn their back on the religion. Agree that his suicide and allegations are not quite the motivational stuff. However, there are hundreds of committed, selfless and holy priests in our midst too if you wish to take inspiration. Rise above the 'drama' and take hold of your own life.

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  • Gration Dias, Urwa

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    RJD & Peshu: How you know Bishop has not taken corrective actions. Do you mean Bishop has to discuus all internal issues of his administartion to Public?

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  • Sylvia, Kaup

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    I read daiji report again....the 200 pages summary report is nicely condensed to give a clear picture. The detailed 1580 paged report will have the complete details. It says that SVD sent him back but Dioçese gave him a 2 year break to correct himself. He returned after 2 years with improvement, or that's what they thought. Bishop must have taken enough measures to correct him but when one falls in bad company....how can he correct himself....his friends are to be blamed for not helping him improve.

    BE CALM AND WAIT FOR PART II of the full story.

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  • Agnes, udipi

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    I cant wait to read the part II of the report.

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  • Raj, Udupi

    Thu, Mar 26 2020

    Biggest question is why camera turned off in the evening and who entered compound????
    No one question his behavior. No one is perfect
    No need to drag these silly excuses after 5 months of incident

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  • nysa, mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    i fully agree with you RJ/Ajman.
    a)Bishop should have acted when David had complained about Fr. Mahesh and his misdeeds
    b) For your info. church authorities have protocol and each and everything has to be approved by Bishop
    c) Am sure the family knows the mahesh's suicidal tendency as they requested police and the authorities not to pursue the case.

    My only question to Fr. Roque, is why he did not use his learned mind 5 months ago when there was protest and disturbance going on in Shirva? his comments would have had some positive impact. Was he watching the fun and enjoying the pain of other priests?

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  • Johnson, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    Dear readers specially those analyzing Fr Roque's comments please note the following
    Be thankful atleast a priest expressed his views with sensible write up
    Whatever may be the investigation report. Do you think it is ok to threaten a priest entering church compound and cause such a tragedy which is the root cause of unrest aftermath
    Why the church authorities not taken it seriously

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  • Marian, Mlore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Everybody has with due respect FIRST thanked Rev Fr Roque for his response.
    Only then they have expressed their views for the benefit of those who dont know the issue OR dont know him.

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  • Simon, Manipal

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    I hope at least now the clergy and the leaders will learn come out of whatsapp university and address the people at the right time and not give simple statements and comments, that will not be of any use at a later date but will further annoy the people and risk exposure of real issues concerning them..

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  • NFS Rodrigues, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    It’s very evident that the official statement from Udupi diocese on Sunday 21st March 2020 was not called for while the investigation report had just come out and people were yet to read and understand the findings.
    The official message indirectly conveys that’s anyone can come into the church compound and threaten our priest and they will be protected. Irrespective of the situation or any wrong doing how can someone enter the church compound and threaten a priest leading to death. What was the leadership doing...? why was a complaint not filed if there were any wrong doing? The law of the land is same for all.
    In conclusion, the statement should have touched upon some corrective actions that will be taken from learnings of this incident and also worded much better. It’s hard to believe that all is well...!
    We need to take care of our priest in a much better way. One common observation is that all through out this incident could have been handled much better.

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  • Rayner Canada, Shirva

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    Fr Roque Dsouza,
    Though I do not know you personally, I know that you are a learned priest. So, I expected a statement with deeper reflections and not merely spritualizing the entire issue.

    In 6th point you say, "I wonder if the statement by the diocese does justice to Fr Mahesh". I am of the opinion that the statement of the bishop is truly fair towards late Fr Mahesh.

    Unfortunately, forget about justice, hardly any charity is shown towards Fr Denis, Fr Ashwin and the real mourners of Shirva parish who silently suffered every single abuse in the hands of those people who went for cheap publicity. And because of these fake people who were shedding crocodile tears today the respect Fr Mahesh deserved is thrown to trash cans.

    Some of rhe priests with biased views took side of the unruly protestors.

    Now all those who protested and all those who took side with them should be held responsible for the present state of affairs.

    It is not a fair game when people like you (instead of being impartial) continue to defend the dead instead of consoling the whole lot who have gone through nightmares. First show your empathy to the living.

    Fr Roque Dsouza, let the dead burry the dead.

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  • Nobby Dsouza, Bangalore

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    Well said...👍

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  • Joshua Bangalore, Shirva

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    Dear Fr.Rocque

    After a long time a priest has come out with a statement regarding this issue, it wouldn't have become so complicated if all priest had United and handled this sensitive issue. Here the big loss is for Fr.Mahesh parents, who have lost their son and will grieve till the end of their life and the rest , it looks to me as if they have used this issue just to tarnish the image of the other person. It is indeed sad to read the report. But why was it said by one of the priest , just after 2 days of Fr Mahesh Death that he committed suicide do to the transfer order. Where is the transfer order? When bishop had not given it , nor any official order regarding the same. Who had given him the authority to publish in Daijiworld? Why is that priest silent! Shame on him ,such an educated and spiritual person commiting sin. Secondly the priest who was responsible for instigating the stree sangatan Ladies to protest in Shriva against the Bishop and Parish priest is a sheer shameful act for being responsible for creating violence within our community, don't you feel this too is tarnishing the character of someone and is sin Fr.Rocque. Every one of us commit mistakes , Fr. Mahesh is also a human being, he should have left priesthood and I feel if he was supported on time .This wouldn't have happened. Rest in pece Fr .Mahesh.

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  • Sunita, Belman

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    All his Abimani and friends who had joint venture wd him or who very well knew what he was upto, should have encouraged him to leave priesthood.

    The phone of the one who started the transfer fake news should also have been sent for testing and many questions will be answered.

    Now that Fr Roque has upset a can of worms, they seem to be crawling everywhere.
    Was there any problem in Udyavar and Jeppu ?

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  • John, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    Spiritually speaking,
    In the Bible, Moses was a murderer, David was a adulterer, Peter denied Jesus thrice also St Augustine was a womaniser and gambler inspite of all this God chose them to lead the flock, Why? They had sought and beseeched God's mercy to come back mightily after their change in life.

    Best thing is that said priest could have sought God mercy instead of listening to self or threat of others and changed his life. May God have mercy on his soul.

    Best thing is that said Priest might have got saved from fires of hell, because of the prayers of faithful and clergy.

    Recent past so many have committed suicides without confessions. As their pain and suffering now God only knows, God to use him for confessions of those wandering souls who are in pain and suffering ?? They could be our brethren, friends, near and dear ones known persons, for whom hardly anyone praying about. Dead are easily forgotten.

    God's plans are different than of men. He can change any negative situations / circumstances to positive anytime, anywhere! As Per His Will!

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  • Flavian, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    Dear friends don't give any judgement
    Don't give any wrong witness
    Don't talk without seeing
    God will watch every one he will reward every one

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  • jacintha, Dubai/philar

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    @flavian,

    1. judgement is already passed
    2. wrong witnesses were already present on Nov. 3
    3. people have spoken without seeing - protested, abused, accused, recorded, exchanged whatasp, fb etc

    you are too late to comment.
    We know God is watching you also for posting your comment too late and not at the right time.

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Dear Fr. Roque D Souza,

    Thank you for the straight talk. Personally, I liked your points listed out here. I truly agree with it.
    If diocese seniors would have kept the transparency of deceased Fr. Mahesh matter, it would not have gone this far. Lack of leadership role caused such damage.
    Udupi Diocese seeks more Priests like you. I keep you in my prayers.

    May God bless Fr. Mahesh's soul.

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  • hilda, moodubelle/uk

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    why dont you get it,? they tried to save the name of the deceased as much as possible. But ppl like you wanted to wash the dirty linen in public and you pay for it. you have opened the book of Fr. maesh for the world to read. Its a disgrace for priests and catholic community in general

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    Hilda...ji!

    It's a 200 pages police report, not a court verdict. Don't get into any conclusions unty Court clears their trials.

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  • nancy, uppor/mangalore

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    we dont need priest like like Fr. Roque who could not unite during the trauma ,...who were silent till 5 months due to internet block (ha ha) and were a party to all these unnecessary incidents. we need to check their mobiles as well how many messages have gone from them to create this mess.

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  • Prakash, Puttur

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    A quote to you Fr. Denis D’Sa

    “Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.”
    -MAHATMA GANDHI

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  • Nobby Dsouza, Bangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Part III
    7. You say “Parish Priest of Shirva and Bishop of Udupi were unduly accused, yes. However, many point out that after the death of Fr Mahesh, if the case was sensitively handled with more openness, things would not have gone that far”. Here again you are referring to the “many point out”! Being one of the seniors, it was for you to take the lead and stop the many from saying such things and giving suggestions to the bishop as to how(in the middle of a police investigation, without causing interruption to investigation,) it should be sensitively handled.
    8. You say “We must have some empathy for Fr Mahesh. As a young priest, he might have erred and fallen in a few instances. But he was kind, gentle and generous as a dedicated priest. The media and public are prone to exaggerate and easily accuse. We cannot hold him as a culprit and disown him now. Which of us is without sin?” Except that he was young, all other qualities that you have listed are questionable. Read that he was asked to leave the SVD, read that he was asked to take a break, so it is not a few instances. Of course, in this big bad world each one us has a Fr. Mahesh in us, but the gravity may vary.:-) So, we would have accepted Fr. Mahesh, with all his weaknesses, and forgotten all his shortcomings of adultery, misuse of funds, his luxurious life style and never uttered a word about it, as he too is human and comes from a family. The chats, the videos, bank accounts would have died down with the investigation report and nobody would have bothered to get a copy of the 1580 pages of detailed report plus 202 pages of summary under RTI. At least he would not have been stripped of the name and respect he had earned from the unassuming students, their parents & the innocent people after his death. We must recall that he was given a befitting funeral and there was an attempt by bishop to protect his shortcomings. Because, he actually gave his life for saving his “NAME”. (contd on Part IV)

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  • John, Shirva

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Dear Fr. Roque, first of all, let me thank you for your opinion expressed on this platform. I suppose that you might have anticipated so many negative comments before penning down your views. I too don't wonder to read such comments as even criminal like Barabbas was chosen by the crowd over Jesus Christ to be released by Pontius Pilate during Pass over. This is not the time to talk ill about late Fr. Mahesh. There are many more facts to be unfolded relating to the tragic death of Fr. Mahesh. We are still hoping for justice.

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  • Candle Light, Mangalore / Toronto Canada

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Appreciate Daiji world for revealing the truth in front of us.. We sincerely request the Parishioners to put this incident behind and move on. We all make mistakes, lets pray for Fr. Mahesh's soul. May the almighty forgive his sins. May the family and the parishioners be comforted at this difficult time. Curtains can not go down so easily.. Agree being a human just like us did a few grave mistakes. Now suddenly don' forget the good things he has done too. .. May God forgive his sins..
    Parishioners are shocked as well. They never expected this will be the outcome. Parents had a reason when they said no need to proceed with investigation. Only they know what they are going through..!
    This incident has shaken the community so much.. Parish Priest and Bishop were blamed and people must ask their forgiveness. I really feel bad for them. Anyway let's move on. God bless us all...

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  • Alfred pinto, Shirva

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    All those abused the church authorities should come and openly apologize for their mistakes. There are so many videos abusing, using filthy languages. Cannot believe these ppl are Catholics and are going to the same church and taking communion.

    Anyhow, our religion is there to forgive and am sure if you ask forgiveness it will be given. Let's all pray for Shirva ppl and the soul.of fr. Mahesh.

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  • Manoj B, Nakre Karkala

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    It will pulled out by many years with tears like Nirbaya Case(New Dheli) there will be the big lawyer like AP Sing to fight this case

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  • Fr Roque D'Souza, Palimar, Udupi

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    [I couldn’t send my response before, as my internet was not working. Though late…]
    Now that the Investigation Report into the tragic death of Fr Mahesh is in public domain, there will be many views on the same. Bitter memories & hurts are bound to come back in many affected people. I plead for considering following points:
    1When we make allegations on the departed persons, we must be extremely mindful, as they cannot defend themselves.
    2 Character assassination of anyone, especially of the dead ones is a grave sin.
    3 Investigation Report may shed some light, but its objectivity may be contested even in law courts
    4 If parties plan to settle scores based on this Report, it would again erupt into community unrest. Currently due to Corona-virus lock down, things may be subdued.
    5 Parish Priest of Shirva and Bishop of Udupi were unduly accused, yes. However, many point out that after the death of Fr Mahesh, if the case was sensitively handled with more openness, things would not have gone that far.
    6 We must have some empathy for Fr Mahesh. As a young priest, he might have erred and fallen in a few instances. But he was kind, gentle and generous as a dedicated priest. The media and public are prone to exaggerate and easily accuse. We cannot hold him as a culprit and disown him now. Which of us is without sin? I wonder, if the Statement by the diocese does justice to Fr Mahesh!
    7 Let us see the main events and persons around Jesus’ tragic death: Judas betrayed, Peter disowned the Master, crowds demanded Jesus’ crucifixion, Pilot passed the judgment condemning Jesus and washed his hands not to hold him responsible. Yet, the fact is all these and all of us as sinners have crucified Jesus.
    Jesus has borne the crucifixion for our redemption and forgiven us. Unless we too forgive one another, divine forgiveness will not be operative in us. I may sound pious, but these are our Christian roots of faith and approach to our life. Let us not ignore them. Thanks

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  • Stanley, Dubai

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Dear Father Roque,

    With due respect to you and your priest brothers of Udupi diocese can I ask the following
    1) If you all knew the Clergy was not responsible then why none of the Priests including you express your thoughts earlier. Your voice would have been much credible.Justice delayed is Justice denied too.
    2) Was the Clergy in anyway responsible for the misdeeds of the deceased.
    3) Does the Udupi diocese have a template for a Priest to refer to in such dynamic and unfortunate situations which the Parish Priest or Assistant Parish Priest is guilty of violating.

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  • Sujith Fernandes, Dubai/UAE

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Excellent comment by Fr Roque. My salute to him. Finally a priest open-up and express his opinion from heart. This is called democracy and true spirituality.

    1When we make allegations on the departed persons, we must be extremely mindful, as they cannot defend themselves.
    YES FATHER, YOU ARE RIGHT. THIS IS APPLICABLE RIGHT FROM THE DAY ONE OF HIS DEATH. WHEN HE IS NOT ALIVE, HOW FAIR PEOPLE TO CALL PRIEST AND BISHOP AS MURDERER? OR CALL BISHOP AS KUTHATHA, DOG? DID YOU OPEN YOUR LIP DURING THAT TIME OF CRISIS????

    2. 2 Character assassination of anyone, especially of the dead ones is a grave sin.
    iI AGREE 100% FATHER, BUT DID YOU READ THE TRANSCRIPTS OF HIS CHAT WITH FIVE WOMEN? I READ, I GOT A COPY FROM INDIA. I AM ASHAMED!! . IF HE WAS ALIVE, HE WOULD HAVE COMITTED SUICIDE AGAIN!! PLEASE DO NOT DEFEND HIM. IF YOU READ FULL 202 PAGE REPORT, YOU WOULD NOT EXPRESS THIS OPINION FATHER

    3. 3 Investigation Report may shed some light, but its objectivity may be contested even in law courts
    YES, PARTY HAS ALL THE RIGHT TO APPEAL FOR HIGHER COURT OR CBI OR CID, COD REPORT. BUT I FEEL CHAT CONTENT WILL NOT CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FIVE WOMEN ..FIVE YEARS..TRULY UNBECOMING OF PRIEST, SPECIALLY CATHOLIC PRIEST

    4. 5 Parish Priest of Shirva and Bishop of Udupi were unduly accused, yes. However, many point out that after the death of Fr Mahesh, if the case was sensitively handled with more openness, things would not have gone that far.

    100% TRUE. TOTAL FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP. AND EQUALLY TOTAL FAILURE OF PUBLIC RELATION POLICY OR INCHARGE WHOEVER IT IS. YOU HAVE VERY VALID POINT HERE. IF BISHOP HAD ADDRESSED SHIRVA PARISHIONERS SOON AFTER HIS DEATH, NO UNREST HAPPENED. I SUPPORT YOUR VIEWS. LEADERSHIP IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS FIASCO. PERHAPS VG IS ONE OF THE PARTY, BECAUSE HE IS THE ADVISOR TO BISHOP. BUT GOD WILL ANSWER, NOT LAY PERSON LIKE ME

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  • Gration Dias, Urwa

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Very well described Sujith. I am with you.

    But with your last point I do not go fully with you. During initial days me too taught the same way. After all it is how you analyse. The bishop too might have some restrictions. LAter I came to knoe that he cannot address this issue in public stating the reasons for the Suicide or whatsoever coz the Investagations where still on. This could hinder or effect future police investigations. Bishop too is in a higher position heading the flock. He too is not given this position thru influence but due to his ability

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  • Michael Dsouza, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Fr Rocky agree with you.
    Fr Mahesh was a devout priest.
    My conscience says priests never commit suicide.

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  • BR, Belman

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    Michael Dsouza conscience is different from deeds.
    While there is proof for deeds on paper and mobiles, concience doesnt.
    When PP was falsely accused and justice was demanded with proof, nobody seemed to have a conscience. Or are you one among them?

    The Abhimani's should at least now stop misleading innocent people and have the conscience to accept the truth!

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  • Basil, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    All due respect to Fr.Roque D'souza, here no one has accused innocent victim. He has committed adultry, used people donated funds and betryed hushands like David and 4 others . You did not comment when innocents were accused, I did not see any write up from any priest rather I heard some fellow priest were provking to parishioners to settle the score by jealousy. Ar you one of them?
    Fr.Mahesh created shame for our community and top of that he committed suicide being principal of college. He has plenty people to defend him and they did, so the investigation went this long. It would have been a favor if had to leave preisthood instead committing suicide. Lets not glorify his wrong doing which will send wrong message to next generation. There are many good priest who sincerly work for community.
    You must get back to our Bishiop and confess exactly what is your intention ? Are you in same path?
    I am now really worried!!!

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  • maria, uppor/mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Fr. Roque, we know you very well when you were in udyawar and now why you are defending because you were also following the same parth..

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Maria, Fr. Roque is a straight forward person. Everyone knows, he was the one built Udyavara Church and how well he managed things over there. Don't post unrealistic materials.
    God bless your heart!

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  • Quadras, Udyavar

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    Yes Maria....the staff of the High school and the sisters in the convent can explain better ! It should have been published at that time itself.

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  • S. John, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    One of the most sensible and respectable reaction. Hats off to you Rev. Fr. Roque.

    1. The investigation report is the 'opinion; of one police officer, it can have lot of deficiencies and is not taken as it is in the court of law.
    2. As you have rightly pointed out, Fr. Mahesh is not there to defend himself. We can can lay allegations and become judgmental on a departed soul.
    3. The reactions here are on the report published here, have anyone read the entire report. Let us be careful before we pass adverse comments.
    I once again salute you for your mature views. May God bless you and keep you in good health because we need bold and honest clergy like you.

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  • Aswin Menezes, Udupi

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    @ S John: Its not allegations. Report is based on findings after investigations. You are saying "Let us be careful before we pass adverse comments" . Then when the protestors or so called Shirva parishnors did to Bishop or the Senior Preist , where they not adverse? Did they have any proof for the allegations they put on them?

    Its almost 6 months, why cant they furnish any proofs to raise their claim if the reason for Mahesh death is the senior preists or Bishops. Where those comments allegations or adverse?

    People wanted justice, police enquiry, etc. And when truth has come out now no one wants to believe it true? Then what is Justice? Is it thrugh Whatsapp/ FB courts?

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  • S. John, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Have you read the report? I have the copy of the report, that is why I have written. There are many points in the report which are not given importance. Legally police inquiry report is only a report not the ultimate truth. People here comment by reading the report where few 'favorable' points are picked up and published.

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  • Mabel, Sorkol/shirva Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    @john, truth is hard to digest. But now you have to. Fr. Maheshs history is an open book to the world as to show that there are wolf's with white robe

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  • Stephen Aranha, Udupi

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Wow! what encouraging statements from a Priest after almost 6 months. You are a great example to christian community. On your path if all faithful follow then definetly the newly formed Udupi Diocese will vanish and I guess Christianity too will vanish.

    What guidance are you being a priest giving to the generation ? You are commenting as allegations to the investigative reports come in Black & white. But you have strong faith for all protestors allegations where no proofs found so far

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  • Nobby Dsouza, Bangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    (Posting my response parts as it is bit long)
    Part I
    Dear Fr. Roque,
    When I first saw your name in the comment, I was so very happy that finally, finally ONE SENIOR PRIEST of the Diocese has come forward to say something. But as I went through it, I realized, that like the Diocese Statement, it is another eyewash to cover up the deeds of the deceased and not to give life or justice to the ones who were actually victimized. Your internet was not working from November 2nd 2019 to March 22nd 2020, but at least you could use your phones and post a response, before waiting for the report to go into public domain? SPEAKING AT THE RIGHT TIME WOULD HAVE MADE AN IMPACT ON US. But better late than never and as somebody pointed out this is a democracy and we can have a healthy discussion, so let me counter your points.
    1. You say “When we make allegations on the departed persons, we must be extremely mindful, as they cannot defend themselves.”
    BUT Fr, doesn’t the same advise apply to all, both dead and living. Baseless allegations were thrown from all directions and there didn’t appear to be any joint effort to calm the people, instead the PP and Asst PP were distanced by those who should have stood by them in their difficult times? Or is sermon here, applicable only to the lay persons like me who post comments? Though I am not in Shirva any more, I have my roots there and so fully aware of the happenings in and around Shirva.
    2. Please somebody list out the efforts put in by senior priests, bishop, committees and whatsapp groups to speed up the investigation, to convince the people not to bring more shame on the community and to behave like civilized crowd?
    (continued at Part II)

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  • Nobby Dsouza, Bangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Part II
    3. You say “Character assassination of anyone, especially of the dead ones is a grave sin”. Calling the anointed a “murderer” and calling the Bishop by names, allowing the rumours to spread, what category of sin is it? What action was taken to identify those who did that and advise them to act in true Christian spirit? There was nobody ready to listen to the PP, so other responsible leaders in the community could have taken over to do some damage control?
    4. You say “Investigation Report may shed some light, but its objectivity may be contested even in law courts” Here, I request you to apply for a copy of the full report under RTI, and then if he needs to be MORE FULLY EXPOSED, it can be VERY WELL contested. If you really were his well wisher and are concerned about the Diocese, you would never even have suggested this, as it is going to throw more muck on the clergy.
    5. You say “ If parties plan to settle scores based on this Report, it would again erupt into community unrest” When the community was REALLY AT GREAT UNREST, WHERE WERE THE LEADERS OF THE CHURCH? Instead ……
    I did not see any press note or any efforts made in respective parishes to advise and preach the parishioners. Who created the parties? Now when the allegations are proved wrong, the lost name has to be given back to victimized priests, why to term it as “settle scores”. Or is there anything else between the lines?
    6. You say “Currently due to Corona-virus lock down, things may be subdued” after assassinating the PP and Asst. PP, now everybody wants to blame the virus. Actually, the spread of rumours, naming and shaming in audio, video and whatsapp msgs that became viral is nothing short of any virus and this is the only vaccine by which the clergy and laity will learn, so that both the unfortunate death and the unfortunate victimization does not repeat.
    (Continued at Part III)

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  • Nobby Dsouza, Bangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Part IV
    BUT THE PEOPLE OF SHIRVA GOT LED BY FEW AND THEIR SUPPORTERS, THAT HAS MADE IT NECESSARY FOR THE PUBLIC TO KNOW THE FULL CONTENTS OF THE REPORT.
    9. You say “I wonder, if the Statement by the diocese does justice to Fr Mahesh! “ We need to think whether the statement has given justice to Fr.Mahesh, Fr. Denis Desa and Fr. Ashwin Aranha. Even if all anger, jealousy and hatred was aimed at Fr.Desa, there was one young newly ordained priest Fr. Ashwin, who was going through the same mental torture. How many priests and laymen have consoled him? Even though the fight was titled, justice for Fr. Mahesh, the ones who needed justice was PP and Asst. PP.
    10. Fr, I really like your point no. 7. Sadly, we will not be in church on Good Friday, to hear 3 voices of jesus, pilot and the people as the Gospel is being read. But since you have mentioned it, we have to name the characters applicable to this case.
    Like Judas, who betrayed….
    Like Peter who disowned….,
    We know whose crucifixtion the crowds demanded
    We know the many Pilots who passed the judgment and circulated it
    We know who are the other Pilots who washed their hands
    Yes, the fact is that all of us crucified one innocent person, and he has silently borne all that and I hope he can forgive us too. He is too straight forward, trieds to bring discipline, order and improvement, bold enough to call a spade a spade, and so is misunderstood. He is talented and has reached heights at young age so does not need to be jealous of anybody,

    And Fr. Like you mentioned, we need to be really pious and practice our faith and roots in letter, word, spirit and deeds and not just appear to be so.

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  • lmd uae, Kulshekar

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Dear Fr.Roque thanks for your valuable comments. Atleast one clergy priest have supported.. the deceased. Deceased cannot defend themselves so nobody to shut dirty mouths. rumours and reports published shows only cruelty and no support.. Whatever character he mayhave had...but he has contributed to the society the best .
    Rest in peace Fr Mahesh.

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  • Leena, Canada

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Tailor- made report.. Anonmyous letter written by Mr. Nobody! Lord have mercy on them .. they do not know what they are doing

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    Who did not know what he was doing? What do you mean tailor made report??? 90 Witness , police officers and forensic science are fools or you writing nonsense? If you are so confident the report is fake....challenge it and enlighten all of us, do not be just happy with disagree button!

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  • Michael Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    Appreciate daijiworld
    CC TV details could have considered
    Somebody entered church compound prior to death for what?
    Room could have sealed and invesigated by forensic lab
    Is it advisable to conduct autopsy in private hospital
    Why not asphyxiation a forceful one
    No resistance if overpowering by many

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  • John, Shirva

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    Michael @Mangalore
    Yes Michael , exactly Shirva parishioners are also asking same questions and seeking answers till date.

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    This topic won't die down very soon.
    People of good conscience to take printouts of the findings of forensic investigation and keep that in their pockets and show it to the people who are still engaged and believed in gossip and fact less fake news.
    We need more and more devout Spiritual guides in the community.

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  • Mohan Prabhu, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    many of the negative comments are painful. Let those who are clean come out and cast the first stone.

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  • Stanley, Dubai

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    @Mohan Prabhu,

    The first lot of stones were already cast against the Parish Priest, Bishop and the clergy in the immediate aftermath of the incident. Needless to add most of them casting the stones were living in glass houses and knew about the same.
    Now that the report is out the second lot of stones are being cast at the glass houses created by the first group.

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  • Leeda Fernandes, Bellore-Denmark

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    Thank God that the truth is revealed. Now where the are people who shouted slogans and demonstrated in the street against bishop and parish priest. They have to apologize in public. They didn`t behaviu as a cristians. They were against church authorities. Because they doen`t know what they do. By asking for forgiveness may they receive God's mercy. Especially this time of epidemic. We prayed a lot for all the Parishniors of Shiva and for entire diocese of Udupi. We can understand the trauma has proved Bishop and parish priest. May God bless them abudantly.

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  • Charles, Karkala

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    Being human we all make mistakes and Fr. Mahesh is no exception and will have to answer to God Almighty. Since, Fr. Mahesh is no more in this world, it is point less to discuss and pass opinions and judgement on the incident. We need to consider the state of mind of his immediate family members and the suffering and distress that has been left to them to go through which they would have not thought of in their lives. Let us be little more compassionate and pray for each other as one community and especially for our clergy and the religious leaders so that Lord will show His mercy on us and forgive us for our short comings.

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  • Edmond G Noronha, Kirem-Sharjah

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Inspite of all these shortcomings, how come, he was allowed to continue as the Principal and still kept in the priesthood, And again, how other priests too could keep cordial, friendly relations with Fr Mahesh? This is in a way a kind of encouraging.
    Having 4 mobiles is really a crime, then better to check all those who process 4 mobiles.
    My humble request sanitize the clergy do that in future, such incidents are avoided.

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  • Bruno, Chamber

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    Yes how they kept him?? Bishop should give answer

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  • Gration Dias, Urwa

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    so whats ur motto? to know the reason and justice for his death or why they kept him in seminary?

    answer if justice is done

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  • Raj, Udupi

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    Keeping 10 sim/mobiles also not crime!

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  • Edmond G Noronha, Kirem-Sharjah

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Inspite of all these shortcomings, how come, he was allowed to continue as the Principal and still kept in the priesthood, And again, how other priests too could keep cordial, friendly relations with Fr Mahesh? This is in a way a kind of encouraging.
    Having 4 mobiles is really a crime, then better to check all those who process 4 mobiles.
    My humble request sanitize the clergy do that in future, such incidents are avoided.

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  • Mohan Prabhu, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    A missing piece in the puzzle which I had pointed out soon after Fr. Mahesh's so-termed "suicide" ... just a day or so after his death a parishioner had also committed suicide.. ......

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  • Chris, udupi

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Still question, who entered church premise on that night after camera turned off???

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  • Joyson, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Good question. I think there are a number of questions un-answered regarding this case.
    Who entered the premis that night?
    Why the protocols were not followed (e.g. ringing of church bell soon after someone noticing the incident)
    Why the body was shifted to hospital immediately? were police called to do preliminary inspection before moving the body?

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  • Jd, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Chris, Johnson please stop the questions. Fr. Mahesh needs rest.

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  • Chris, Udupi

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Are you sure is that Fr. Mahesh or some one else need rest?

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  • M.DSouza, Bangalore

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    Yes you are right. Fr.mahesh will definitely will rest once he get the justice. Till then will pray for his soul.

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  • Gration Dias, Urwa

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    The viral photos before removing body from rope shows several people from church admin together with police and Fr. Mahesh uncle. So is ur information here with ur complete knowledge?

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  • Alphonso Dsouza, Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    As a Christian this episode pains me immensely as .. the only way the truth could have been established if Fr. Mahesh had survived his attempt (if true) to suicide and faced the world to tell the truth. There are a lot of wrong doings within the church ... Pope Francis has admitted and asked the faithful to pray for the church. If the priests are doing something wrong, then we as faithful people are also wrong in joining hands with such weakly placed priests. May the Lord God strengthen our faith by keeping his flock safe from transgressions and temptations so that incidents such as this do not tarnish the Church of Christ.

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  • S.John, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    This is a police inquiry report and not a report of judicial inquiry. It has lot of deficiencies. It is based on the conclusion of one police officer who can be biased or influenced. His conclusions can not be always true. The witnesses are not cross examined to know the real truth. As commented by some one earlier, Fr.Mahesh could not deposit the cheques in his personal account unless they were drawn in his name. Who gave those cheques in his name? Has he used that money for any of his personal needs or he used it for the school? These facts could have known if the witness were cross examined by an advocate.

    There can be entirely a different reason for the death of Fr. Mahesh. I am informed that his iphone, which he was using during his time of death is not opened. No one knows what is there in it. He was chatting with women as well as with men. Just chatting is not an offence or crime. The truth may be still a mystery. Let us not take this inquiry report as 'Bible Truth' and become judgmental.

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  • Steevan, Katapadi

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Please get the report through RTI. Study it well. If not satisfied fight for CID, CBI or juducial enquiry. Please dont give your judgements as if you know everything.

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  • Gration Dias, Urwa

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    It looks that you have more indepth facts of this case. Why dont you submit those and bring out the truth rather commenting here

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  • Jyothi, Shirva

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Fr. Mahesh, Rest in peace. It's sad to read all false allegations.

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  • vilma, saralakudru

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    it is not false..should confirm with priya davids wife

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  • james Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    To the people who are questioning the authenticity of the report:

    How do you know the report is false? Were you also a partner in crime? If you knew the truth, why didnt you go as witnesses while the Police officer was investigating? Till the report was made public you people were asking for justice to Fr. Mahesh. Now the report has come, and you realized that instead of giving justice to him, you are responsible for spoiling the name of Fr. Mahesh. The way you guys took it forward to settle your scores with few individuals has back fired you and it is difficult for you to digest. If you really loved Fr. Mahesh and you did not have any vested interest in this case, please apologize with church heads with whom you behaved like the people who crucified Jesus. If your ego doesn't allow you to do that, at least stop grumbling.

    James Rodrigues, Mangalore

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  • Basil, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    Well said sir! But people still dont get this message and its shame to our commnity.

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  • keshav kamath, shirva

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    then u prove it dear sister...

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  • Robbie Clarence, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Jesus had said, “Whatever you say in the dark will be heard when it is day. Whatever you whisper in a closed room will be shouted from the housetops”

    Let us believe that the words of Jesus came true in the life of Fr. Mahesh. Then what about our lives we all readers here ? including Bishops and Priests ?.

    Again Jesus said, “When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."

    We judged Fr. Mahesh while he is not alive to defend himself !. Still it is fine. But it is the time to judge ourselves all readers here whether we have no such greed for money or not, abnormal relationship with ladies, richness and luxury life i.e., cars and phones etc., and including Bishops and Priests ?

    While Fr. Mahesh living, church could have admonished him and could have saved his life. Even birds or animals save their own fellow birds or animals while they are in critical conditions. Therefore, let us not make big fuss out of this report. Let us pray for Mr. Mahesh’s soul and his parents.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Somewhere read,

    "In Heaven there is no duplicity, no criticism, no gossip, no impurity. There is only Divine Love. Therefore, the soul should prepare for Heaven by trying to overcome all his faults while on earth."

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  • James M. John, Udupi/Mlore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    How you know that before taking that extreme step, he has not repented ?

    Now it is the question of the living, you and me and not those who dead and gone !

    Let us not judge the dead. We have plenty of time to repent ourselves!!

    Therefore, we confess with Priests and Priests confess with some other Priests.

    God is wise. There are no loopholes left in his wisdom.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    It is not for the dead and gone ( no second chance ) but general public.

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  • John, Shirva

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    It is strange that from day one of this tragic incident, it was projected that Fr. Mahesh's death was due to suicide only by the media, police statement and the church. There are many doubts/questions which are still unanswered. Hence Fr. Mahesh's death remains a mystery for Shirva parishioners except a handful few.

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  • Maria, pernal/Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    You can visit fr. Mahesh to know the truth

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  • Savio D'Souza, Bhandup, Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Maria, this isn't the correct way to talk... just re-think what you wrote... Fr. Mahesh is dead and you are asking alive person to die... I understand you might not like his comment but this is not the way. I hope someone doesn't tell you this in your life....

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  • John, Shirva

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Maria@Pernal/Mangalore
    You don't know what you say as your heart is filled with sins. Go and confess your sins so that you receive salvation through the departed soul . Rest in peace Fr. Mahesh. We believe that now yout are in the safer arms of Almighty.

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  • james Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    These are my reactions after reading the report.

    People who made propaganda against the Bishop and parish priest should owe an unconditional apology. My feeling is that since Bishop and parish priest knew the drawbacks of Fr. Mahesh, they did not want to pursue the case. Now the people who were demanding the justice to Fr. Mahesh are responsible if Fr. Mahesh's credibility is lost. I feel sorry for Fr. Mahesh's mother who was made a scape goat by these activists for their selfish motives. Go and beg pardon with this lady who is still trying to recover from the shock of her son's death. Finally my request to the people who wanted to become heroes (females included), learn some manners to address the religious heads. Fr. Mahesh we will pray for your soul for sure.

    James Rodrigues, Mangalore

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  • vivek, Hirebyle / Abu dhabi

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    yes. this comment is most credible one, to add further, its mass psychology, after any Incident. 1)People Imagine by their own way, they construct a theory about that incident 2) get curious or get Entertained by listening, talking about the incident. 3) Seek for inquiry/ Justice in fact they want to make sure what they thought is right, if the inquiry result is other way they wont accept because they stick to what they Initially thought is right, Example: Ministers Killed D.K Ravi, Boney kapoor Killed Sridevi.

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  • Wilson Castelino, Shirva

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    If everyone belives all the contents mentioned in the report is true. In future never blame our police and judiciary system. This means in 2008 church attach Justice Somashekar report was correct??

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  • FRANCIS DSOUZA, UDUPI

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    I totally agree with you Wilson

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  • Satish, udupi

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    this is like Apane pairon par kulhadai marana

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  • James, Bendur

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Strange... not even one person from shirva commented on this article.

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  • Richard, Dubai

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Yes, thanks for observing and pointing this out.

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    You are true, I heard a person(It is still there on you tube) , well known politicians brother was saying ,It is impossible to agree that Fr.Mahesh has not committed suicide.... Let him come forward and defend his stand now or else let him come and apologize to the same public.
    Pointing fingers to others is very easy....... Accusing ,abusing Priest, Bishop is also easy, The people who did this act ad passed their own judgement are ready to apologize now?

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  • Charlotte, Bendore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Sadly, they will believe only when he is fully exposed....

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  • Charlotte, Bendore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Sadly, they will believe only when he is fully exposed....

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  • Charlotte, Bendore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Sadly, they will believe only when he is fully exposed....

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  • Alex, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    We have wolves in sheep's clothing or shepherd's clothing.
    Why to have illicit relationship that too with married woman.
    That reason, Our Lady in Fatima told children to pray for the priests and pray Rosary daily, so that wrath of God does not overwhelm us.
    Corona virus has already arrived. Corona means really crown, that is Crown of Thorns of Jesus and Crown of Our Lady.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    What an extravagant life, nobody can imagine!

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  • Valson Mendonsa, Mangalore/USA

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Fr. Mahesh is totally Innocent or victim of circumstance. Investigation report doesn't says that he had committed any criminal act nor he caused for serious damage to any Individual or General Public.
    As per behavior is concern...itz petty stuff.. every single person on the earth have their own behavior or personality...that never going to change.
    Letz keep this simple.. no stories .even thinking..no good...unless we are totally Clean Crystal IN and OUT or we ask ourself.. are we rendered any equalent close to 5% of public service or moral service to others that Fr.Mahesh did?
    We must thanks Fr.Mahesh D'souza for his service all times.
    Looking at lots of comments.. it is better to shift our focus from here.. and pray for 'Global Coronavirus Pandemic ' that definitely going save millions of lives or impact on bread & butter .Itz that Simple

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  • Sheela, Katpady

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Looks like you will understand if you are FALSELY accused of abetting suicide or murdering someone. His great works are an open book now ! !

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  • kevin, moodubelle

    Mon, Mar 30 2020

    All those abused the church authorities should come and openly apologize for their mistakes. There are so many videos abusing, using filthy languages. Cannot believe these ppl are Catholics and are going to the same church and taking communion.

    Anyhow, our religion is there to forgive and am sure if you ask forgiveness it will be given. Let's all pray for Shirva ppl and the soul.of fr. Mahesh.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Four mobiles, car, extravagant life style & 4 close friends; just can't imagine!

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Now we know atleast some truth.I find this will certainly make his family ,very sad ,besides his death.It is hard for the family ,when people comment about this.So I find we should better not to comment unnecessary things ,so that family gets hurt.He too was only human like us,made mistakes.One day he didnt know how to comeout ,pressure was too much and had to commit suecide ?Let God forgive him for his sins.Only God knows what happened,he will judge him .Only we can pray at present for his soul.Best is now we know more than before.Thanks to Daiji.

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  • Simon, Bela

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Rita, do u think Bishop, Fr. Denis and Fr.Ashwin have no family? Some people instigated to defame them. For a minute think of their parents and families too.

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  • Basil, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    FYI his family knew about it. They have been informed immediately after the funeral. So they told Bishop and SP not to pursue. When people up in arms they changed the side and statement. They made parish priest and Assistant scape goat , they thought nothing will come and deceased will remain innocent victim.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Mar 22 2020

    Basil mangalore,right what you say .Sure it is still difficult to believe sometimes what rumours spread ,and believe it is not true when it is our own family comes.we try to surpress it.when other family is we talk what we hear .Still for Fr.Mahesh family it will be difficult now to hear from all sides ,show finger to them .I think so.Sure there was family from Bishop and so.but Bishop and other priests could also tell their family whats the matter and situation.But Fr.Mahesh is no more to clear it.they have to live with shame and rumours.Now I feel that truth is out and put an end to all news.

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  • Prakash, Mangalore/Dubai

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Fr. Mahesh, Rest in peace. It's sad to read all allegations.

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  • Jude, Kundapur

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Please stop looking through jaundiced eyes. After investigation report is available, u still want to call it "allegation". So what is the truth?

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    O my God.Present report from Daiji World has become a bitter pille for me to swallow.Still I thank Daiji for honest and responsible news to its readers.I will be needing some time to digest this.Still I feel he has not committed the self mord.But something or someone helped him here.Waiting for more details.He is not there now to defend himself.God may his soul rest in peace.

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  • Johnson, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Why seminary life has been disclosed here.
    Why did you appoint him as principal if you are aware of suicidal tendency

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  • Johnson, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    This is not fair

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  • Shalini Quadros, PanglaMumbai

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    I have never seen bigger hypocrisy than this!
    One person known to me, almost every week calling me asking 'What happened to Fr Mahesh Investigation Report' Whether it was death or suicide?
    Today When I sent daijiworld news link to her, she immediately, why Daijiworld published this? They should not have published this?

    I asked her, do you mean still innocent priests and bishop should have suffered life long?
    Very strange world. I feel sad for Fr Mahesh, at the same time, feel happy for those who stood by with parish priests and people of Shirva

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Shalini, I guess one disagree from her! Most disagrees wanted truth of their choice! And the FB + WA courts / universities!

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Ronald D, Udupi,

    One thing I followed since my Childhood...never criticize any religious leaders publicly...if I have any disputes with them, I try to solve it amicably between us...

    Priest suicide I never heard so far in my life....I know some humans have suicidal tendencies since birth...

    Why you guys want to wash your linen in public?...Can't you guys solve this in less scandalous and Salacious way than this ??...

    I don't know, who is right and who is wrong here...but this whole incident makes me Sad...and I believe Fr Mahesh life could have been saved if some one tried sincerely in time...

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Valerian Noronha, Moodubelle / Kuwait

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Today my respect for daijiworld increased to 100 folds. Thank you. If you had not published this report, the clergies specially Bishop, Parish Priest and Asst PP would have suffered the pain throughout life!
    First of all, section of people of Shirva should not have played politics on death of priest. They should have kept confidence in investigation. Now report is out. This report cannot be bible, but people have right to question or ask for higher enquiry. But I doubt some die hard opposers of Church will never accept the report that declared Fr Mahesh was murdered!
    I am waiting to read full 200 plus page report. But convienced that, investigation is fair.
    One priest died, but this publication of report saved the life of several innocents priests and people of Shirva. Hats off to you daijiworld.

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  • OSWALD VAZ, THOTTAM/ BAHRAIN

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    In this case can people who insulted, criminalised & defamed our believed, respected, honourable Bishop of Udupi Diocese Tender an unconstitutional apology ?.

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  • Victor Alvares, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Fr. Denis, we are sorry. We know that you tried to guard the honour of the priest ,his family and the church. It is like guarding the secret of the sin heard in the confessional.

    We are also very sorry for what Mr.David D'Souza had to g through.

    Having said all this, let us also pray for the Departed soul Fr. Mahesh who is also a human being.

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Lets pray for the departed soul and his family. Let's not judge based on this report. We human can make mistakes on reports, money matters and judgment. Only god can help in these cases. Look at Corona virus. Countries are struggling but god is watching and say look people I have given you beautiful world but you destroyed earth, oceans, sky space with pollution and eating filthy animals and suffer from this disease until we repent. Let's pray people and stop judging

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  • Basil, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Are you really from Canada ?
    What message you want to spread. You don't have any values of Canadian citizen or immigrant by outrightly questioning and doubting the court judgement.

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Basil, yes I am really from Canada. That is why my comments are morally posted with more respectful ways. Hope I answered your questions. If you need peace to your mind then please read holy bible.

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  • Reena, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    All this time, you wanted justice, now when JUSTICE is delivered, both to the dead and living, you dont want to accept it. It is GOD who has delivered justice due to prayers of so many people. Now dont try to mislead again and corona virus by way of false messages was first spread by people in and nearby parishes. Whey did you not speak for the ones who were accused unnecessarily. If you can deliver better investigation from 'Canada' please submit your report here.

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Reena, I am not even from Your Parish or know this priest or any pariohners. Read what I wrote correctly and comment. If you dont like my comment simply ignore. Best us not be arrogant

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  • myna, mysuru

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    "Nevertheless, the post-death investigation reveals shocking transcripts of his chats with five different women, including a non-Christian married woman, from 2015 to until his last day. The chat content is explosive, highly unbecoming of a priest, according to the report.

    The report gives clean chit to Shirva parish priest, assistant parish priest and a former teacher of Don Bosco school who was suspected to have written an anonymous letter to Fr Mahesh's parents, Bishop and all the priests laying the blame on the character of the deceased priest.

    In one instance, the investigation report reveals that there were financial irregularities as Fr Mahesh collected donations from 9 different people for the school building but never deposited the money in the school's account, and instead credited it to his personal account in a Shirva bank."

    - ABOVE CONTENTS OF THE SELECT TEXT CLEARLY REMIND US 'TRUTH WILL ULTIMATELY PREVAIL'. PRAY & FORGIVE THE DECEASED PRIEST FOR HE TOO IS HUMAN. HENCEFORTH ALLOW THE PARISH PRIEST & OTHERS INCLUDING THE BISHOP TO LIVE IN PEACE. PUT TO REST GOSSIP. LEAVE THE COURTS TO DECIDE. PRAY FOR DAVID D'SOUZA TOO THAT JUSTICE MAY BE DONE TO HIM.

    - People should have taken the clue that something was seriously amiss when the "Parents of Fr Mahesh did not want to deliberate on his death and sully his image according to press reports. A request they made to the concerned authorities".

    - THE CASE OF FR MAHESH IS AN EYEOPENER TO THE PRESS, THE POLITICIANS & THE PEOPLE WHO GET HYPER WITHOUT WAITING FOR FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES TO COME OUT.

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  • Anna Una Crasta, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Appreciate the bold transparency of this site, to accept criticism so positively and bring out this bitter truth of reality. Please continue to be an instrument of transparency and truth, in these times where everyone lack an authentic source of journalism. This reality is harsh, but the Church needs to be accountable for such unfortunate realities too.

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  • Arun, Koppa

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Yes indeed. Daiji Team...appreciate your role in enlightening the public with facts and your unbiased report. The disturbances, allegations and hurts caused by the people combined with the demand of readers to know the truth, forced you to write this in detail. Very well summerized and leaves us with no doubt. Waiting for release of the full story in series. This is needed as some seem to be still having doubts.

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  • Eugene Mathias, Belman/ Dubai

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    this article is a good script for the next Konkani movie.... Harry Fernandes Barkur must view this... It will beat box office collection of any KJo Bollywood movie...

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  • OSWALD VAZ, THOTTAM/ BAHRAIN

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    In this case I don't understand why Mr. David is inside. What is his fault to stay him inside jail ?. Why nobody supports him or talking about him. I need honest comments from the readers.

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  • SR, Mlore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    The reasons have been published in the news article after his arrest. It is also said here that he has applied for bail in HC.

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Once the parish priest was mobbed outside the church by the parishioners asking for reasons why the FIR was not filed.

    They did not believe in what he was saying. Fr. Mahesh on the other hand had convinced the Parishioners with another side of the story. Looks like Parish priest had enough evidences to convince the people to stop the attack on him so I wonder why he still kept silent.It would be good to show the people evidences on the statements in the report such as bank transactions to his personnel account, transcripts of text messages to women.

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  • Anonymus, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Now Fr. Mahesh is not there to defend himself...it is easy to lay allegations. How the cheques drawn in the name of the school can be deposited in his personal account, unless they are drawn in his name. It was a fact that he had given concession in school fees to several students by paying from his own pocket. How we can forget all this with an inquiry where the witness are not cross examined?

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    No point to discuss now. Feel sorry about Fr. Mahesh. Final judgement in God's hand.

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  • sumana, Bela

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Oho Anonymous,

    Give some time for us to digest the shocking facts in Part I. Glad that Daiji will publish in a series of articles, it may be too much for us to take all at once. Then you will know how his pockets were filled.... Looks like those who accused and abused innocent priests have no regret at all....and still want to defend the one who went against everything...

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  • arun, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Hello Mister, who told you that cheque in the name school drawn in personal account?
    Are you dumb?
    Report says, he collected money from donors in his personal name, and deposited to his personal account but never credited to school account
    That's enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Mr, Kemmanu

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    He has left enough evidence...get a copy of it.

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  • Alex, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    By opening account in School name but operated only by himself as signatory

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  • Oliver Sutari, UDUPI DISTRICT

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Here is Fr. Denis D'Sa's dilemma from my perspective. He had two choices in front of him:

    1. Reveal everything to the parishioners, which was an easy thing to do under the circumstances at the time. The result? The very parishioners that were clamouring for the "truth" would have shamed Fr. Denis for speaking ill about a deceased person.

    2. Maintain silence and let the evidence speak for itself. The result? Take a lot of flak from those very people.

    Taking flak requires a lot of courage, maturity and patience. I personally would have been disappointed if Fr. Denis had chosen to take the easy route, although I would not have blamed him.

    My hope and prayer is that time will heal the wounds. God bless us all...

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  • David Rodrigues, BENGALURU

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    very true

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  • Oswald Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Very well analysed Mr. Oliver.

    We have known Fr. Denis for almost 38 years and we know that he is the most dedicated, upright, talented, and efficient priest with a vision for any institution and smaller parishes that he has worked for. He is an asset to the Diocese. Possibly his talents and organising skills could have earned him lot of enemies....

    It was everyone's duty to stand by him, when the investigation was under progress, without drawing own conclusions and causing him more pain. Your belief that truth will prevail and your patience during these tuff days are greatly appreciated Fr. Denis. May God protect you and Fr. Ashwin always.

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  • Oliver Sutari, UDUPI DISTRICT

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    I wonder if the same people who went after the Bishop and the priests of Shirva Parish - in a manner that can be only described as despicable - will tender an apology to them. Or, is daring only displayed to insult, defame and cause harm?

    Dear Fr. Mahesh,
    May the Lord of mercy receive you in his tender embrace;
    may the Lord of compassion grant you solace;
    may your soul rest in eternal peace.

    One can only imagine what Fr. Mahesh's parents must be going through. Let us find the grace to pray for them, remembering that a parent can never overcome the loss of a child.

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  • Hilda D Silva, Kallianpur

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Finally a conclusion to all the gossip ,judgements and cheap messages because we have social media.Let us answer some questions-Did we really mourn the death of a young priest..?Instead we resorted to blame game

    We crucified the Bishop and parish priest by our comments.We demoralized the assistant parish priest by accusing him ,a newly ordained priest.

    Udupi diocese is so strong in faith but we gave such a horrible example to our brothers and sisters and even the police.
    Hope we will learn from experience.Let the departed soul Rest In Peace.

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  • NASA, MUMBAI

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    STILL W E DONT BELIEVE . IF HE HAD SUCH RELATIONSHIP ,HE COULD HAVE CLOSE

    THE CHAPTER..AND WRITTEN DEATH NOTE..SO THAT NOBODY WILL BE ASHAMED

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  • Gration Dias, Urwa

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    May be NASA you can raise Fr. Mahesh from Dead and ask him Why he dint write death note?

    Donno what nonsense stories people still cookup? May be he dint have enough time to write the note and wanted to end up before he arrives

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  • Ambrose, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Hello Readers..

    I had commented on these articles before No matter what the truth should come out. I am hoping this is the trust. Fr. Mahesh is after all is also a human being and committed mistakes.

    So we all should forgive his sins and god will decide where to keep him. Do not forget his good deeds as well for the society i am not endorsing Fr.Mahesh . This case was not handled by the Bishop well for sure. He was trying to cover up and name of the diocese is at stake. Why hide when Bishop knew everything. I guess people of Shirva are also responsible to an extent .

    Remarks

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  • Clifford, Bajpe

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Please have the sense to realise or ask somebody that when any investigation is on, the ones who are being treated as 'accused'(in this case the Bishop and the PP) by the masses( for reasons best known to them) cannot give any clarification or issue statements which can affect the investigation. People took advantage of the silence of the Bishop and the Parish Priest to cook up own stories and circulate them without even once thinking whether it could be fake.

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  • Ambrose, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Dear Clifford

    I fully agree with your statement. The issue came up only after the suicide . However Bishop had full knowledge what was going on when such huge amount was misused. I am aware legally he can not give any statement to public. If the Bishop had no knowledge i will withdraw my statement . Please Note i am RC and i know how good these catholic leaders help people.

    Regards
    Ambrose

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  • Clifford, Bajpe

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Please have the sense to realise or ask somebody that when any investigation is on, the ones who are being treated as 'accused'(in this case the Bishop and the PP) by the masses( for reasons best known to them) cannot give any clarification or issue statements which can affect the investigation. People took advantage of the silence of the Bishop and the Parish Priest to cook up own stories and circulate them without even once thinking whether it could be fake.

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  • Victor Alvares, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Thanks daijiworld. At last logical facts emerged. I was pretty clear when family members refused to pursue the case.

    The church authorities tried their level best to salvage the respect of the priest and the church. I don't know if it is right or wrong. But feel very sad when I think of people including children insulting priests and the bishop. Probably, it would have been better if the facts were revealed to the faithful in the beginning itself. One thing is for sure: there is a perfect child in this world and every mother has it. May the Departed soul of Fr. Mahesh rest in eternal peace.

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  • basavanna, belman

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    If what is published in this report based on police report is true, i feel the priest should have left priesthood and should have done what he wanted he do. In fact he has brought bad name to the community of priests like how many other priests have done in the post.
    No one forces anyone to become or continue as a priest. But, unfortunately now a days many join the seminary and become priests to enjoy good life in contrast to the old priests who were so religious .

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  • florine, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Thanks Daiji for your extensive study over this pathetic sad ending of Fr Mahesh.

    Though the clergy in authority had exercised their role to the utmost satisfaction, the innocent parishioners who never expected some misdeeds by a so called hard working priest who underwent and couldn't resist the devilish temptations had finally given up his life.

    We pray that the Divine power may intercede and give solace and may the departed enjoy his eternal bliss. To err is human but to forgive is Divine.

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  • Anthony H Crasta, Granville/Sydney

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    That explains everything! Wonderful report! Thanks Daijiworld for the excellent work!

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  • Ashwin Sequeira, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Great work Daiji or unbiased journalism... Where are the people who called the Head Parish Priest by names, conducted protests , Threatened the Head Prarish priest and assistant ?

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Hats off to Daijiworld for publication of this article which puts into rest many minds on this sensational case. It's sad but true state of affairs in some cases of our present day church. There was a time the community was poor and priests turned out to be holy and simple whom we used to accept as true representative of Christ.

    Today the community is affluent and to a certain extent have compromised our moral standards in exchange for luxuries and comforts of life which ultimately results in these kind of incidents. Time we pray together for our clergy and religious .

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    We congratulate our Police for delivering Justice ...

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    A big salute to Daijiworld for the excellent report.. Truth reveals late for those who still support Mahesh..Moreover they should go for confession..

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Fr. Mahesh, should not committed suicide. He should have consulted legal department.

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  • AsAMatterOfFact, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Correct. You may please inform him when you get there!

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  • anil, mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    hahaha

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Everyone has to leave this place one or other day. The way you respond shows you are not belongs to this earth.

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  • Eustace, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Thanks DaijiWorld for pursuing this case, that had raised so many questions.

    My opinion is that the conflict within Fr. Mahesh, was not resolved by the leadership of Catholic Church. His dilemma is too evident when he was asked to leave by SVD, and then again problems in Diocesan Seminary, both these instances taken together should have rang bells, and the counselors should have acted. He should have been encouraged to leave the priesthood, and promised support in lay world. Though well educated, he could not come to a final decision regarding his life.

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  • DSilva, Belthangady

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Counsellors must have tried their best. The doctors and elders in the family, should have first identified the problem at a very early stage and got him professional/medical help. An article dated Oct 12th published by another media, it was said that “Family sources have revealed that Fr Mahesh was suffering from depression syndrome since his childhood. But the family members did not expect Fr Mahesh to take the extreme step to end his life at this age”. However,commrnt published in the same article was: “I am a close relative of Fr. Mahesh and I know him from his very childhood. He is my nephew .He is a dynamic person with full of enthusiasm from his childhood. He is never depressed. When he was a seminarian at St. Joseph’s Seminary, he was a frequent visitor to our house. After ordination he put his full soul and spirit in the schools where he worked. He was never in depression. We do not know the reason for his untimely demise and unexpected decision to end his life.”
    Contradictory statement and comment!
    This incident taught us some lessons
    1. Religious and clergy : If you cannot live by your vows, please quit, live and let live. Lack of unity & support by the clergy was very evident, in all subsequent events. Unfortunately, some religious have also contributed in spreading false news without knowing the facts.
    2. Parents : Please accept the weakesses of your children, try to get professional help as and when required instead of trying to cover up their flaws.
    3. To us the laity : Misuse of Social media = damage similar to what we see in Corona virus.
    REMEMBER : Our mighty God is much above your Whats App University.
    FINALLY : A word of thanks to Daijiworld for doing a wonderful job as a responsible media house. (Needless to mention, there are other publishing houses trying to mislead readers with interviews, if’s and but’s and without disclosing any facts.)

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    4 cell phones??? 8 sim cards thn.... Do a priest need to hv so many????

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Praveen, Mangalore
    From where did you get this Information ...

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    It's written in the today's daijis article dear jossey Sir...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Cynthia, Kirem
    How come I didn't find anything ...

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    It's in the beginning of the fourth para. First para is Editor's Note... From there it's fourth

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  • Eustace, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    @Cynthia, Kirem, 8 SIMs? I cant see its mentioned in the above report.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    No... Not 8 Sims... Just mentioned about 4 Sims... Sorry for the same..

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Correction... 4 mobiles (not sims.. type error)

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  • Phillip D'Souza, Bombay

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Simply spreading false news of 8sim card

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  • George, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Cynthia madam, don’t be sorry. Having 4 sims or mobiles is. It a crime, I believe.
    Harm or good can be done either with one or four.

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  • Lawrence, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Priests are not angels came down from heaven. They are human too. They too have their weakness. They need our prayers and support.

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Me pleading the world to pray for me is a morbid thought! Self pity is a discease not a weakness. There is nothing wrong if one finds it difficult to comploy with ones oath. Disrobe! come out and lead a normal lay life.

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  • Rahul, Bajpe

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    A clergy should lead a simple life from forefront which should be role model to the society .

    During our childhood days while staying in Jesuit priests hostel , we used to admire simple and prayerful life of SJ priests . Morning used to start by prayers and end of the day also used to close by prayer 🙏. In between even while having dinner or supper , used to start by prayer . This really helped us to live in a systematic life style

    Now a days because of life style we cannot make out who is clergy man !

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  • Fr Lesly, Assam

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Dear freind these prayers still there in our communities and our seminaries. Because one incident I feel we should not make a conclusion.
    Let us pray for each other

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  • Steevan, Urwa

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Dear Fr. Leslie,

    Thank you for your assurance that there are the same prayers. You being in Assam have responded here. Where are the others from our twin Dioceses? They are all reading this comment like they read every single comment, but it really takes COURAGE to speak out in support of truth and justice.

    Fr. Denis D'Sa and Fr. Ashwin Aranha, may God reward you abundantly for bearing your cross silently, for the fault of somebody else.

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  • Fr Lesly, Assam

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    Dear freind these prayers still there in our communities and our seminaries. Because one incident I feel we should not make a conclusion.
    Let us pray for each other

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    Fr.Lesly, please continue to pray. I understand priesthood is not easy but priest are doing wonderful work towards humanity. We will pray for you as well. Thank you for your sacrifice for serving the humanity. God bless you all.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    I appreciate the publication of the report.

    So far as I am aware, since 2009, a bishop has SOME authority to defrock a priest. Some priests are just not fit to be in that role.

    The real problem, however, is due to the mindset of the laypersons. They think that a priest is more holy/incorruptible than God.

    People must accept that a priest is just performing a profession like any other.

    I would have written more, but my comments on such matters are not published by the webmaster.

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  • Ozzie, Kadri

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    True. I would like to add by saying it's a proof that a message only will be deleted in senders or receivers phone. It can be retrieved any time by later n read by others even if I am dead. What a shame to my loved ones if my messages are not appropriate. So kindly double check your message before you press send button.
    Lay persons must not involve unnecessarily with the clergy other than the spiritual guidance. Why to tempt and spoil their reputation.

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  • JOHN, BASRUR

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    HOW? ONES WE DELETE MESSAGE HOW CAN BE RETREVED?

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  • H Kunder, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 20 2020

    It is easy task for the police to retrieve the deleted messages through forensic department.

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  • Alex, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 21 2020

    It still stays in the area of virtual storage, till there is no place for recording fresh ones. Then it overwrites over the deleted area.

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  • Mabel Rodrigues, Mangalore