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corrupt don't notice the stench; "It's like bad breath. Rarely the person with bad breath realizes it. It's others who notice it and they have to point it out for him." But "the amount of built-up resistance is enormous."
Corruption isn't an instance of one singular act but represents a state of being, a culture that an individual or whole society can get caught up in and accustomed to without realizing it. Priests and religious are not immune to corruption, he said; in fact, "Corruptio optimi, pessima" ("The corruption of the best is the worst of all.") The path to corruption for them may begin with a painful situation, which "always demoralizes."
"Experiencing defeat leads the human heart to get used to it," he said. People get used to the status quo and feel they shouldn't be surprised or continue to suffer in the face of further defeat. "The heart doesn't want any problems," and religious men and women might become afraid that God is going to "send us off on a voyage that we can't control." The subtle process of corruption in a religious man or woman produces a spirituality that becomes either mediocre or lukewarm.

A corrupted consecrated life may be used as a vehicle to find satisfaction in "the products offered by the supermarket of religious consumerism," such as satisfaction in professional skills, in the outcome of their projects or in the esteem associated with their position. Others may try to fill the emptiness in their lives with "an intense social life: They love going out, vacationing with 'friends,' huge meals and celebrations," and make sure they get invited to every occasion. Women and men who have become corrupt in their religious life are afflicted with "spiritual worldliness," he said, which is "like paganism in ecclesiastical clothing."

In confession, they ask forgiveness for other sins and never "show the Lord the state of their soul's discouragement. It's a slow, but definitive sclerosis of the heart." However, "God never tires of calling us: 'Be not afraid,'" the future pope said, "Do not fear hope and the hope that does not disappoint." He said the booklet was meant to help people understand the "the danger of personal and social collapse that nests inside corruption," which doesn't happen overnight, but is a long slippery slide that takes a long time to take root. He called for "our constant vigilance because a condition of daily complicity with sin can lead us to corruption." - http://www.catholicnews.com


READERS’ LETTERS

From,
pereirathomas@hotmail.com

When we talk or even pontificate about the evil arising from human greed, perhaps you may wish to consider writing something appropriate about the Zionist's ceaseless GREED for more land by forcefully dispossessing the Palestinians, while clamoring for PEACE. This Greed for land has been an objective for decades. In fact, way back from the late thirties the desire for peace, first on the grounds that GOD (centuries earlier, presumably coming down from heaven in the garb of a surveyor - a question on veracity or logic raised by our great Mahatma) had given them the land.  And Prof. Martin Buber, seeking moral support from Mahatma, questioned "Mahatma-ji, what's wrong with us getting a piece of free land"?
 
Thomas A. Pereira

Sewer water enters Powai Lake through 17 points

Yogesh Sadhwani, Mumbai Mirror

Local residents have found that several housing societies have started dumping sewage into Powai lake, which has seen a deterioration in quality of water. After several complaints, the BMC also conducted a detailed survey and found 17 points from where sewage enters the lake. The BMC is yet to narrow down on the culprits. In 1995, the Ministry and Environment and Forest had carried out a detailed survey under the National Lake Conservation Plan to clean Powai Lake. Through the project, all the culverts dumping sewage water into the lake were shut and only storm water drains with floodgates were allowed to lead into the lake to ensure that during monsoons, storm water drains would only bring rainwater into the lake.

The project was completed in a couple of years and




for the next three years there was strict monitoring of the water quality. However, years later, things have gone back to how they were over a decade ago. By BMC’s own admission, the floodgates installed around the lake are opened late in the night to let in sewage water in to the lake. “It is observed that some anti-social elements open the floodgates and let drain water into the lake. This has increased the growth of the water hyacinth, thereby affecting the eco-system of the lake,” states a BMC report.”

The report has been sent out to the BMC’s vigilance department and several other concerned agencies, but in vain. “It is sad that despite being after government agencies to protect the lake, all we get in return are letters and reports confirming what we already know,” said SK Saksena, who has been working on the betterment of the lake for the past two decades.

When Mumbai Mirror contacted Rajeev Jalota, BMC’s additional municipal commissioner, he said the BMC had identified the points where sewage was being let into the storm water drains. “We have identified 17 points where sewage has leaked into the storm water drains and then flows into the lake,” he said. The BMC will soon begin work to redirect the sewage into sewage lines and plug the leaks which threatens the lake’s survival. Jalota added that action would be taken against those who have polluted the lakes.

High court for mangroves welfare officer



Shibu Thomas, TNN | Apr 24, 2013, 04.39 AM IST

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court has sent out a strong message to state and public bodies, including the forest department, to get serious about the conservation of mangroves, especially when those plots have to be cleared for big public projects. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Anoop Mohta has told MMRDA, in-charge of many public projects in the Mumbai region, to tell the state and chief conservator of forests (mangroves cell) to depute a special officer to look after the management of mangroves. The officer will be not below the rank of assistant conservator of forests (mangrove cell) and will be tasked with selection of sites for planting mangroves and will oversee replantation of mangroves, 10 times more than those hacked for public projects.

"Looking to the large number of projects being undertaken by MMRDA, the number of sites where mangroves are being destroyed and the responsibility and obligation of MMRDA to plant 10 times the




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