Panel seeks opinion to bring Goa Archbishop office under RTI
A legislative panel has sought the Goa law department`s opinion on whether the office of the Archbishop patriarch of Goa, Daman and Diu could be brought under the ambit of Right to Information Act.
Panaji: A legislative panel has sought the
Goa law department`s opinion on whether the office of the
Archbishop patriarch of Goa, Daman and Diu could be brought
under the ambit of Right to Information Act.
The Committee on law in a report tabled in the House has
asked the law department to make a comprehensive study and
submit a detailed report to it within 15 days.
BJP legislator Francis D`Souza heads the Committee which
considered various suggestions on the issue.
Expressing his views to the panel, D`Souza said the state
government has maintained that as Vatican was recognised as a
sovereign nation with the Pope as its head, "it is not known
how its institution could be compelled to make its records
open to public."
The Committee, which studies various issues related to
law had received a suggestion from a member of the public,
Antonia Michele Abel for bringing the office of the Archbishop
under purview of the RTI Act.
"Archbishop patriarch of Goa, Daman and Diu, Fr Filipe
Nery Ferrao, ought to open a public information office for the
Church laws (Canons) that he follows and respond to
applications made under the RTI Act for information on the
Code of Canon law (legislative document of the Church)," Abel
In her communication to the Committee, Abel had said the
office of the Archbishop over the years, had failed to
formally convey to His Holiness The Pope, about Goa`s
liberation from the Portuguese regime in 1961, which has
resulted in a rather piquant situation.
Abel said the Archbishop patriarch of Goa, Daman and Diu
was bound to repeal the Portuguese constitution, laws,
customs, culture and traditions and report to His Holiness the
Pope to come under the constitution of India, Indian laws,
customs, culture and traditions for the survival of the
Catholic church in Goa.