While travelling to visit a friend on Sunday evening (26
June 2011), I had anunpleasant shock when I reached Our Lady of Rosary Church, Navelim, Goa,India.In front of the car in which I was travelling, I saw what seemed to be a block of cemented stones lying along the road (Photo 3).On closer inspection, my friend noted that it was one of the ancient Crosseswhich line the foot-path opposite the Our Lady of Rosary Church, which foot-pathforms the boundary of the compound of that School.Distressed to see the Cross apparently knocked over, we approached the newParish Priest of the said Church, Fr. Leonardo and informed him of the event.He was well aware of the incident and informed us that some truck had knockedit over on Saturday night.Next we offered to rebuild that Cross at our own cost if he would only grantpermission. But he promptly replied that he would not grant permission torebuild the Cross.He further informed us that he had received a note from the Collector and alsoan order from the Court regarding the demolition of the said Cross.It sounds very interesting to me that a truck hits the Cross after the Parish Priestreceives notices from the Collector and the Court.Is it possible that the Collector and the Court fulfilled their intention regardingthe Cross by sending a truck in the dead of the night?And is this a preview of what will happen to other Crosses along the road-sideswhich are earmarked for demolition?And is the reaction of the Parish Priest an example that will be followed by otherParish Priests in other Parishes of Goa where such Crosses will be demolished bysending trucks in the dead of the night?For earlier, Fr. Antimo, then Parish Priest of Our Lady of Mary ImmaculateChurch, Panaji, had sacrilegeously declared in an interview in the HCN Channel:“Break the Crosses, break them all, we don’t need them as symbols of our faith.And don’t bother about what the Christians will say or about how they will react. Just go ahead and break them”!!But the story about the truck hitting the Cross by accident or design is, to myopinion, patently false.Let us look at the photographs given above.A truck would have to come on the wrong side of the road to knock down theCross in the manner shown in the photos.Note that the base of the Cross points North (towards Margao) and its apexpoints South (towards Chinchinim.