The Diocesan curia consists of “those institutions and persons which assist the bishop in the governance of the whole diocese, especially in guiding pastoral action, in caring for the administration of the Diocese"
The Archdiocesan Curia is the ensemble of departments or ministries, which assist the Archbishop in the governing of the Archdiocese. It is the Archbishop who appoints those who exercise offices within the Curia and it is the Bishop's responsibility to see to it that all matters which concern the administration of the entire Archdiocese are duly coordinated and arranged in such a manner that the good of the portion of God's people entrusted to him is more suitably attained. The Curia of the Archdiocese of Bombay is situated at the Archbishop's House.
21, Nathalal Parekh Marg,
Mumbai 400 001
In accordance with the Code of Canon Law the Vicar General assists the Bishop in the governance of the whole of the diocese. The vicar general reports to the diocesan bishop the more important affairs that are to be handled or have been handled, and he is never to act contrary
By Canon Law, “As often as the correct governance of the diocese requires it, the Diocesan Bishop can also appoint one or several Episcopal Vicars, who possess the same ordinary power which the universal law gives to a Vicar General either in a determined section of the diocese or in a certain type of business or over the faithful of a determined rite or over certain groups of persons. While a Vicar General possesses executive authority in all aspects of Diocesan administration not reserved to the Bishop himself, the Episcopal Vicar, by virtue of his office, enjoys executive authority solely in regard to a specific type of activity or a particular group of persons.
The Episcopal Vicar's area of responsibility and the extent of his authority are established in the decree appointing him, as are matters, which the Bishop reserves to himself. The appointment of an Episcopal Vicar is optional, and as with the Vicar General, is at the discretion of the Bishop. Both the Vicar General and the Episcopal Vicar are appointed for a specific time, mentioned in the letter of appointment. When the Diocese has no bishop, the office of Vicar General and Episcopal Vicar cease to continue.”
The Chancery in our Archdiocese
The Chancellor is duly delegated to grant dispensations and various other permissions (i.e., adult Baptisms, Confirmations, reception in full communion with the Catholic Church, correction of names, granting 'testimonial letters' (litterae testimoniales) for marriages celebrated abroad, issuing 'no objection certificate' (nihilobstat) for those marriages whose marriage papers were processed abroad). Other works concerning general administration and general enquiries are also dealt with in the Chancery.
The preparation of documents regarding other canonical requirements (such as appointments and receptions into full communion with the Church), the issuing of faculties, celebrets and ordination certificates, and other more general administrative and general enquiries, are also dealt with in the Chancery.
The Chancellor is duly delegated to grant permissions and dispensations.
By Canon Law, “In each curia, a Chancellor is to be appointed, whose principal office, unless particular law states otherwise, is to ensure that the acts of the curia are drawn up and dispatched, and that they are kept safe in the archive of the curia. (Canon 482.1)
The Chancellor, whose signature authenticates public documents, is the official notary of the curia. (Canons 482.3 and 483.1) Code of Canon Law 482-491
Assist the Archbishop in the administration of finances of the Archdiocese in accordance with Canon Law.
The Archbishop has appointed his Financial Advisor and the Financial Administrator.
The Finance Department has Sections dealing with Banking and Finance, Parish & Archdiocesan Institutions related Finances, Properties, Civil Construction and Repairs, Human Resources, and Statutory Compliances with Government.
The Archdiocesan Finance Committee (AFC) is appointed by the Archbishop in accordance with Church Law (Canons 492-493). Members of the Archdiocesan Finance Committee are selected for their expertise in matters including finance, law and civil engineering.
The Parish Finance Committee (PFC) is an advisory body to the Parish Priest required by Canon Law. The Parish Finance Committee comprises three to five persons, selected for their technical knowledge and expertise, appointed by the Parish Priest for a three year term which may be renewed.
Stages of approval for parish expenditure for projects ranging:
upto Rs 1,00,000 - approval of the Parish Priest
between Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 8,00,000 - require Parish Finance Committee’s approval.
between Rs 8,00,000 to Rs 15,00,000 and above - require PFC recommendation and Archbishop’s approval
exceeding Rs 15,00,000 - The Archbishop consults the Archdiocesan Finance Committee and the College of Consultors before granting his approval of a project recommended by the PFC.
Statutory Government compliance: Parish and Archdiocesan Institutions are registered under the Public Charitable Trust Act or with the Registrar of Societies. Each registered Trust / Society follows government compliances of an Annual Audit, filing statutory requirements of Income Tax, Profession Tax, Service Tax, Employees Provident Fund and FCRA (Foreign Contributions Regulations Act) where applicable.
ADD: College of Consultors
Diocesan Estate Office
Ground Floor, Archbishop’s House
21, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Mumbai 400 001
The Metropolitan Tribunal is the vicariate established by canon law as the judicial arm of the archbishop's government of the archdiocese. As such, it is the court system of the Church and the canonical forum for the resolution of legal questions arising from the activity of the Church and of the faithful.
21, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Mumbai 400 001
Archdiocesan Pastoral Council
Mary Dell 1, Flat No 19, III Floor, Soonawalla Agiary Marg, Mahim, Mumbai 400 016