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Archbishop orders London church to cease masses for LGBT Catholics

Thursday, January 3, 2013

LONDON — The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, who also leads the Catholic Church in England and Wales, announced this week that he has ordered the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Central London to stop holding masses that were specifically designed for LGBT Catholics.

Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols

The so-called “Soho Masses” were set up six years ago by a group of openly gay Catholics and sympathetic priests to cater for those struggling to live within a church that takes an absolutist line against same sex relationships.

The decision is seen as a significant win for the traditionalist wing of the Catholic Church who have lobbied both the Archbishop and Rome to cancel what they saw as a deviation from official church teachings.

It also comes at a time when the Catholic Church itself is redoubling its efforts to oppose same sex marriage legislation following moves in Britain and France to allow gay men and women to marry.

As part of his Christmas Day message, the Archbishop attacked the government’s plan to introduce equal marriage in England and Wales and described it as a shambles.

In recent years traditionalists had increased their campaign against the Soho Masses, even secretly recording a prayer session and releasing the video online.

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33 more reader comments:

  1. they are erally guna try this like it will stop us or make anything good happen at all

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:02pm
  2. fuck them

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:02pm
  3. How very Christian and compassionate. Not.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:03pm
  4. Time for the Catholics to go elsewhere.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:03pm
  5. Reality is awesome. . . I don’t believe in the super natural.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:06pm
  6. they needa just go away

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:06pm
  7. … Just-ANOTHER-official H8′ER!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:06pm
  8. i say we should round up all these damned homophobes and beat the shit out of em teach em whos boss finally and sure you might say no thats harsh its freedom of speech, well would you be saying the same thing if it were black people? no difference in my eyes.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:10pm
  9. They are so pissed that the hot gay dudes don’t need to hide in the closet anymore and become priests like them. That made hooking up so much easier. Damn them…literally.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:10pm
  10. Being a Gay catholic is like being a Gay republican – I just don’t get it.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:11pm
  11. Catholics are actually he most tolerant of any of the Christian religions and, I dare say, most other diety-based religions. However, Catholicism also has the more outspoken people. This may just be that Catholicism is the largest of the Christian religions and religious officials get more attention. I am in no way defending this guy, but one should not condemn the whole of Catholicism for the acts of one.

    Yes I am a Catholic and I am also bisexual.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:16pm
  12. Why must a church condone hate due to some old out-of-date priest? if they are making a step forward no one has the right to push them two steps back

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:21pm
  13. What kind of self loathing gay person would have anything to do with the catholic church. U gave up that creepy religion years ago.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:24pm
  14. People also have to realize that the people in power grew up in a gay-hating society. LGBTQs may be at a disadvantage now, but when these generations grow up, they are going to pass their own laws and rules. As for the future of religion, I am afraid their fate is sealed. One cannot stay the same in a changing world.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:24pm
  15. I

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:25pm
  16. It is apparent to me that many religions will continue to chase more and more people away from their “religions” when you will find them come to an alternate decision about gay folk. Suddenly they will love us and “accept” us not because it is the right or loving thing to do, but because they will need to work again to fill their coffers. Bleck.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:27pm
  17. Atheism welcomes all….

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:27pm
  18. Fuck off homophobe.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:34pm
  19. I won’t hurl hate at him the way he is so ready to do to people that are loved by the Merciful.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:41pm
  20. this is good christian love and charity right there.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:51pm
  21. This has gone too far. They are not carrying on Christ’s work they are carrying on mans bigotry

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 2:41pm
  22. I order good catholics to walk away from their hateful church

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 3:30pm
  23. I don’t think any moralistic person would speak out of hate like that. What happened to “Love thy neighbor as thyself?” Or “Thou shalt not kill”? I think all the people who commit hate crimes are guilty of that and probably not going anywhere nice as a result.

    Those who love? You got it right. So just keep on loving.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 4:04pm
  24. *Guilting of violating those principles.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 4:04pm
  25. *Guilty

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 4:04pm
  26. Orders from “god”, laughing my freakin’ ass off!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 4:25pm
  27. Not at all surprised…is anyone else?

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 4:36pm
  28. fuck him and the pope

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 4:55pm
  29. Leave the Church people. Why do you want to be part of a religion that hates you?….literally!

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 5:02pm
  30. yes, “to live in the steps of Jesus” who said ” All who come to me I will in no wise cast out” good try…..hypocrites!

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 6:47pm
  31. Typical church hierachy. This is all about the property, not about the spiritual needs of the LGBT church members. “Nichols is handing over the church where the services were held to the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the body set up by Rome to cater for those who have defected from the Church of England to the Catholic church.” The group of ex-Anglicans fled the Church of England because it had started ordaining women, and they’re a conservative and misogynistic – just the type the Catholic Church hierachy wants to encourage. Individual Catholics may be OK people but their bosses aren’t.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 7:08pm
  32. OK Bishop. Now go back to the rectory. The alter boys are waiting.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 10:04pm
  33. the community and our allies should hit them where it hurts, their wallets. Lets see how long you can really stand a vow of poverty, ya jackass.

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 10:39pm