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Archbishop Nichols Ends ‘Soho Masses’ After Six Years [Parish Entrusted to Ordinariate]
The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/2/13 | Mark Greaves

Posted on 01/02/2013 8:45:20 AM PST by marshmallow

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has announced that Masses in Soho organised for gay people are to end.

He also revealed that the church where the Masses took place will be entrusted to the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The fortnightly “Soho Masses” at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Warwick Street were established by the diocese almost six years ago. They were intended to be “particularly welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Catholics, their parents, friends and families”.

Archbishop Nichols said today that, while the Masses will stop, pastoral care of the community will continue at the Jesuit Farm Street church in Mayfair on Sunday evenings.

He also announced that in Lent Our Lady of the Assumption church will be “dedicated to the life” of the ordinariate. The archbishop said: “I hope that the use of this beautiful church, in which the young John Henry Newman first attended Mass, will enable Catholics in the ordinariate to prosper and to offer to others the particular gifts of the ordinariate.”

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TOPICS: Catholic; Mainline Protestant; Ministry/Outreach; Worship

1 posted on 01/02/2013 8:45:28 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Good news!

As for the Jesuits (who are inordinately gay friendly, marked by their huge number of AIDS deaths since they abandoned chastity back in the 1970s), somebody has got to get a grip on them.

There are “good Jesuits” and...the other kind. But the other kind is doing a lot of damage.

2 posted on 01/02/2013 8:48:20 AM PST by livius
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To: livius

From the diocese’s statement regarding the “gay-welcoming” ministry:

Many people come to the Church with the hope of finding understanding, compassion, mercy and truth. The Church endeavours to respond to their hope through the provision of pastoral care. For many years now the Diocese of Westminster has sought to extend the pastoral care of the Church to those who experience same-sex attraction. This care has been motivated by an awareness of the difficulties and isolation they can experience and by the imperative of Christ’s love for all. In recent years this pastoral care has focused on the celebration of Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Warwick Street... Over these years, the situation of people with same-sex attraction has changed both socially and in civil law. However the principles of the pastoral care to be offered by the Church and the Church’s teaching on matters of sexual morality have not. First among the principles of pastoral care is the innate dignity of every person and the respect in which they must be held. Also, of great importance, is the teaching of the Church that a person must not be identified by their sexual orientation . The moral teaching of the Church is that the proper use of our sexual faculty is within a marriage, between a man and a woman, open to the procreation and nurturing of new human life. As I stated in March 2012, this means ‘that many types of sexual activity, including same-sex sexual activity, are not consistent with the teaching of the Church. No individual, bishop, priest or lay-person, is in a position to change this teaching of the Church which we hold to be God-given.’

3 posted on 01/02/2013 9:11:31 AM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

The diocese is fine. It’s the Jesuits who are nuts.

4 posted on 01/02/2013 9:29:02 AM PST by livius
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To: marshmallow

OMG!! Farm Street Church was my church 25 years ago and we just went there 3 weeks ago when we were in London!! Didn;t see any flamers though but it was a Sat. evening Mass. It is a BEAUTIFUL most Catholic Churches are....especially in Europe!!

5 posted on 01/02/2013 5:03:02 PM PST by Ann Archy (ABORTION........the HUMAN sacrifice to the god of CONVENIENCE.)
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To: marshmallow

Also, on the way to London, I met the new Archbishop of San Francisco at the airport waiting area!!! He was adorable and very handsome and nice....and I had read where the Pope installed him to clean up all the gay friendly stuff going on in the cathedral there!! God Bless the fine Archbishop!!

6 posted on 01/02/2013 5:06:08 PM PST by Ann Archy (ABORTION........the HUMAN sacrifice to the god of CONVENIENCE.)
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