Homosexual-celebration takes place with the approval of the current Archbishop of Westminster, Msgr Vincent Nichols.
London LGBT-Mass with the Approval of Archbishop Nichols
London Catholics have turned after futile attempts to address the Ordinary, to Rome. Several contacts in the Roman Curia have shown themselves concerned by the action and have looked for an explanation of the London Andersrum-Service. Thereupon, the principle aspects were discussed principally in terms concerning pastoral validity and a ghettoization within the Church, if such specifically prescribed group-services are celebrated.
Catholics Pray the Rosary at the Church -- Their Petitions Unheard
London Catholics were especially offended by the form in which the Mass was celebrated. In a petition already sent a long time previously to Archbishop Nichols, several Roman Congregations were made aware, that they complained that in the preaching, the condition of homosexuality was justified and with that there was a position taken which contradicts the teaching of the Church. The Catholics then complained that with every positive approach toward pastoral support of people with homosexual inclinations it will then be nullified. The Catholic teaching of penance, contrition and forgiveness is not taught, but the "otherness" is celebrated as being-as-it-is.
In the Catholic Church in Warwick Street there are significant portrayals of the rainbow flag of the homosexuals. The rainbow flag, originally portrayed representing God's manifestation in the rainbow as a symbol of peace, has been usurped by homosexual groups in recent years to be perceived as a militant symbol of an offensive homosexual movement.
Altars and Holy Statues Draped with Flags and Banners
The Catholics of the English capital complained in their petition that numerous flags and banners of dubious content were draped over crosses, altars, Mary and Saints statues and other religious symbols in the Church. Most were encouraging transvestites and transexuals to declare themselves.
The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Gregory is covered in a dazzling twice a month, so that it veils from the faithful, not only the Catholic Faith, but also a holy place. As there is no one among the authorities, neither pastor, nor Archbishop to whom the faithful can give an ear but to "hustle and bustle", the faithful have resorted to self-help. They gather during the homo-Masses in front of the church and on the street and pray the rosary as a sign of disapproval, above all in any case as a gesture of reparation.
Archbishop Nichols Confirmed the Homo-Mass in February
Archbishop Nichols confirmed first in February 2012 the intention, to continue "pastoral care for Catholics with same-sex orientation" in the church on Warwick Street. The action was brought to life under his predecessor Cardinal Cormack Murphy O'Connor. On the internet site of the Archdiocese corresponding documents by Cardinal Murphy O'Connor and Cardinal Basil Hume are exhibited. The pastoral reality looks however clearly different. At the yearly "Gay Pride" there is a "Pride Mass" celebrated in Warwick Street for interested participants from the Gay Pride March through London. "The spectacle which is played out in our church is revolting", complained a Catholic from Soho.
In Great Britain as in several states in the western world the relatively small homo-lobby attempts, supported by strong left-Liberal powers to introduce legal equality of homosexual-"marriage" and the right of adoption. The "Soho-Masses" will be seen as a part of this homosexualization of society, which have introduced themselves into the Catholic Church, which shows the most resistance to the attack on marriage and family, on children and the social order. The question of the LGBT-Mass of Soho has then a religious dimension in relation to Catholic doctrine, evangelization and pastoral care, but even a political dimension.
Anglican "Concurence" influences the Catholic Ordinary
In nearby St. Anne Church, there is also Anglican "competition" with extended pastoral "services" for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals. A "competition" that is not of the praying in front of the Catholic Church Catholics understood as such, but which was perceived at the diocesan level and has contributed to the establishment of a Catholic "counter offer".
From Rome, Archbishop Nichols, who is among the contenders for Cardinal, already suggested several times to act cautiously and complies with his duty of supervision. He was also warned that Rome would otherwise take over the duty of monitoring. The "advice" has recently have become more intense, because recently, the Archbishop of Westminster has publicly stated that everyone should be careful not to judge others.
Cardinal Levada let the matter sleep - Mueller wants to act
The former Prefect of the CDF, William Cardinal Levada, who asked in 2011 to be released from office for health reasons, let the matter lie in the final months of his term. His successor, the new Prefect of the CDF, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, wants to clarify the matter, however, and with determination, because the case is not as isolated as Soho. There are other churches in other countries, where dubious gay counseling takes place.
The homosexual issue is a hot button issue for the Church. It has developed into one of the major challenges for the Church and a central point of attack against the Church the last 15 years. Self-conscious homosexuals want to rebuild society, but they also wish to alter the legal order and to overcome the Christian teaching on homosexuality. In the last year, the appointment of Rainer Maria Cardinal Woelki as Archbishop of Berlin was perceived in the national media almost exclusively in terms of the gay question. That's surely the case because of the media's reportage, but it is also due to the contorted, rarely clear words of religious leaders with which they represent the Catholic Faith and the Catholic position.
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