Cardinal hopes gay Masses can be held throughout Church in UK
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From CathNews:

Quote:The Masses, at the Jesuit Farm Street Church in central London, replaced the more controversial, so-called “gay Masses” that had been designated for LGBT Catholics at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Soho until 2013.

Key to the transition was that the Farm Street Masses are an extension of the Diocese’s pastoral care for gay people. LGBT Catholics join the regular congregation at the 6.15 pm Mass on Sunday evenings twice a month and meet afterwards for a social gathering in the parish hall.

Fr Keith Barltrop, who was appointed chaplain to the LGBT community by Cardinal Nichols earlier this year, said that the Cardinal would like to see the Farm Street Masses as a model for other parishes in his archdiocese. He added that the idea could be taken up by parishes in other dioceses.

The Farm Street Masses are similar to those said for the LGBT community in Chicago and Los Angeles. Martin Pendergast of the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council said that any move to expand the model would be dependent on interested parishioners taking the lead.

Looking ahead to the October synod on the family in Rome, Mr Pendergast said his group was currently drawing up a briefing paper which it hoped Cardinal Nichols and Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton, the delegates to the synod from England and Wales, would take with them and feed into the debate.

A major line of argument in the paper, he said, would be a move to encourage the Vatican to undertake a “serious review” of the vocabulary it used in relation to homosexuality.

No word yet from Cardinal Nichols when masses for habitual liars, the violence-prone, kleptomaniacs, or other groups that also have inclinations towards sinful activity will be scheduled.
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This is nuts.
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I could be wrong on this, quoth me not.

I heard that these Masses were not as much a promotion of the LGBT agenda but rather to console the trials of Catholics who struggle with same-sex and gender identity issues. Not condoning them, but rather to help people in the light of the teachings of the Magisterium. Something like the Courage Apostolate, so I've been told.
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(08-03-2015, 02:50 PM)dcmaccabees Wrote: No word yet from Cardinal Nichols when masses for habitual liars, the violence-prone, kleptomaniacs, or other groups that also have inclinations towards sinful activity will be scheduled.

Well, assuming they're talking about Masses "for active homosexuals," that's a point well-taken (as opposed to Masses said for homosexual Catholics who, being Catholic, one assumes are trying to remain sexually continent).

But saying Mass for a group of people -- OK, fine. There are Masses offered in prisons, for ex., or in nursing homes, etc. But what is "a gay Mass"? If it's a Mass offered in a place where homosexuals happen to be, then fine, but if the Mass is changed in any way, then that's majorly disgusting. Or if it's a Mass offered by a priest who couples it with a sermon condoning acting on homosexual desires, it's even worse. So what is meant by a "gay Mass"? What does that mean?
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