The organisers of the special Masses for gay Catholics in Warwick Street make little attempt to hide their dissent from Church teaching, and their use of these Masses to promote that dissent. They are not making it easier for homosexuals to live in accord with Catholic teaching, but more difficult: that is the ultimate objection to what they are doing.
Now they are promoting the annual Gay Pride march (leaflets for it are handed out with thhe hymn-books), a celebration of a hedonistic and immoral lifestyle which no faithful Catholic would want to be associated with.
“The Roman Catholic Caucus banner will be paraded from Baker Street to Westminster. If you wish to join the parade, please look out for the banner, ‘Proudly LGBT & Proudly Catholic’.
“We are now the proud possessors of some stunning T-shirts with the slogan ‘Nobody knows I'm Catholic!’ These are available at £10 each and come in three sizes – medium, large, and extra.
“The Catholic parish of Our Lady of the Assumption & St. Gregory, Warwick Street, Soho, and the Soho Masses Pastoral Council welcome everyone to Mass on Sunday 1 July at 5.00 pm.”
Hat-tip to Damian Thompson's blog. Note that the 'Roman Catholic Caucus' and the 'Soho Masses Pastoral Council' are both fronts for the same group of dissenting gay activists.
"The Soho Masses Pastoral Council, as the group responsible for the practical arrangements of the Soho Masses, regrets the actions of other Catholics disassociating themselves from, and protesting at the celebration of regular liturgies welcoming LGBT Catholics, parents, families and friends, as part of the Diocese of Westminster's overall pastoral strategy.
On Palm Sunday, 1 April 2007, between 20-25 people gathered outside the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption & St. Gregory, Warwick Street, praying and singing noisily, thus intruding into the dignified celebration of the liturgy within the church. On the 18 March and 1 April, intimidatory and offensive interventions were made inside the church by a representative of the protesters, during a time intended for spontaneous prayer within the liturgy itself.
As a result, the SMPC has decided to suspend, for the time being, the opportunity for such spontaneous prayer, so as to prevent a time for personal prayer being abused, or those taking part experiencing a sense of spiritual violation.
We therefore invite members of this worshipping community to e-mail or write in with particular prayer requests or intentions, in advance of the 1st & 3rd Sunday 5.00 pm Masses. A selection of the prayers received will be used in the verbal bidding prayers, and all will be included in a Book of Prayer to be laid at the altar at this moment in the liturgy."
The 'intimidatory and offensive interventions' were simply a protester, sitting quietly at the back, accepting the invitation to add a bidding prayer by asking the congregation to pray that no sacrilegious communions take place.
For more on these Masses see earlier posts here and here.