Monday, August 13, 2007

'Gay' Masses promote immorality

Action: protests, please (see below). Few readers will still need to be convinced of this, but the latest example:

Churchgoers to Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street, at 5pm on Sunday 5th August, were handed hymn books with leaflets entitled 'Notes and News'. Just another parish newsletter, perhaps? Well, it comes from a group called the 'Soho Masses Pastoral Council', who organise these Masses on the first Sunday of every month, and it contained the following item:

Stop AIDS! Gay Men Fighting AIDS (GMFA) is holding a sports-day at Vauxhall, Bank Holiday Monday, 27 August. They’re inviting teams from those listed in their social groups directory to enter sponsored teams – Soho Masses is one such listing. Like to help, then phone/e-mail us for more details.

But the 'Gay Men Fighting AIDS' group, to which the 'Soho Masses Pastoral Council' is proudly affiliated, is not about promoting chastity. Rather, their website (warning: we like to give sources but that link will take you to indescribable filth, of which the quotation below is the most harmless sample) tells us:

Sex is great - we love it! So believe us when we say that we're not trying to piss on anyone's parade by saying there are risks involved. The more informed you are about the risks, the easier it will be for you to navigate them. In this section you will find information about different kinds of sex, and the related HIV and other STI risks of each of them. All STIs are preventable, treatable or curable, and some are all three, so it's worth taking care of your sexual health.

That is not enough for the Soho Masses Pastoral Council. Their own website informs us that they regularly have prayers for members of the congregation who have contracted Civil Partnerships; they invite dissident Catholic theologians - and non-Catholics - to preach, and they were a 'registered group' at the LondonPride march, an unashamed celebration of the hedonistic 'gay' lifestyle.

When it gave permission for these Masses, at the request of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council, the Archdiocese noted that

Information about the Mass will be sensitive to the reality that the celebration of Mass is not to be used for campaigning for any change to, or ambiguity about, the Church’s teaching.

This is not the 'reality' for those attending these Masses. It is worth repeating once more the pertinent section from Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's document, 'The Pastoral Care of the Homosexual Person', 1986: (See here for the full text.)

17: 'All support should be withdrawn from any organisations which seek to undermine the teaching of the Church, which are ambiguous about it, or which neglect it entirely. Such support, or even the semblance of such support, can be gravely misinterpreted. Special attention should be given to the practice of scheduling religious services and to the use of Church buildings by these groups, including the facilities of Catholic schools and colleges. To some, such permission to use Church property may seem only just and charitable; but in reality it is contradictory to the purpose for which these institutions were founded, it is misleading and often scandalous...'

These Masses must stop. Please protest to the Cardinal and to the CDF.

Cormac, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor,
Archbishop's House
Ambrosden Avenue

Cardinal Levada
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
11 Palazzo di S. Uffizio
Vatican City State,


Terry said...

It is nonsense to suggest that a 'gay' mass 'promotes immorality'.

This Mass celbrates worship of the Lord, glorifying the unity of the Church.

'Faith, Hope and Charity", says the Saviour himself..."..and the greatest of these is love."

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

On the side of the angels said...

was it really necessary to provide a link ?
seemed a bit prurient rather than informative... we know the sort of things that they get up to...we don't need the horses frightened.

Webmaster said...

Terry: it's not the Mass as Mass which promotes immorality, obviously, but the bidding prayers, the sermons, the leaflets handed out, the literature available at the back, etc. etc.. It is being used as a platform for an attack on Church teaching. If the evidence we have repeatedly evinced doesn't show this, what would?

OTSOTA: I take the point. On the other hand, no one should be able to say that these quotations are made up. For the credibility of the report, that is vital. And clicking on the link doesn't take you the filth directly...

Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen