Friday, May 16, 2008

Westminster 'Gay' Masses: business as usual

Update: the next of these masses is taking place this Sunday, 18th May
Please join the protest, from 4.45pm, outside Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street.

Briefing 08/01/08: the change of Parish Priest has made no difference to the Masses arranged by and for a group of dissenting gay activists as a platform for attacking Church teaching, with the permission of the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.

'Independent Catholic News' described the Mass as being 'for London's gay community'.The celebrant, Fr Philip Endean SJ, invited by the self-appointed 'organisers' of the Mass, had this to say in his sermon: This feast of Epiphany and its scripture reminds us that the mystery of the Incarnation is not something static; it never simply reinforces cultural norms and traditions. It raises challenging questions about who does and does not belong; and it may be a sign of this community's health that its celebrations are often accompanied by the prayers of 'our friends outside' who believe it has no business to exist. (Full text here.)

Poignant indeed: but there would really be no need to worry if the Masses were not organised by a roll-call of professional gay activitists who call the Pope a 'homophobe', if they didn't promote the events of militantly immoral gay groups such as the Gay Pride march, and if they - like Fr Endean's sermon - didn't remain resolutely silent on the Church's teaching on sexual morality.

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 'The Pastoral Care of the Homosexual Person', 1986: (See here for the full text.) 17: 'All support should be withdrawn from any organisations which seek to undermine the teaching of the Church, which are ambiguous about it, or which neglect it entirely.'

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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