Saturday, May 09, 2009
Comment: Damian Thompson reports on this year's Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement conference, which is using this as a banner in their advertising, placing the Holy Father in the middle of a group including all the best known anti-gay bigots of American fundamentalism, Islam and so on. The implication is the Pope is a homophobic bigot.
It is being advertised by the 'Soho Masses Pastoral Council' on their website, which is not surprising since the SMPC is simply another name for the Roman Catholic Caucus of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (see our dossier). Martin Pendergast is the leading figure of both, and it was he who emailed Damian Thompson about it.
What is astonishing, as Thompson points out, is that the SMPC is a group officially allowed to organise the 'gay Masses' in the church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Warwick Street by the Archdiocese of Westminster.
But we've been here before. The image above is the same as the one they used last year, which makes the accusation against the Holy Father even more explicit.Thompson is hoping that Archbishop Nichols will make the connection and put an end to the crazy promotion by the Church of organisations which hate the Church and attack it in this ferocious way. We shall see. In the meantime it is extremely heartening that Thompson is publicing it: the present situation depends on people being able to pretend they don't see anti-Catholic nature of the SMPC. Let's see some more Catholic bloggers, and the Catholic press, shining a light into this dark corner.
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