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Archbishop Nichols Ends ‘Gay’ Masses; Church Will Now Be Used for Ordinariate

Tough Love

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Archbishop Nichols, in the United Kingdom, is practicing some tough love that is welcome, indeed.

Catholic Herald:

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has announced that Masses in Soho organised for gay people are to end.

He also revealed that the church where the Masses took place will be given to the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

You can read his full statement at the Catholic Herald. This sentence in particular makes me happy, since I blog frequently on the topic of identity in Christ. This alone tells me that he will ensure that pastoral care be kept in accordance with authentically Catholic spirituality.

Also, of great importance, is the teaching of the Church that a person must not be identified by their sexual orientation .

Damian Thompson writes, “Both these moves should be welcomed. The “gay Masses” were an embarrassment, a relic of old-style gay rights campaigning that scandalised large numbers of Catholics.”

I agree. He also points out that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith likely played a role here.

Father Tim Finigan offers some good advice:

I know of many Catholics (including people struggling with same-sex attraction) who have been scandalised by some of the phenomena associated with the “Soho Masses” over the years. There are also many who have felt that the Ordinariate has not been treated with sufficient generosity. Today’s “double whammy” story will be a temptation to triumphalist and perhaps unkind comments. I understand that temptation but would urge that like so many, it should be resisted.

Pray for the bishops.

UPDATE: Did you notice the Catholic Herald used the term “gay people” in the text I quoted above? They need to get with the program. Again, here is the relevant quote from Archbishop Nichols:

Also, of great importance, is the teaching of the Church that a person must not be identified by their sexual orientation .

Please stop saying “gay people.” It spreads confusion.

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