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England's top prelate supports Masses for gay Catholics

February 28, 2012

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster has affirmed his support for a controversial ministry to homosexuals in London.

Rejecting complaints that the gatherings in Soho for weekly Mass encourage active homosexuals to ignore Church teachings, the archbishop said that he is taking steps to ensure that the ministry supports the Church’s teaching and that the Masses “are not occasions for confusion or opposition concerning the positive teaching of the Church on the meaning of human sexuality or the moral imperatives that flow from that teaching, which we uphold and towards which we all strive.”


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  • Posted by: joecober6835 - Feb. 29, 2012 1:56 PM ET USA

    I presume that homosexuals are told they can not receive H.Communion.

  • Posted by: mamato085337 - Feb. 29, 2012 7:56 AM ET USA

    Wonder if they go up to receive Holy Communion? If so, are they denied? Does the priest begin the Mass with an admonition about this? How does the priest know if they are practising homos or living chastely?

  • Posted by: FredC - Feb. 28, 2012 9:52 PM ET USA

    The Mass is indeed a good opportunity to call the homosexuals to repentance and chastity.