Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Thank you Archbishop Nichols for ending the "Soho Masses"

I am delighted to learn in the latest news from the Catholic Herald that Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the archbishop of Westminster, is ending the so-called Soho Masses.

This decision is hugely important - not least because of the evidence that the Soho Masses were organised by and for Catholics who dissent from the Church's teaching on homosexuality.*

Archbishop Nichols's action is further confirmation of the clear leadership he is currently giving.  Last weekend I wrote about his pastoral letter, read out in every parish in the diocese of Westminster, urging Catholics to write to their Members of Parliament as soon as possible to oppose the government's proposal to re-define marriage "with all its likely consequences particularly in schools and in how children are taught about the true nature of marriage".

Thank you, Archbishop Nichols.

*As I've mentioned many times, the late Pope John Paul II, the great pro-life champion, taught in paragraph 97 of his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae that it is an illusion to think that we can build a true culture of human life if we do not offer adolescents and young adults an authentic education in sexuality, and in love, and the whole of life according to their true meaning and in their close interconnection.

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