Catholic Archbishop Cancels Gay Masses in London
Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols cancels mass the LGBT community in London's SoHo because it goes against the teachings of the church.
According to Gay Star News, the UK’s most senior Catholic cleric has scrapped masses that are especially for gay Catholics and their families because they were inconsistent with Catholic views on homosexuality.
The services started six years ago at The Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Warwick Street, to welcome Catholic members of the LGBT community .
However, Nichols made a statement on the Catholic Herald website sharing his plans to abolish the mass in the coming year.
He said: "In recent years, this pastoral care has focused on the celebration of mass at Our Lady of the Assumption church in Warwick Street. Over these years, the situation of people with same-sex attraction has changed both socially and in civil law. However, the principles of the pastoral care to be offered by the church and the church's teaching on matters of sexual morality have not.
"The proper use of our sexual faculty is within a marriage, between a man and a woman, open to the procreation and nurturing of new human life."
This statement has comes just weeks after Archbishop Nichols attacked David Cameron's plans to introduce same-sex marriage in the UK, calling the entire process "shambolic".