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Archbishop Vincent Nichols ‘reaffirms’ Soho Masses

By on Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols has reaffirmed the Diocese of Westminster’s pastoral provision for gay Catholics following accusations that it provides a platform for dissent from Church teaching.

In a statement issued today, the Archbishop of Westminster “reaffirmed the intention and purpose” of the pastoral provision for Catholics at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street.

The pastoral provision, known colloquially as the “Soho Masses”, has attracted criticism since it was established in February 2007 by the archbishop’s predecessor, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor. Earlier this month a short video of the bidding prayers at one of the Masses was posted on YouTube. Critics claimed that the prayers challenged Catholic teaching on homosexuality – a claim denied by the organisers.

Archbishop Nichols said: “As we approach the fifth anniversary of the establishment of a pastoral provision for Catholics of a same-sex orientation at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, I would like reaffirm the intention and purpose of this outreach.

“That intention and purpose were clearly set out in the statement issued by the Diocese of Westminster in 2007 when the provision was started under the guidance of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor.

“Furthermore it is important to recall and study again the direction and guidance set out by Cardinal Hume in 1997.

“In order to appreciate the intention and purpose of this provision a close reading of these two documents is required.

“These documents outline three essential foundations: the dignity of all persons created by God, the moral principles concerning chastity and the Church’s teaching on sexual activity, and the pastoral care of Catholics who are of same-sex orientation. All who participate in the Mass are called to live the church’s teaching through an ongoing conversion of life.

“At the present time consideration is being given to the circumstances in which these Masses are celebrated to ensure that their purpose is respected and that they 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.”

The archbishop’s statement ended with a note which said: “The language used by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other Church documents is the term ‘homosexual’. I am also conscious that the abbreviation LGBT is preferred by many as a collective identification. Whatever language is used, it is worth bearing in mind that the Church ‘refuses to consider the person as a “heterosexual” or a “homosexual” and insists that every person has a fundamental identity: the creature of God and, by grace, his child and heir to eternal life’ (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, par 16).”

In response the Soho Masses Pastoral Council, the group that organises the provision, said that “increasing numbers” of gay Catholics had returned to the Church through the Masses.

The group said: “The Masses offer us a warm, joyful and inclusive occasion to share in communion with each other, with our families and friends, and with the whole Church, secure in the knowledge that we, too, have our place at the Lord’s table.

“Increasing numbers of LGBT Catholics who had been estranged from the Church have been restored to communion through the Diocese’s courageous witness to the dignity of all people.

“We also express our gratitude to the many clergy and lay people of the Diocese, and others, who support and sustain this ministry.”

  • Macker

    “….every person has a fundamental identity: the creature of God and, by
    grace, his child and heir to eternal life’ (Congregation for the
    Doctrine of the Faith, On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, par
    16).”
    I welcome the statement from Archbishop Nichols on the continuation of this important pastoral provision of our LGBT brothers and sisters.
    I have been disgusted by the ignorance and prejudice of those who seek to have such events disccontinued – I cannot find anything of the Gosel Message in their rantings and I pray that they may come to see unity in diverstiy.

  • Macker

    Typiong eror in my earlier post – see amended version here
    ¬ …every person has a fundamental identity: the creature of God and, by
    grace, his child and heir to eternal life’ (Congregation for the
    Doctrine of the Faith, On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, par
    16).”
    I
    welcome the statement from Archbishop Nichols on the continuation of
    this important pastoral provision for our LGBT brothers and sisters.
    I
    have been disgusted by the ignorance and prejudice of those who seek to
    have such events disccontinued – I cannot find anything of the Gosel
    Message in their rantings and I pray that they may come to see unity in
    diverstiy.

  • http://ccfather.blogspot.com/ Ben Trovato

    I am glad to read that: 

    ‘At the present time consideration is being given to the circumstances in which these Masses are celebrated to ensure that their purpose is respected and that they 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.’About time too!…

    A review of the actuality of this pastoral provision is long overdue; it has clearly been abused by the supposed beneficiaries (cf Queering the Church blog, passim) and needs to be brought into line with the declared purpose, and indeed Catholic teaching and practice.  Only then will it truly be pastoral provision for those attending.

  • Anonymous

    The key paragraph is trhe penultimate one:  At the present time, consideration is being given to the circumstances in which these Masses are celebrated to ensure that their purpose is respected and that they are not ocasions for confusion……

    In other words, they are being reviewed.  Is this diplomatic language for they are about to be scrapped?

  • Anonymous

    Not before time!  If homosexuals are so eager to attend Mass, what is stopping them from attending Mass in their respective parish churches?  Why are they regarded as a privileged minority in the Church, that they must be allowed to congregate together in one particular place?  No other part of the Church is treated so favourably as gays.  We don’t hear of any Masses particularly for paedophiles or adulterers or bigamists, so why gays?

  • Anonymous

    “I cannot find anything of the Gospel Message in their rantings and I pray that they may come to see unity in diversity.”
     
    The endorsement of sin will never be a unifying factor in the diversity of the Catholic Church.
    Shame on you, Macker!

  • Mark_H

    Oh God, gives us priests and holy priests. Not this bunch of weak-kneed worldly wannabes.

  • Agent Provocateur21

    These Masses promote open dissent. Here is the prove:

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=788846491 Marshall Kinsey

    So does anyone know why the COURAGE apostolate isn’t supported by the Archdiocese of Westminster? I find this sort of thing an affront to faithful Catholic men and women who are seeking to live according to the teachings of the Church. It appears that the Archdiocese is supporting a group that is not in accord with the Church’s teaching. I listened to a sermon last evening and the priest said that the real crisis in the Church is a crisis of Fatherhood. This is a continuing scandal and wonder why this goes on year after year?

  • amfortas

    I suspect what’s stopping some of them is coming across people like you who are ready to cast the first stone.

  • Anonymous

    Aw, diddums!  How would I recognise a gay if one of them came to Mass in my local parish church?

  • maryp

    I was at an open air concert in Chicago’s Millennium Park a few years ago with a large group of people from my church, including several priests. It was during the ‘Gay Games.’ My husband and I had been impressed by the brave presence of a ‘Courage’ group, who were silently witnessing and handing out literature. I was amazed that one of the priests was absolutely incensed by their presence. He felt that they should be arrested for causing a breach of the peace and for their ‘hostile behavior’. Not one of the group spoke up for the heroic young witnesses from Courage and to my eternal shame, neither did I. I found out later that another priest that was with us says an ‘LBGT” Mass at a church in Chicago. I wonder where else in the world this happens?

  • pat21

     Marshall Kinsey – exactly.  Notorious public dissidents run and defend these Masses, and yet they are supposedly designed to give pastoral support to people with same-sex attraction issues who strive to live in accordance with Church teaching – and yet look at what one of these very people wrote in a recent EnCourage newsletter (EnCourage is the ONLY group in this country for people with same-sex attraction issues that supports Church teaching):-  

    “Even though I am not
    one who identifies with the “gay” lifestyle or community, I still feel
    the need for loving and spiritual support to live out my Catholic vocation as a
    Christian. London is a city full of temptations and the local Church is no help
    whatsoever. The Archdiocese sponsors a gay friendly (pro‐gay) Mass in London,
    where men and women are “affirmed” in their same‐sex identity during
    the Eucharist. I went to this place last year, and quickly realised that it was
    pro‐gay and dissented from Catholic teaching on sexuality…They even prayer
    for “gay marriages” during Mass, have “civil partners”
    taking active parts in the Mass, and encourage attendees to find
    “boyfriends” and go to gay bathhouses, etc. The local archbishop
    gives these Masses his full support ‐ though I doubt he is really aware of the
    dissent that goes on at them. At the moment, there doesn’t seem to be an
    orthodox alternative to the homosexual men and women of London who wish to live
    a chaste and pure life, and who want to offer their sexuality to God, living
    lives of holiness.”

     Quod Erat Demonstrandum.  Archbishop Nichols should stop the dissident ‘Soho Masses Pastoral Council’ from running these Masses, and place them under the direction of EnCourage, using only priests who fully accept Catholic teaching on homosexuality.

  • http://queeringthechurch.com/ Terence Weldon

    Hooray for the sanity, pastoral wisdom of Archbishop Nichols, ever mindful of the whole of Catholic teaching on the subject – including clause 2358, which the orthotoxic Catholics, using pseudo-religion as a cover for bigotry and homophobia, too frequently ignore.

  • http://ccfather.blogspot.com/ Ben Trovato

    ‘Pseudo-religion, bigotry and homophobia’ – quite a sweeping, and dare I say it, judgemental condemnation of others.

    If you have any arguments in favour of the current practice  that actually stack up with Catholic teaching, I am sure many would be interested to hear them, given your insider knowledge and perspective.

    But rhetoric and hyperbole do not really advance the discussion.

    If by clause 2358 you mean § 2358 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, I would say that it needs to be read in light of the preceding paragraph (and indeed the whole Catechism).  It is when people campaign for the respect exhorted by §2358 whilst also campaigning against the teaching of §2357, and using the Catholic Mass as a part of that campaign, that many of us believe something si seriously awry.

  • http://queeringthechurch.com/ Terence Weldon

    Strong language indeed, but they do undoubtedly do apply to at least some (not all) of the critics.

    Yes, the of course the two clauses need to be read together – but there is absolutely nothing in the practice of these Masses that “campaigns” against any part of church teaching. The Mass is just that – a Mass, where people of faith gather for a communal act of worship. The organizers have, from the start, been careful to avoid any form of campaigning, with the emphasis very firmly on the pastoral. See, for instance, “Soho Masses – supporting Church teaching” http://queeringthechurch.com/2012/02/10/soho-masses-supporting-church-teaching/

  • nraph

    Maybe stop complaining about priests and bishops and their shortcomings and focus on turning yourself into a saint.

  • Nat_ons

    At last, a listening pastor – not for those who bellow loudest, but to all under his care .. liked or disliked. Of course those who have an attraction to and share affection for their own gender, and in a sexual manner, do have distinct and different pastoral needs to the broad swathe of the local churches .. which no doubt they attend with humility, obedience and charity. I applaud the intention of His Grace, even while deprecating his laxity in oversight; moreover, I applaud the genuine fidelity of the men and women who seek this pastoral care as the Holy Ghost guides them, in witness to not opposition for the orthodoxy of the Catholic Faith.

    There is, I suspect, no need for any locally devised Anglicanorum Coetibus type of provision, nor do I see that in the Archbishop’s generous offer of a central London church for the ministry and its pastorate. A lay fraternity and sorority, a sodality indeed, of prayer, understanding and instruction is Catholic Action in practice .. and in a most unusual place. For what my heartfelt prayer is worth, I beg God to give blessing to this reformed and reforming initiative .. and that others support it for what it is: real, down-to-earth, divine charity – that kind that costs most: a change of one’s own heart (not merely someone else’s).

    Sadly one must expect those who will seek to destroy such vital Catholic Action to redouble the effort. Those gainsayers without, naturally enough, who will scrutinise every action (with prompt self-righteousness) in readiness to pounce on a fall and expose all of it as a fraud – according to their lights. Perhaps more unfortunate still, there must be those souls within the above express need of pastoral care who shall set the liberty of their personal self-expression (libertinism) above any direction the sodality might offer – and so give the gainsayers their prize or worse drift away from the very care in Christ that they so plainly require.

  • Martin

    Those of us who have some responsibility for the proper conduct of Masses at Warwick Street, welcoming LGBT Catholics, their parents, families and friends, hold constantly before us the need “to ensure that their (the Masses) purpose is respected and that they are not occasions for confusion or opposition concerning the positive teaching of the Church on the meaning of human sexuality …” 

    Such consideration is an accepted part of any pastoral or liturgical planning exercise. Nowhere in the Archbishop’s statement is the word ‘review’ used. Those who attempt to twist the meaning of this important statement fail to recognise the Archbishop’s urging that any discussion of the place of these Masses in the Church’s pastoral outreach requires ” a close reading of these two documents …” (2007 Statement & Cardinal Hume’s ‘Note on Church Teaching’).

    This echoes what was said in the Catholic Bishops of England & Wales 1979 ‘Introduction to the Pastoral Care of Homosexual People’ that homosexual people have the same rights to the Sacraments as heterosexual people.

  • Anonymous

     Terence you know that to be a downright…erm how do I put this politely?

    LIE!!!

    The bidding prayers – readily available online for all to watch and hear – state irrefutably that they are rewriting Catholic teaching on homosexual acts – that rather than being sterile mutual masturbation – contrary to love and life – compromising & jeopardising the mutual love of same-sex partners [His Holiness in his document of pastoral care for homosexuals]…

    …they are instead designated as ‘life-affirming’

    The Warwick street masses are not pastorally integrationist; rather they are isolationist, segregationist and utterly contrary to Holy Mother Church’s direct orders to pastorally care for homosexuals as part of every family, community, parish and indeed the whole Church – the Mystical Body of Christ.

    Rather than embracing and cherishing those who bear the cross of same-sex attraction – these masses alienate and isolate those burdened with this depriving moral disorder.

    Not only that – the very underlying ideology and motives of such events are to undermine and contravene Catholic moral teaching – they endorse sexually active relationships – they promote and call for blessings on intrinsically morally disordered civil partnerships – and they state their demands and aspirations that Church teaching on human lovemaking will be changed to accept mutual masturbation among same-sex partners – an absolute impossibility!!!

    Those with same-sex attraction should be called into full membership with every and any Catholic community and accepted, loved and assisted through loving friendship to bear their cross…

    NOT exiled into a collective delusioned group-hug session where denial is rampant and opportunity for further occasion of sin is made manifest.

    You call this love of neighbour?

    I denounce it as a collective hiding from reality – and it scandalises all those with same-sex attraction struggling with their chastity who are bearing their crosses on their own or in exclusive [disaffected friendships] loving chaste relationships.

    Shame on those duplicitous clerics who ‘preach’ one thing e.g. “This Love is not wrong” KNOWING it will be interpreted by the congregation to mean ‘this sexual activity is not wrong’

    If you truly wish to assist homosexuals throughout the land – close down your masses and get out their into the four corners of this country and evangelise to them that God and the Church loves them and calls to them – call for priests to preach from the pulpit that those with same-sex attraction are not strangers and our hearts are open to them….

  • http://queeringthechurch.com/ Terence Weldon

    You want to know what is a downright lie?

    The bidding prayers – readily available online for all to watch and hear – state irrefutably that they are rewriting Catholic teaching on homosexual acts  

  • Anonymous

    Notice His Grace refers to Cardinal Hume’s guidance on the pastoral care for homosexuals which states that homosexuality is morally disordered because it is directed towards homosexual acts?

    An utterly obtuse, scandalous and downright offensive conclusion which denies the reality of the deprivation endured by those bearing the cross of same-sex attraction – that they are unable to fulfil a sacramental unity and loving fulfilment in marriage and engage in lovemaking where their mutual love may overflow into new life…

    This reductionism to ‘sex’ is obscene – it’s the deprivation of this moral disorder which is heart-rending; which is why Michael Voris declares those who endure this cross as “Giants in the Church”

    His Grace is fully aware of what’s going on at Warwick street – he’s even boasted of never responding to the thousands of complaints [including from SSA Catholics] he’s received…

    He’s ordered those who suggest that any might be sexually active and receiving Holy Communion [irrespective of those individuals' public statements affirming and endorsing this] to…

    “Hold their tongues!” 

    This is NOT pastoral provision for those with same-sex attraction…

    This is rather denial, alienation and ghettoisation!!!

    The Archbishop of Westminster yet again fails to take a pastoral lead and rather prefers nobody rocks the boat…little wonder he sees no persecution of Christians in the land when ironically he is the one who is persecuting those with same-sex attraction by having only these masses and the scandalous contra-Catholic organisations like Quest as pastoral provision for those among us who need our care and acceptance most.

  • Anonymous

     People can watch and listen for themselves….

    Do you deny that homosexuals are being misled by being told that their sexual activity is ‘life-affirming’?

  • Anonymous

     Yes I can quite believe that such considerations are accepted during pastoral/liturgical planning…

    …and subsequently dismissed, denied and kicked into oblivion in their actuation!

    Don’t you lot get it yet?
    YOU’RE NOT HELPING!!!

    For decades we’ve made every attempt to convince those burdened with same-sex attraction that they are accepted, embraced, cherished and welcomed and not demeaningly compartmentalised into a person categorised by their sexual predilection…

    ..and instead you lot isolate, alienate, ghettoise in an elitist, seclusionist clade grounded upon the denial that any sexual activity will corrupt, compromise and jeopardise any relationship because it is not grounded upon love and life but the use of another as a masturbatory toy for one’s own pleasure..even when performed for the best of intentions it will always damge scar and ultimately destroy…

    …if you truly love your SSA neighbour…you’ll call them to loving celibacy and assist them on that journey every step of the way….and stop lying to them that if they remain sexually active they won’t hurt and destroy their relationships and themselves.

  • Anonymous

     Macker don’t you get this yet?

    This isn’t pastoral care – this is sweeping the dust under the carpet…

    …this is isolating and rendering innocuous

    The moral equivalent of gathering up a litter of kittens in a sack and throwing them in the canal!

  • Mr Grumpy

    Martin, I’m afraid you’re just introducing red herrings into the discussion. The issue is not the pastoral provision per se, still less is it access to the Sacraments. As has been said repeatedly in this thread, it is that we have plain evidence of bidding prayers being offered which cannot be prayers of the Catholic Church since they endorse disobedience to the teachings of the Church.

    Can you tell us that the prayers we have heard were wholly exceptional? Can you assure us that the individuals who offered them were spoken to by the celebrant to ensure there was no repetition? 

  • http://twitter.com/sitsio Mark Lambert

    Based on what the Archbishop is reported as saying here, I feel a bit better about this provision I have to say.

  • Charles Martel

     Gay Games? What in the name of blue hell are these BLT chaps getting up to with the full approval of our hierarchy? Sorry, I just don’t get this…..

  • Amadei

    Marin Penderghast, the organizer of these sacrilegious Masses, is well known for attending sex clubs and gay pornographic cinemas. Just follow him next time you see him in Soho. The Soho Masses Pastoral Council is only another name for the “Roman Catholic” Caucus of the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement which has links with “Catholics” for a Free Choice. It is therefore obvious that by having Martin Penderghast even only involved with these Masses they are automatically pro-gay and pro-abortion. 

  • http://ccfather.blogspot.com/ Ben Trovato

    Martin

    Wow!  You’re right.  He doesn’t use the word ‘review.’  Whilst we’re talking about words he doesn’t use, I would add aardvark, tintinabulation and atonality.

    But returning to the subject under discussion, he clearly signals a review (though not, alas, an aardvark) when he says:

    “At the present time consideration is being given to the circumstances in which these Masses are celebrated to ensure that their purpose is respected and that they 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.”

  • EndTimes101

     Excellent post paulpriest. Could not have put it better…..

  • EndTimes101

    “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. ”

    “I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put
    obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have
    learned.”

    “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will
    be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive
    heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them”

    It is very hard now, after years of form, after seeing him speak in person, after witnessing the strength he can muster to crush orthodoxy, the skill and knowledge he can apply to ‘handle’ so many different persons and situations, of his various but subtle shifts away from Catholic teaching, not to come to the conclusion that Vincent Nichols is in fact a fifth columnist on a mission to undermine and if it were possible, even destroy Catholicism as we know it…..

  • Anonymous

    This bishop who wants us to hold our tongues rather than bear witness to the Gospel of Christ would appear to be a proverbial wolf with a mitre and crozier.
    To permit a ‘forum for fornication’ at Warwick St Church [if reports are true] is an outrage to many Catholics. The battle with the new age social engineers will not be won with this man. He should be removed from office.Oh for a Becket or Newman

  • http://www.catholictruthscotland.com/ EditorCT

    Well, don’t.  Don’t be fooled.  He is a slippery customer, Archbishop Nichols, very slippery.  He endorsed the bidding prayers,after the YouTube video started appearing on websites and blogs, even using the terms he said we should avoid “LGBT” and – except for someone of limited intelligence or mental incapacity – we really should not allow his ridiculous statements to reassure us.   Seeing a man dressed as a woman delivering the (daft) bidding prayers, should be sufficient evidence for any normal person, that all is not well in the Diocese of Westminster.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bencjcarter Benedict Carter

    Masses attended by wig-wearing cross-dressers? Standing on the very Sanctuary thus dressed? I have heard that these Masses are a direct occasion of sin – that they are seen by the homosexuals as a pick-up joint.

    The modern Church has gone insane. 

  • Anonymous

    Well, no, Ben.  Not the Church but Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor.  He is the one responsible for this adulation of sexual deviancy at Warwick St.  Bearing in mind his cover-up at Brighton, this doesn’t seem all that out of character.

  • Anonymous

    “He should be removed from office.Oh for a Becket or Newman”

    Yes, indeed!  Who will rid us of this turbulent bishop?

  • Anonymous

    Is Archbishop Nichols himself a gay, does anyone know?  Or Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor?
    By their fruits you shall know them, we have been warned.

  • Bart_0117

    I am thinking because that would estrange other homosexual Catholics. If Courage is indeed a faithful organisation observing the Doctrine of the Church, then it would have an opposing view on lived out homosexuality and that would not be welcomed by certain others who would like to go on with their practice. It would seem condemnatory and self-righteous. Such is the life in accordance with Orthodoxy.

  • artful

    The Archbishop is clearly a man of compassion and understanding. 

  • Tom

    “homosexual people have the same rights to the Sacraments as heterosexual people.”

    True, but we must all be in a sttae of grace to receive Holy Communion. Can all of us, whatever our attractions, always say that?

  • Tom

    Rubbish. He’s after a red hat – but on his present performance, with any luck he might, like one of his predecessors (Cardinal Bourne), be left a long time waiting.

  • Jonah

    SCANDAL: Dissident Preacher defended by Top official

     

    There were calls for the resignation of Top Temple official Nicodemus
    when he publically defended a dissident preacher from Galilee.
     Jesus, 33, was witnessed by other temple officials “eating
    with Tax collectors and sinners”.  

     

    “This sort of behaviour brings the temple into
    disrepute” a Pharisee told our reporter.  “The teaching of the law
    about sinners is clear.  This so-called
    preacher is not upholding God’s law.”

     

    The Chief priest was unavailable for comment.

  • Christopher J. Moore

    What is a ‘normal’ person? One created in the image and likeness of God? That’s all of us then, regardless of sexual preference or anything else.

  • artful

    Well I hope he gets a red hat soon. 

  • Bart_0117

    And how does telling “focus on turning yourself into a saint” help, exactly? What help are YOU affording him by saying so?

  • Bart_0117

    Caritas in Veritate. Charity lacking in Truth is no Charity at all. 

  • Bart_0117

    Whilst I would not so pin-point on his attire, I do agree the bidding prayers were not terribly inspirational. But then, can they ever be?

  • http://www.catholictruthscotland.com/ EditorCT

    “Pin-point on his attire”?  You make it sound as if I’d criticised his choice of shirt. The man was dressed as a WOMAN for heaven’s sake – these Masses  are for “Gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and TRANSGENDERS”

    And it’s not about the bidding prayers not being “inspirational” (I agree they cannot be – from memory, that is; I now attend ony the traditional Latin Mass and leave Bugnini’s Mass to the passive, protestantised laity for whom it was intended.)  The bidding prayers however were not just not “inspirational” they were blasphemous, asking God – as is the norm at these Masses, I believe, to bless the sin of Sodom that “cries to heaven for vengeance.” Add to that the novelty of transgenders, and you should begin to see the gravity of the situation.

    If you DON’T see the gravity of the situation, then God, lterally, help you.