Both A Call to Action and Quest are annoyed with Protect the Pope for raining on their parade

Two dissent groups active in the English church, A Call to Action an Quest, have expressed annoyance with Protect the Pope about posts we have published about them in the past. Both A Call to Action and Quest take a highly critical stance towards the Church’s teaching and authority, but when they are criticized in turn they take great offence. Quest’s September issue of their newsletter contains an ‘Open Letter to Deacon Nick Donnelly’ by Benedict Luckhurst. The strange thing is that no one at Quest thought to tell me that they have published an open letter addressed to me! I will fisk Benedict Luckhurst’s letter about me and Protect the Pope once I’ve had a chance to go through it. . . . → Read More: Both A Call to Action and Quest are annoyed with Protect the Pope for raining on their parade

Quest and Bishop Conry discuss including LGBT Catholics in the Bishops conference’s ‘Crossing the Threshold” project

Terence Weldon, a leading member of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council who runs the blog Queering the Church, has given Protect the Pope details of a meeting he had with Bishop Conry with Ruby Almeida, Chair of the dissenting homosexual group Quest. Terence Weldon is also an active member of A Call to Action and represented the Soho Masses Pastoral Council at ACTA’s national conference at Hinsley Hall, Leeds. . . . → Read More: Quest and Bishop Conry discuss including LGBT Catholics in the Bishops conference’s ‘Crossing the Threshold” project

Bishop Kieran Conry doubts that A Call to Action and Quest dissent from the doctrines of the Church

A reader of Protect the Pope has sent us a copy of Bishop Kieran Conry’s reply to his concerns about A Call to Action and the homosexual group Quest, in which Bishop Conry expresses doubts about either group dissenting from the doctrines of the Church. Bishop Conry’s admirable quality is that he takes the time to reply to letters sent to him, when some other bishops don’t bother. The aims and objectives document produced following the 2012 Heythrop meeting clearly shows the dissenting agenda of ACTA, and in particular the importance of the ordination of women to their cause. The fact that Sr Myra Poole was invited to address the inaugural meeting of ACTA also shows the importance of women’s ordination to ACTA’s agenda. It appears that Bishop Conry’s subsequent support for ACTA in Arundel and Brighton Diocese is based on his personal lack of knowledge about their true agenda. Bishop Conry is surprisingly uninformed about Cardinal Hume’s banning of Quest from calling itself a ‘Catholic organisation’ because it promotes homosexual sexual acts. Quest’s constitution clearly sets out their promotion of an active homosexual life-style. Hopefully once Bishop Conry receives the answers to his questions he will reconsider his support of two groups that clearly promote dissent from the Church’s doctrine and discipline. He really should have looked into the bona fides of these groups before so readily expressing support for them in his diocese. . . . → Read More: Bishop Kieran Conry doubts that A Call to Action and Quest dissent from the doctrines of the Church

The Quest homosexual dissent group considers Pope Francis’ use of ‘gay’ a Pentecost moment

Quest, the homosexual group banned by Cardinal Hume from calling itself a ‘Catholic organisation’ but warmly supported by Bishop Conry, has called Pope Francis’ use of the word ‘gay’ a Pentecost moment for the Church, comparing it with the theophany when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles following Our Lord’s Ascension. Pope Francis’ use of the word ‘gay’ is his direct response to the journalist’s question about ‘the gay lobby’, and signifies nothing more than the Holy Father accepting the premise of the journalist’s question. His use of the word ‘gay’ does not signify an earth-shattering change in the Church’s doctrine on homosexuality, but an off the cuff reply in a Q & A. This is hardly a Pentecost moment for the Church. . . . → Read More: The Quest homosexual dissent group considers Pope Francis’ use of ‘gay’ a Pentecost moment

Bishop Conry’s ‘incredibly supportive letter’ encourages the Quest gay group to plan expansion in Arundel & Brighton

Either Terence Weldon is misrepresenting Bishop Conry’s letter to the Quest conference or Bishop Conry has decided to dismiss Cardinal Basil Hume’s judgement that Quest is not an approved Catholic organisation because it promoted homosexual sex. In a letter to Charles Keal, Quest’s chairman at the time, Cardinal Hume wrote explaining that his decision to remove it from the list of approved Catholic organisations was that if an organization was listed with ecclesiastical approval, “the assumption must be that it accepts the church’s teaching set out in a manner that is in no way ambiguous.” The cardinal further explained Quest’s rejection of living ‘chaste lives in accordance with the church’s teaching’ raised concern about the direction Quest was taking. “It is one thing for the church officially to recognize a support group for Catholic homosexual men and women, struggling, as we all do, to live up to the demands of our shared Christian vocation,” but was clear that an explicit part of Quest’s agenda is “to encourage and recognize loving same-sex partnerships,” which the church cannot accept.’ If Terence Weldon is being honest then Bishop Conry has decided he can accept ‘same-sex partnerships. . . . → Read More: Bishop Conry’s ‘incredibly supportive letter’ encourages the Quest gay group to plan expansion in Arundel & Brighton

The links between the dissenters behind A Call to Action and the Soho Masses Pastoral Council

In a previous post on ACTA Protect the Pope revealed links between leading members of ACTA and the Women’s Ordination Conference, the Roman Catholic Caucus of the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement and Catholic for a Changing Church. Now it has been clearly established that there are links between ACTA and the Soho Masses Pastoral Council. A Call to Action is an umbrella organisation for Catholics who actively dissent from the doctrine and discipline of the Catholic Church. It is to be hoped that there will be no further meetings between the Bishops Conference and ACTA. . . . → Read More: The links between the dissenters behind A Call to Action and the Soho Masses Pastoral Council

Is this the start of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council taking over the 18:15 pm Farm Street Masses?

No one can complain about the provision of pastoral care to persons suffering the condition of homosexuality, because it is an act of mercy to help others with a disordered sexual attraction lead chaste lives according to God’s purpose for sexuality. But this is not what the Soho Masses Pastoral Council does. The Soho Masses Pastoral Council celebrates and affirms this disordered sexual attraction. Archbishop Nichols must know this, but he decided not to disband the Soho Masses Pastoral Council and instead gave them his mandate to organise pastoral provision for homosexuals in London. This one move on his part has guaranteed that they will not integrate into an ordinary Catholic parish but will remain a distinct group. The concern must be that the SMPC plans to gradually take over the 18.15 pm Masses at Farm Street until it is in a position to reproduce the ‘rainbow’ Masses of Warwick Square. . . . → Read More: Is this the start of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council taking over the 18:15 pm Farm Street Masses?

Fr Daniel O’Leary to speak at Quest’s conference despite it being banned by Cardinal Hume from the Catholic Directory

Fr Daniel O’Leary, a priest of the Diocese of Leeds, Tablet columnist and spirituality guru, is to speak at the 40th anniversary conference of Quest, the homosexual Catholic group banned by Cardinal Hume from being included the Catholic Directory as an approved Catholic organisation because of their dissent from Church doctrine by promoting homosexual sex. Fr Daniel O’Leary, famous for his New Age bon mots, will be speaking on the conference theme, ‘From Wasteland to Promised Land’. . . . → Read More: Fr Daniel O’Leary to speak at Quest’s conference despite it being banned by Cardinal Hume from the Catholic Directory

Soho Masses Group claims Archbishop Nichols and Bishop Conry have agreed to discuss expansion plans

The Next Steps programme that Terence Weldon intends to discuss with Archbishop Nichols and Bishop Conry derives from the work of New Ways Ministry’s Frank de Benardo which has been condemned by the US Bishops Conference , ‘ in no manner is the position proposed by New Ways Ministry in conformity with Catholic teaching and in no manner is this organization authorized to speak on behalf of the Catholic Church or to identify itself as a Catholic organization.’ It is to be hoped that when Archbishop Nichols and Bishop Conry meet with Terence Weldon that they will bear in mind their collegial union with the US bishops and Terence Weldon’s open defiance of the Church’s teaching on sexual morality. . . . → Read More: Soho Masses Group claims Archbishop Nichols and Bishop Conry have agreed to discuss expansion plans

Archbishop Nichols’ Soho Masses Group plans to emulate New Ways Ministry condemned by the US Bishops for dissent

Archbishop Nichols should take note of the fact that the Soho Masses Pastoral Council is planning to model its pastoral outreach,in his name and with his mandate, on the work of an organisation condemned by the US bishops for not being in conformity with Church teaching to the extent that the faithful have been warned that it is not ‘a Catholic organisation’. The decision of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council to model itself on the New Ways Ministry shows the mistake Archbishop Nichols has made in only transferring the Soho Masses to Farm Street and failing to disband the Soho Masses Pastoral Council. But his greater mistake was to bless the Soho Masses Pastoral Council with his mandate, because every time they dissent from the teaching of the Church they do so in his name and with his authority. . . . → Read More: Archbishop Nichols’ Soho Masses Group plans to emulate New Ways Ministry condemned by the US Bishops for dissent