The Soho Masses facebook page, the official site of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council, is promoting a prayer that addresses the ‘erotic Christ’ and asks for the ‘grace of deviance’. The Soho Masses have recently been re-affirmed and endorsed by Archbishop Nichols of Westminster.
The prayer has been composed by Kittredge Cherry, Lesbian Christian author and art historian, and Patrick Cheng, gay theologian and author of Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ.
The Soho Masses facebook page describes this as ‘The Rainbow Christ prayer that honors LGBT spirituality’.
‘Rainbow Christ, you embody all the colors of the world. Rainbows serve as bridges between different realms: Heaven and Earth, east and west, queer and non-queer. Inspire us to remember the values expressed in the rainbow flag of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community.
Red is for life, the root of spirit. Living and Self-Loving Christ, you are our Root. Free us from shame, and grant us the grace of healthy pride so we can follow our own inner light. With the red stripe in the rainbow, we give thanks that God created us just the way we are. [ The authors promote a New Age image of Christ as 'Self-loving' apparently to justify their hedonistic disordered sexuality, ignoring the New Testament's portrayal of Christ's self-emptying, self-sacrificing obedience to the will of the Father.]
Orange is for sexuality, the fire of spirit. Erotic Christ, you are our Fire, the Word made flesh. Free us from exploitation, and grant us the grace of mutual relationships. With the orange stripe in the rainbow, kindle a fire of passion in us. [Protect the Pope comment: In this paragraph the homosexual authors shockingly seek to identify Christ with their disordered homosexual attraction and sexual acts, even going so far as to link the Incarnation with disordered sexual desires that lead to sin]
Yellow is for self-esteem, the core of spirit. Out Christ, you are our Core. Free us from closets of secrecy, and give us the guts and grace to come out. With the yellow stripe in the rainbow, build our confidence.
Green is for love, the heart of spirit. Transgressive Outlaw Christ, you are our Heart, breaking rules out of love. In a world obsessed with purity, you touch the sick and eat with outcasts. Free us from conformity, and grant us the grace of deviance. With the green stripe in the rainbow, fill our hearts with untamed compassion for all beings. [Protect the Pope comment: In this paragraph the authors falsely seek to portray Christ as opposed to sexual purity, going so far as to identify God's grace with the deviance of disordered homosexual desires and acts].
Blue is for self-expression, the voice of spirit. Liberator Christ, you are our Voice, speaking out against all forms of oppression. Free us from apathy, and grant us the grace of activism. With the blue stripe in the rainbow, motivate us to call for justice. [Protect the Pope comment: Here the authors are clearly seeking to implicitly present Christ as opposed to natural moral law and its expression in Scripture and the doctrine of the Church, which they typically characterize under the catch-all 'all forms of oppression'. They also promote the error that the Holy Spirit is the source of their dissent from Christian doctrine in the opening sentence, 'Blue is for self-expression, the voice of spirit.]
Violet is for vision, the wisdom of spirit. Interconnected Christ, you are our Wisdom, creating and sustaining the universe. Free us from isolation, and grant us the grace of interdependence. With the violet stripe in the rainbow, connect us with others and with the whole creation.
Rainbow colors come together to make one light, the crown of universal consciousness. Hybrid and All-Encompassing Christ, you are our Crown, both human and divine. Free us from rigid categories, and grant us the grace of interwoven identities. With the rainbow, lead us beyond black-and-white thinking to experience the whole spectrum of life. [Protect the Pope comment: Again they unsubtly signal their rejection of the definitions of Christian morality, 'lead us beyond black-and-white thinking' falsely presenting Christ as accepting their active homosexual lifestyles].
Rainbow Christ, you light up the world. You make rainbows as a promise to support all life on Earth. In the rainbow space we can see all the hidden connections between sexualities, genders, and races. Like the rainbow, may we embody all the colors of the world! Amen.’
Protect the Pope comment:In February Archbishop Nichols re-affirmed his commitment to the work of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council, with the proviso that he would investigate if they promoted confusion or opposition to the Church’s teaching. He wrote:
‘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.’
Here is evidence that the Soho Masses Pastoral Council’s official facebook page is promoting a prayer that is an occasion for confusion and opposition to Church teaching. Will their continued defiance of the authority and teaching of the Magisterium continue to be ignored? How is Archbishop Nichols’ review of the Soho Masses promotion of dissent progressing?
The facebook page of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council gives their contact address as the parish of The Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick St, London W1B 5NB. This contact address publicly associates one of the parishes of the Archdiocese of Westminster with defiant dissent from the Magisterium.