Following Archbishop Nichols’ re-affirmation, Soho Masses promotes prayer to ‘erotic Christ’ for ‘grace of deviance’

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.


38 comments to Following Archbishop Nichols’ re-affirmation, Soho Masses promotes prayer to ‘erotic Christ’ for ‘grace of deviance’

  • What a load of (heretical) drivel. They need our prayers. Let us hope that the Archbishop now sees the need to act. (And am I allowed to let go of my tongue, yet?)

  • Karla

    Sick and disgusting. What is Archbishop Nichols doing? Why isn’t he doing anything? Is he so afraid of getting attacked by the gay rights lobby that he is not stepping in and condemning this?

  • agent.provocateur

    An excellent article with excellent links! The prayer would be simply absurd, if it wouldn’t be heretical and inspired by the spirit of lies. And that’s not all, look what I found on their facebook – apparently king David was homosexual….(scroll down for the image)

    • Karla

      They are promoting a pic from the pro abortion Michelle Obama on a so called Catholic Church’s facebook page?

      To claim David and Jonathan were homosexual lovers is to deny the cultural and historical truth of the Biblical text. They were platonic friends.

  • Genty

    I’m beginning to wonder about Archbishop Nichols.

    • Deacon Nick

      May I remind readers that we must honour all priests for their vows of celibacy and their self-denial of the love of a wife as an expression of their love of, and total commitment to, Christ’s Church. As Cardinal Basil Hume admitted once the one thing he missed about being a priest was not going back to his flat and finding his slippers put out by the fire by a wife. Deacon Nick

  • Louis

    This is just New Age twaddle (and Cheng is an Episcopalian theologian, not one of ours) grounded in a radically different anthropology from that of the Christian tradition as it has been handed down. Nothing is going to change until someone in authority honestly addresses the philosophical/anthropological issues at stake, otherwise the interlocutors on either side will just talk past each other. Condemnations alone only lead to a hardening of hearts. For me, the question is not whether the Archbishop will act (as Father in God for the Church in Westminster it is his duty to speak out in charity and truth) but is he capable of initiating and maintaining this urgently needed philosophical/anthropological discussion?

  • Asrajit

    Well done Deacon Nick. I hope you send this to Archbishop Nichols who is always asking for evidence against the Soho Masses. Surely this will do for the Archbishop?

    • Deacon Nick

      Asrajit, is Archbishop Nichols really asking for evidence against the Soho Masses? That’s not the impression I’ve got from others. If he is genuine about this I will go to the bother of sending him the dossier of evidence I have collected. Deacon Nick

    • pat

      I can assure you that Archbishop Nichols is not asking for evidence against the Soho Masses. I know for a fact he has received hard evidence showing the dissent promoted there. His modus operandi to date is as follows. If he receives a complaint about the Masses with no evidence attached, he writes back and reassures the person that they have been misinformed by exaggerated reports and that all is well. If he receives a report with indisputable evidence of dissent, he ignores it and no reply is received. I have seen first-hand evidence of this, so know what I’m talking about.
      By the way, Patrick Cheng’s book is on sale at the Soho Masses (downstairs after the Mass) along with with many other dissenting titles like Fr Bernard Lynch’s new book. Fr Lynch attends the Masses and has just publicly admitted that he has been ‘married’ to his male partner for many years.

      • Spesalvi23

        Would addressing it to the CDF make sense?
        New brooms sweep better…..

        • Teresa

          Deacon Nick – should we all contact the CDF?

          • Deacon Nick

            I’ll be posting some more evidence about the Soho Masses over the next month or so. Maybe best to wait until you’ve seen all this material before acting on it. Deacon Nick.

      • Michael Petek

        If God owned the Death Star (Star Wars movies) He would surely be training its primary superlaser on the church where the Soho Masses are being held, as He once trained it on Sodom and Gomorrah.

        • Deacon Nick

          Michael, two observations. first, God doesn’t need a Death Star. Second, we are all sinners in need of God’s mercy. We are all good thieves. Deacon Nick

  • spesalvi23

    Hm. Comedy? Are they serious?
    I’m torn between cracking up and wondering about their mental capacity.

    ‘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’

    I’ve made up my mind. I’m on the floor!

    I honestly believe that NOBODY on this planet will be able to tell them that their version of Christ and of theology is simply a warm, fuzzy, self-created lie.
    Poor souls, I guess we should pray for them.

  • Michael Petek

    Archbishop Nichols needs to make up his mind right now. Which does he fear more: (1) Getting attacked by the gay rights lobby; or (2) Getting attacked by Our Lord Jesus Christ?

    • Eric


      I am not sure it is simply a question of Nichols fearing the gay rights lobby. It seems to me much more plausable that the Soho masses in their current form are a result of a genuine desire to offer masses to the gay community (which in itself is commendable) combined with insufficient management skills to make sure that these masses are properly compliant with Church teaching are are not hijacked by those with an alternative political or theological agenda. I suspect that Nichols is simply shying away from a difficult problem. As are his superiors who could order him to face up to it.

      It drives me mad that the Church is seemingly unable to do anything quickly and efficiently when it comes to people management. Those in charge are good people but they really need a kick up the backside sometimes. Yes they should be generous and fair, but there is no reason on earth that Nichols cannot today ask someone from his office to attend the next Soho mass and report back and if anything wrong is discovered make a public statement on any concerns discovered within a week.

      There is a culture that prevades the church of doing everything slowly and carefully which lets the Church down when it comes to the two big challenges its faces – unorthodoxy and child abuse. Both these issues do great harm to the Church because it seems unable to take the quick, decisive action that these issues require.

      I am not suggesting that the Church should reform its teaching but I do think that it needs a massive shake-up as to how it is run.

      • pat

        Abp Nichols won’t send someone to report back on the Masses – because he is already fully aware of what is going on there. Copious amounts of evidence of dissent have been sent to him and his predecessor Cardinal Cormac (and also to the CDF and other dicasteries) – hard evidence – the sort of evidence that would easily stand up in a court of law. Evidence of dissent in the Mass itself – from the homilies; from some of the prayers, including the bidding prayers – even video evidence in one case; from the newsletter and Mass sheet given out at the Mass each week; from the dissenting bookstall after Mass; from the official Soho Masses website; from the Soho Masses Facebook page; from outrageous and blasphemous websites run by Soho Masses Pastoral Council members who arrange the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist at the Mass; from the fact that every single SMPC member who has ever made some public statement to date has openly rejected Church teaching on homosexuality; by the choice of some of the celebrants of the Soho Mass (Fr Bernard Lynch reveals in his new book that one of the priests who negotiated the Soho Masses with the Westminster Diocese is ‘gay’ and sexually active, but hasn’t been excluded like Fr Lynch because he isn’t so open about his activities – this is a published fact. I think it was on p135 of the book or thereabouts – others, like Fr Timothy Radcliffe, have publicly stated that they ‘don’t know’ if homosexuals should remain celibate – I have proof of this as well); from Soho Masses very public support for a wide range of openly dissenting individuals, groups, media resources, magazines, websites, events, etc – such as the inclusion in the recent ‘World Gay Pride’ rally – the list is endless. At the risk of getting my comment censored again for ‘lack of charity’ or ‘legal reasons’, one really can’t blame the SMPC group for this problem. They will just try and get away with what they can get away with, and are doing that very successfully. One needs to look elsewhere to understand why this problem is not being addressed.

      • Teresa

        I agree – I sometimes wish it didn’t take so long for some things that ought to happen to happen

  • Pedro

    Despite all the problems of the world today, I can think of nothing more evil than the Soho Masses. Who knows where all this gayness might lead. I will pray that your close monitoring of these heresies doesn’t affect you, Deacon Nick, and turn you into something unnatural.

  • John

    The prayer is non-sense. Rainbows are not bridges, they are in fact the evidence of breaking things apart. They are physical and metaphysical testaments of fraction; physical in that they result from breaking up White light into it’s component wavelengths; metaphysical in the sense that they recall a time when God destroyed everything that lived on the planet save those spared in the Ark. The prayer also tries to separate us from God by simply lying about who and what He is. The elevation of pride to a virtue is wrong. The notion of self loving is wrong. There is nothing in the prayer that draws anyone closer to the truth about God.
    More worrying though, is the Soho Masses Pastoral Council Facebook page. Here is not stupidity but downright malice. I was horrified to read about Fr Robert Lynch. It is wrong that someone who has repeatedly, persistently, explicitly and with malice aforethought betrayed any vows he may have made, lived a prolonged deceit and now causes grave scandal should retain any faculties to call himself a catholic priest. There is clearly a need for this to be explicitly denounced as he is surely latae sententiae excommunicated.
    It seems very clear that the so called Soho Masses are a scandal that needs to be addressed and not ignored.

    • Michael Petek

      The prayer isn’t just nonsense.

      It’s blasphemous, and with that established the Archbishop has no excuse to abstain from terminating this standing exhibition of sodomy.

  • Jackie Parkes

    Does your wife put out your slippers Deacon Nick?

    • Deacon Nick

      Haven’t worn slippers since a kid. Deadly things on the stairs. Yes, I thought Basil Hume’s image of domestic bliss typical of his generation. Memories of the 1930′s I guess. I’m the husband of a wife who makes wonderful meat pies. I had one for lunch. Heaven! Deacon Nick

      • Eric

        I’m the husband of a wife who makes wonderful meat pies

        - spoken like a true Lancastrian!

      • Deacon Nick

        Just to be clear, for legal and moral reasons Protect the Pope cannot publish certain comments from our readers about this topic. We have to avoid libel and calumny, for sensible legal reasons and charity. Deacon Nick

  • James Hughes

    Could deacon Nick’s wife send me one of those heavenly pies as I have just brought up my dinner on reading about that Soho prayer. Please God won’t you just tell VN to turn up and tell those people that this kind of behaviour is just NOT catholic and is creating a massive scandal throughout the church, even as far north as Glasgow! AMDG

  • Nicolas Bellord

    The response of the Archdiocese to the Soho Masses Pastoral Council contrasts rather curiously with their actions in respect of the Order of Malta. The Order have their Oratory Church at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth. They made an error of judgement in allowing a person known to have an unhealthy interest in circumcision to volunteer as a sacristan and were accused of being slow in reporting their concerns about him to the child protection authorities. The response of the Archdiocese has been to suspend the Order from using their Oratory Church despite their own advisor on child protection saying that the Order had merely been a bit naive and needed to take more notice of child protection procedures. This has had the effect of encouraging certain persons to make wild accusations against many in the Order and elsewhere of being actively engaged in homosexual sexual activity in widely distributed anonymous letters. So on the one hand we have toleration of people who openly attack the teaching of the Church and on the other a homophobic witch-hunt against people whose actions have at worst been naive.

  • Jackie Parkes

    Nicholas Bellord – I’m afraid you are being very naive in your observations – I have young can contact me if you wanted more info re the individual..

    • Nicolas Bellord

      Jackie: I think you have to bear in mind what was known about this individual at the time – not what has subsequently come to light. What was known was that he had this unhealthy interest in circumcision and others had expressed concerns. But there was no knowledge of or evidence of any criminal activity at that time. Yes something should have been done rather more quickly than actually happened but what the Archdiocese is dealing with are people who acted tardily in informing others of their concerns. The Archdiocese’s own advisor said they acted naively and not maliciously and for the future should take proper notice of child protection procedures. That was a proportionate judgement on what had happened.

      There is a world of difference between someone who makes an error of judgement in delaying reporting suspicions and somebody who actually indulges in criminal child abuse. Suspending the whole Order of Malta from the use of their Oratory Church strikes me as being way over the top and utterly disproportionate. It has merely served to give credence to very nasty anonymous letters about people who have made an error of judgement but have in no way been responsible for any child abuse as well as a host of others who were in no way involved. It has become a homophobic witch-hunt.

      My point is that that the Church’s teaching is that same-sex sexual activity is wrong but the activities of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council are tolerated. The teaching also says that we should treat those with a homosexual inclination with “respect, compassion and sensitivity”. Giving credence to a homophobic witch hunt is hardly that. Is there not a contradiction here?

  • Sixupman

    Perhaps the new incumbents at the top of the CDF might fine time to look at this, instead of pontificating as to the horrid nature of the SSPX and other Vatican sceptics?

    • Deacon Nick

      I think the new incumbents of the CDF can chew gum and walk at the same time. I’m sure they can deal with all dissent whether it comes from liberals or traditionalists. Deacon Nick

  • JimS

    I’ve attended on occasion and found the coffee and biscuits afterwards delightful. A cheese and wine party was also very well attended.

  • Lynda

    The “prayer” is diabolical.

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