There is one element of the Soho Masses ‘liturgy’ that is very dear to the hearts of the members of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council, and that is their composition of the bidding prayers. This is the one area of the Mass that they had total control of, and through which they could express their Queer ideology. No doubt they will be very concerned to ensure that they will be able to compose the bidding prayers for some of the Masses at Farm Street. It is to be expected that they will bring this up at the meeting with Archbishop Nichols at Farm Street on the 6th January.
Here is an example of the bidding prayers composed by the Soho Masses Pastoral Council for the Gay Pride Mass of 2011:
Priest: Let us pray for our various communities, and wider society, for the Church, and our own particular needs, as we celebrate being proudly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and proudly Catholic.
Protect the Pope comment: From the perspective of the Catholic Faith being homosexual can never be a matter of celebration or pride because ‘it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder (CDF, Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics 1975). No inclination towards sin can be a cause of celebration. But like all inclinations towards moral disorders it can be controlled through virtue and the sacraments. All of us suffer from moral disorders of one sort or another, that have to be resisted.
2nd male (dressed as a female):For various communities which we represent: of ethnicity and language, of gender and diverse sexual orientations. We find means to celebrate this diversity, and strive for greater social justice, and (?) for all people. God in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Protect the Pope comment: This prayer wrongly presents ‘diverse sexual orientations’ as being equal and good. The Catholic Faith is clear that God created male and female with an integral sexual complementarity that is expressed through heterosexuality. Not only does the text of the prayer reject this, but the stipulation that a male reader must be dressed as a female liturgically rejects the Faith of the Church.
1st male:That the community of the Church, its pastors and people, embrace the challenge with which God risks engaging with us. That a joyful and life-giving vision of sexuality be proclaimed, that embraces the fullness of human diversity, and excludes no-one. God in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Protect the Pope comment: This prayer is written in code words of dissent. It is calling for homosexuality, bisexuality and transvestism to be proclaimed by the Church as ‘joyful and life-giving’. It is replacing the Church’s understanding of these conditions as inclinations to ‘moral disorders’ with the Soho Masses Pastoral Council’s understanding of them as ‘the fullness of human diversity’.
2nd male (dressed as a female): For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered organisations, here and throughout the world, and especially those which gather and support people of faith, that they may reflect the rainbow covenant of justice and integrity which God establishes amongst us. Remember, especially here in the UK, the Soho Masses Pastoral Council, the Roman Catholic Caucus , the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, Quest, Called to be One network for Catholic parents.
Protect the Pope comment: All of these groups openly and publicly dissent from the Catholic Church’s teaching on sexual morality and the teaching on authority. Significantly, there is no mention EnCourage, the one group for homosexuals that does uphold the teaching of the Church. EnCourage offers a spiritual support system for men and women with homosexual orientation who desire to live chaste lives. http://www.encouragetrust.org.uk.
Here are the websites of the dissenting groups: www.sohomasses.com; www.rccaucuslgcm.co.uk; www.lgcm.org.uk; www.questgaycatholic.org.uk
Priest:Gracious God, make us lovers and sharers of your good news, as we proudly celebrate all that you have made us to be, in your created design. May our action and prayer reflect the integrity to which you call us as disciples of Jesus, our brother and risen Christ, living and reigning in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.
Protect the Pope comment: This prayer implies that homosexual desires, bisexual desires, and transgendered desires are God’s created design, and not part of the moral disorder in creation caused by sin. Being men and women created in the image of God, and restored to the likeness of God in Christ through baptism and the rejection of sin, they are part of God’s created design. But to be sexually active homosexuals, bisexuals and transgendered can never be truthfully presented as God’s intention for creating human sexuality.
Protect the Pope Comment: The CDF’s Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics states that one of the objectives of pastoral care of homosexuals is to challenge an ’ overly benign interpretation… given to the homosexual condition itself, some going so far as to call it “neutral or even good’.
It is obvious from these bidding prayers that the Soho Masses Pastoral Council far from challenging an overly benign interpretation of the homosexual condition is presenting this, and a range of other moral disorders, as not only good but something to be celebrated and proud.
The Soho Masses Pastoral Council is openly defying the teaching of the Catholic Church by presenting these inclinations to moral disorders as a morally acceptable option.
There would be no problem with the Soho Masses if they upheld Catholic teaching, like EnCourage, and encouraged participants to control through virtues and the sacraments their inclination to moral disorder. This is something that we all have to do. However, it appears that the Soho Masses celebrate and affirm inclinations to moral disorder.