The latest newsletter of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council indicates that they have taken over responsibility for music at the 18. 15pm at Farm Street every two weeks, and plan to introduce music at other 18.15 pm Masses. The newsletter states:
‘Forthcoming Masses: June 2013: The Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, 114 Mount Street W1K 3AH, 18.15 – 9 June & 23 June. It is hoped to introduce music at other 18.15 Masses over the next weeks.’
No one can complain about Catholics wanting to praise the Lord with music but the whole point behind Archbishop Nichols stopping the Soho Masses was that those homosexuals who accepted the move to Farm Street would be integrated into the parish Mass. It appears that the Soho Masses Pastoral Council are taking responsibility for music at the 18.15 pm Mass as the Soho Masses Pastoral Council not as ordinary members of the Farm Street parish. No doubt this is the same Soho Masses Pastoral Council music group that conducted music at Warwick Street, Soho.
It is clear from their newsletter that the Soho Masses Pastoral Council remains a distinct group after the move to Farm Street, that is organizing a parallel pastoral structure to the parochial pastoral structure of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street. The newsletter still shows Terry Weldon as the member of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council Member responsible for Readers, Extraordinary Ministers Rota and Pastoral Planning. Now that the SMPC appears to have taken over music at the 18.15 pm Masses how long until they also take over bidding prayers? How long until the Farm Street Masses are just the same as the Warwick Street Masses?
The newsletter also makes it clear that the Soho Masses Pastoral Council is supporting and promoting the London Gay Pride, the annual celebration of the active homosexual lifestyle. The Soho Masses Pastoral Council intend to have a stall advertising their work, as they have done in the past.
Protect the Pope comment: 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.