Readers of Protect the Pope have contacted the website to inform us of the links between the dissent movement A Call to Action and the Soho Masses Pastoral Council that promotes active gay lifestyles.
Chris Larkman is a member of ACTA’s core group. ACTA’s website gives the following biographical information about Chris Larkman:
‘Chris Larkman lives in Wimbledon with his wife, Clare. He was a priest for 10 years in Southwark diocese during the 70’s, having studied at the English College in Rome during Vatican II. He now works as a social worker in Tower Hamlets. ‘
Chris Larkman is also mentioned in the latest news letter of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council which gives details of a pilgrimage service that he offers with the recommendation ‘Chris Larkman, who manages these, is an occasional visitor to the Soho Masses.’
Terence Weldon is a leading member of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council and the writer of the website Queering the Church, which presents itself as a Catholic site promoting homosexuality including homosexual genital acts and homosexual ‘marriage’. Terence Weldon has made it clear on his website that he holds that the Catholic Church’s teaching that homosexual genital acts are intrinsically disordered is a ‘relatively low order of teaching’. Elsewhere on his website he explains that he has never ‘entertained even a moment’s doubt about the validity of a gay sexual life in faith.’
The ACTA website lists Terence Weldon as the moderator of the ACTA’s Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Forum. Also, the official list of participants at ACTA’s national conference at Leeds named Terence Weldon as representing the Soho Masses Pastoral Council alongside diocesan representatives, as if the SMPC was an entity equal to a diocese.
Protect the Pope comment: 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.