Archbishop Nichol’s LGBT Farm St group, AKA Soho Masses Pastoral Council, is promoting the Taking a Chance with God conference that includes two speakers who are active homosexual Catholic priests – Fr James Alison and the gay ‘married’ priest Bernard Lynch, who admits to being sexually active for years and ‘married’ for years.
Fr James Alison openly rejects the Church’s teaching on homosexuality:
‘Well, what has emerged with ever-greater clarity over the last twenty or so years is that the claim underlying the teaching of the Roman Congregations in this sphere is not true. It is not true that all humans are intrinsically heterosexual, and that those who appear not to be heterosexual are in fact defective heterosexuals. There is no longer any reputable scientific evidence of any sort: psychological, biological, genetic, medical, neurological – to back up the claim. The discovery that I talked about earlier, backed with abundant evidence, is that there is a small but regular proportion of human beings – somewhere between three and four percent – across all cultures who are hardwired to be principally attracted to members of their own sex. Furthermore there is no pathology of any psychological or physiological sort that is invariably associated with this sort of hardwiring. It is not a vice or a sickness. It is simply a regularly occurring minority variant in the human species.’
Fr Bernard Lynch is an Irish Catholic priest working in London who is openly and publicly gay. A Radio Telefis Eireann website describes Fr Lynch as being ‘a gay man living in a long term relationship’. Fr. Lynch took a prominent part in the Protest the Pope march against Pope Benedict’s visit to the UK, at which he again publicly declared his homosexuality, and challenged the Holy Father to change Church teaching.
Fr Lynch is founder of the Search group for ‘gay clergy and male religious’. Though Fr Lynch has publicly declared himself a homosexual priest, now in front of thousands, and organizes a group for other gay clergy the Archdiocese of Westminster refuses to clarify his clerical status. Allegedly, there is also a monthly gathering of another group in London in a gay bar for sexually active Catholic priests.
Protect the Pope comment: In 2012 Archbishop Nichols announced a review of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council that would, among other things, ensure these Masses are not occasions for opposition to the Church’s teaching on sexuality. Archbishop Nichols 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.’
Though the Soho Masses have ceased, the Soho Masses Pastoral Council continues at Farm Street under a different name, and with Archbishop Nichols mandate to provide pastoral care to the LGBT community of London. So now we have Archbishop Nichols’ LGBT Farm St group promoting a conference opposed to the Church’s teaching on sexuality. What is Archbishop Nichols going to do about it?