Rorate Caeli

Nichols, Archbishop of Laodicea

Wiliness, evasiveness, confusion, lukewarmness: the work of Nichols, Archbishop of Laodicea.

(See previous post: The crisis of the Church is a crisis of Bishops: The "Season of Pride"?)

Pastoral provision at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption

The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has reaffirmed the intention and purpose of the pastoral provision for Catholics of a same-sex orientation at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street, London W1.

In a statement issued on 28 February 2012 he said:

“As we approach the fifth anniversary of the establishment of a pastoral provision for Catholics of a same-sex orientation * at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, I would like reaffirm the intention and purpose of this outreach.”

“That intention and purpose were clearly set out in the statement issued by the Diocese of Westminster in 2007 when the provision was started under the guidance of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor. This statement is set out below.” (Section A)

“Furthermore it is important to recall and study again the direction and guidance set out by Cardinal Hume in 1997. This document, too, is set out below.“ (Section B)

“In order to appreciate the intention and purpose of this provision a close reading of these two documents is required.”

“These documents outline three essential foundations: the dignity of all persons created by God, the moral principles concerning chastity and the Church's teaching on sexual activity, and the pastoral care of Catholics who are of same-sex orientation. All who participate in the Mass are called to live the church's teaching through an ongoing conversion of life.”

“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.”

*Note: The language used by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other Church documents is the term ‘homosexual’. I am also conscious that the abbreviation LGBT is preferred by many as a collective identification. Whatever language is used, it is worth bearing in mind that the Church “refuses to consider the person as a ‘heterosexual’ or a ‘homosexual’ and insists that every person has a fundamental identity: the creature of God and, by grace, his child and heir to eternal life” (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, par 16). [Source. Tip: Catholic Herald]

No, the whole text is a sad exercise in deception: the "Soho Masses" are about the promotion, "advocacy", and celebration of "lifestyles". Allowing them is disastrous - equivocation and tergiversation about their content, when it is there for all to see, is unworthy of any honest human being, cleric or layman, and gravely disrespectful of the Holy See. Clerics in the Westminster diocesan  chancery, allow and promote evil and perverted things at your own spiritual peril - but, please, do not treat your fellow Catholics as gullible simpletons.

The video above, which is just one single tiny example of what goes on in those celebrations, is quite open and direct about "pride" and the "season of pride" and the need for "diversity". The same document selectively and deceitfully quoted by +Laodicea is quite clear about what programs can be put forward by Bishops:

We encourage the Bishops, then, to provide pastoral care in full accord with the teaching of the Church for homosexual persons of their dioceses. No authentic pastoral programme will include organizations in which homosexual persons associate with each other without clearly stating that homosexual activity is immoral. A truly pastoral approach will appreciate the need for homosexual persons to avoid the near occasions of sin.

We would heartily encourage programmes where these dangers are avoided. But we wish to make it clear that departure from the Church's teaching, or silence about it, in an effort to provide pastoral care is neither caring nor pastoral. Only what is true can ultimately be pastoral. The neglect of the Church's position prevents homosexual men and women from receiving the care they need and deserve.

An authentic pastoral programme will assist homosexual persons at all levels of the spiritual life: through the sacraments, and in particular through the frequent and sincere use of the sacrament of Reconciliation, through prayer, witness, counsel and individual care. In such a way, the entire Christian community can come to recognize its own call to assist its brothers and sisters, without deluding them or isolating them.

Enough is enough. Adesso basta con questa vergogna!


  1. Ferraiuolo11:46 PM

    Just pray for the conversion of sinners. AND THE EXCOMMUNICATION OF HERETICS!!!

  2. P.K.T.P.1:18 AM

    This ceremony was very artfully done. A watcher of this videotape would be unable to tell that the background was edited in. How did they manage it? I could not detect any evidence of the bar where the actors were obviously speaking.


  3. Rollo15:51 AM

    Rather than doing this ''pride mass'', they should instead be saying the ''Qui Pridie''.

  4. Gratias6:14 AM

    The Second Vatican Council II opened the doors of the seminaries to Gays. The idea was that they would remain celibate yet Catholic. But Gays enjoy promiscuity and in particular young boys, following on the Greek predilection towards ephebi (meaning boys who do not yet shave). So here we find ourselves in the present-day Church.

    When will we ever learn, oh, when will we ever learn?

  5. I still can't understand how is it possible for you all to withstand the stench end filth of this nutball?

  6. Francis11:42 AM

    This apostate and heretic (Nichols) is only one or two consistories away from receiving a red biretta. Rome IMHO are just as culpable as Nichols and other liberals and modernists like him. The smoke of Satan was let into the Church through the front door which was Vatican II. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle....

  7. This is a deplorable scandal, and people still believe that the SSPX are not in 'full communion'?! So bishops like these are in 'full communion' and the SSPX are bad and naughty?

    Total madness, truly we, miserable sinners though we are, should pray for such as these and indeed all the shepered of the Church that they may cast out the poison from the flock and save their souls!

    AVE MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

  8. Anonymous2:23 PM

    What a mess the Church is in when this sort of thing is allowed to happen by our so called shepherds


  9. Barbara5:24 AM

    Apart from the shameful intrumentalisation of them shown in this video, it is clear that bidding prayers are a very risky business all round. Political correctness, subjectivity and this type of thing are obvious examples that seem to always find their way into them,...but I am struck by how opaque and flat they are. What a yawn! They are another Protestant element in the New Mass. It seems like we are just talking to ourselves through them and not lifting our minds and hearts to Almighty God!

    Getting rid of the Prayers of the Faithful would eliminate the risk of such scandalous events like the one in the video taking place.

    This nightmare of the perversion of the Catholic Faith goes on and on and on, with ecclesiastical authorities either indifferent or asleep..or worse.. I get quite apprehensive sometimes considering the whole thing...

    What is going to happen? It seems that only the Traditional and Conservative Catholic blog - spheres are aware of what's happening - a great minority - but the great majority of Catholics would appear to be blithely unaware of the terrifying slippery-slope we are on.. certainly at my parish level a new modernistic, psychological approach to the faith has taken over bit by bit , with some vestiges of Real Catholicism left - enough for people being deceived into thinking that the parish is still Catholc. But how can it be when there is no mention of the Pope's authority, preaching on morality, sin, death, the salvation of our souls, the possibility of heaven OR hell and no talk anout the saints except for the likes of Baden Powell or Gandh.Good grief! What's the point in a religion like that?

    This is what I see happening although there are still people holding on to the real thing..

    Our Lady at Kibeho in Rwanda (approved by the Church) said that people lose the faith nowadays without even being aware of it. Maybe this is part of what She meant.


  10. Silvestrini8:37 AM

    It's important that this is exposed to the light of day, scandalous as it is. Wounds need clean air to help them to heal, and the Westmister diocesan authorities would rather that this particular situation be allowed to fester away in the dark. The Catholic blogosphere is their biggest nightmare, and there is nothing they can do to smother Rorate Caeli, thanks be to God.
    However, we should pray for traditionally minded Catholics in England. Monsignor Nichols is not a prelate who takes criticism at all kindly. Oh yes, he always has a kind word for every dissenter. But never for the despised traditionalists. Didn't he once describe them as "distancing themselves inexorably from the life of the Church"? Never expect to hear him say anything like that about supposedly Catholic politicians who vote in favour of abortion, or Catholics who habitually use contraception. He will have been very stung by the criticisms he has been subjected to on this blog and others, and will be looking for vengeance, be sure of it....Holy Michael Archangel, defend us in the day of battle....

  11. In a similar vein:

    D.C. archdiocese: Denying Communion to lesbian at funeral was against ‘policy’

    Pity the poor priest who tried to prevent a sacrilege.

  12. You know, I must state : If this is Catholicism - I'm not a catholic.

  13. And yet, with the lifting of a phone receiver, Pope Benedict could send this man packing and that would end it.

    But our Holy Father is apparently more frightened of a media lynching than an increasingly angry God.


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