Nichols to meet Soho Mass-goers7 January 2013
The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, has offered to meet with gay Catholics who attend the so-called Soho Masses that he said are "contentious" and will end in Lent.
The archbishop made the offer in a letter read out yesterday at one of the last Soho Masses, which were aimed at providing pastoral support for gay Catholics and their families.
Congregants applauded the letter, in which the archbishop acknowledged the work that the Soho Masses Pastoral Council had done for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) Catholics.
It was announced last week that the community will move from Our Lady of the Assumption Church on Warwick Street, London to the Jesuit church in Farm Street, where the meeting with Archbishop Nichols will take place on 3 March.
While they will no longer organise their own Masses, members of the Soho group told The Tablet that they hope to contribute to the organisation of the 6.15pm Mass at Farm Street.
Archbishop Nichols said that in the meeting he hoped to express support for the Soho Mass attendees "as you continue your efforts, as do we all, to be faithful to Christ in the communion of the Church and striving to live in accordance with her teaching".
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