Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have decided to tackle the problem of the Masses celebrated in the district of Soho in the British capital
The new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, intends, very firmly, to address the problem of the Mass which is celebrated twice a month in London, Warwick Street in Soho for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people which has the approval of the Archbishop of Westminster, Mgr. Vincent Nichols. It seems that in the recent past other agencies of the Roman Curia, at the request and solicitation of Catholics in London, have asked for clarification and noted the concerns associated with such an initiative. Among other things, an expert on the liturgy and theology noted there is a danger that the initiative will lead to a ghettoization of the persons concerned.
What hurts the sensibilities of Catholics in the neighborhood of London and the surrounding region, is the form in which the Mass is celebrated. In the petition sent to Msgr. Nichols recently, with copies sent to some Roman Congregations, there are complaints homilies are givem that appear to justify behavior considered wrong by the doctrine of the Church. In the church, the rainbow flag, a symbol of peace that has become the symbol of gay pride in the United States and elsewhere is clearly displayed and apparently often other flags and banners cover the sacred images around the church. Transvestites and transsexuals are often asked to read the readings of the faithful.
The Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption and Saint Gregory which takes place twice a month is certainly not in the "traditional" image of the Mass. And the faithful who demonstrate their opposition by reciting the Rosary in the streeto have written to express their opposition to Archbishop Nichols,
In a different political and cultural climate, probably a homosexual Mass would not create much noise. But in Britain - as in France and the United States - there is a battle taking place for the protection of natural and traditional marriage against attempts to treat other types of union as equal, and consequently the ceremony of Our Lady of the Assumption inevitably takes on a "political" aspects. And, critics complain, as it is interpreted by the protagonists. Complicating the situation is the "competition" of the nearby Anglican church of St. Anne, which celebrates a dedicated services for homosexuals, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered people.
It seems that in the face of warnings and advice towards prudence and vigilance on the part of Rome, Msgr. Nichols, who could become a cardinal at the next Consitory has turned a blind eye to the Mass, and publicly said that anyone should refrain from casting judgment on others. The former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the American William Levada, in the last months of his term decided to leave the situation. But the new, energetic and rigorous Prefect, Msgr. Mueller wants to get a clarification. And is willing to go to the Pope, in order to get it.