UK Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate a Mass normally attended by the Westminster Diocese’s group for gay and lesbian Catholics this coming Sunday, reports The Tablet.
The Mass takes place near to the anniversary of the founding of the LGBT Catholic Westminster group in April, 1999 following the homophobia-motivated bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub in Old Compton Street in Soho.
From 2007 onwards, bimonthly Masses took place at Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory in Soho, although these were stopped on instructions from Rome following complaints.
While the Cardinal ended those liturgies, he has shown a pastoral concern to gay Catholics, at one point telling protestors against the Soho Masses to “hold their tongues.”
Cardinal Nichols is also due to attend the forthcoming Synod on the Family where the question of welcoming gay people will be on the agenda again as it was at last year’s gathering.