English LGBT group backed by Cardinal Nichols celebrates 20th anniversary

May 16, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant:

A Catholic flagship LGBT+ group backed by Britain’s most influential cardinal has celebrated its 20th anniversary with a prayer walk beginning at the Oscar Wilde memorial in London.

The LGBT Westminster Catholics Association — which openly challenges Catholic teaching on homosexuality and is officially endorsed by the archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols — marked two decades of the so-called “Soho Gay Masses” on Holy Saturday.

On Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis welcomed 16 pilgrims from the group, led by ex-priest Martin Pendergast, a leader of the group, and pilgrimage chaplain Fr. David Stewart, S.J., for an audience at the morning papal audience in St. Peter’s Square.

Prendergast has been in a homosexual civil partnership with Julian Filochowski, the former head of Catholic International Development Charity (CAFOD), since 2006. CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Notorious for the so-called Soho Gay Masses, the group also proudly identifies with openly homosexual Catholic priest Bernárd J. Lynch, who says on his blog, “I am married to my husband Billy since 1998.”

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