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BRISTOL, U.K, October 13, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A recent Mass offered for an LGBT group in the U.K., has used a heretical profession of faith in place of the Creed. 

The Catholic Church of St. Nicholas of Tolentino in the Clifton diocese is one of many churches in the U.K. where “LGBT Masses” are taking place and has held an “LGBT+ Mass every third Sunday since March 2019. In the wake of COVID-19 restrictions the parish has been live-streaming the events

The parish website states that the Masses occur on the express wish of Bishop Declan Lang, and that their purpose is “not to isolate, but rather to ensure a warm welcome and to integrate this community into Church.” 

Video footage of the Mass on September 20, shows the priest leading the congregation in a heretical “statement of faith” in place of the canonically approved creeds. Fr. Richard McKay used a formula which seems to have been specifically made for the LGBT Masses. The “statement of faith” makes reference to “the rich diversity of all creation and the diverse identities of all human persons.”  

It mentions that Christ “listens to the cries of every human heart for acceptance and love” yet does not refer to the perennial teaching of the Church regarding persons with same-sex attractions. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “Homosexual persons are called to chastity”, and that whilst persons with such an attraction are to be properly cared for in the Church, “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered and that “[u]nder no circumstances can they be approved.” 

Fr. McKay’s novel creed continues by referring to the “different paths to holiness and love, that the Holy Spirit calls each of us to walk.”  

Later in their profession the group “committed” themselves to building the Church into being One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. However, the Church teaches that She possesses these four marks, not by the actions of Her members building Her up, but through Christ

Further references are made regarding acceptance of LGBT ideology in the Church which they describe as a universal community of welcome for all people of every kind of diversity…a truly universal community where all humanity know they can flourish in their uniqueness and diversity.” 

The creed also implies that same-sex attraction, alluded to as “diverse identities of all human persons, has its origins in God. The text reads: “We believe that God has created each one of us without exception, in the Divine Image and likeness. Therefore we commit ourselves to recognizing that we all share our deepest identity as children of God. We rejoice with gratitude in the rich diversity of all creation and the diverse identities of all human persons.” 

The complete rejection of those creeds approved for Mass in favour of a self-made formula, is in direct opposition to the rubrics governing the celebration of Mass. In the 2004 document issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship, Redemptionis Sacramentum, paragraph §69 reads: “no Creed or Profession of Faith is to be introduced which is not found in the duly approved liturgical books.”  

This is a teaching also present in the Canon Law of the Church. Canon 846 §1 reads: “In celebrating the sacraments the liturgical books approved by competent authority are to be observed faithfully; accordingly, no one is to add, omit, or alter anything in them on one’s own authority.” 

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PETITION UPDATE (3/15/21) - 

Reports suggest that the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Conference (USCCB) is preparing a vote on what to do about pro-abortion Joe Biden (and, presumably, other abortion-promoting politicians) who continues to present himself (themselves) for Holy Communion.

Public excommunication would be a suitable response for Biden's obstinate, public and grave sin of scandalously promoting abortion.

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PETITION UPDATE (2/4/20)

Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing Executive Orders to destroy the protections which former President Trump offered to the unborn and to the innocence and modesty of children of the United States.

In one executive order, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy prohibiting the federal government from spending taxpayer monies on abortion and the promotion of abortion.

And, in another executive order, Biden seeks to force girls' athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to accept gender-confused males.

Since the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was shamefully silent throughout the presidential campaign on the pre-eminent issues of abortion and gender ideology, and what Biden vowed he would do as president, it is cold comfort that their pro-life office is now speaking up about this Administration's wilful disregard for human life and for God's design of human nature (i.e., two biological sexes).

Stated plainly, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be, and the bishop, acting in unison (as the USCCB) have an obligation to the Lord (first) and to the faithful (second) to refuse Holy Communion to this grave public sinner.

With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by dialoguing with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

A man who continues to use the church as a backdrop for statements about how "Catholic/religious" he is, but, at the same time, is now doing everything in his power to protect the murder of the innocent, needs to publicly repent before dialogue can begin.

The bishops should not dialogue with or congratulate someone who has publicly betrayed the Church's teaching and who is leading others astray.

It's an embarrassment and a scandal for the bishops to continue to allow him to receive Holy Communion.

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PETITION UPDATE (12/10/20)

Prior to the election on November 3, the U.S. bishops did not address Joe Biden’s anti-Catholic position regarding faith and morals as a unified body.

The USCCB, the organization to which every U.S. bishop belongs and which is staffed and led by bishops, remained disgracefully silent in the run-up to the election.

What were the bishops afraid of, losing their charitable tax status with the IRS, or being deprived of fat checks from the HHS (immigration programs) and USAID (foreign aid programs)?

Or, were they just too cowardly to clearly declare Christ's law to be above man's law and risk the ire of a Joe Biden as president?

Either way, the bishops’ lack of clarity in this regard is a terrible scandal in itself and probably greatly contributed to the possible election of a pro-abortion, anti-Catholic Catholic to the presidency.

Given the fact that exit polling shows Catholics split their vote 50-50 for Trump and Biden, even a slight deviation in the heavily-Catholic swing-states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania could have produced different results.

The bishops could have spoken out against Biden’s pro-abortion stance collectively, but, again, they were overwhelmingly and shamefully silent.

Because of this, they will be at least partly responsible for the policies advanced by a Biden administration, in the event that Biden is sworn into office.

However, the bishops can, even now, mitigate the damage done by their inaction by taking the following steps: 1) Speak with one voice, as the USCCB, and plainly condemn Biden's pro-abortion stance; 2) Publicly advise Biden not to present himself for Holy Communion because of his scandalous position on abortion and homosexual "marriage;" and, 3) Tell Biden to publicly repent of publicly promoting the wilfull murder of the preborn, sins against nature, and diminishing the natural family.

Thankfully, some individual bishops have spoken out forcefully on Biden's scandalous behavior, and his standing in the Church.

On November 9, Archbishop Strickland of Tyler, Texas tweeted: “A dark cloud has descended on this nation when the USCCB and Planned Parenthood speak in unison in support of a Biden-Harris administration that supports the slaughter of innocents by abortion for all 9 months of pregnancy.”

Additionally, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, Colorado and Archbishop Charles Chaput have both declared publicly that Joe Biden “should not receive Holy Communion."

But, to add insult to injury, Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. has said that he will give Holy Communion to Biden because “it’s a matter of the responsibility that I have as the archbishop to be engaged and to be in dialogue with him, even in those areas where we obviously have some differences.”

And, Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Wilmington, Delaware and Bishop McElroy of San Diego also congratulated Biden in statements, but they have not indicated whether or not they would administer Holy Communion to him.

With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by dialoguing with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

A man who uses the church as a backdrop to make sickening political advertisements about how "Catholic/religious" he is, but, at the same time, says that he will do everything in his power to protect the murder of the innocent, needs to publicly repent before dialogue can begin.

The bishops should not dialogue with or congratulate someone who has publicly betrayed the Church's teaching and who is leading others astray.

It's an embarrassment and a scandal for the bishops to continue to allow him to receive Holy Communion.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition today!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-bishops-concerned-about-pro-abortion-biden-previously-hailed-him-as-second-catholic-president

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abp-aquila-backs-call-for-pro-abortion-catholic-joe-biden-to-be-denied-holy-communion?utm_source=top_news&utm_campaign=standard

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/former-philly-archbishop-biden-not-in-full-communion-with-the-catholic-church

https://www.thesoutherncross.org/news/bishop-mcelroy-offers-prayers-and-congratulations-to-president-elect-biden/

https://www.ncronline.org/news/politics/us-catholics-weigh-mixed-reaction-biden-win

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PETITION UPDATE (9/29/20)

Cardinal Raymond Burke has stated that Democratic candidate Joe Biden should not receive Holy Communion because of his support for abortion.

In an interview for Thomas McKenna's Catholic Action for Faith and Family podcast, Cardinal Burke states the following (starting around 5:00):

First of all, I would tell him [Biden] not to approach to receive Holy Communion, out of charity toward him, because that would be a sacrilege and endanger the salvation of his own soul.

But, also, he should not approach to receive Holy Communion because he gives scandal to everyone, because if someone says, 'I'm a devout Catholic," and, at the same time is promoting abortion, it gives the impression to others that it's acceptable for a Catholic to be in favor of abortion.

Of course, it's absolutely not acceptable, and never has been, and never will be.

We give thanks for Cardinal Burke's frankness and clarity. And, we call on every U.S. Catholic bishop to follow Cardinal Burke's lead and call out Joe Biden for his bloody-minded hypocrisy on the issue of abortion.

To reiterate: You cannot be a Catholic and support abortion.

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PETITION UPDATE (8/17/20)

The Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, keeps claiming to be Catholic but has said he will do everything in his power to support abortion.

And, with his pick of California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, Biden has just cemented abortion into the Democrats' 2020 presidential ticket.

Indeed, Harris is vehemently pro-abortion.

During her time as attorney general of California, Harris played a key role in defending Planned Parenthood over its sale of aborted baby parts (which violated multiple federal laws, according to undercover video of abortion industry personnel).

And, last year, Harris unveiled a plan to essentially force pro-life states to seek permission from the federal government before pro-life laws can take effect.

Additionally, Harris has dangerous views on religious liberty and freedom of speech.

Harris displayed anti-Catholic bigotry in the confirmation hearings of Judge Brian Buescher. Harris cited his membership in the “all-male society” the Knights of Columbus and its stances against abortion and same-sex “marriage” as grounds for rejecting Buescher for a federal district court in Nebraska.

And, David Daleiden, head of the pro-life investigative group Center for Medical Progress, wrote that from his firsthand experience, he considers Harris the “greatest threat to First Amendment civil rights our country has ever seen.”

Joe Biden has seriously erred by taking on Kamala Harris as his running mate, further distancing himself from the truths of the Catholic Faith, especially that every life is sacred from conception till natural death.

Please CLICK HERE to read an article which details one U.S. bishop's warning about the Biden-Harris ticket.

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Of course, these two things are incompatible: you cannot be Catholic and pro-abortion.

And, a "Catholic" politician's responsibility in this regard is absolute: On pain of serious sin, he or she can never promote abortion because abortion is the wilful murder of innocent preborn human beings, and also because doing so causes grave scandal to the Church and the faithful.

Please SIGN this urgent petition asking the bishops of the United States to refuse to give Holy Communion to Joe Biden until he publicly repents from his scandalous promotion of abortion.

Biden recently promised to “codify Roe v. Wade” as president, adding, "my Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate a woman’s protected, constitutional right to choose."

And, since starting his latest run for the presidency, Biden also flip-flopped against the Hyde Amendment, saying that he would allow federal funds to be spent on abortion - a position he claimed to be against for more than 40 years.

In short, Joe Biden will do everything in his power to enable and defend the wilful murder of innocent preborn human beings.

So, this should not be a hard decision for our U.S. bishops. In fact, in another circumstance, it was already done by an Illinois bishop.

Indeed, Bishop Paprocki, of Springfield, Illinois, invoked Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law to withdraw Holy Communion from two Illinois state politicians who had worked to enact radical new abortion legislation in 2019.

Canon 915 states: "Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion."

Of course, no-one, least of all the bishops, wants anyone to be deprived of Holy Communion.

A politician who publicly and obstinately advocates for the murder of innocent preborn babies puts himself out-of-communion with the Church and her teaching. 

Pro-abortion politicians should not think that they can advocate for the murder of the unborn and receive the Body of Christ at the same time. This would be to defile the Eucharist while giving scandal to the faithful.

Depriving politicians of Holy Communion is not just meant to prevent scandal; it is also designed to bring a grave public sinner to repentance. In this way, such an action is meant to be for the good of their souls, too.

Thank you for SIGNING this urgent petition which calls on the U.S. Catholic bishops to refuse to admit Joe Biden to Holy Communion until he publicly repents from his scandalous promotion of abortion.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Joe Biden: I support abortion ‘under any circumstance’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/joe-biden-i-support-abortion-under-any-circumstance

Catholic priest denies Joe Biden Holy Communion for pro-abortion stance - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-priest-denies-joe-biden-holy-communion-for-pro-abortion-stance

Cardinal McCarrick and the Concealing of Rome’s Position on Denying Communion  - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-mccarrick-and-the-concealing-of-romes-position-on-denying-communio

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Earlier in the Mass, Fr. McKay had also given a homily in which he made several comments which appeared to contradict the Church’s teaching on homosexuality. At one point Fr. McKay stated that “there is no one of us who Jesus and the Father do not find acceptable,but failed to clarify the comment by explaining either the sinful nature of homosexual acts or the means given to fallenman by the Church in order to become acceptable to God. 

Fr. McKay also spoke on the “non-acceptance of our LGBT community” which he called “even more scandalous when it comes from the Church.” 

He additionally implied that God and the Church had a duty to accept LGBT proponents, without condemning the sin of homosexuality: “You are my beloved son in whom I am well pleased, my favour rests on you…God says those words to you…And if the Church doesn’t do it, then the Church is sinful.” 

Details of the Parish Office and the Diocesan Office are found below, to respectfully make concerns known to Fr. McKay and Bishop Lang. The full text of the “statement of faith” is also found below. 

Parish Office 

Assisi Centre 

Lawford’s Gate , Bristol, BS5 0RE 

Tel: 0117 909 0419 

Email: [email protected] 

Diocesan Press Officer 

Tel: 0117 9733072 

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The full text of the statement of faith from the LGBT Mass  

We believe in God, who is Love, creating all things in an explosion of love and affirming that everyone, everything and everyone created is very good. We believe that God has created each one of us without exception, in the Divine Image and likeness. Therefore we commit ourselves to recognizing that we all share our deepest identity as children of God. We rejoice with gratitude in the rich diversity of all creation and the diverse identities of all human persons.  

We believe in Jesus Christ, the Emmanuel, who reveals the God who walks lovingly with us in our human condition and in all the struggles we encounter in life’s pilgrimage. He listens to the cries of every human heart for acceptance and love.  

Therefore, we commit ourselves to making real His love for every human person of whatever identity; to walk alongside each other with compassion and care, protecting each other from all harm and discrimination.  

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the life giver, the love-maker, the source of all unity and community. We believe that we are each a dwelling place of this Holy Spirit of God’s loving, and that there is no genuine love that is not divine and holy. 

Therefore we commit ourselves to respect and to understand the different paths to holiness and love, that the Holy Spirit calls each of us to walk, and we will support each other as we journey together as a gifted people of mission. 

We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, a pilgrim people, the sacrament of Christ’s loving presence in the world; a universal community of welcome for all people of every kind of diversity. Therefore we commit ourselves to building the Church as One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, one family where we all belong equally; a holy people where all help each other grow in holiness of loving; a truly universal community where all humanity know they can flourish in their uniqueness and diversity; a community of apostles and prophets, where each has the right and responsibility to speak their voice, to proclaim the Gospel, to serve the kingdom, and to protect the human dignity of every person in every place. 

As we believe, so may we live. Amen. 

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