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    Entries in England (3)

    Wednesday
    Jan022013

    Gay mass services in Soho abolished by archbishop of Westminster

    By Caroline Davies, The Guardian - January 2, 2013

    The Archbishop of Westminster, head of Roman Catholics in England and Wales, has ordered that special fortnightly "Soho masses" for gay and lesbian churchgoers in central London are not appropriate and are to be axed.

    The services, intended to be particularly welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Catholics, had been held at Our Lady of the Assumption church in the West End for six years with the blessing of senior clergy but had attracted criticism from traditionalists. [Read Full Story]

    Tuesday
    Feb142012

    UK study: 61% of Christians back equal rights for gay couples

    By Stephen Gray, Pink News - February 14, 2012

    Results of a poll released today say 61% of people in the UK who identify as Christian back fully equal rights for gay couples.

    The 2011 Ipsos MORI study explored the “beliefs, knowledge and attitudes” of people who identified as Christian after the nationwide census last year.

    74% of respondents said as Christians they thought religion should not have a special influence on public life. [Read Full Story]

    Thursday
    Dec012011

    England’s top Catholic bishop endorses gay civil union

    By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSiteNews.com - December 1, 2011

    According to The Tablet, the Archbishop of Westminster, England, has publicly expressed support for homosexual civil unions, a move that appears to put him at odds with a clear Vatican decree against supporting such unions confirmed by Pope John Paul II and then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict) in 2003. [Read Full Story]