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July 17, 2013

Senior bishops say the law is ‘irreconcilable’ with their view on marriage and represents a ‘profound social change’

Catholic bishops have attacked gay marriage in England and Wales, saying teachers in faith schools are not protected by the new law.

And they make it clear they will never change their minds to support marriage equality saying these opinions are ‘deeply held and irreconcilable’ with the new law.

February 19, 2013

A 65-year-old former nurse has told the leader of England’s Catholics to ditch the robes, the Latin and activism against gays and start helping the needy

A 65-year-old former nurse has delivered a withering telling off to the Archbishop of Westminster – England’s most senior Catholic – for his stance on gay marriage.

The woman, who now works with animals and lives in northern England, says she has been married for 30 years but gay marriage doesn’t threaten the status of her relationship whatsoever.

And she says Archbishop Vincent Nichols and his church have become obsessed with gay sex, ignoring the real problems of society – the economy, schools, hospitals and our children’s future.

February 19, 2013

A 65-year-old former nurse has told the leader of England’s Catholics to ditch the robes, the Latin and activism against gays and start helping the needy

A 65-year-old former nurse has delivered a withering telling off to the Archbishop of Westminster – England’s most senior Catholic – for his stance on gay marriage.

The woman, who now works with animals and lives in northern England, says she has been married for 30 years but gay marriage doesn’t threaten the status of her relationship whatsoever.

And she says Archbishop Vincent Nichols and his church have become obsessed with gay sex, ignoring the real problems of society – the economy, schools, hospitals and our children’s future.

February 18, 2013

Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, scrapped the services for being 'inconsistent' with Catholic teaching

The last gay mass for gay and lesbian Catholics was held for the last time in London’s Soho area yesterday (17 February).

Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster and leader brought an end to the services, saying they were ‘inconsistent’ with Catholic law.

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has instead asked organizers of the religious service to move out of the ‘gay area’ of London and into Farm Street, Mayfair.

February 18, 2013

Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, scrapped the services for being 'inconsistent' with Catholic teaching

The last gay mass for gay and lesbian Catholics was held for the last time in London’s Soho area yesterday (17 February).

Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster and leader brought an end to the services, saying they were ‘inconsistent’ with Catholic law.

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has instead asked organizers of the religious service to move out of the ‘gay area’ of London and into Farm Street, Mayfair.

January 8, 2013

If Pope Benedict were to wish upon a star, he’d see lots of evidence that the ‘family’ was alive and well, and could join one gay family on the Finding Nemo ride

During the last few weeks of winter holidays, Pope Benedict VXI and several of his delegates including Illinois Cardinal Francis George and the United Kingdom’s Archbishop Vincent Nichols delivered a lump of coal to the world’s LGBTQ communities. It was gift-giving Mr Grinch or unrepentant Ebeneezer Scrooge style.

January 3, 2013

Gay Catholic mass group moved to Mayfair because church lacked facilities not because Archbishop of Westminster is a homophobe, claims organizer

Organizers of masses for gay Catholics have denied the Archbishop of Westminster's decision to scrap the services in Soho, London, was motivated by homophobia.

The so-called Soho Masses at the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Warwick Street were started six years ago to 'welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Catholics, their parents, friends and families.'

January 3, 2013

Gay Catholic mass group moved to Mayfair because church lacked facilities not because Archbishop of Westminster is a homophobe, claims organizer

Organizers of masses for gay Catholics have denied the Archbishop of Westminster's decision to scrap the services in Soho, London, was motivated by homophobia.

The so-called Soho Masses at the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Warwick Street were started six years ago to 'welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Catholics, their parents, friends and families.'

January 2, 2013

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols says LGBT services in London's gay village went against the Church's teachings

Masses for gay Catholics in London's Soho area will be scrapped after the Archbishop of Westminster deemed them 'inconsistent' with the Church's teachings.

The services at the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Warwick Street were started six years ago to 'welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Catholics, their parents, friends and families.'

However, Archbishop Vincent Nichols announced today (2 January) that the 'Soho masses' were to end during the Lent period this year, claiming it was against the Catholic Church's beliefs.

December 27, 2012

ICM poll for the Guardian shows strong lead for gay marriage including support from most age ranges, all social classes and voters for all three major parties

Gay marriage is now supported by 62% of British voters with only 31% opposed – boosting government plans to legalize it next year.

The UK government is pressing ahead with legislation to introduce equal marriage in England and Wales and a separate bill will do the same job in the Scottish Parliament in 2013.

The poll showing overwhelming support for the changes comes after a Christmas marked by attacks on same-sex marriage.

December 25, 2012

Vincent Nichols uses Christmas Eve sermon to attack ‘Orwellian shambles’ of government’s plans, claiming they lack a mandate

The Archbishop of Westminster and leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has attacked the UK government’s plans for gay marriage as a ‘shambles’.

Vincent Nichols used his Christmas Eve sermon to launch the attack, saying the government had ‘no mandate’ for introducing marriage equality in England and Wales, reports the BBC.

December 25, 2012

Vincent Nichols uses Christmas Eve sermon to attack ‘Orwellian shambles’ of government’s plans, claiming they lack a mandate

The Archbishop of Westminster and leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has attacked the UK government’s plans for gay marriage as a ‘shambles’.

Vincent Nichols used his Christmas Eve sermon to launch the attack, saying the government had ‘no mandate’ for introducing marriage equality in England and Wales, reports the BBC.

September 24, 2012

Anti-gay Archbishop of Westminster attacks Britain’s Catholic Marriage Care charity for offering supportive counseling to same-sex couples

The Archbishop of Westminster has attacked a Catholic marriage counseling service after it helped same-sex couples.

Catholic Marriage Care was criticized for giving marriage preparation services to gay couples looking to take part in civil partnerships in Britain.

It comes as Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the UK’s most senior Catholic cleric, continues his battle against plans for full marriage equality in the country.

September 24, 2012

Anti-gay Archbishop of Westminster attacks Britain’s Catholic Marriage Care charity for offering supportive counseling to same-sex couples

The Archbishop of Westminster has attacked a Catholic marriage counseling service after it helped same-sex couples.

Catholic Marriage Care was criticized for giving marriage preparation services to gay couples looking to take part in civil partnerships in Britain.

It comes as Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the UK’s most senior Catholic cleric, continues his battle against plans for full marriage equality in the country.

April 9, 2012

Religious leaders clash as UK gay marriage debate continues

The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said most people do not understand gay marriage, calling government plans to legalise gay marriage unnecessary.

The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, said he does not see the need to change the definition of marriage.

He told Sky News: ‘He [David Cameron] seems rather intent in taking a step the reason for which quite frankly a lot of people don't understand.

April 9, 2012

Religious leaders clash as UK gay marriage debate continues

The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said most people do not understand gay marriage, calling government plans to legalise gay marriage unnecessary.

The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, said he does not see the need to change the definition of marriage.

He told Sky News: ‘He [David Cameron] seems rather intent in taking a step the reason for which quite frankly a lot of people don't understand.

March 23, 2012

We look at the myths being lined up to criticize lesbian and gay marriages and the response to them

There has been a lot of criticism of same-sex marriage in Britain recently, after the UK government started to consult on how it could be introduced.

As in the US, Australia, Spain and countless other countries where the issue has been debated, much of the opposition is nonsensical and misleading.

So we’re busting the most common myths used by homophobes to try to block gay marriage.

Myth: Marriage is an ancient institution and we shouldn’t change it.

March 16, 2012

Britain's toughest TV interviewer Jeremy Paxman in unleashed on God-fearing Catholic Archbishop over gay marriage

The Archbishop of Westminster found himself struggling to plug the holes in his swiss cheese argument against gay marriage last night (15 March) when Britain's toughest TV interviewer Jeremy Paxman was unleashed on the religious leader.

March 11, 2012

Gay rights activist responds to Catholic leaders' campaign against gay marriage

As Catholic leaders across Britain urge their congregations to oppose same-sex marriage during Sunday mass, activist Peter Tatchell has issued a statement condemning the churches' 'demeaning and devaluing' views.

In response to a letter which Catholic Archbishops Vincent Nichols and Peter Smith have issued to 2,500 parish churches across the UK, Tatchell says:

March 6, 2012

Leader of Catholic church in England and Wales urges congregations to protect the true meaning of marriage

Catholics in England and Wales will be urged to oppose gay marriage during masses in 2,500 churches on Sunday (11 March).

In a letter written by Archbishop of Westminster the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, congregations are called on to protect the true meaning of marriage by taking part in a national consultation on the British government's plans for equal marriage rights and to lobby their MPs.