“A U.K. Cardinal appointed by Pope Francis has given his blessing for a pro-homosexual organization to once again work in his archdiocese after his predecessor banned it because of its overt promotion of homosexual behavior contrary to Catholic teaching.
In a communication a little over a week ago to priests in the Archdiocese of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols recommended that they make use of the organization Quest to minister to ‘those who live with a same-sex attraction and are often very anxious about their journey to God and their relationship with the Church.’ The letter was leaked to LifeSiteNews.
‘Quest, which was founded in 1973, is a national organisation providing support for LGBT Catholics, their friends and families,’ Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, stated in his letter. The Cardinal is the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
But Quest’s support for Catholics experiencing same-sex attraction entails an outright rejection of Catholic sexual morality.
Quest states on its website that it desires to see the ‘acceptance of homosexual relationships by the Catholic Church.’ The organization states that its purpose is to help homosexuals reconcile their Catholic faith with the ‘full expression of their homosexual natures.’
Quest released a policy statement in 2012 in support of same-sex ‘marriage,’ arguing that homosexual ‘love and fidelity…has its ultimate grounding in God.’ The organization stated in the same policy that ‘significant advances in social sciences, psychology and of the natural world in recent decades have led us to see same-sex attraction as a perfectly natural, minority variant in the world of human sexual preference.’…
Cardinal Nichols in his letter to priests also recommended they make use of the local pro-homosexual organization ‘LGBT Catholic Westminster.’
The organization, like Quest, also campaigns for the normalization of homosexuality within the Catholic Church. One of the leaders of the organization, Martin Pendergast, is a former Catholic priest who is in a homosexual civil union with another male. The organization has marched in London’s pro-homosexual parade. The organization’s website displays in a prominent position a prayer written by openly homosexual Catholic priest Bernárd J. Lynch who states on his blog, ‘I am married to my husband Billy since 1998.’…
LifeSiteNews reached out to Cardinal Nichols, asking why he is promoting pro-homosexual groups in his Archdiocese that hold views contrary to Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality. No response was given.
Cardinal Nichols has a long history of problematic actions relating to Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality.
In 2011, Nichols praised civil partnerships for those in same-sex relationships, saying that such partnerships ‘actually provide a structure in which people of the same sex who want a lifelong relationship [and] a lifelong partnership can find their place and protection and legal provision.’
He has celebrated Masses for LGBT Catholics Westminster and given the group his support, despite its open rejection of Church teaching.
In the wake of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Nichols expressed his disappointmentthat the synod text did not go ‘far enough’ to ‘respect, welcome and value’ people in same-sex relationships.”