The Catholic Church closes gay-friendly masses in London after five years. Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols made the decision to stop the gay masses at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Warwick Street, Soho because he felt the public Eucharistic celebrations "were not in line with the church's central teaching on sexuality," according to a Jan. 2, 2013 report by the BBC. The decision was handed down on Wednesday.
Archbishop Nichols is the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales. He released a statement that assured parishioners that the church would continue to provide "pastoral care" to "people with same-sex attraction," but plans for the church to close its gay-friendly masses will go forward. Locals who opposed the gay Soho masses have been voicing their concerns to the Vatican for several years now, reported Reuters, so it's fairly unsurprising that the Archbishop has put an end to the practice.
The BBC reported that both Our Lady of the Assumption Church and The Diocese of Westminster declined to provide a comment on the church closing its gay-friendly masses twice per month for the past five years and supporting the needs of gay Catholics.