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WESTMINSTER, England (ChurchMilitant.com) - The archbishop of Westminster is promoting a group opposing Church teaching on homosexuality.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols is reinstating the status of Quest — a group that was removed from the Catholic Directory by his predecessor Cdl. Basil Hume — in the archdiocese of Westminster.
Quest, a self-proclaimed LGBT Catholic advocacy group, had been in the directory since 1992. Despite the fact Hume was an LGBT advocate, he had it removed because of its open opposition to Church teaching.
Quest claims, "In the past, the language used by the Church about gays was harsh and judgmental," even calling the term "objectively disordered" in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) "less helpful" and admits its "desire for the acceptance of homosexual relationships by the Catholic Church."
Nichols, however, has advocated LGBT ideology, supporting same-sex unions in 2001, claiming, "Civil 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."
In 2015, Nichols was the first cardinal to have a Mass for "LGBT Catholics" and criticized 500 U.K. priests who asked the fathers at the 2015 Synod on the Family to stand up for Church teaching on human sexuality.
Hume, a through LGBT advocate, commented in 1993 that "people who know themselves to be homosexual must not for that reason develop a sense of guilt or think of themselves as unpleasing to God. On the contrary, they are precious to God."
He also said in 1994, "Love between two persons, whether of the same or of a different sex, is to be treasured and respected ... To love another, whether of the same or a different sex, is to have entered the area of the richest human experience."