Soho church ends gay and lesbian services

A central London church holds its final mass for gay and lesbian Catholics this evening.

The services at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Soho have been held fortnightly for the past six years.

Last month, the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols said the services were not consistent with the church's central teaching on sexuality.

The moral teaching of the church is that the proper use of our sexual faculty is within a marriage, between a man and a woman, open to the procreation and nurturing of new human life.

– Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. Speaking in January.

The move has "saddened" members of the congregation and gay rights groups.

Pastoral care for gay and lesbian Catholics will continue to be offered on Sunday evenings at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Farm Street in Mayfair.