Roman Catholic Church

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The Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian church worldwide, with more than 1.25 billion members.[1] It is the second largest denomination in the United Kingdom, with about 5.7 million Catholics in 2011; 4,155,100 in England and Wales (7.4%),[2] 841,053 in Scotland (15.9%),[3][4] and 738,033 in Northern Ireland (40.76%).[5]

There are separate Roman Catholic hierarchies for the different countries of the United Kingdom:

  • England and Wales: five provinces: Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, Southwark and Westminster, each with its own archbishop. The Archbishop of Westminster is the President of the Bishops' Conference.
  • Scotland: two provinces: St Andrews and Edinburgh, and Glasgow.
  • Ireland: four provinces: Armagh, Cashel, Dublin and Tuam. The province of Armagh corresponds roughly to the old province of Ulster. It includes the whole of Northern Ireland and part of the Irish Republic.

LGBT history

Catholics for AIDS Prevention and Support (CAPS) was founded by Martin Pendergast as a successor to Catholic AIDS Link. It pro0motes Positive Catholics, a peer support network of people living with HIV who have a Christian faith.

Soho Masses organised masses for LGBT people in Soho until it was replaced in 2013 by LGBT Catholics Westminster.

Called to be One is a national pastoral and mutual support network for Roman Catholic parents of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People.

EnCourage is the UK chapter of Courage International, a Roman Catholic apostolate which encourages lesbian and gay people to live a life of penance and chastity.

Quest is an organisation for gay, lesbian and bisexual Roman Catholics, founded in 1974.

There was a Roman Catholic Caucus within the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement.

In 2024 the church affirmed its support for gay and lesbian people but rejected gender ideology and the idea of gender fluidity, stating that such ideas were behaving like one was God [6].


  1. L’Annuario Pontificio 2015 e l’ “Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae” 2013, 16.04.2015
  2. Table 1 2011 2012 statistics of RC population fourth draft by the Pastoral Research Centre Trust, an independent research organization
  3. Table 7 – Religion, Scotland, 2001 and 2011 by the Scottish Census2011
  4. "Scotland's Census 2011" – Table KS209SCb
  6. (accessed 24 May 2024)