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Dutch Bishops Offer Cautious Response to Vatican Blessing Guidance, Bucking Regional Trend

Ramon Mangold/Diocese of Rotterdam
Bishop Hans van den Hende walks in Keukenhof park in Lisse, Netherlands, on April 12, 2022.

In their Jan. 16 statement, the bishops wrote that while ‘it is possible to say a prayer over individual believers living in an irregular relationship,’ care must be taken to avoid appearing to condone sinful sexual activity or to cause confusion about the nature of marriage.