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Belgian bishops offer prayer for homosexual couples, not marriage | app

ROME (AP) — Belgian bishops on Tuesday released draft text for a prayer liturgy for same-sex couples that includes prayers, Bible readings and expressions of commitment, despite a 2021 Vatican directive banning church blessings for gay couples.

The Flemish-speaking bishops have stressed that the “moment of prayer” is in no way akin to a sacramental marriage, which according to Catholic doctrine is a lifelong union between a man and a woman. On the contrary, they said their proposal was part of the Belgian church’s efforts to be more sensitive to its gay members and to “create an atmosphere of respect, recognition and integration”. They cited Pope Francis’ call for the church to be more gay-friendly.

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