Flemish Catholic bishops, defying Vatican, approve blessing same-sex unions
Flemish Roman Catholic bishops on Tuesday issued a document effectively allowing the blessing of same-sex unions, seemingly in direct defiance of a ruling against such practices by the Vatican's doctrinal office last year.
A document published on the website of the Belgian bishops conference offered a suggested ritual that included a prayer and a benediction for stable same-sex unions while stressing that it is not "a Church marriage".
(Additional reporting by Charlott Van Campenhout in Amsterdam; Editing by Catherine Evans)
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