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Dutch bishop nixed ‘Pink Saturday’ service at cathedral

June 19, 2017

A Dutch bishop has withdrawn his permission for an ecumenical prayer service to mark “Pink Saturday.”

Bishop Gerard de Korte of Hertogenbosch had originally given permission for the service to take place in the cathedral of St. John, with the proviso that nothing should be said or done that would contradict the position of the Catholic Church regarding homosexuality. However, after hearing protests from the faithful the bishop reversed his decision. The level of protests, Bishop de Korte said, indicated that “the good relations within the religious community is at stake.”

The “Pink Saturday” prayers service will be held on June 22 at a nearby Protestant church.


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  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2017 2:55 PM ET USA

    There are better ways to connect with the community than this.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Jun. 19, 2017 9:08 PM ET USA

    Thank goodness for the protests of the faithful! How could the bishop possibly imagine a service meant to glorify the gay lifestyle would not contradict Church teaching?! The intent of those 'pink' services is precisely to thumb the nose at the Church. Sheesh!

  • Posted by: feedback - Jun. 19, 2017 8:19 PM ET USA

    Wise decision. However, the pressure to do the right thing should be coming from the shepherd rather than from the sheep. It's a sad state of affairs in the Church when the shepherds abandon their roles.