Dutch Catholic bishops plan to close two thirds of parishes by 2020

The Dutch visit is one of the first for Francis, who has so far received visits only from bishops from several of the regions that make up the Italian episcopal conference.

Speaking Tuesday night at a small church dedicated to the Dutch community in Rome, Hendriks said Francis’ style represented “a different way” of having an ad limina visit compared with his predecessors.

The pontiff and the Dutch bishops, Hendriks said, sat in a circle together. While the pope had a prepared text, the 14 instead spoke for about 90 minutes freely, with the pope answering a range of questions — including how best to handle clergy sex abuse and how to go forward in closing parishes.

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  1. “…the pope said implementation of the 1962-65 Second Vatican Council is only half complete.”

    That statement is the stuff of nightmares!


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