"Danneels protégé set to be named new Archbishop of Brussels"Belgian news sources are reporting that the appointment to the See of Brussels of Jozef De Kesel, the current Bishop of Bruges, will be formally announced tomorrow shortly before noon, Rome time.
Bishop De Kesel is 68 years old, and was ordained bishop in 2002. After serving for 8 years as an auxiliary bishop in Mechlin-Brussels (mostly under Cardinal Danneels) [!] he was appointed to the See of Bruges in 2010, as successor to the disgraced Roger Vangeheluwe. Despite being less outspoken than Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp (who had been considered the front-runner for Brussels), he is by all accounts scarcely less liberal.
Within a few months of his appointment to Bruges, De Kesel publicly questioned clerical celibacy [!] in the Latin Rite and declared that women's ordination to the priesthood is "negotiable" [!], as Rorate reported at that time. As auxiliary bishop of Brussels he had supported the celebration of a Mass organized by several parishes in that city specifically for participants in its annual "Lesbian and Gay Pride" march.
Despite reportedly making more orthodox-sounding noises afterwards (specifically when Benedict XVI still reigned), De Kesel continues to be identified with the liberal wing of the Belgian Church. In October last year he tried to assign to active parish duty a priest who had been convicted of molesting a teenage boy, declaring that he (the priest) deserved "a second chance"; only media outrage and the priest's own request prompted the bishop to cancel the appointment. [!]
We refer our readers to our June post on the significance of the succession to Brussels, and why this whole matter has been exceedingly unfair to Archbishop André-Joseph Leonard (whose brief reign was spent under Danneels' shadow) and to the more conservative Francophone Belgian prelates. With this appointment the extremely toxic legacy of Danneels for Belgian (and particularly Flemish) Catholicism and indeed for European Catholicism as a whole has been given a significant boost -- not that it ever really disappeared. One has to wonder what will be left of Catholicism in Flanders and Brussels 7 or 8 years from now. [!]
"Bruxelles, niente creatività nella nomina"Da oggi Jozef De Kesel è il nuovo arcivescovo di Bruxelles-Malines, dopo che le dimissioni del predecessore, André Leonard sono state accettate dal papa al compimento dei 75 anni di età con una rapidità certamente inusuale. C’è da chiedersi, così per curiosità, perché la creatività che papa Francesco ha dimostrato a Palermo e Bologna non sia stata esercitata a Bruxelles.
Da oggi Jozef De Kesel è il nuovo arcivescovo di Bruxelles-Malines, dopo che le dimissioni del predecessore, André Leonard sono state accettate dal papa al compimento dei 75 anni di età con una rapidità certamente inusuale. Ma Leonard, aggredito anche fisicamente per la sua difesa della dottrina cattolica, era considerato evidentemente troppo conservatore. In particolare nel panorama della Chiesa belga, o di quello che ne resta.
I dati della vita cattolica belga così come di quella olandese, sono indice di un esaurimento neanche tanto lento. Nell'anno scolastico 2014-2015 ci sono in tutto il Belgio circa 100 seminaristi, di cui solo 20 al primo anno. Ad Anversa, la diocesi di mons. Bonny [!], la punta di diamante del progressismo stile Danneels [!], per un milione di abitanti ci sono 4 seminaristi di cui 1 al primo anno. I cattolici che vanno a messa la domenica sono sotto il 5 per cento; i battesimi, che nel 1967 erano al 97 per cento, ora sono sotto il 50 per cento.
C’è da chiedersi, così per curiosità, perché la creatività che papa Francesco ha dimostrato a Palermo e Bologna non sia stata esercitata a Bruxelles, dove il nuovo arcivescovo è frutto e parte integrante di una gerarchia che non sembra poter vantare molti meriti. Ma forse nelle Conferenze episcopali “progressiste” certi problemi non si pongono [!]. E poi De Kesel, aperto alla modifica del celibato per i sacerdoti, e per cui l'ordinazione femminile è qualche cosa di negoziabile, è stato ausiliare a Bruxelles del discusso cardinale Godfried Danneels [!], amico e consigliere privilegiato del Pontefice. Con tali garanzie che problemi ci sono? O forse mancava il materiale perché la creatività potesse esercitarsi...
Jozef De Kesel veroorzaakt een internationaal schandaal met zijn uitspraak: "Ik heb respect en eerbied voor de seksualiteitsbeleving van een homofiele mens."
"Brussels Bishop Respects Gay ‘Sexuality"Archbishop Jozef De Kesel is in the mold of notorious former head of the Brussels archdiocese Cdl. Godfried Danneels [!]
BRUSSELS (ChurchMilitant.com) - In a controversial move [!], Pope Francis has replaced Abp. André-Joseph Léonard with liberal Jozef De Kesel for the archdiocese of Brussels, Belgium.
The archdiocese of Brussels has experienced controversy and turmoil in the past several decades under the oversight of Cdl. Godfried Danneels [!], who served as head of the scandal-ridden archdiocese from 1979 until 2010. During this period, the archdiocese suffered numerous cases of child abuse scandals, and Danneels is considered by some to have single-handedly destroyed the Faith there. [!]
After Danneels retired in 2010 in disgrace [!], having been implicated in the cover-up child sex abuse [!], Pope Benedict XVI appointed Abp. André-Joseph Léonard that same year in order to clean up after Danneel's 31-year reign. Léonard is known as being partial to the Tridentine Mass, and has been noted as being very outspoken on Church issues, including homosexuality and marriage [!].
Archbishop Léonard was seen as a breath of fresh air and lauded by the faithful as being a traditionalist, gaining a reputation for being one of the most faithful archbishops in Europe. His successor, however, is causing concern amongst the faithful, as he has a reputation for openly questioning Church teaching.
Archbishop Josef De Kesel is 68 and was ordained a bishop in 2002. He spent eight years as auxiliary bishop of Mechlin-Brussels under the direction of Cdl. Danneels, until he was appointed to the diocese of Bruges in 2010.
During a news conference announcing his appointment last Friday, he said, "I'm for the separation of Church and State," [!][!][!] answering complaints from critics who claimed he sought to impose Church teaching on Belgian law.
When asked about active homosexuals, he answered, "I have much respect for gays," including "their way of living their sexuality." [!][!][!]
While auxiliary bishop in Bruges, Kesel openly questioned the tradition of celibacy in the priesthood [!], and went further by saying women's ordination to the priesthood is "negotiable" [!], directly contradicting established Church teaching on the subject.
His heterodox beliefs [!] are not the only concern, however, as he displayed a lack of judgment in 2014 when he tried to assign to active parish duty a priest convicted of molesting a teenage boy.
De Kesel defended this decision by saying the priest deserved "a second chance" [!]. He only cancelled his appointment when this decision sparked outrage in the media and the priest himself requested cancellation of the appointment.
This appointment is beeing seen as an attempt to undermine Pope Emeritus Benedict's attempt to clean up the archdiocese. De Kesel was formed and guided by Cdl. Danneels, and many fear De Kesel's appointment means a continuation of Cdl. Danneels' work.
"New Brussels Bishop Welcoming to Gays"
Archbishop Jozef De Kesel's views are far more liberal than his predecessor's.
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