Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jesuit College Founded After Vatican II in Brussels Closing

(Brussels) The Jesuit Institut d'Etudes Théologiques (IET) in Brussels, Belgium, is on the way out. According to the Jesuit Order, from the autumn of 2019 onwards, the theological college will no longer offer lectures.

Jesuit College Brussels

The Press Declaration of the Order endeavors to give the event a positive note. This can not, however, brush away the decline. The Institute was established fifty years ago in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. In 1968 the course of studies was established for students who saw their future as a priest in the Jesuit Order. Soon, "improvements" took place. Because of the decline in vocations, seminarians from numerous French dioceses were able to study at the university, as well as male and female religious, and even laymen from the new communities that have emerged over the past decades.

In 2004 the real purpose was abandoned. The European Jesuits, studying theology in French, were concentrated in Paris.

Despite this reorganization, the institution could not be sustained because the number of students and financial resources decreased year after year. In the press statement of the Order, it reads like this:

"The Society of Jesus, therefore, has decided to reorient its theological presence in Brussels."
After an "intensive" internal exchange and dialogue with the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, the new Jesuit General Arturo Sosa Abascal made the decision to cease teaching at the Theological University of Brussels in September 2019.

From Egenhoven to Brussels

In this way, the possibility remains to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its existence. In 1968 the school was founded in Egenhoven near Löwen. It was to have replaced the older, Flemish Jesuit College, named after St. Albert of Lions (1191/1192 Bishop of Liège). The university itself writes on its website:

"La crise qui suivit le concile Vatican II (1962-1965) toucha de plein fouet l'Église et les différentes provinces de la Compagnie de Jésus, en particulier ses maisons de formation et d'études, entre autres les philosophiques et théologats situés à Eegenhoven, près de Leuven. En 1968, au terme d'une référion lucide, les supérieurs jésuites faisaient un constat sévère sur la formation théologique de l'époque. "

The crisis that followed the Second Vatican Council hit the Jesuit Order very hard, especially its houses of study, including Egenhoven. A group of professors was asked to found a new philosophical-theological college capable of responding to the "challenges" through the development of the humanities, social sciences and theology. Against this backdrop, the study was opened to laymen, then to women. This was a development which was "a small revolution" and "not without difficulties", as described on the website of the university.

In 1972, the university moved from Egenhoven to Brussels. In 1980 the first non-Jesuit took up his studies. In 1981 Cardinal Lustiger, then archbishop of Paris, sent the first diocesan seminarist.

In the 48 years of their existence, more than 1,100 priests were trained at the Brussels College. Seven of them are bishops today. In the remaining two years, the Jesuit Order wants to redefine its collaboration with the Archdiocese. It is intended to take up less human and financial resources, but to focus on the "service to the inhabitants of Brussels with their European dimension".

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Photo: IET (Screenshots)
Trans: Tancred


Anonymous said...

I said it last week on 1P5 and I'll say it again here, Vat2 is having a going out of business sale. I just hope the bankruptcy reorg doesn't try to go further (new liturgy talk).

Catholic Mission said...

Vatican Council II is traditional.It is in harmony with the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.There is a Vatican Council II Feneeyite and a Vatican Council II Cushingite.
The Jesuits only know of a Vatican Council II Cushingite. So do the traditionalists and sedevacantists.
Archbishop Lefebvre was a Cushingite.

JUNE 29, 2017

Rome must be canonically asked to come back to the Faith : feast of St. Peter and St. Paul 2017
This Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul 2017 is another year gone by.It is time to canonically 'ask Rome to come back to the faith'.What is being taught at Catechism classes must be challenged and corrected.
Here are the basic errors with an irrational theology and new doctrine.
1.The theology is based on an irrational premise.
2.There are two interpretations of Vatican Council II. One is irrational and the other is rational.The irrational one is being taught to children at Catechism classes with the approval of the bishops and the two living popes.
Since an irrational theology has been approved by the Vatican there are new doctrines on salvation,ecumenism, inter-religious dialogue, non exclusivist ecclesiology,mission,interpretation of Scripture,separation of Church and state,non proclamation of the Social Reign of Christ the King over all political legislation etc.With an irrational premise which can be avoided in future, the Catholic faith has been changed.
Here is the practical application of the new theology and doctrines which needs to be checked.
1.Bishops must not be allowd to violate the Principle of Non Contradictioin and get away with it.
2.Before there is a Profession of Faith or a Renewal of Vows by a Catholic religious based on the Nicene Creed , their understanding of the Nicene Creed must be clarified.
3.The Vatican must correct the March 2016 statement by Pope Benedict XVI in which he said that with Vatican Council II (Note:Cushingite) there was a development of the dogma EENS( Cushingite).He was interpreting Vatican Council II with Cushingism instead of Feeneyism.
The Vatican and the bishops need to clarify that with Vatican Councl II (Feeneyite) there is no development of the dogma EENS (Feeneyite).
4.Pope Benedict XVI also needs to correct the error in two theological papers of the International Theological Commision which he approved.It violates the Principle of Non Contradiction.They wrongly assume invisible people saved with the baptism of desire, blood or in invincible ignorance, are visible, seen in the flesh exceptions to all needing to be members of the Church for salvation.So they are examples of known salvation outside the Church for Pope Benedict.
Canonically in individual dioceses the bishops must be confronted with the faith.They must be shown rational and traditional doctines which are different from their irrational and innovative new teachings based on being able to see invisible people on earth on 2017.
I am available to freely help any one prepare a brief.
For example they must be asked to interpret Lumen Gentium 16( invincible ignorance) as referring to a hypothetical case.It can be accepted in principle as being a theoretical case known only to God.
They must not be allowed to intepret Lumen Gentium 16 as referring to a known person in 2016 who has been saved outside the Church and so is an exception to the past ecclesiology.The bishop must be asked to affirm this simply truth in public.-Lionel Andrades

Blotto said...

So the stragglers are going to spend their remaining two years concentrating on "service to the inhabitants of Brussels with their European dimension".

I don't suppose Molenbeek will be on their itinerary then...

JBQ said...

There are 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in an association in the U.S. They are all moving toward lay control. The Jesuits like all religious orders are dying out.-----Francis is moving toward world socialism to counteract a world wide movement. The problem is "Amoris Laetitia". The Jesuits are famous for "the end justifies the means".----The throwing out of morality in order to form a one world religion is extremely troubling. Judas believed that the Christ was a revolutionary who would create a revolution to create a world paradise. Jesus responded with "My kingdom is not of this world". Judas felt betrayed and sold his believed betrayer for 30 pieces of silver.

philipjohnson said...

No JBQ all religious orders are not dying out!The Vatican 11 types of Liberal-Heretical-ones are dying out because they gave up The Faith years ago.Traditional orders are growing-albeit slowly-but are growing and the SSPX ,and others,are experiencing growth thank God.In short progressive Liberals lack Foundation Traditional one have a solid Foundation.May the Jesuits convert to The One True Church or die!

James said...

Vatican II sucks.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure? I thought that was me.

JBQ said...

You make a solid point.

Unknown said...

Maybe the Jesuit head Fr. Sosa will explain this away by saying "we have formed symbolic stories about Jesuit institutions closing" in order to express our "disappointment with the present state of the Church."

LeonG said...


cogito said...

"...focus on the "service to the inhabitants of Brussels with their European dimension"?

translation: service to Jean Claude Juncker's EU.

Catholic Mission said...

Liberals lack Foundation Traditional one have a solid Foundation

Solid foundation??

Tridentine Rite Mass in Rome is a sacrilege : needs to be challenged canonically