Paul Van den Berghe

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Paul Van den Berghe
Bishop of Antwerp
In office3 July 1980 - 2008
SuccessorBishop Johan Bonny
Ordination15 June 1957
Consecration7 September 1980
Personal details
Born (1933-01-07) 7 January 1933 (age 91)
Geraardsbergen, Belgium
DenominationRoman Catholic
MottoLibertati liberavit nos
Coat of armsPaul Van den Berghe's coat of arms

Paul Van den Berghe (born 7 January 1933 in Geraardsbergen, Belgium) is a Belgium Bishop in the Roman Catholic Church.


Van den Berghe obtained a degree in Thomist philosophy and was ordained a priest on 15 June 1957. He then earned a doctorate in theology in 1961 and became professor of exegesis at a seminary in Ghent, where he was one of the founders was the Hoger Instituut voor Godsdienstwetenschappen. He served as the editorial secretary of Collationes, a Flemish magazine of pastoral theology, and wrote numerous articles on the exegesis of the New Testament.

On 3 July 1980 he was appointed the 21st Bishop of Antwerp by Pope John Paul II (the third bishop of the re-established Diocese of Antwerp) and consecrated on 7 September 1980. His motto, chosen from a verse in the book of Galatians is: "Libertati liberavit nos" (For the freedom he set us free). In the Belgian bishops' conference he was responsible for the Interdiocesaan Pastoraal Beraad (Inter-Diocesan Pastoral Board).

In 2008, he had reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 and on 28 October 2008 he was succeeded by Bishop Johan Bonny.[1]


  1. ^ Cheney, David M. "Bishop Paul Van den Berghe". Retrieved June 16, 2018.self-published