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sandee 10-07-2003 04:19 PM

Religion of the Belgian RF
 
I was just curious to know the religion of the royal family of belgium, and whatever it is, have they always practiced it, or did they convert, etc ? Thankyou. ;)

Gita 10-07-2003 07:32 PM

Their religion is Roman Catholic.

Martine 10-08-2003 03:08 PM

They are members of the charismatic movement. that's a way of practising Catholic faith.

the charismatic movement prays a lot , and they believe the Lord will answer their prayers.

It's hard to explain, they for example pray in a different position

Cathérine Bergeyck 10-11-2003 03:52 PM

Actually not the entire royal family is with the charismatic movement: queen Fabiola is, and so are princess Astrid and her husband, also king Albert and queen Paola.

But Philippe, Mathilde, Laurent and Claire are not. Also, quite surprising, king Baudouin was not a member.

Cathérine Bergeyck 10-11-2003 03:55 PM

I forgot to say, the Belgian royal family has always been catholic, apart from the first king of the Belgians, Leopold I, who was protestant and refused to renounce his faith.

Queen Astrid (born as a princess of Sweden) was also a protestant, but converted to catholicism in the beginning of the 30's.

Martine 10-11-2003 04:08 PM

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Originally posted by Cathérine Bergeyck@Oct 11th, 2003 - 2:52 pm
Actually not the entire royal family is with the charismatic movement: queen Fabiola is, and so are princess Astrid and her husband, also king Albert and queen Paola.

But Philippe, Mathilde, Laurent and Claire are not. Also, quite surprising, king Baudouin was not a member.

You could be right about Claire and Laurent , but i've heard that Phillipe and Mathilde are members too although they have never spoken publically , it is known that Philippe is very believing even more so than his uncle Bauduoin was

Baetens 08-06-2004 11:42 AM

Don't think so...I'm not sure but I think Opus Dei exepts only members who are INTELLIGENT enough, and u can't call the Belgian royal family 'smart' right? ;)

Sancia 08-06-2004 12:14 PM

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Originally posted by Baetens@Aug 6th, 2004 - 10:42 am
Don't think so...I'm not sure but I think Opus Dei exepts only members who are INTELLIGENT enough, and u can't call the Belgian royal family 'smart' right? ;)
I think princess Mathilde and prince Laurent, also princess Claire, are intelligent people. But I strong believe that Opus Dei prefer people having money and a high social position. Personnaly, I call Opus Dei a sect (and I'm a Roman Catholic)

wymanda 08-06-2004 08:07 PM

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Originally posted by Danielane@Aug 7th, 2004 - 12:14 am
But I strong believe that Opus Dei prefer people having money and a high social position. Personnaly, I call Opus Dei a sect (and I'm a Roman Catholic)
They sure are getting some bad press lately! :P

Baetens 08-07-2004 02:55 PM

Gee...I understand u find Mathilde and Claire 'smart'. But Laurent???I got the special edition of Point de Vue (the one w/ portraits of royals and their profile) and if u look at it, u'll see that all the other royals got a university degree (or 2) and a nice position in a company while Laurent doesn't do a thing to make a living and hasn't got a university degree.
Prince Johan-Friso (netherlands) for exemple got a beautiful carreer and has 2 university-degrees, got maried to a woman w/ 2 university-degrees!!!

Ciao

Sancia 08-07-2004 03:24 PM

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Originally posted by Baetens@Aug 7th, 2004 - 1:55 pm
Gee...I understand u find Mathilde and Claire 'smart'. But Laurent???I got the special edition of Point de Vue (the one w/ portraits of royals and their profile) and if u look at it, u'll see that all the other royals got a university degree (or 2) and a nice position in a company while Laurent doesn't do a thing to make a living and hasn't got a university degree.
Prince Johan-Friso (netherlands) for exemple got a beautiful carreer and has 2 university-degrees, got maried to a woman w/ 2 university-degrees!!!

Ciao

The intelligence or "being smart" isn't related to the fact of having an university degree. I can assure you that lot of people who have an university degree aren't smart at all: they know much about ONE subject, but that's all. I think that Laurent's activities with his foundation is a proof that he's not completely idiot.

Genevieve 08-07-2004 03:47 PM

Does this religion have a web site or something? I know that sounds weird for religions to have web sites like they are businesses, but I would like to learn more about this religion. I am very intrigued from what I have read here.

Also, what were Mathilde, Claire and Paola's religions before marrying into the royal family? Did they convert to this religion?

Sancia 08-07-2004 03:51 PM

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Originally posted by Genevieve@Aug 7th, 2004 - 2:47 pm
Does this religion have a web site or something? I know that sounds weird for religions to have web sites like they are businesses, but I would like to learn more about this religion. I am very intrigued from what I have read here.

Also, what were Mathilde, Claire and Paola's religions before marrying into the royal family? Did they convert to this religion?

I don't think there's a specific web site, but there are surely plain of "private" site about this practise of religion. It's not a religion, but a different way to practise. I won't say anything more, but let you search, because I would be rather critical about it.

Sancia 08-08-2004 03:48 PM

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Originally Posted by susanstotz
but they all do have that wholesome innocent quality, a bit stepfordish,
I think they are all 100% opus dei except Paola, Laurant and Claire.

I'm nearly sure that Astrid and Lorenz are Opus Dei. It would surprise me a lot if Albert was. But I strong believe that Laurent and Claire aren't: the style of their wedding mess was not at all an "Opus Dei" style. And a member of Opus Dei would have spoken of a muslim godfather for a Belgian princess.

Sancia 08-08-2004 03:50 PM

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Originally Posted by lilydale
Beautifully put, Danielane! Couldn't agree more. While degrees are all well and good, they are certainly not the true measure of one's intelligence.


You're right! I'm studying in a very brilliant university (la Sorbonne at Paris), and I know a lot of persons who know a lot of things, but are only intelligent "by" or "in" the books.

Iain 10-14-2004 02:18 AM

[QUOTE=Cathérine Bergeyck]Actually not the entire royal family is with the charismatic movement: queen Fabiola is, and so are princess Astrid and her husband, also king Albert and queen Paola.

I'd have thought that Queen Fabiola would have had more sense than to get mixed up with the charismatic movement. I'd have put her down as a traditionalist.

hillary_nugent 10-14-2004 05:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Baetens
Gee...I understand u find Mathilde and Claire 'smart'. But Laurent???I got the special edition of Point de Vue (the one w/ portraits of royals and their profile) and if u look at it, u'll see that all the other royals got a university degree (or 2) and a nice position in a company while Laurent doesn't do a thing to make a living and hasn't got a university degree.
Prince Johan-Friso (netherlands) for exemple got a beautiful carreer and has 2 university-degrees, got maried to a woman w/ 2 university-degrees!!!

Ciao

Intelligence is not equated by the number of university degree you have...anyhow intelligence comes in many form so its not quite fair to claim Laurent is not as smart as his family members...

Hannelore 10-14-2004 08:27 AM

I agree with what you say, but I do think that Laurent isn't very bright. He has a kind heart, but it would be better to think before he says something. Sometimes he also makes political statements and that's just not done. He harms the entire RF with such behaviour.

Josefine 08-01-2005 02:16 PM

do poeple think its strange that they are a part of charismatic movement

susan alicia 08-01-2005 02:35 PM

I think Laurant is as intelligent as his brother and his sister but he is a bit high strung, has a nervous personality, while they are very calm.

I thougt Flip had made one or more political statements in the past and I thought that that was considered all right on this website by several members (but I can not remember the subject nor the members, am equally bright as Laurant :) and too lazy to read back)


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Originally Posted by Hannelore
I agree with what you say, but I do think that Laurent isn't very bright. He has a kind heart, but it would be better to think before he says something. Sometimes he also makes political statements and that's just not done. He harms the entire RF with such behaviour.



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