Joos was ordained a priest in Ghent in 1946 . He studied in Rome and graduated with a doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University . During his time in the Belgian college , he made friends with the Polish priest Karol Józef Wojtyła, who also lived there, and later Pope John Paul II , who was working on his dissertation there. He remained on friendly terms with him all his life. From 1970 until his death he was pastor of Landskouter.
Joos was, among other things, professor of moral theology and canon law in Ghent . In his diocese, Joos was the head of the ecclesiastical court. From October 7, 2003 he was titular archbishop of Ypres for 14 days . On October 11, 2003 in Ghent Arthur Luysterman , the Bishop of Ghent , gave him episcopal ordination ; Co- consecrators were Paul Van den Berghe , Bishop of Antwerp , and Jozef De Kesel , Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Mechlin-Brussels . His motto was: Diliges me . At the Consistory on October 21, 2003, he was surprisingly elevated to cardinal deacon with the title deaconry San Pier Damiani ai Monti di San Paolo . At the time of his ascension as cardinal, Gustaaf Joos was no longer eligible to vote because he was 80 years old.
The cardinal died in the Landskouter rectory. The burial took place on November 12, 2004 in the Landskouter cemetery.
- Joos, Gustaaf. In: Salvador Miranda : The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. ( Florida International University website), accessed November 28, 2016.
- Entry to Gustaaf Joos on catholic-hierarchy.org ; accessed on November 28, 2016.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Joos, Cardinal Gustaaf|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Belgian theologian and cardinal|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 5, 1923|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sint-Niklaas , Belgium|
|DATE OF DEATH||November 2, 2004|
|Place of death||Landskouter , East Flanders|