Ravesteyn, Josse

Ravesteyn, Josse (in Latin Tiletanus), a Belgian theologian, was born about 1506 at Tielt, Flanders. He was educated at Louvain, and taught theology there. He was sent by Charles V to the Council of Trent (1551), then to the Colloquy of Worms (1557), and distinguished himself at these ecclesiastical councils by his knowledge and moderation. In 1559 he replaced Ruard Tapper in the charge of the nuns who had the care of the hospital of Louvain. He had twice been elected rector of the university of that city, and held divers benefices of imperial munificence. "He was," said Paquot, "a wise doctor, quick at controversy, a zealous defender of the Church, and much opposed to the errors of Baius, whom he regarded as his most ardent adversary." He died at Louvain Feb. 7, 1571. His principal writings are, Confessionis editoe a Ministris Antwerpiensibus Confutatio (Louvain, 1567, 8vo); the Confession of the pastors had already been refuted by William of Linda: — Apologia Catholicoe Confutationis, etc. (ibid. 1568, 8vo); directed against the Centuries de Magdeborg, of which Matthew Flach Francowitz was the principal author: — Apologice Decretorum Concilii Tridentini de Sacramentis (ibid. 1568-70, 2 vols. 12mo). He left several works in manuscript. — Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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