Saturday, March 25, 2023

A blow to Opus Dei. The highest official of the opus will no longer be designated as a bishop.

through a “Motu Proprio” (On his own initiative), an executive decision of the Pope that could be equated with a presidential decree in a democratic state, Francis decided to reconfigure the statute of Opus Dei within the Catholic Church. Cut down on the virtues and powers conferred on him by John Paul II (1920-2005).

Through a resolution issued by the Vatican in recent days with the title “Ad charisma tuendum” (“To protect the charisma”) and which will come into force the next day. August 4Pope Francis imposed this responsibility on Opus Dei submits a report every year “On the Status of the Prelature and the Development of His Apostolic Work” (previously this was done every five years), Such information, ordered the Pope, would be submitted to the Dicastery (ministerial) for the clergy, when it had previously been sent to the influential Dicastery for the Bishop, which added to the determination that the Prelate (maximum of the Opus Dei). right) already not necessarily a bishop not only considers the organization as a new frame but grants A range of little relevance within the institutionalization of the Catholic Church. In this sense, Francis had already moved through the facts because the current bishop, Spanish priest Fernando Ocariz (77 years old), who, unlike his predecessors, took his office in 2017, was never appointed bishop by Bergoglio. it was done.

In “Motu proprio”, the pope justifies his decision “to protect the charisma of Opus Dei and to promote the evangelical work to be carried out in the world by its members, as well as to adapt the provisions relating to the prelecher. The new organization of the Roman Curia” which Francis is carrying out.

referring to the apostolic constitution Let it be (with which John Paul II established the Opus Dei as a personal prelecher) George Bergoglio now provides that “the statutes of the prelecher of Opus Dei may be readily approved by the competent bodies of the Headquarters upon the prelecher’s proposal.” Will be adapted. Apostolic”. In other words, Opus Dei would not only have to reform its statutes, but they would also be reviewed by the Vatican for approval through the Church for the Clergy.

In another point the Pope established that the organization was “with full respect for the nature of the conspicuous charisma” and with the aim, he says, “to strengthen the conviction for the protection of the special gift of the Spirit, A form of government based more on charisma than hierarchical authority is essential“and ends by indicating that” Therefore, Bishop will not be honored by episcopal order,

Offering his own interpretation of Francis’ resolution and removing the significance of the measure, the current bishopric (highest authority) of Opus Dei wrote that “Episcopal ordination of the Bishop Opus Dei. was not and was not necessary for the guidance ofand pointed out that “the Pope’s will now invites us to strengthen the family atmosphere of affection and trust, underlining the charismatic dimension of the act” in which “the prelate should be a guide, but above all, a father”. .

Opus Dei is an organization created on October 2, 1928 in Madrid (Spain) Gained relevance during the Franco regime Later to expand around the world. Because of his Orthodox affinity and as part of his official strategy, Pope John Paul II maintained a close relationship with Opus Dei during his Pontifical (1978–2005), to the point that in 2002 he appointed Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer ( 1902–1975). a saint. , the founder of “Kama”, presents them as examples of life for Christians in this way. Under Karol Wojtyla’s rule, the Opus Dei grew in influence and power within the Catholic Church, its presence in the Vatican, and in several countries. In the Holy See, he controlled the entire communication system of the Church, and Joaquín Navarro Valls, a well-known figure of Opus Dei, was appointed first as director of the Vatican Press Office (1984) and then as spokesman for the Pope., He remained in that position after the death of John Paul II in 2005 and during the first months of the Pontifical of Benedict XVI. He resigned in July 2006.

Opus Dei arrives in Argentina in March 1950 It reached a high level of development during the dictatorship of Juan Carlos Onganía (1966–1966), the then Archbishop of Rosario, Antonio Cagiano (1899–1979, who later became Cardinal and Archbishop of Buenos Aires (1959–1966). .

The headquarters of Opus Dei in Argentina is located in the federal capital, in the neighborhood of Recoleta, where the University Center for Studies (CUDES) operates. It is a building constructed in 1972 on land under the military government by the Municipality of the City of Buenos Aires. alexander lanuse, Years later, in 1980, the dictatorship of Jorge Videla Subsidy given to complete the work.

There is no exact data on the number of members of Opus Dei in the country, but their presence is dominant in institutions and in the intellectual, political and business spheres. Some investigations estimate that at least 17 civil unions across the country are affiliated with the organization and at least fifty institutions depend on them. These include the University of Australia with offices in Buenos Aires and Rosario, and the campus in Pilar, Buenos Aires, where the IAE (School of Management and Business of the University of Australia), Australia University Hospital and the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences. , Like most of the work promoted by Opus Dei, the University of Australia does not directly depend on the Confessional Organization, but is administered by the Civil Association of Higher Studies (ACES), a non-profit civic body dedicated to higher education.

Gustavo Belize, the current Secretary of Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of the Nation, and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences since last year by appointment of Francisco are among the political figures associated with Opus. Previously they were, among others, lawyers and former members of the Supreme Court, Rodoldo Barra, banker Francisco Trusso, and businessmen Carlos Pérez Compaq, Guillermo and Rodolfo Lanuse.

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