The position of Opus Dei within the Church changed yesterday with the entry into force of Pope Francis’ motu proprio after nearly 40 years to protect charisma, made public at the end of July. With the measures adopted, the position of the religious organization has been adapted to the reform that the pontiff ordered with the document for the Vatican Curia in March. preach the gospel,
The changes have not come suddenly, but it is true that no details of the scope of the new measures have been given until this summer.
This organization goes as far as the Synod for clergy dependent on the Episcopal Congregation
Some points of the Apostolic Constitution are amended in Motu Proprio Let it be In 1982, since the time of John Paul II, and it has been largely determined that the organization founded by Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer depends on the episcopal religion of the clergy based on the episcopal religion of the dioceses, with priests like the rest of the religious Institute. In addition, instead of doing this before the congregation of bishops every five years, an annual report to the clergy would be required to send an annual report on the status of the work of the bishops’ evangelist. And its bishop—the current Fernando Ocariz—will not be able to become bishop on the pretext that the organization’s charisma will be enhanced. Opus Dei is now responsible for drafting new statutes in line with these provisions.
What does all this mean? Until now, the Opus Dei, which is a personal sermon, functioned as the only one existing in the church as if it were a diocese without territory. In that diocese there were bishops, priests of work, as well as ordinary people.
By relying on the bishop’s district and vetoing that its diocese be a bishop – Ocariz is not, and two of his predecessors, Javier Echeverria and lvaro del Portillo, did not have immediate mater – clarified some aspects, explains Jaime Flecker. Professor at the Faculty of Theology of Granada (Loyola University).
“This step has been taken because his position was an anomaly from the ecclesiastical point of view. Under the prelate were priests and commoners, and it seemed that legally and theologically they were subordinate to their bishop and not to the diocese, explains the Jesuit priests, who believe that there is now “a biological explanation”. “The Opus Dei is an organization of the clergy and the common people co-operate with it. It is clear that it is a clerical body”, says Flecker, who believes that the measure also affects the legal status of the layman within the church. .
In the Opus Dei, no noise is made about the matter, and it was said from the outset that these judgments were accepted in a “filial” manner, with various readings and interpretations, while asserting that It was given that the prerequisite of being a bishop was not to “guide” and be at the forefront of the organization.
“It is an invitation to focus on our charisma, our spirit, and our evangelical work,” say sources within the organization, who also point out that it is all “part of a much wider reform of the Quria” and a “necessary relic”. These sources, as well as others consulted, explain that there is no change in the day-to-day lives of its members, and that the change will only be seen in estates that interact with the Vatican. Shouldn’t even come.
“There are many things happening in the church at the same time and there is a tendency to relate to one another, though not always a real connection”
But in some cases the procession goes inside, and there are people in the Opus Dei who take a different point of view, which doesn’t mean there will be a backlash. “These changes affect the spine, a very free prachar was established and now there is a wake-up call, autonomy is cut off and more control is imposed,” said a retired university professor who is a member of WORK. It is also said that “the fine lace that existed 40 years ago was blown away”. “After giving the German progressives a touch, they gave it to us, they also gave it to the conservatives, they struck a balance”, explains this professor, who sees it as a “political gesture”.
However, other sources consulted, who were knowledgeable about ecclesiastical reality, emphasize that “many things are happening in the church at the same time and tend to be related to one another, though always one.” There is no real connection.” Furthermore, these sources emphasize that as with the current panorama, the Opus Dei is an organization “more than concentrated” and that it provides the church with a number of priests, so no touch is intended to be given to them. As with these wicks, these second readings are understood to “pain” the decisions that may be inflicted among the members of the institution. “Perhaps it was the mistake of some people to think that this situation will last forever,” say these sources.
Flecker, in fact, highlights in a very positive way the response to Opus Dei, at a time when the Bishop of Rome has repeatedly faced much opposition, and compares this position to that of the Jesuits in the 1980s. with the situation experienced when John Paul II imposed it. On him was a major general, Paolo Déza, who was not chosen by his superior, Pedro Arupé. “There was a misunderstanding, but the decision was accepted, and now the same thing happens,” highlighted this Jesuit.