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For 40 years, the It is the only individual precursor of universal purpose with its own status. own Its founder, Josémaría Escrivá de Balaguer, explains its position: unlike most dioceses, it was secular and individual, and committed to evangelizing the whole world, regardless of origin, place or profession. The work – as it is known – expanded throughout the world thanks to this condition, which gave some freedom in rendering accounts. That was the case until last Thursday They cut off their privileges. A time for everything.

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I think it’s a wake-up call, a kind of strong institutional condemnation”, he tells El Comercio Juan Fonseca, historian specializing in religious issues and professor at the Universidad del Pacifico. “What the Pope is saying is that they have, until now, acted contrary to their professed charism.”.

In the texts of the Second Vatican Council, the word charisma is used to indicate that the Holy Spirit guides the church and gives and governs her various gifts. In the case God’s workThe group points out that holiness is a goal that all people can achieve.

Indeed, on July 14, the Holy Father To protect the attraction”. In that apostolic letter, he recalled, “My predecessor, Saint John Paul II, sat down to defend the charism in the Apostolic Constitution […]established Precursor to Opus DeiEntrusting to him the pastoral work of contributing in a special way to the evangelization of the Church”, and added his change. That order is based onHierarchy is more about charisma than power”.

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El Comercio contacted the press office Opus Dei in PeruWhence they shared a public essay written by their chaplain, Mgr. Fernando OkarisIn which it was acceptedas a son” conclusion Francisco. A kind of mea culpa was even outlined: “[Su Santidad] He exhorts us to take care of Opus Dei’s charisma to ‘enhance the evangelical activity carried out by its members’..

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Fonseka says:In the Catholic Church, the procession is carried inside first because it is a monarchical system; And second, because God’s work He always had only that vertical view, and in this case, it was against his interests”.

Also, what are the changes for work? “They are now under surveillance Council of ClergyThat means, for example, that you have to keep an account every year”, explains Fonseka.

And, that too was grantedChairman God’s work is no longer considered a bishop and cannot wear episcopal vestments”. Now, he will be considered under of Atibul Apostolic ProthonotaryThis is an honorable mention, according to the Europa Press Agency.

The expert insists that is incorrect God’s work It’s going to become a sect, it’s going to fall apart Catholic Church. Quite the contrary. What is he looking for? Pope Francisco The order is integrated into the hierarchy of submissions by other members.

On October 6, 2002, John Paul II traveled in the ‘Popemobile’ during the canonization of Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer. AP / Maurizio Brambati

Meanings of attractiveness

1. They are gifts by which the Holy Spirit organizes the Church, creating services and activities needed by society.

2. They are the sacramental attributes received in Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders that define insertion into the ecclesial community.

3. They are gifts that consider choosing a state of life in response to a vocation, whether married or celibate.

Reforms of the Holy Father

why John Paul II He gave him carte blanche God’s work? to Juan José Tamayo, General Secretary of the Association of Theologians and Theologians Juan XXIII and Member of the Chair of Theology and Science of Religions of the Carlos III University of Madrid.There are two reasons. First, because of their international character and great presence, the Chief Pontiff took them as a platform to spread his message, whose orientation Tamayo considers “Neoconservative and Reconstructionist.

The second is financial aid. “They gave huge sums to cover the Vatican’s expenses. This, added to the order’s effectiveness and practicality, contributed to John Paul II Benedict XVI Give him all kinds of favors”.

For several decades, Opus Dei practically governed the Catholic Church from a more traditional perspective, but this situation could not last long. Pope Francisco It has taken him more than nine years to impose limits on them because he feels the system is going in the opposite direction to the reforms he wants to implement.”.

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Portrait of Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer.  AP
Portrait of Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer. AP

For Tamayo, in addition to the Holy Father’s criticism of neoliberalism, “Companion to Opus Dei”, Los Allegations of sexual abuse Little or no prosecution against members of the order and accused criminals would have played a major role in his decision. “It is not the only cause, but there is a direct link. As the Church grows, it seems a duty for these organizations to take moderate measures”.

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As with other similar organizations, there are more and more allegations against members God’s work. In A member of the organization first condemned by the Vatican, The father Manuel CookFor sexual abuse. Also listed “Servants of God?”43 women complained that the order employed them as teenagers and forced them to work.Work as domestic workers for free”.

Photo of December 20, 2001.  Javier Rodríguez Echevarria, then priest of Opus Dei, greets Pope John Paul II.  AP
Photo of December 20, 2001. Javier Rodríguez Echevarria, then priest of Opus Dei, greets Pope John Paul II. AP

Tamayo acknowledges the natural resistance of the most conservative “The Vatican leadership and the most influential departments of the national churches”. That, he says, hinders reforms Pope Francisco proposes”Grow with the strength and breadth He desires”. “It has to be taken into account that he knows his enemies and has a clear critical attitude, perhaps insufficiently energetic, to try to neutralize them when clashing with great powers.”, he notes.

“This could lead to resignations like the Pope did Benedict XVI? I don’t think so. He is firm in his approaches, he knows that from a theological and evangelical point of view, what he proposes is right and sufficient, and in no case is he threatened by opposition.”.

Now, I have my doubts as to whether this order will come into effect, if it is really going to limit power and influence. God’s work. There are bishops belonging to the organization in Spain and the world, but above all there is a network of ecclesiastical priests who hold positions of authority in dioceses and parishes. They have extraordinary influence to put the brakes and levers on reforms Pope Francisco”, concludes Tamayo.