This change “deems power and independence” from the organization within the Church
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The pPope Francis decided with a Motu Proprioa papal document, reforming the influential Catholic organization Opus Deiknown in Europe and Latin America for its conservative positions.
The papal document, under the title ‘Ad charisma tuendum’ (‘To protect the charisma’), effective as of this Thursday and released last July, “remains power and independence” to the powerful organization within the church, according to religious experts.
“Some have interpreted the provisions of the Holy See in terms of ‘downgrading’ or ‘loss of power’. We are not interested in that type of dialectic, because for a Catholic it makes no sense the use of power categoriesmundane,” says Manuel Sánchez, from the press office of the Opus Dei reiterating the official position of the entity.
The Argentine pontiffwho since assuming the papacy in 2013 has committed to reforming the Roman Curiathe central government of the church, mired in a series of scandalshas approved several measures to modernize and guarantee greater transparency within the institution.
On this occasion the Pope’s dispositions affect a powerful religious organization that the Pope and now saint John Paul II elevated at the beginning of his pontificate, in 1982, to the degree of “personal prelature”.
Loss of privileges?
In addition to the only existing prelature, it is a true privilegesince it will equip a diocese with all the decision-making power that this means.
“Forty years later, Francisco seeks to put an end to an excessively hierarchical structure and ‘rescue’ the charismatic values of an institution marked by the power struggles and singularity that makes it unique (for the moment) in the world”, comments jess prettyfrom the specialized page digital religion.
Accused for his detractors of being a kind of secret sect to handle the strings of power inside and outside the Vatican, something that the organization promptly denies, the Opus Deiis present in more than 60 countries and is made up of some 90,000 lay members, including political or business personalities, and more than 2,000 priests especially in Europe and Latin America.
Founded in 1928 by the Spanish priest Jose Maria Escriv de Balaguerwho died in Rome in 1975 at the age of 73, his canonization in 2002 by John Paul II sparked controversy for its close relationship with Franco’s dictatorship.
According to some of the modifications decided by the argentinian popethis prelature passes “to depend on the Dicastery [o ministerio] of the Clergy” and every year, instead of every five, the prelate must present to that body a report on the internal situation and the development of his apostolic work.
It “welcomes as a son what comes from the holy Fatherwith the desire to delve into what is essential”, emphasizes Sánchez. According to some interpretations of the text, the leader of Opus Dei stop being considerate like a bishop and will not be able to show off episcopal vestments.
The form of government of Opus Dei be “based more on charisma than on hierarchical authority,” stresses the Pope Francisco in your document.