|Right of Pope Francis is Prelate Echevarria, Left|
(Rome) Prelate Javier Echevarría, who has been at the head of the Personal Prelature of Opus Dei since 1994, has engaged an important personnel decision and thus undertook a strategic course in naming his successor at the head of a Personal Prelature.
Echevarria, who has the rank of bishop, is the second successor of Opus Dei founder Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer y Albas (1902-1975). Escrivà was canonized in 2002 by Pope John Paul II, and his first successor, Monsignor Álvaro del Portillo (1914-1994) was beatified by Pope Francis on September 27, 2014.
Monsignor Javier Echevarría has now appointed a deputy.The decision was justified with the proliferating global tasks and his advanced age. Echevarría, born in 1932 who reached his 82nd birthday last June 14, had appointed the former Vicar General of the Prelature, Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz as his deputy.
Msgr. Fernando Ocariz Coadjutor Prelate
In Dec. 9 came the appointment came into force transmitting to Msgr. Ocáriz all that is necessary for the responsibility the management of the Prelature, including the prelate's reserved decision-making powers. The only exceptions are the responsibilities associated with the episcopal office of the prelate.
The appointment was made in accordance with Article 134, paragraph 1, and Article 125 of the Codex iuris particularis Operis Dei , which John Paul II. approved with the Apostolic Constitution Ut sit on 28 November 1982.
In contrast to countervailing tendencies to bureaucratize ministries occupied for life in the church and to limit their time, the prelate of Opus Dei continues its life in accordance with statutes. For this reason, the statutes provide for the possibility that the prelate may freely appoint a deputy in the form of a coadjutor. The General Council of the Prelature can also recommend such an appointment.
Msgr. Ocariz was Co-author of the Declaration Dominus Iesus
Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz was born in 1944 in Paris. He studied physics at the University of Barcelona and then theology at the Lateran University in Rome. At the University of Navarra, he received his doctorate in the New Evangelization. In 1971 he was ordained a priest and later taught Fundamental Theology as Professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. Since 1986 he has been Consultant of the Congregation and since 1989 a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology . Since 1994, he exercised the office of Vicar General of the Prelature. He is regarded as one of the principal authors of the Declaration Dominus Iesus on the unicity and salvific universality of Jesus Christ and the Church in 2000.
Opus Dei, canonically erected in 1943, is the only personal prelature of the Catholic Church. The prelate has the rank of bishop. Already, Msgr. Echevarria held the Office of the Vicar General in Opus Dei before his appointment as Prelate.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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