Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Important Strategic Course in Selecting the Head of Opus Dei

Right of Pope Francis is Prelate Echevarria, Left
Msgr. Ocariz
(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
image: Osservatore Romano
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com


Anonymous said...

Is opus dei a freemasonic organization?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

With all the elitist snobbery and secret hand signals and pax and in aeternum etc etc etc.... you bet.

In gaudium et specs they (escriva who mainly pushed this work) BLASPHEMOUSLY says man was created to SERVE MAN ---NOT GOD!!!!

So the Opies keep laughing arrogantly all the way to the big IOR!

Tancred said...


Anonymous said...

Opus Dei is not a Freemasonic organization. Their bookstores sell many anti-Freemasonic literature and there is no evidence or proof of Escriva being a Freemason.

The first accusation was by the Very Reverend Włodzimierz Ledóchowski S.J, who is considered to be one of the greatest Superior Generals of the Jesuits since Loyola and Borgia. The accusation stemmed from Opus Dei operating like a secret society due its lack of transparency and openness.

Josemaria Escriva was of a traditional bent; he refused to say the NO Mass and was close to desolation when the New Mass came in. He disliked Paul VI greatly and supposedly was tempted to join the Greek Orthodox during his great trial of Faith after the Novus Ordo Mass was instituted.

Opus Dei school textbooks that I know of tend to be very traditional and use pre-Vatican II material, although I should add that Opus Dei had to change certain things in their text books after Vatican II. For example:

Unitatis redintegratio references replaced references from Mortalium Animos or Counter-Reformation polemics.
Dignitatis humanae references replaced references from Medieval and Counter-Revolutionary Popes.
Gaudium at spes references replaced references from the Syllabus of Errors.

They're not as conservative as they used to be but they are still at odds with many if not most liberal-Catholics. I think the Jesuits have the biggest beef with them because John Paul II preferred them over the [Arrupe] Jesuits.

Anonymous said...

JP2 the same man who held 2 separate Assisi events,honored false Gods, worshipped false Gods, wrote zionist free masonic inspired encyclical's,was an admirer of Escriva.My guess is there is some type of freemasonry link.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that the obituary of Włodzimierz Ledóchowski (who opposed the Opus Dei and called them Ecclesiastical Masons) was published in the New York Times three days before he died ...


Tancred said...

Sign your posts from now on.