What did Pope Francis order for Opus Dei?
On July 22, the Vatican published the apostolic letter in the form of a motu proprio titled “Ad charisma tuendum” (To safeguard the charism), whereby Pope Francis ordered a reform of Opus Dei.
Among the pope’s provisions are that the prelate who directs Opus Dei from now on will no longer be a bishop; the institution must adapt its statutes and present an annual report; and it will no longer answer to the dicastery for bishops but to the dicastery for the clergy.
Opus Dei explained that the decision that the prelate may no longer be a bishop is “an initiative and decision of the Holy See” to reinforce “the charismatic dimension” instead of the hierarchical dimension of the institution.
Ocáriz, 77, is not a bishop and, due to the pontifical document, will not be consecrated as such.
In a question-and-answer section of Opus Dei’s website in Spain, it states that this does not “directly introduce changes in the form of…