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Catholic Word of the Day: OPUS DEI, 11-18-11
CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-18-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 11/18/2011 8:40:40 AM PST by Salvation

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OPUS DEI

An association of the Catholic faithful who dedicate themselves to the apostolate and to Christian perfection in the world. They do not, however, give up their social environment and continue in their secular profession or employment. founded in Madrid on October 2, 1928, by Monsignor José María Escriva de Balaguer, it received its final approval from the Holy See on June 16, 1950 The full canonical name is Societas Sacerdotalis Sanctae Crucis (The Priestly Society of the Holy Cross). Headquarters are in Rome. There are two branches of Opus Dei, of men and of women, but each so independent of the other that they form two organizations, united only in the person of the president general. The women's branch was founded in 1930. A general council, drawn from persons in different countries, assists the general in governing the association. Priests belong to Opus Dei and Opus Dei members have been ordained to the priesthood. Married persons also belong to Opus Dei, dedicating themselves to seeking Christian perfection in their own state of life. Co-operators, who are not official members of the association, help in its numerous apostolic activities.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; priests
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1 posted on 11/18/2011 8:40:43 AM PST by Salvation
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2 posted on 11/18/2011 8:42:11 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

There are entirely too many secret societies within the Catholic church.the Catholic Church Is ONE, it is Holy, it is Catholic and it is Apostalic, does not include secret societies.


3 posted on 11/18/2011 8:49:32 AM PST by chatham
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To: Salvation

Opus Dei is a form of Eliteism and has no place in The Catholic Church.
Reminds me of the Book “Animal Farm”, in which “All pigs are equal,but some pigs are more equal than others”.
Makes me sad.


4 posted on 11/18/2011 8:53:55 AM PST by chatham
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Opus Dei isn’t a “secret society”. Anyone can come to an OD retreat or other function. The only thing that’s “secret” about it is that those who are active in it aren’t supposed to flaunt it; St. Josemaria wanted Opus Dei to be a vehicle to make people better Catholics, not “Opus Dei members”.


5 posted on 11/18/2011 9:01:20 AM PST by Campion ("It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins." -- Franklin)
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To: chatham
Opus Dei is a form of Eliteism and has no place in The Catholic Church.

Obviously the Popes disagree with you.

6 posted on 11/18/2011 9:02:07 AM PST by Campion ("It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins." -- Franklin)
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To: chatham

Opus Dei has had plenty of critics, almost all of them leftist dissenters, so you may have gotten a false impression of them.

I had plenty of contact with members of Opus Dei, including one of their priests, when I was in college, and in graduate school, and I kept up some of the contacts afterward. I also read St. Josemaria Escriva’s biography. They are all orthodox Catholics, in my experience, and nothing secret about it.


7 posted on 11/18/2011 9:21:16 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.2)
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To: chatham

This has started because of Dan Brown Novels because of being best sellers. Which then went into popular culture. He used made up material with a somewhat legitimate title of an organization. Also his movie versions.


8 posted on 11/18/2011 9:36:58 PM PST by johngrace (1 John 4!- declared at every Sunday Mass.)
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