Pope Francis and Bishop Fernando Ocáriz, Prelate of Opus Dei

Prelate of Opus Dei reports on the work of adapting its Statutes

The Prelate does so in a letter sent to the members of the Prelature

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(ZENIT News / Rome, 09.13.2023).- On Wednesday, September 13, the Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Fernando Ocáriz, sent a letterto the members of the Prelature in which, among other things, he reported on the work that the Work had begun again with the Dicastery for the Clergy to adapt its Statutes in accordance with the Pope’s request.

Before arriving at this point, the Prelate recalled the approaching October 6, the date on which St. Josemaría Escrivá was canonized: “And on October 6th we will joyfully recall his canonization. Our founder was always aware of being simply an instrument for bringing about what God wanted. How can we fail to recall that, when Opus Dei was taking its first steps, he wrote to us: “The Work of God comes to fulfill the Will of God. Therefore have the deep conviction that heaven is determined on it becoming a reality” (Instruction, March 19, 1934)”.

Bishop Ocáriz also mentions his recent visit to Asia and Oceania and then goes on to say: “I am happy to inform you that – after the summer break in the northern hemisphere – we are working with the Dicastery for the Clergy to draw up the proposal for modifications to the Statutes that will be presented to the Holy Father. Continue to accompany this process with your prayer and with an attitude of hopeful filial abandonment. There has been no shortage of interpretations on this matter in the media and on social networks, and many of you have sent your questions and concerns. I thank you and understand your concern for the Work, which belongs to everyone; let us take advantage of this news to joyfully spread the spirit that we have received from our Lord. As in the previous messages of June 3rd and August 10th (which I suggest you reread), to the extent that the Dicastery deems it appropriate, we will inform you about the progress of this work”.

The Prelate’s letter concludes with a reminder of the upcoming Synod on Synodality, which begins on October 4 in Rome.


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