Friday, September 30, 2005

American Opus Dei Bishops Outed!

With John Allen's new book on Opus Dei coming out November 1st, vaticanisti cannot let Allen have all the fun reporting on The Work's "secrets." Something that hasn't been widely reported are the number and identity of Opus Dei bishops in the United States. There are currently 4 American Opus Dei bishops. The only numerary priest who is a bishop is Archbishop José Gomez of San Antonio. His affiliation with The Prelature of Opus Dei is well-known. The other 3 bishops are what's known as supernumerary priests because of their status as diocesan priests. They are members of The Work through the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross -- an association of clergy intrinsically united to Opus Dei made up of the clergy of the Prelature, who are automatically members, and other diocesan priests and transitional deacons. Archbishop John Myers of Newark, New Jersey is counted among this group and his affiliation is fairly public. However, two other bishops have kept their connection very private: Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, New York.

According to the Opus Dei communications office, the diocesan clergy who belong to the Priestly Society seek exclusively spiritual help and strive for holiness in the exercise of their ministry, according to the spirit of Opus Dei. Their membership in the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross does not involve incorporation into the presbyterate of the Prelature. Each one continues to be incardinated in his own diocese and depends solely on his own bishop (or if bishop, to himself), to whom alone he gives an account of his pastoral work.


Anonymous fr. bob said...

How does Vaticanisti know such things? Rocco won't be too pleased with Finn being Opus Dei -- obviously he had no clue when he lavished so much recent praise on him. Enlightening.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous McCormick said...

Vaticanisti has unearthed yet another fascinating secret. You guys do some excellent reporting. Fair and balanced. I had no idea about Finn or DiMarzio. Very interesting. Finn I can see, but DiMarzio seems different.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Antonio said...

I must admit that I'm just guessing.
But could those in the Traditional Anglican Church (who want to enter "in communion" with Rome) become a Prelature (as Opus Dei)?

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im totally in the dark about Meyers.. In Peoria he surely didnt act according to "the Way" and considering what Rholf's just did at the Mount.. Im even more so flabbergasted..

Meyers is quite stoic and likes being catered to.. so opposite of true humility..


10:02 AM  
Blogger iClaudius said...

They are members of The Work through the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross.

This is a contradiction. They may be members of the Priestly Society, but they certainly are not members of the Work.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous sigher: What did Msgr. Rholfs just do at the Mount?

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Miers said...

This is so boring compared to the Supreme Court confirmation wars, no wonder you guys let it drop.

12:36 AM  
Blogger vaticanisti said...

Actaully, the Miers nomination makes us yawn. If she wore lacey outfits, perhaps our interest would be piqued.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am happy to see that more and more people are seeing the light about Rocco. He is a big wind bag.

3:15 AM  
Blogger Todd said...

According to priests I know in the diocese, Finn's association with Opus Dei is no big news. Finn hasn't trumpeted his association, but he hasn't exactly hidden it either.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fr. bob's Rocco-fantasies continue unabated . . . . what's the going rate for "that sort of thing now" 6 Our Fathers and 6 Hail Marys?

All this time on blogs, fr bob! Don't you have cappas to steam press and biretta pom-poms to fluff up?

4:54 AM  
Anonymous fr. bob said...


Rocco fantasies? Birettas? My only fantasy is drawing a warm, sudsy bath for you...then placing an electric toaster in the water for your happy ending.

Kiss this, little one.

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I smell a goat in this gathering. The sheep are obvious and will enter the Kingdom.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about Dewane in Venice?

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