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Listing of Cardinals, Bishops and Priests in the Opus Dei Orbit

and/or

In the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross

On a Worldwide Scale


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PURPOSE

The purpose of this document is to illustrate the level of penetration and control that the Opus Dei Prelature (in abbreviated form, simply Opus Dei) and the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross - the clerical association intrinsically united to Opus Dei - have in the Roman Catholic Church, thus, the world at large.

The listing provided - according to the original sources - illustrate who are members, supporters or sympathizers of Opus Dei.


INTRODUCTION

If a priest is member of the Opus Dei Prelature, he is automatically also member of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross. On the other hand, it is technically possible for a priest to be member of the Priestly Society without being member of the Prelature. (1) However...

In spirit, the Opus Dei Prelature and the Prieslty Society of the Holy Cross are one and the same organization although, very conveniently, they have been given two different legal tags. We say that in spirit they are one organization and the same because:
  1. In the very words of its legal constitution, "The Priestly Society of the Holy Cross is erected as a clerical Association intrinsically united to the Prelature". (2)

  2. They have the same head: "The prelate of Opus Dei is (also) the president of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross." (1)

  3. They have the same founder: The Priestly Society of the Holy Cross was founded in 1943 by Josemaría Escrivá. (3)

  4. They have the same origin: "Originally, its function (of the Priestly Society) was to create a priestly body within the Opus Dei and coming from the Opus Dei. Later, however, the intention was to include (also) diocesan priests in the Opus Dei." (3)

  5. They have the same aims: Since the Priestly Society is instrinsically united to the Prelature, it is not possible to ignore the fact that the Opus Dei works - according to the very words of its legal constitucion - "as an institution endowed with a unity of spirit, of aims, of government and of formation". (2)
According to Wikipedia (consulted in July 2017), "There are around 4000 priests, bishops and deacons around the world who are members of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross". (1)

This document should by no means be considered an exhaustive list of cardinals, bishops and priets who are members or sympathizers of Opus Dei and/or the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross.

The main source, but not the only source, of names and biographical data in this document is Wikipedia (details at the end of this document).


Founder and prelates of Opus Dei

Cardinals
Note: Following, Cardinals who promote or are linked to Opus Dei, not necessarily members

Cardinals Count

As of August 6, 2017, there are 223 living cardinals worldwide (of which 121 are cardinal electors) (source). In the list above, adding up cardinals members of Opus Dei as well as those who promote or are linked to Opus Dei, results in 42 living cardinals (in addition to 25 deceased) who, at least, are sympathizers; and it is understood that it is not an exhaustive list. That is, at least 18 percent of the living cardinals in the world are, at least, sympathizers of Opus Dei.



Bishops
Note: Following, eight names obtained from the section dedicated to Opus Dei at catholic-hierarchy.org. However, each entry is filled in with Wikipedia data.
Note: Following, one bishop found in Wikipedia Category "Members of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross" (Spanish).
Note: Following, three bishops found in other sources
Note: The following are Bishops who promote or are sympathizers to Opus Dei but are not necessarily members. Because of material limitations, we can only list a few number of them. This sample, in particular, contains mainly bishops from the United States and Spain.

Another Priests and/or Theologians

Note: Following, names obtained from Wikipedia Category "Members of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross" (Spanish).


SOURCES

The main source of this document is Wikipedia. In particular:

(A) In places where the source is not explicitly stated:

(1) The names were obtained from the Wikipedia article in English about the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross.
(2) The biographical data was obtained from said article, or from each corresponding personal Wikipedia page or from other particular Wikipedia articles.

(B) The reader is warned that, in names and biographical data, the destination address of the links is not always the original one that was in the source.

(C) Wikipedia and the other sources: Consulted July/August 2017.


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NOTES                            

(1) Priestly Society of the Holy Cross (article in English) - Consulted July 2017
(2) Apostolic constitution "Ut sit" --- of 1982 by which Opus Dei adopts the legal form of Personal Prelature
(3) Priestly Society of the Holy Cross (article in Spanish) - Consulted July 2017



Originally published in Spanish on August 7, 2017

Published in English on August 29, 2017 - Martyrdom of John the Baptist


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