Alas! It is not just Protestant evangelicals who are working out of a distorted sense of masculinity these days.
The Catholic Bishops this past week stepped back from the edge of declaring Catholic politicians who back Roe vs. Wade should not receive communion. They watered down their declaration, thanks in part to interventions by the papal legate and indirectly by Pope Francis himself.
Many bishops wanted to continue to attack Biden, Pelosi and other democratic Catholic politicians. I find some of the pronouncements of Archbishop Gomez, head of the Catholic Bishops Conference against Black Lives Matter, women’s rights and homosexuals deeply troubling.
Most troubling is that Gomez attended the Opus Dei university in Spain, was ordained a priest in that sect, and named “vicar” of Opus Dei in Texas in 1999. He says his spirituality is rooted in Opus Dei.
What does that mean? The media’s silence about Opus Dei is deafening.
If I could sit down with Archbishop Gomez, I would ask him some questions:
Since you exited the seminary, have you expanded your theological mind beyond that of Opus Dei?
What does it mean to you that the founder of Opus Dei, Escriva, was a mad misogynist as his woman secretary of seven years testified to in her book about him?
Are you bothered that Escriva was a card-carrying fascist priest and that Opus Dei members served on dictator Franco’s cabinet and in his administration for many years?
Can you reconcile Opus Dei and American democracy?
How is it that a devout Opus Dei member who worked in the FBI for many years became the greatest traitor in American history responsible for having more American spies murdered than anyone in history?
Adapted from Matthew Fox, How Ratzinger’s Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved, chapter 6, “Opus Dei,” pp. 106-124.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Archbishop Jose Gomez at Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, California. Photo by Prayitno on Wikimedia Commons.
Queries for Contemplation
Meditate on how patriarchy often births organizations that carry the toxic masculine as intrinsic to their identity. And these organizations link up with other power organizations and often succeed financially. This is one way their “values” are perpetuated. What values do you prefer to those of Opus Dei?
The Pope’s War: Why Ratzinger’s Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved
The Pope’s War offers a provocative look at three decades of corruption in the Catholic Church, focusing on Josef Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI. The final section in the book focuses on birthing a truly catholic christianity.
“This book should be read by everybody, not only for its ferocious courage, but also for its vision for what needs to be saved from the destructive forces that threaten authentic Christianity.” ~ Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope.
“In the gripping The Pope’s War, Matthew Fox takes an unwavering look at the layers of corruption in the Catholic Church, holding moral truth against power.” — Jason Berry, author of Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II