Some people are uncomfortable hearing about Opus Dei and prefer to contemplate more peaceful matters. I understand that, but true spirituality both celebrates the beautiful and blows the whistle on what is evil.
Opus Dei is the elephant in the room wherever current Roman Catholic bishops of America gather. Their chosen leader is committed to Opus Dei, trained in their so-called theology and “spirituality,” as he has told us.
Archbishop Gomez and many of his bishops had to be talked off the ledge of forbidding Catholic politicians like Biden and Pelosi to take communion because they support Roe vs Wade and therefore support NOT LETTING MEN (like the bishops) tell women what to do with their bodies. Of making Roe vs Wade the ONE issue of their moral teachings, thus “putting their entire theology into a condom,” as Pope Francis once put it. Many are salivating over what the Supreme Court currently assembled might do to abolish the rights of women to control their own bodies.
If Opus Dei is the elephant in the room when bishops gather, Fascism is the elephant in the room when Opus Dei gathers. This cannot be denied. It is thoroughly patriarchal and sexist.
Escriva was a fascist who stood with fascist dictator Franco for years. He was also an admirer of Hitler according to a person who knew him well; and he was so opposed to Vatican II with its endorsement of ecumenism among other things that he seriously contemplated leaving the Roman Catholic church.
No one in the American press seems to want to talk about these truths—they seem to want to run from what John Lewis calls “good trouble,” which is to say, our prophetic vocations. Journalists—and all of us– have a prophetic vocation, don’t we?
A prophetic vocation includes: Blowing the whistle. Telling the truth. Speaking truth to power. Willing to take the hits (like Jesus did) for doing that.
See Matthew Fox, The Pope’s War: How Ratzinger’s Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and What Can Be Saved, pp. ix-xii, 106-124.
And Matthew Fox, “Prayer as Radically Social: Prophecy (Uprooting)” in Prayer: A Radical Response to Life, pp. 97-116;
Also see Matthew Fox, Original Blessing, pp. 250-306.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Archbishop José H Gomez processing at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles. Photo by Thank You (21 Millions+) on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
What prophetic calls have you responded to in your life? What such calls are you responding to today? What have you learned from these calls and responses? Is it your experience that “good trouble” can be a good thing?
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
Prayer: A Radical Response to Life
How do prayer and mysticism relate to the struggle for social and ecological justice? Fox defines prayer as a radical response to life that includes our “Yes” to life (mysticism) and our “No” to forces that combat life (prophecy). How do we define adult prayer? And how—if at all—do prayer and mysticism relate to the struggle for social and ecological justice? One of Matthew Fox’s earliest books, originally published under the title On Becoming a Musical, Mystical Bear: Spirituality American Style, Prayer introduces a mystical/prophetic spirituality and a mature conception of how to pray. Called a “classic” when it first appeared, it lays out the difference between the creation spirituality tradition and the fall/redemption tradition that has so dominated Western theology since Augustine. A practical and theoretical book, it lays the groundwork for Fox’s later works.
“One of the finest books I have read on contemporary spirituality.” – Rabbi Sholom A. Singer