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The Pope and Opus Dei
A discussion on Pope John Paul II and the Opus Dei organization.
# 142148 | 1,500 words | 6 sources | APA | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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The paper looks at how Hebblethwaite (1995) contends that within a month of Pope John Paul II's appointment as Pope he sought to have Opus Dei recognized by the church as a "well trained laity" that was organized to accomplish church missions (p. 106). The paper explains that the sentiments of the Pope were that the organization was not a traditional diocese because it was not confined by a geographic location, but that the members had the "spirit" necessary to be capable of accomplishing their work and that the organization was a "necessity" for the church (Hebblethwaite, 1995, p. 106). The paper discusses how Williams (1983) stated that this meant that the Opus Dei was intended to be an organization that worked "directly under" the Pope and that functioned according to the Pope's mandates (p. 22). The paper mentions that Fahey (1998) stated that Pope John Paul II called upon the organization's members on numerous occasions while he was Pope for assistance in his papal tasks (p. 486).

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