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Comment 18 by pittige

bernard hurley, why is then Gomez cardinal of Los Angelos when they are not allowed

I did not say that Opus Dei members cannot become Cardinals, what I said was that ordained priests who were not members of Opus Dei could not become members of Opus Dei. In Pope John Paul II's pontificate, two members of Opus Dei, Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne and Julián Herranz Casado, were made cardinals. But the conclave that elected Ratzinger had 128 members.

Gomez was already a member of Opus Dei before he became a priest. He remains a member on being made a Cardinal. But a Cardinal or other priest who is not a member cannot become a member of Opus Dei.

Still Opus Dei only has about 2000 priests so they are grossly over-represented in the College of Cardinals.

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:41:03 UTC | #519508