Pope John Paul II and the Church

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vealing their conservative political hand. Here are three examples from their own sources.

Archbishop Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, secretary of the Latin American episcopal conference (CELAM) said: "Opus Dei in the Latin American church represents a progress in fidelity, which is the only form of progress there is in the church."

Cardinal Sebastiano Baggio, Lopez's Roman protector, wrote: " Monsignor Escriva invented a new and original chapter in Christian spirituality."

And, finally, Cardinal Terence Cooke of New York said: "I can say with certainty that when the history of Catholicism in the 20th century comes to be written, the name of Monsignor Escriva will appear as one of the most committed, zealous and farsighted among the leaders of our era."

And now Pope John Paul has added his name to the list of prestigious Opus Dei patrons. One always knew he would. He went to pray at Escriva's tomb before the conclave that elected him. He has hastened the progress of his beatification, setting aside the 50year rule. Now he has given Opus Dei what it wanted all along.

But why now, and why has the news been announced without the usual justifying accompanying letter? One can only surmise that John Paul wanted to get this matter out of the way before his visit to Spain, scheduled for Oct. 14. If the Spanish bishops were hoping to seize the opportunity to make representations about the harmfulness of Opus Dei, they can no longer. They have been presented with a fait accompli.

Unhappy days for Marcinkus' men

( October 29, 1982) The Vatican Bank is very hard to find. The official handbook Annuario Pontificio gives neither its address nor telephone number. The theory is that those who need to know already do know -- and the others can stay away. But if you go inside the Porta Santa Anna on the right of St. Peter's Square, you will see up


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