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Praedicate Evangelium: Intrigue Against Opus Dei (September 15) claims Francis prevented a “greater punishment” for the Opus Dei.

• A draft of Praedicate Evangelium, written by the current Cardinal Ghirlanda, envisaged splitting Opus Dei in two by separating priests and laity and assigning each to different dicasteries.

• The reason: Ghirlanda insists that a personal prelature consists only of clerics and cannot include lay people.

• Francis stopped this plan after receiving a long letter from Opus Dei prelate Fernando Ocáriz.

• speculates that Ocáriz may have offered Francis a waiver of the episcopal rank of the Opus Dei superior in order to block the draft.

• The danger for the Opus Dei is not over yet, as a "reform" of its statutes is pending.

• Francis worries about "reforming" the groups that need it least, while leaving the rotten traditional orders - including the Jesuits - untouched.

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