Opus Dei Struggles for Direction After Leader’s Death
Dona eis requiem. Controversial Catholic organization Opus Dei is at a turning point after the last connection to its founding generation passed away this week. Established in 1928, the sect inspires its 90,000 mostly non-clergy followers to aspire to behave like saints. With Bishop Javier Echevarría now gone, the world’s got its eyes on Opus Dei, which has been called a “church within a church” for its secrecy and prominence in right-wing politics. Now its members will have to elect a new prelate, who’ll set the sect’s direction.