Fernando Ocáriz Braña

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ocáriz and the second or maternal family name is Braña.
Monsignor
Fernando Ocáriz Braña
Prelate of Opus Dei
Mons. Ocariz.jpg
Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz
Church Roman Catholic
See Opus Dei
Installed 23 January 2017
Term ended Incumbent
Predecessor Javier Echevarría Rodríguez
Successor Incumbent
Orders
Ordination 1971
Personal details
Born (1944-10-27) 27 October 1944 (age 72)
Paris, France

Fernando Ocáriz Braña (born 27 October 1944) is a Roman Catholic priest and monsignor who serves as the fourth and current Prelate of Opus Dei. He is widely published in philosophy and has been a consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 1986.

Life, studies and work[edit]

Fernando Ocáriz Braña was born in Paris on 27 October 1944 to José Ocáriz Gómez and María Dolores Braña, and is the youngest of eight children. He studied Physics at the University of Barcelona, where he graduated in 1966.

In the 1960s, as a theology student, he lived in Rome alongside Saint Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei. He received a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Lateran University in 1969 and a doctorate in theology from the University of Navarra in 1971.

He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1971, and was especially involved in ministry to young people and to university students during the first years of his priesthood.

Since 1986, he has been a consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as well as other departments of the Roman Curia: the Congregation for the Clergy (since 2003) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization (since 2011). He has also been a member of the Pontifical Theological Academy since 1989. In 2009, it was announced that he would participate in the doctrinal discussions between the Society of St. Pius X and the Holy See.

In the early 1980s, Ocáriz was among the professors who began the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, where he was a tenured professor (now Emeritus Professor) in Fundamental Theology.

Ocáriz was appointed Vicar General of the Prelature of Opus Dei on 23 April 1994. In 2014, he was named Auxiliary Vicar of Opus Dei.

He became the provisional head of Opus Dei upon the death of the then Prelate of Opus Dei, Javier Echevarria, in December 2016. He was elected the new prelate of Opus Dei on 23 January 2017, and on the same day was appointed by Pope Francis as such.

Writings[edit]

He has written a number of philosophical and theological works, specializing in the areas of fundamental theology, christology, ecclesiology and the questions regarding the spirit of Opus Dei.

  • Hijos de Dios en Cristo, Pamplona 1969
  • Hijos de Dios en Cristo. Introduccion a una teología de la participación sobrenatural, Pamplona 1972
  • La Santisima Trinidad y el Misterio de muestra Deificacion..., Scripta Theologica 6 (1974) 363-390
  • Introducción al marxismo, Prensa española, EMESA, Barcelona 1976
  • Il Marxismo: ideologia della rivoluzione, Ares, Milano 1977
  • Perspectivas para un desarrollo teológico de la participacion sobrenatural y de su contenido essentialmente Trinitario, in: "Atti del Congresso Internazionale" n. 3 Napoli 1979, 183-193
  • Amor a Dios, amor a los hombres, ed.4: Madrid 1979
  • Filiación divina, GranEncRialp X (1979) 116-118
  • El marxismo: teoría y prática de una revolución, ed. 5: Madrid 1980
  • La elevación sobrenatural como re-creación en Cristo, in: AA. VV., Prospettive Teologiche Moderne, Libreria Edtrice Vaticana 1981, (Atti del'VIII Congresso Tomistico Internationale; Studi Tomistici, 13), 281-292
  • La filiacion divina, realidad central en la vida y en la enseñanza de Mons. Escrivá de Balaguer, in Mons. Escrivá de Balaguer y el Opus Dei: en el 50 aniversario de su fundación, ed.2: Pamplona 1985 Scripta Theologica 13 (1981) 513-552
  • Lo Spirito Santo e la libertà dei figli di Dio, in: Atti del Congresso Internazionale di Pneumatologie, Lib. Ed. Vaticana 1982, 1239-1251
  • Partecipazione dell' essere e soprannaturale, in: Essere e libertà, Studi in onore di Cornelio Fabro, Rimini 1984, S. 141-154
  • La mediazione materna (Riflessione teologica sull'Enc. Redemptoris Mater), Romana III/5 (1987) 311-319
  • La nota teologica dell'insegnamento dell'«Humanae vitae» sulla contraccezione, Anthropotes 4 (1988) 25-44
  • María y la Trinidad, Scripta Theologica 20 (1988) 771-798
  • La competenza del Magistero della Chiesa «in moribus», in: Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo II per Studi su Matrimonio e Famiglia Università Lateranense. Centro Accademico Romano della Santa Croce Università di Navarra, «Humanae Vitae» 20 Anni Dopo. Atti del II Congresso Internazionale di Teologia Morale (Roma, 9-12 novembre 1988), Milano 1989, p. 125-138
  • Tomás de Aquino, también hoy, resp. C. Fabro, F. Ocáriz, C. Vansteenkiste, A. Livi, Ed. Universidad de Navarra, ed. 2: Pamplona 1990
  • Il prelato dell'Opus Dei è vescovo: significato ecclesiale e teologico dell'ordinazione, Studi Cattolici 35 (1991) 22-29
  • Teologia Fondamentale (Prima Parte), Roma 1991
  • El misterio de Jesucristo. Lecciones de cristología y soteriología, EUNSA, Pamplona 1991; 1993
  • Sul primato teologico della S. Scrittura secondo S. Tommaso d'Aquino, in: Storia del tomismo (fonti e riflessi), Atti del IX Congresso tomistico internazionale, Lib. Ed. Vat., Vaticano 1992, S. 7-12
  • Teologia Fondamentale I, Ateneo Romano della Santa Croce, Roma 1992
  • God as Father, Scepter 1998
  • Dichiarazione Mysterium Ecclesiae, 24. 6. 1973: testo e commenti, Congregazione per la dottrina della fede, commenti F. Ocáriz, S. Nagy, Lib. Ed. Vat., Vaticano 1993
  • L' Opus Dei nella Chiesa, ecclesiologia, vocazione, secolarietà; resp. P. Rodríguez, F. Ocáriz, J.L. Illanes, Casale Monferrato 1993
  • La Revelación en Cristo y la consumación escatológica de la historia y del cosmos, in: Izquierdo, C.; Alviar, J. J.; Balaguer, V.; González-Alió, J. L.; Pons, J. M.; Zumaquero, J. M. (Hrsg.), Dios en la palabra y en la historia. XIII Simposio Internacional de Teología de la Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona 1993, 377-385
  • La vocación al Opus Dei como vocación en la Iglesia, in: El Opus Dei en la Iglesia: introducción eclesiológica a la vida y el apostolado del Opus Dei, Pedro Rodriguez, Fernando Ocáriz, José Luis Illanes, Rialp, Madrid 1993, p. 135-198
  • Questioni di teologia fondamentale, Ateneo Romano della Santa Croce, Roma 1993
  • Questioni su tradizione e magistero, dispense ad uso degli studenti, Ateneo Romano della Santa Croce, Roma 1993
  • Vivir como hijos de Dios. Estudios sobre el Beato Josemaría Escrivá, Eunsa, Pamplona 1993
  • El Opus Dei en la Iglesia, Rialp, Madrid 1993
  • El Beato Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer y la teología, Scripta Theologica 26 (1994) 977-991; italienisch: Il beato Josemaria Escrivá de Balaguer e la teologia, Romana 9 (1993) 264-274; Divinitas 38 (1994) 107-119
  • The Mystery of Jesus Christ: a Christology and Soteriology textbook, Four Courts Press, Blackrock 1994
  • Vocazione alla santità in Cristo e nella Chiesa, Ateneo Romano della Santa Croce. Santità e mondo. Atti del Convegno teologico di studio sugli insegnamenti del beato Josemaría Escrivá (Roma, 14-14 ottobre 1993) Citta del Vaticano 1994, 27-42
  • Delimitación del concepto de tolerancia y su relación con el principio de libertad, Scripta Theologica 27 (1995) 865-884
  • God, the Church and the World (Interview by Rafael Serrano), Midwest Theological Forum 2013

References[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Javier Echevarría Rodríguez
Prelate of Opus Dei
23 January 2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent