Dei in the News Media
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External sites are not endorsed by the Opus Dei Awareness Network,
Inc. (ODAN), nor are the views expressed necessarily those of ODAN,
Inc. The articles are divided into the following sections:
Articles and Programs about Opus Dei
about Fr. McCloskey
of Opus Dei's Founder
Completion of Opus Dei's North
American Headquarters Building
Former FBI Agent and Supernumerary Robert
Hanssen Convicted of Spying
Articles and Programs about Opus Dei
CNN Paula Zahn, May 19,
Former Opus Dei numerary assistant
Colleen O'Neill was interviewed live on CNN
Paula Zahn at
8:00 pm on Friday, May 19. Colleen left Opus Dei in
2005 and has been
providing interviews to the media about her experiences in
Opus Dei, which mirror those of
former members who left Opus Dei many years ago. The
testimony of a former Opus Dei
numerary assistant can be read at the following link:
Opus Dei Unveiled, The History Channel, May 16,
produced by George Tzimopoulos and Bill Brummel Productions
Opus Dei: A Silent Revolution (2005,
52min) by Marcela Said and Jean de Certeau
Wednesday, May 17
Ex-Opus Dei Members Decry Blind Obedience
ABC News, by Charlotte Sector
Opus Dei members: 'Da Vinci' distorted
Daily Record by Abbott Koloff, May 14, 2006
Does Opus Dei Have a Dark Side?
NBC 11, San Jose/San Francisco/Oakland, May 17, 2006
The Real Story on Opus Dei - Not the Hollywood Version
The Ottawa Citizen; the Associated Press, May 8, 2006
Opus Dei lifts veil
NorthJersey.com, by John Chadwick, May 18, 2006
Opus Dei in Spotlight Thanks to "Da Vinci Code"
KDKA Pittsburgh, Sonni Abatta reporting, May 15, 2006
Behind the Secret Sect of Opus Dei
CBS2 Chicago, Antonio Mora reporting, May 15, 2006
Expansion of Opus Dei group home has neighbors concerned
WNDU-TV: South Bend, Indiana, May 9, 2006
Note: The following two articles from the National
Catholic Reporter detail extreme changes
recently made by Opus Dei Bishop Robert Finn in the diocese
of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO.
Extreme makeover - the diocese
National Catholic Reporter, May 12, 2006
No Rationale for upheaval in Kansas
National Catholic Reporter, May 12, 2006
Many in Bay Area Part of Opus Dei
ABC7News: San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, May 12, 2006
The New York Daily News, April
The Sunday, April 30 edition of the New
York Daily News featured the following article about Opus
The Record.com, May 13, 2006
"Doing 'the work of God'" by Mirko Petricevic
The History Channel, May 16,
On Tuesday, May 16th @ 8pm eastern / pacific ...
The History Channel premieres Opus Dei
Unveiled ... a new High Definition documentary
directed and produced by George Tzimopoulos and Bill Brummel
The History Channel was granted
unprecedented access inside Opus Dei -- considered the most
controversial organization in the Catholic Church.
Cast as the diabolical villains of the bestselling novel and
feature film The Da Vinci Code, Opus Dei's leadership
including Bishop Javier Echevarria and Father Thomas Bohlin
respond to disturbing accusations that this religious
organization is a secret and clandestine cult, that it
recruits aggressively, that it has vast sums of money and
that it controls the Vatican.
From its fascinating birth in Spain to its remarkable global
imprint and influence throughout the Catholic Church,
discover the real story behind the spiritually-demanding and
controversial lifestyle of Opus Dei¹s 87,000 worldwide
members - the secrets of Opus Dei are unveiled.
Opus Dei: A Silent Revolution (2005,
52min) by Marcela Said and Jean de Certeau
Wednesday, May 17
Filmmaker Marcela Said presents the U.S. premiere of her
groundbreaking work Opus Dei: A Silent Revolution
(Marcela Said & Jean de Certeau, Chile/France.) This
documentary is a journey into the heart of one of the
most secretive groups of the Catholic Church, Opus Dei.
Through meetings with Opus Dei members, the film
penetrates and reveals bit by bit this unknown society.
In Spanish, French and Italian with English subtitles.
Presented with the Embassy of Chile.
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National Geographic Program,
April 24, 2006
Opus Dei was the topic of
a television program that appeared on the National Geographic
Channel on Monday, April 24 at 8 pm.
The program about the Da Vinci Code, with a segment about
Opus Dei, appeared on the show "Is it Real?"
CNN, Paula Zahn Now,
Wednesday May 17
CNN's "Paula Zahn Now" featured a special on Opus
Dei on Wednesday, May 17 at 8:00 pm.
ODAN Representatives on CBS Sunday
Morning, April 30 with Martha Teichner
Opus Dei was the topic of a broadcast on CBS Sunday
Morning that aired on Sunday, April 30.
interviewed ODAN Executive Director and former numerary
To read the transcript:
Time Magazine Cover Story on
A recent issue of Time
Magazine featured Opus Dei. Former
members of Opus Dei were interviewed for the issue.
To read the articles please follow this link:
Geraldo At Large, Friday, May
Geraldo At Large on the FOX Channel aired a special
about Opus Dei on Friday, May 5, 2006.
When and if a link is available, we will post it at this
Bloomberg.Com, April 26,
Opus Dei, Vilified in 'Da Vinci Code,' Runs Global MBA
By Vernon Silver and Michael Smith
(Note that the Opus Dei member Eduardo
Guilisasti, age 53, stated that he had joined Opus
Dei in 1968 after
attending Opus Dei events while in high school.
Despite claims by Opus Dei
that they do not allow minors to join,
reveals that he was only 15 or 16 years old when he joined Opus Dei.
Former members testify that
they were told by Opus Dei
directors not to tell their parents about their lifetime
to Opus Dei because
"parents do not understand." Guilisasti's
statements in this article also seem to imply that he
relinguishes control of
his entire salary to Opus Dei, who then supplies his minimal
needs. Contrast this with the statement of Opus Dei
priest Father Michael Barrett on Hardball with Chris
Matthews, June 9, 2005 "MATTHEWS: Do they have to
turn over their paycheck to Opus Dei? BARRETT: They
don‘t turn over their paycheck." It is
Opus Dei has not been truthful about its
and has never admitted to any wrongdoing.)
Reporter runs interference for controversial Catholic group
Irish Echo, March 15-21, 2006
By Peter McDermott
Catholic Group Says of 'Da
Vinci Code' Film: It's Just Fiction
New York Times, February
By Laurie Goodstein
Opus Dei aims to improve
its public image ahead of 'Da Vinci
Vinci Code' Fight Brews
ABC News - Good Morning
Opus Dei Program Aired on
Monday, March 20 in Boston
Opus Dei was the subject
of a news program on WHDH-TV Channel 7 in Boston on Monday,March 20 on the 11 pm news,
and again on Tuesday March 21 between 4-6:30 pm. ODAN Executive Director Dianne
DiNicola and former numerary Tammy DiNicola were interviewed
for the program.
To view the transcript of this
DEI Featured On
On Thursday, October 27,
2005, a BBC documentary on Opus Dei aired on BBC Radio 4
- 93.5 FM (United Kingdom.) The show was produced
by Simon Cox. Former Opus Dei numerary member
Tammy DiNicola was featured on the program, along with
several Opus Dei members, former Opus Dei priest
Reverend Vladimir Feltzmann, and thought reform
counselor and cult expert David Clark. The program may be
listened to via the internet at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/clubclass/pip/ufnn8/ . The program is called Club Class on Opus Dei
and is 30 minutes long.
CBC French Language
A story about Opus Dei in French aired during the
presentation of a show called "5 sur 5", a show one
can see on the French-language international network TV5
throughout the world.
Radio Program on Opus Dei
Opus Dei was the topic of a radio
program that aired on Friday, November 4 on The Current, CBC National Radio's morning current
affairs program. CBC Radio One broadcasts throughout Canada
to listen on-line - scroll down to "Listen
to Part 3.") Former Opus Dei numerary
member Tammy DiNicola was featured on the program along with
John L. Allen, Jr., whose book on Opus Dei is now available.
OPUS DEI FEATURED On MSNBC program "HARDBALL" with Chris
MSNBC program "HARDBALL" with Chris Matthews featured a special "Inside Opus Dei"
on June 8, 2005. Executive Director Dianne DiNicola and former numerary Tammy DiNicola
appeared on the show as well as Opus Dei members. To view the written transcript, go to
Dei has stake in new pope," by
Matthew McAllester, Newsday, April 15, 2005.
Bancroft readily acknowledged that Opus Dei had made "mistakes"
by putting "too much pressure" on some new members during
initiation rites. Some former members have publicized what they
saw as cult-like brainwashing techniques. "We feel bad about
it," said Bancroft, 35, of Stow, Mass., referring to any mishandling
of new members.
election: Opus Dei pulls strings,"
by Barry James in Vatican City, Sify.com, Monday, April 11, 2005.
One of the unanswered questions about next week's secret conclave
to elect the next pope is how much influence will be wielded by
"the Work," the conservative Roman Catholic organisation
called the Opus Dei.
Dei and the Pope" by Jerome Socolovsky, NPR's Morning Edition,
April 5, 2005. Members of the conservative Roman Catholic group
Opus Dei occupy leadership positions throughout the church. The
late Pope John Paul II made the founder a saint in 2004. But critics
of the movement accuse Opus Dei of unscrupulous brainwashing.
history aside, Opus Dei forges close campus links,"
'Work of God' at Princeton by Neir Eshel, The Daily Princetonian
March 22, 2005. "During the past five years, the organizations
affiliated with Tellez and Opus Dei have contributed more than $500,000
to University professors and programs, according to a review of
secret life of Opus Dei," by
Michael Walsh, January 26, 2005, The Guardian, UK.
Kelly says the Catholic group's support is a private matter, but
it is surrounded by a reactionary miasma.
Spiked Garters and Bloodshed...My Terrifying Life in Ruth Kelly's
Religious Sect," by John Roche, The
Mail on Sunday, UK, January 23, 2005. A former member tells
how a lust for power drives the secretive Catholic organisation
on Opus Dei," by John L. Allen Jr., National Catholic
Reporter, July 30, 2004. John Allen of the National Catholic
Reporter visited ODAN in June because he is writing a book about
Opus Dei. He aims to produce a book that is journalistically serious,
reliable, and balanced and welcomes people's feedback "to keep
You Lord May I Have Another?" by Craig Offman, Gentleman's
Quarterly (GQ) magazine, December 2003. Several ODAN supporters
speak out. It is best to print the article out in order to read
Societies: Opus Dei," ANDERSON COOPER 360 DEGREES, Aired
on CNN, December 9, 2003 - 19:00 ET. Dianne and Tammy DiNicola of
ODAN are interviewed. Tammy showed the viewers an actual cilice
and disciplines or cord-like whip.
scrutinize enigmatic Opus Dei," by Ron Grossman, Chicago
Tribune, December 7, 2003.
"Depending on the eye of the
beholder, the teaching kitchens of Lexington College, bedecked with
pots and pans, mark either a place where young people learn an employable
skill in a Christian setting, or a clandestine battlefield in an
intense struggle for the soul of the Roman Catholic Church."
Fiction And Opus Dei," by Paul Moses, Newsday,
August 26, 2003. "The
bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code puts the Catholic
sect in the spotlight’s harsh glare. Some who have left
call the group manipulative and cult-like, but adherents cast
it in a soft light."
the Doors of Opus Dei, Part 1" and "Opening
the Doors of Opus Dei, Part 2" by Elizabeth W. Green, Harvard
Crimson magazine Fifteen Minutes, April 10, 2003. This
article was published in two parts in a monthly supplement to the
Harvard University student newspaper.
Book about Opus Dei written by
John L. Allen now available
John L. Allen, Jr., Vatican correspondent
for the National Catholic Reporter, has written a book about
Opus Dei entitled, OPUS DEI: THE FIRST OBJECTIVE LOOK BEHIND THE
MYTHS AND REALITY OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL FORCE IN THE
CATHOLIC CHURCH. The book was compiled using over 300 hours of
interviews with people in Italy, Spain, Africa, Latin America
and the United States; representatives from ODAN were also
Several links to reviews of the book appear
below. The book is published by Doubleday, 389 pages, list
price $24.95. In the near future, ODAN will provide a statement
about Allen’s work along with a review of the book.
Reviews of Allen’s “Opus Dei”:
Damian Thompson: Editor-in-chief, Catholic
Molly Ziegler, The New York Sun:
John Jay Hughes, National Catholic Reporter
Announcement of ICTOD, the International
Collaboration for Truth about Opus Dei
A collaboration of three
separate groups who have experienced
firsthand the deceptive, manipulative and cult-like practices of
has been formed in response to Opus Dei's depiction of itself
media and the general public.
Note: Regrettably, it is our
understanding that the domain name
www.opuslivre.org has been
by Opus Dei and is no longer a source for information about Opus
Dei. Nevertheless, concerned individuals
and former Opus Dei members remain in Brazil. Please contact
ODAN if you would like to be placed in
contact with others from Brazil.
Reflecting on this action by Opus Dei, the
question to ask is this: What does Opus Dei fear about the
free flow of information that it would pursue shutting down those
who have experienced firsthand Opus Dei's
deception and manipulation? This is the type of action
employed by extremist regimes, whether fascist or
communist, where information is routinely stifled through control of
all forms of media.
ODAN supporters and those familiar with cult
information may remember the similar demise of the
Cult Awareness Network (CAN) which was completely taken over by
Scientology in 1997. Opus Dei's
actions speak louder than its words...
Dei Awareness Network, Inc. and Opus Libros have announced the
of The International Collaboration for Truth about Opus
Dei (ICTOD). The collaboration is the
result of three separate
groups of people who have had harmful experiences with Opus Dei in
locations from all over the world wherever Opus Dei operates.
ICTOD was formed
to challenge the statements made by Opus Dei in its recent media
to dispel the image depicted in the book and recent
movie, The DaVinci Code.
consists of Opuslivre, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Opus Dei
(ODAN) based in the United States, and
Opus Libros, based in Madrid, Spain.
Opus Dei has focused on the extremes of the movie, such as bloody
use of the
discipline (whip) and the cilice (spiked chain) while
saying nothing about how the organization takes
away a person's freedom through a subtle indoctrination process consisting of
techniques, the withholding of information
necessary to make an informed choice and the use of subtle
fear and guilt to exact blind obedience upon its members. ICTOD
will focus its resources
to educating the public about the absolute
control and obedience that exists in Opus Dei along with
and manipulative recruiting practices.
information about ICTOD, including contact information and a
statement from the
coordinator of Opus Libros: ICTOD
in Lima: Opus Dei Cardinal Accuses Bishops and the Vatican Curia,"
Sandro Magister, www.chiesa website, March 3, 2005. Falsified letters,
plots, and lies. The Church in Peru is at war. The target is the
archbishop of the capital, the first Opus cardinal. And he´s
Read the recently translated letter
from Opus Dei founder Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer
to Spanish dictator Francisco Franco congratulating him on the
union of church and state in Spain.
cardinal upset by Alzamora probe," By Rick Vecchio, Associated
Press Writer, printed in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
Wednesday, April 21, 2004."Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Luis
Cipriani's ultraconservative views and cozy relationship with fugitive
ex-President Alberto Fujimori have frequently helped snare him in
Peru's tangled web of political intrigues. But even his adversaries
were surprised when he indignantly announced recently that he had
been subpoenaed to testify in an investigation into the alleged
murder of his predecessor, Monsignor Augusto Vargas Alzamora - at
the hands of Fujimori's now-jailed spy chief, Vladimiro Montesinos."
right crams into Lib branches," by Aban Contractor, Mark
Metherell and Mike Seccombe, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia,
April 12, 2004. "A significant number of the 125 male students
at Warrane College, affiliated with the University of NSW - where
Opus Dei is entrusted with pastoral care - have been signed up to
the Randwick-Coogee Young Liberal branch, according to a membership
list seen by the Herald."
God they trust," by by Aban Contractor, Mark Metherell
and Mike Seccombe, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, April
12, 2004. "God is appearing in more and more places around
the Federal Parliament, and among all sorts of people. Mike Seccombe,
Aban Contractor, and Mark Metherell report on the growing link-up
of church and state."
launches inquiry into Opus Dei claims by students," by
John Downes, Irish
Times, April 3, 2004. UCD is conducting an inquiry into claims
that a college lecturer told students they had to attend an Opus
Dei event in order to pass their exams.
Dei cookbook," Inquirer News Service, Manila, Phillippines,
July 21, 2002. "Documents filed in the ongoing CIPI insolvency
case at the Pasig Regional Trial Court show that even Opus Dei stalwarts
can cook corporate books and engage in self-dealing a la Enron and
Opus Dei And Signs Of A New Elitism," by Chris McGillion,
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 22, 2002. McGillion reports
that the Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Rev. George Pell is looking
favorably towards Opus Dei. The prelate participated in a congress
sponsored by the city of Rome, and the Italian Government commemorating
the 100th anniversary of the birth of the founder of Opus Dei.
Opus Dei: Strong Catholic Tastes on Campus" by Mike O'Riordan,
an article from The Varsity, the University of Toronto's
Student Newspaper in Toronto, Canada, July 24, 2001. Highlights
Ernescliff College, a student residence whose activities of doctrinal
and spiritual formation are entrusted to Opus Dei.
alarm over 'white mafia'" by Erica Cervini, Church Storm,
Sunday, April 2001. "But Father Gonzalo Munoz, a Melbourne
Catholic priest, believes Melburnians should be wary of the group.
"The more we expose them the better...My concern is really
that they are trying to influence the church with values that are
contrary to the Gospels. It's about elitism, it's about wealth and
prestige," Father Munoz said. "My concern is that they
are going to infiltrate universities."
"The hand of Opus Dei in El
Salvador," by Marianne Johnson, The Tablet UK,
November 18, 2000. "According to Jon Sobrino, this apparent
rejection of the recent past should not come as too great a surprise.
Liberation theology from the outset had the weight of the world
against it, after all, and would inevitably provoke division and
conflict between Church and state. A Church that is at war with
a state is not in a position to suffuse all levels of society, instead
of just the poor, with the Christian faith – an objective
that has taken on a new force under Pope John Paul II; while a state
that is at war with the Church is hard pushed to find moral justification
for its existence and policies. An end to the rift offers mutually
"Opus: secrets and lies, Special report: Northern Ireland,"
by Henry McDonald, The Observer, section of the Guardian,
UK, Sunday August 6, 2000. This article discusses the Patten Report,
of which one of the key requirements of reforms is that future police
recuits are obliged to reveal membership of various secret societies.
The list included Opus Dei, the extreme right-wing Catholic sect.
about Fr. C. John McCloskey III, Priest of the Prelature of Opus
Crusaders," By Charles P. Pierce, The Boston Globe,
November 2, 2003.
"A powerful faction of religious and political conservatives
is waging a latter-day counterreformation, battling widespread efforts
to liberalize the American Catholic Church. And it has the clout
and the connections to succeed."
orthodoxy to Washington power brokers," by Joe Feuerherd,
National Catholic Reporter, September 5, 2003. Opus Dei
priest brings conservatives to Catholicism. The National Catholic
Reporter printed a Letter to the Editor "Manipulation
of Guilt" on September 26, 2003 by a former numerary.
a Tyco Lawyer Channeled Windfall Into an Unlikely Cause," by
Laurie P. Cohen, The Wall Street Journal, June 4, 2003.
Indicted Counsel Mark Belnick was converted to Catholicism from
Judaism by Father C. John McCloskey III, a priest of the Prelature
of Opus Dei. "On Sept. 30, 1999, [Belnick] received the first of
several huge Tyco payouts: $3.4 million from the sale of restricted
company shares. Six days later, he e-mailed Father McCloskey to
say, 'I'm sending you my check for $2M towards my pledge to the
new Sanctuary/Altar' in the Catholic Information Center in Washington."
"The Rev. John McCloskey,
The Catholic Church's K Street lobbyist," by Chris Suellentrop,
Friday, August 9, 2002. "'A good Catholic isn't worried about going
deep into these theological levels,' [McCloskey] says. 'You say,
I believe.' It's an anti-intellectual approach: All members of the
church take a leap of faith, but McCloskey wants them to do it with
their eyes closed and their hands over their ears. That demand of
total, uncritical obedience is reminiscent of the most damning criticism
leveled at Opus Dei by former members—that it uses cultlike methods
of recruitment and indoctrination to prey on the unwitting."
"Opus Dei -
Quotes from Father McCloskey," by Franz Schaefer from the website
Opus Dei - The Unofficial Homepage.
Catholics divided," by Deborah Kovach, The Trenton
Times, October 22, 1989. "[One student at Princeton] said
he was initially attracted to Opus Dei because 'it provided security
and it makes complicated lives very simple. Everything is black
and white. You don't have to think.'Taliercio said, 'Opus Dei is
dangerous in the sense that this reactionary Catholicism can take
over what is really mainline Catholicism and stamp out those who
do not agree.'"
Dei priest loses campus job," by Deborah Kovach, The
Trenton Times, April 10, 1990. "The Rev. Vincent Keane,
director of the Aquinas Center where the Catholic chaplaincy at
Princeton is housed, told McCloskey on Dec. 8 that he would be dismissed."
Articles by Fr.
C. John McCloskey III, Priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei
Canonization of Opus
Dei in the Open: A shadowy church within the Church
gets its saint," by Kenneth Woodward, Newsweek International,
October 7, 2002. "Escrivas
genius was to fashion a movement of worldly ascetics organized in
a loose, cell-like structure."
and Mystery," by Jeff Israel, Time Europe, Oct.
7, 2002." As Opus Dei's founder is canonized, Catholics wonder
if the secretive lay group will one day help pick the next Pope."
This link has a photo of the newly appointed Cardinal Julián
Herranz, a numerary priest of Opus Dei.
of Opus Dei Gets His Day: Controversial leader declared a saint
Carol Eisenberg, Newsday, Long Island, New York, October
6, 2002. "But Tammy DiNicola, 34, of Pittsfield, Mass., who
joined the group's elite echelon of celibate members after being
lobbied heavily as a student at Boston College, said Opus Dei operates
like a cult." "I see this as a black day in the history
of the church," she said of Escriva's canonization. "I
really think that Opus Dei is a cancer on the church."
Dei Saint," by Sylvia Poggioli, National Public Radio,
Sunday Morning Edition, October 6, 2002. Listen to this radio broadcast
from Rome regarding the canonization of Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer,
the founder of the Roman Catholic movement Opus Dei ("God's
Work"). Segment features former numerary member Alberto Moncada,
who gave a negative testimony at Escriva's beatification proceedings.
Dei," by Duncan Moon, National Public Radio, All
Things Considered, Sunday, October 6, 2002 Listen to this radio
broadcast by NPR religion correspondent Duncan Moon who reports
on the canonization this week of Josemaria Escriva, the controversial
founder of the Catholic group Opus Dei. Pope John Paul II has publicly
praised Opus Dei, but some accuse it of being a secretive cult.
(4:45) Transcript of broadcast.
Follower Slams Opus Dei's Saint-To-Be," by Emma Ross-Thomas,
Madrid, Reuters, October 5, 2002. "But to former follower
Isabel de Armas, Opus Dei is like the Unification Church, better
known as the Moonies after its leader Sun Myung Moon. De Armas says
she even wondered during one Opus Dei meeting if she was in revolutionary
beckons for priest linked to Franco: Controversial founder of Opus
Dei will be canonised tomorrow," by Giles Tremlett, Madrid,
The Guardian, October 5, 2002.
proves the power of Opus Dei founder," by Bruce Johnston
in Rome and Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent, Daily Telegraph,
UK, October 5, 2002. "But the organisation, a mainly lay body
devoted to striving for perfection in daily life, particularly in
the workplace, has inspired as much suspicion as admiration."
town divided over 'cult' of sanctity through work,"
Isambard Wilkinson in Madrid, Daily Telegraph, UK, October
5, 2002. "This week the Socialist opposition party criticised
the government, saying that state television and radio's coverage
of Escriva's canonisation was excessive. A spokesman described the
two and a half hours of airtime reserved for the ceremony as "a
clear example of what the PP [the Popular Party led by Jose Maria
Aznar, the prime minister] understands of public service: to broadcast
a programme as if we all vote for the PP, go to Mass and belong
to Opus Dei."
rise of Opus Dei,"
Peter Gould, BBC News Online, October 4, 2002. "Critics
accuse the organisation of being secretive and elitist. They have
expressed concern over its recruitment methods, likening it to a
Saint Reflects Lay Group's New Influence," by Frank Bruni,
New York Times, Rome, October 3, 2002. In addition, some
former members and their relatives complain that Opus Dei is cult-like
in the way it grooms new prospects, separating them from their friends
and families. The Rev. James Martin, an associate editor of America
magazine, a Jesuit-run journal, said that after he wrote an article
raising questions about the group's recruitment techniques, 'the
number of heart-wrenching phone calls that I got from parents was
or Tainted," by Paul Bompard, from the Times Higher
Education Supplement, June 22, 2001. "Opus Dei encourages
members to live like saints and counts the pope among its supporters,
but critics call it manipulative and pernicious."
in the Temple" by John Martin, The Remnant Newspaper
on June 30, 2002. "It's not simply that Escriva and Opus Dei
have a legion of critics and a history of dubious practices, it's
the startling pace John Paul II has followed in exalting this mysterious
shepherd and his multinational flock through a series of breathtakingly
honorific 10-year milestones -- granting Opus Dei personal prelature
status (1982), beatifying Escriva (1992), and now (2002) declaring
this dynamic but disturbing son of Spain worthy to rub elbows with
such giants as John the Baptist, Peter and Paul, Joan of Arc, Thomas
More, Therese of Lisieux, and Christina the Astonishing."
Priest to become Saint" by Frances D'Emilio, Chicago
Sun-Times, March 8, 2002. This article reports that the founder
of the conservative Roman Catholic group Opus Dei will be elevated
to sainthood this October, receiving a posthumous honor in 27 years
that's often bestowed on notable Catholics only after centuries.
on Escriva's Canonization is No Option" by Ruth Bertels
a veteran Catholic journalist January 19, 2002 from her website
Five, where she has a series of otherarticles on Opus Dei as
Linked to Franco to be Canonised: Pope Helps Opus Dei Founder Towards
Bates, The Guardian (UK), December 21, 2001. This article
discusses the Vatican's acceptance of the miracle attributed to
Opus Dei's founder.
of Opus Dei's North American Headquarters Building
Strict Offshoot," by
Charles W. Bell,
New York Daily News, May 13, 2001. This
article discusses the new $42 million 17-story Opus Dei headquarters
building in Manhattan.
Dei: A Journal News Special Report -- Inside the World of
Opus Dei" by Shawn Cohen and Gary Stern, from The
Journal News, based in Westchester/Rockland Counties,
New York, April 22, 2001. Mentions the new 17-story, $55 million
Opus Dei's North American Headquarters building.
Details of Opus Dei's North American Headquarters.
The architect for this building was May & Pinska. This
has pictures from the interior and exterior, and describes
how the architects solved some of the challenges presented
to them, like having separate entrances and parking lots for
men and women.
statistics of Opus Dei Headquarters Building.
Includes square feet, height, number of floors and address
FBI Agent and Supernumerary Robert Hanssen Convicted of Spying
True Story of Opus Dei
Supernumerary in Movie "Breach"
Once again, Opus Dei members are
featured in a movie entitled "Breach."
Unlike the fictional Da Vinci Code, however, the movie is based on
the true story
of convicted FBI spy and Opus Dei supernumerary Robert Hanssen.
Many wonder, how could a seemingly
pious, dedicated and hard-working man be at
the heart of one of the worst security breaches in the history of
the United States?
The answer can be partly found in the paradoxical nature not only of
Hanssen, but also
of Opus Dei, both of whom share similarities such as elitism,
intelligence, detachment, and isolation.
current and past news articles about Hanssen, along with some
thoughts on the
paradoxical nature of both Hanssen and Opus Dei:
Transcript. This is a transcript of an interview conducted by
Bill Delaney on May 18, 2001 after former FBI Agent Robert Hanssen,
supernumerary member of Opus Dei, was indicted on charges of spying
for Moscow. Both ODAN and Opus Dei were represented.
Spooks, and the Catholic Church?" by Catharine A. Henningsen,
The American Catholic, April, 2001. Questions the secrecy
surrounding Opus Dei, given its influence in the corridors of power.
Question of Why: Contradictory Portrait Emerges of Spying Suspect,"
Carol Morello and William Claiborne, The Washington Post,
February 25, 2001. This article is a portrait of convicted spy Robert
Hanssen, a supernumerary member of Opus Dei. "One after another,
the six Hanssen children trooped off to private schools affiliated
with Opus Dei: the three daughters to Oakcrest, a girls' school
now in McLean; the sons to The Heights, a Potomac school."
Dei's Secret Revealed: It Takes Spies in From the Cold,"
by Eugene Kennedy, Religion News Service, 2001. The arrest of accused
FBI spy Robert Hanssen shines a spotlight on Opus Dei, the enigmatic
Catholic group he belonged to. "This intersection of secret
group and secret agent, however, demands that Opus Dei either reveal
itself and its operations more fully or find that questions and
doubts about it will multiply in the future."
Articles about Opus Dei
Book sheds light on Opus
Véronique Duborgel, a 44-year old kindergarten teacher and former
Opus Dei supernumerary,
has written a book about her 13 years in Opus Dei, "Inside the Hell
of Opus Dei." As recounted
by Susan Bell of the Telegraph (Britain), in her book Duborgel
"describes techniques of psychological
isolation similar to those sometimes used by sects, and claims that
Opus Dei intrudes into the
most intimate areas of members' private lives, encourages them to
inform on each other and
drains their financial resources...she was instructed not to tell
family or friends that she was a
member of Opus Dei."
To read the full article by Bell:
near for 3rd ex-Tyco exec," by Jayne
O'Donnell and Greg Farrell, USA Today, April 6, 2004. "It
turns out that Belnick, once a conservative Jew, donated some of
that money to a conservative branch of the Catholic Church known
as Opus Dei. This was after Belnick quietly converted to Catholicism
Fr. McCloskey -- see Wall Street Journal article.] without telling
his wife, parents or other family members."
Intrigues: 'The Passion,' the Pope, and the Phantom Review,"
by Sando Magister, February 6, 2004, L'espresso.
The preview of Mel Gibson’s film sends the curia into confusion.
Dziwisz and Navarro speak, and then recant. Opus Dei plays a role
as well. And two thunderbolts fall from the heavens.
Smell of Death," by Mark Fellows, The Catholic
Family News, November 3, 2003. Mark
Fellows reviews the book by John Follain, City Of Secrets,
The Truth Behind The Murders At The Vatican, New York,
HarperCollins Publishers, 2003. One of the murder victims, the
Captain Commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, Colonel Alois
Estermann, was a member of Opus Dei.
compromise bailed out Dance Marathon 2003 and its initial beneficiary,"
Matt Donnelly, The Daily Northwestern, February 26, 2003.
"People on the listserv clicked over to MEF's site, and their
eyes caught what Hall, Wessel and two DM executive boards didn't:
a line at the bottom reading, 'MEF is inspired by the social teachings
of the Catholic Church and the Prelature of Opus Dei.' A pair of
links took visitors from MEF's site to Opus Dei's Web site for the
to Vatican Information Services on May 2, 2002, The Holy Father
appointed "As members of the Congregation for the Causes of
Saints: Cardinals Ignace Moussa I Daoud, Jan Schotte C.I.C.M., Agostino
Cacciavillan and Sergio Sebastiani; Archbishops Luigi Dossena and
Giovanni Coppa; Bishops Lino Fumagalli, *****Javier Echevarria
Rodriguez****, Jozef Zlatnansky and Franco Croci." Javier
Echevarria Rodriguez is the current Prelate of Opus Dei. This news
is relevant in light of the following article, "Beatification
process begins for one of the first women members of Opus Dei."
This article also reports that in the year 2000, the Diocese of
Pamplona opened the process of canonization of her brother Eduardo
Ortiz, also a member of Opus Dei.
Dei lifts lid without revealing secrets, by Isambard Wilkinson,
The Daily Telegraph, London, March 23, 2002. In this article,
numerary Luis Gordon shrugs off criticism about Opus Dei's use of
corporal mortification by saying, "Do you like pretty women?
So do I. Do you know what effort they make to get a nice figure,
and increase their height with high heels -- this is a very hard
mortification, much more than a cilice." When asked about the
accusations that Opus Dei is dripping with worldly riches, Gordon
said it was impossible to gauge its wealth. "There are no figures."
Dei prestige on display at centenary event," By John L.
Allen. Jr., Rome, National Catholic Reporter, January 19,
2002. Allen reported on the Rome Congress, which marked the centennial
of Opus Dei founder's birthday. The Congress, which took place January
7-11, drew 1,200 people from 57 countries. American VIPs included
Archbishop John Myers of Newark, N.J., a member of Opus Deis
Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, and U.S. Senator Rick Santorum,
Republican of Pennsylvania. Santorum told NCR he is not a member
of Opus Dei, but an admirer of Escriva. He also "told
NCR that a distinction between private religious conviction and
public responsibility, enshrined in John Kennedy’s famous
speech in 1960 saying he would not take orders from the Catholic
church if elected president, has caused 'much harm in America.'"
PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, Cover Story: Opus Dei,
June 29, 2001. In Rome andthe U.S., Kim Lawton talked with Opus
Dei members and critics.
Over Opus Dei: Some Criticize Group's Methods," one of
four articles of an ABC News Series by David Ruppe, June 18, 2001.
ODAN is mentioned in the article.
Group Opus Dei purchases Boston-area estate for use as spiritual
Mary Price, Culpepper News, February 12, 2001. "Longlea, an
844-acre estate in Boston,Virginia (80 miles from Washington DC),
was sold to Opus Dei, a secretive Roman Catholic organization, for
$7.4 million. According to Jack Luther, facilities director at what
is to be renamed the Longlea Conference Center, an anonymous donor
located the property for Opus Dei and supplied the entire purchase
price. According to the Rev. William Stetson, a priest with Opus
Dei in Washington, D.C., the property will be used as "a center
for spiritual conferences and retreats."
pen stains the Vatican," by Philip Willan in Rome,
The Guardian, UK, Saturday November 20, 1999. The book
Blood Lies in the Vatican alleges that the murder of
the commander of the Swiss Guard was due to a Vatican power
struggle between the secretive, traditionalist Catholic movement
Opus Dei and a masonic power faction ensconced in the Curia.
Public Radio's Weekend Edition. (Scroll down and click on Opus
Dei.) This is a Real Audio segment from Weekend Edition that was
broadcast on July 25, 1998. Lynn Neary reports from Rome on some
of the controversial aspects of Opus Dei, and she interviews several
authors including Michael Walsh, Fr. James Martin, and Maria del
Carmen Tapia. The segment is 16 minutes long.
Vatican's Own Cult," by Robert Hutchison, The Guardian,
September 10, 1997. Article on the influence of this dangerous religious
sect. Robert Hutchison is the author of the book "Their Kingdom
Come: Inside the Secret World of Opus Dei."
Dei -- The Pope's Bold and Beautiful. Transcript of a Finnish
TV documentary byJan-Erik Andelin from 7 November, 1995. Andelin
interviews three numeraries, four supernumeraries and two former
numeraries, one male and one female.
Dei in the United States," by Father James Martin, S.J.,
America magazine, February 25, 1995. He describes the dichotomy
of views on Opus Dei: a "Way" to the sanctity of everyday
life versus a powerful, even dangerous cult-like organization. (Also
available in the ODAN Information
December 13, 2010