Fisac Interview Now Available
ODAN newsletter Vol. 10, No. 1, 2000)
is pleased to make available: "An Interview with Miguel
Fisac: An Insight into the Early Years of Opus Dei."
The booklet details the experiences of Miguel Fisac, a prominent
early member of Opus Dei who knew Opus Dei's founder intimately.
became a member of Opus Dei in 1936 after repeated pressures from
Opus Dei's founder, Josemaria Escriva and other Opus Dei members.
He was a trusted friend of Escriva's, often accompanying him on
the 1950's, Fisac became disenchanted with Opus Dei, deciding to
leave the organization in 1955. Despite an amicable departure,
Fisac endured ostracization and persecution at the hands of Opus
Dei members. A prominent Spanish architect, Fisac suffered
professionally because of Opus Dei's infiltration into Spanish society,
and its power to blacklist.
the interview, Fisac relates a story of particular cruelty on the
part of Opus Dei members. After Fisac's young daughter died,
Opus Dei members visited him and in no uncertain terms told him
that her death was a punishment for leaving Opus Dei.
the only surviving member who belonged to Opus Dei before the Spanish
Civil War (1936-1939), Fisac was sought after by Opus Dei's Founder
for his and his family's ability to provide financially. Fisac
was included in Escriva's legendary escape over the Pyrenees because
his family was able to provide a significant amount of money needed
to hire a guide for the journey. Fisac's earnings as an architect
were the main source of income for Opus Dei in the early years.
testimony was refused by the Tribunal of the case of beatification
of Msgr. Escriva. Why? Fisac explains this in detail
in the booklet.
foreword to the booklet is written by Alberto Moncada, a sociologist
and writer who is also a former Opus Dei member. Moncada is
the author of "Historia Oral de Opus Dei," a book which
relied heavily on the testimony of Fisac.
booklet also includes a brief biography of Fisac, an index of names,
and a description of ODAN and its purposes.
to website May 13, 2002