and Other Writings
people are moved to share their stories about how they have been
deeply hurt by Opus Dei. Former numerary members, numerary assistants,
supernumeraries, acquaintances and children of supernumeraries describe
how they were abused mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually
by Opus Dei. They all feel betrayed by Opus Dei, and their consciences
implore them to tell their stories.
The following testimonies and writings express the views of the
authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Opus
Dei Awareness Network, Inc.
"Joining Opus Dei" by
Tammy A. DiNicola
intentionally encourages its members to distort what it actually
means to join the organization...The same member of Opus Dei may
give several different answers to the simple question, "when did you
join Opus Dei?" This article provides clarity about the
process of joining Opus Dei.
The Many Names of Opus
founder changed his name multiple times throughout his lifetime -
This heavily footnoted document written by a man who has asked to
remain anonymous, details these changes, many of which are not
recorded in any of the "official biographies" promoted by Opus Dei.
Recruits Minors and Deceives Church Officials by Former
testimonies now posted show very clearly the ways that Opus Dei targets young
people, even those younger than 18, and even misrepresents the truth
to Church officials. In 1981, the now deceased Cardinal Basil
Hume, Archbishop of the Diocese of Westminster, United Kingdom,
issued the following guidelines to Opus Dei:
Guidelines for Opus Dei
Opus Dei's response at the time was to
thank the Cardinal and reassure him that Opus Dei had always
followed those guidelines. Yet the reality was far different,
as the testimony from this former numerary attests. He joined Opus Dei at the age of 16 only a few days
Cardinal issued the guidelines, and had been instructed by Opus Dei
directors not to discuss it with his parents.
His testimony is
not the only one from former members who testify that they were
actively recruited and joined Opus Dei before the age of 18, and
instructed not to inform or discuss the matter with their parents.
Even Opus Dei members themselves have given interviews lately in
which they reveal that they were under 18 when they joined Opus Dei.
Guilisasti, age 53, who stated that he had joined
Opus Dei in 1968 (age 15 or 16) -
Bloomberg.com; Isabelle St-Maurice, 51, who joined Opus Dei 36
years ago (age 15 or 16) -
Jack Valero, who joined Opus Dei at 16 -
Not only has Opus Dei not been
truthful about its recruiting practices with minors, it has also
actively sought to misrepresent the truth to church officials.
Just as the former numerary from England whose testimony appears
above shows the deception of Opus Dei with church officials, so also
the following short testimony from former numerary Dennis Dubro
shows that Opus Dei directors have misrepresented the truth to
church officials to serve what they believe is "a higher purpose,"
the preservation of Opus Dei as they know it.
Opus Dei Superiors Lied
to Church Officials by Dennis Dubro, Former numerary member.
A companion piece can be found at the following link explaining how
obedience is executed in Opus Dei, in particular with numerary
DON'T LET YOUR SONS GROW UP TO BE OPUS DEI RECRUITS
- by John, Opus Dei prospect at age 14, Northeast USA
This new testimony details the ways that Opus Dei numeraries target
young boys for recruitment, written from the perspective of a now
middle-aged man and father concerned for young people now targeted
by Opus Dei.
Government, Direction and Control in Opus Dei by Dennis Dubro,
Former numerary member
This informational piece written by former numerary member
Dennis Dubro details the levels of government within Opus Dei and
the tight hierarchical control that has been established by Opus
Dei's Founder. Within Opus Dei's hierarchical structure, which
in many circumstances relies on verbal controls and a certain type
of "osmosis," lie many of the abuses in Opus Dei. It is the
structure of Opus Dei itself and its verbal expectations of members
that give rise to the many problems in Opus Dei, not the individual
actions of its members, as Opus Dei often cites when they are faced
with accountability to the public.
Letter 1 and Letter 2:
Letters written to ODAN from deeply concerned parents of children at
Opus Dei schools. Concerned parents appeal to ODAN to share Opus
Dei's deceptive and manipulative practices.
Years in Opus Dei, by Dennis Dubro U.S.
and Drugs in Opus Dei
by Maria, former numerary, Venezuela
Basic Human Rights Were Violated by former numerary
Modern-Day Martyrs using Medieval Methods," by Sharon Clasen,
former numerary. While many Catholic religious organizations now
question whether corporal mortification brings a person closer to
God, the lay organization Opus Dei embraces corporal mortification
in their program of making modern-day martyrs.
is Opus Dei? The Alternative Version
by M.Miki, former male numerary, Brazil, São Paulo.
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
testimonies in English, 20 responses to Franz Schaefer's
website Unofficial Opus Dei from people who had negative
experiences with Opus Dei.
testimonies in Spanish The Opus Libros website contains
over 500 testimonies and books written by former numerary
members of Opus Dei and others.
Dennis Dubro. This short essay explains the concepts of obedience
and freedom as they apply to Opus Dei, which help to explain why
Opus Dei is such a difficult organization to discuss and understand.
encourage you to share your experience in order to help others in
their healing process. Please send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please let us know how you would like your name to read and what
part of the world you are writing from.
Revised December 19, 2011