Saturday, April 11, 2009

Opus Dei Revealed

The bad guys from the Da Vinci Code, Opus Dei is a semi-autonomous cult operating within the Catholic Church. It devout members, known as Numeraries, are chaste and engage in personal mortification to remember the sacrifice of Jesus.

Founded in 1928 by Josemaría Escrivá (now a Saint within the Catholic church), it has received criticism as being secretive, cladestine and cultish. Opus Dei is a very conservative and orthodox flavour of Catholicism, and the organization also supported the fascist Franco regime in Spain.

Wiki has this to say about Opus Dei...

Opus Dei is an organization of the Catholic Church. As such, it shares the theology of the Catholic Church. Opus Dei places special emphasis on certain aspects of Catholic doctrine. A central feature of Opus Dei's theology is its focus on the lives of the ordinary Catholics who are neither priests nor monks. Opus Dei emphasizes the "universal call to holiness": the belief that everyone should aspire to be a saint, that sanctity is within the reach of everyone, not just a few special individuals.

Opus Dei does not have monks or nuns, and only a minority of its members are part of the priesthood. A related characteristic is Opus Dei's emphasis on uniting spiritual life with professional, social, and family life.
Whereas the members of some religious orders might live in monasteries and devote their lives exclusively to prayer and study, members of Opus Dei lead ordinary lives, with traditional families and secular careers, and strive to "sanctify ordinary life". Indeed, Pope John Paul II called Escrivá "the saint of ordinary life".


Anonymous said...

this is like one long paid advert for opus dei under the guise of a documentary.

Anonymous said...

What's truly sad is the fact that Pope JPII abused the process of canonization in the case of "Saint" Josemaria. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, wasn't proclaimed a saint until 60 years after his death. The Jesuits were already a successful and widely admired group during Loyola's lifetime. Only after the passage of time do the essential truth and accomplishments of a person finally emerge. They may have their statues and holy cards devoted to this "saint" but the jury is still out on both this man and Opus Dei.

cinndave said...

Membership in Opus Dei has been rising since the release of The DaVinci Code. I guess no publicity is bad publicity.