Criticism of Opus Dei. "Opus Dei" is Latin for "Work of God." Opus Dei is a unique organization in the Catholic Church. It is the only personal prelature in the world--something between a religious order and a worldwide diocese. Opus Dei purports to promote lay spirituality, but critics say it is secretive, elitist, harmful, and even cult-like.

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Opus Dei Awareness Network
US-based non profit organization provides information, outreach and support to those adversely impacted by the cult.
BBC - Religion & Ethics - Opus Dei
Opus Dei is a Catholic organisation which encourages its members to promote their faith through their jobs and everyday lives. The organisation has been accused of being secretive and elitist and has recently had publicity because of its role in 'The Da Vinci Code' novel.
Bookreview: Their Kingdom Come
Review of Robert Hutchinson's book.
Opus Dei
Essay from the Earth Edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Opus Dei Info
Documents, testimonies, analysis & information about the Opus Dei cult.
Opus Dei paper prints prophet in hell cartoon
A cartoon depicting Muhammed in hell has been published by an Italian magazine close to Opus Dei, bringing angry criticism from Muslim groups and disapproval from the Vatican. From The Guardian Unlimited.
Opus Dei: The Unofficial Homepage
Independent and critical information about the sect.
Opus Dei: The Work of God?
Article questioning the many problematic aspects of Opus Dei at Harvard and the Boston area. From BustedHalo, Paulist Young Adult Ministries, New York City.
The Pope's Right Arm in Europe
Report by Gordon Urquhart which focuses on Opus Dei's direct involvement in politics.
Right Web: Opus Dei/Work of God
Profile of this militant, fundamentalist, secretive, authoritarian organization, which displays features of a cult.
The Rising Spectre of Opus Dei
From the European Institute of Protestant Studies; good article detailing the organization.
The secret life of Opus Dei
Ruth Kelly says the Catholic group's support is a private matter, but it is surrounded by a reactionary miasma. By Michael Walsh, author of an excellent book on the Opus Dei cult. From The Guardian Unlimited, UK.
State Education Ministry Rejects Opus Dei School
The Opus Dei cult fails in its bid to open a school for recruiting purposes in Potsdam, Germany. From. Deutsche Welle
What's the problem with Opus Dei?
Ruth Kelly has tried to unknot the ties between her new job and her sympathy with the Catholic group Opus Dei. From The Guardian Unlimited.
Duceppe assails Tory candidate's Opus Dei affiliation
A candidate for the Canadian parliament is revealed to be a member of the Opus Dei cult. From The Toronto Star. (September 09, 2008)
"Inside the Hell of Opus Dei": Book lifts cowl on 'misogynist' Opus Dei
Defector tells of threats and humiliation she suffered during 13 years in secret sect. From The Telegraph, UK. [RSS] (November 05, 2007)
Brownback for President
In 1996, Brownback fell under the spell of Rev. John McCloskey, an anchor at the right-wing Catholic organization Opus Dei. He was baptized a Catholic “not in a church but in a chapel tucked between lobbyists' offices on K Street that is run by Opus Dei." From BeyondChron. (December 20, 2006)
The Da Vinci Senator
Senator Brownback, an Opus Dei cult member, attempts to merge church and state by trying to change the US Constitution using a report from an Opus Dei-backed think tank. From AlterNet. (June 19, 2006)
Ex-Opus Dei Members Decry Blind Obedience
It's been more than 15 years since Tammy DiNicola left Opus Dei, but she still tries to raise awareness about the secretive and conservative Roman Catholic group. From ABC News, USA. (May 16, 2006)
Forget Scientology, how about Opus Dei
Thanks to the fervor over “The Da Vinci Code,”, this close-knit Catholic movement is the only fringe religious group that is also a household name. From NBC News. (May 16, 2006)
An inside look at Opus Dei
For such a small group, Opus Dei is a huge source of intrigue. A glimpse at the most controversial group in Catholicism. From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. (April 16, 2006)
Club Class
Simon Cox gains access to the hidden world of Opus Dei, one of the most mysterious and controversial clubs in the world, to separate the fact from the fiction. To their critics, they are a secretive elite cult who brainwash their members, control the Vatican and have tentacles reaching into governments all over the world. From BBC Radio 4. Requires RealPlayer. (October 27, 2005)
Opus Dei must shed light on its dark image
The conservative Roman Catholic group which gained international notoriety in The Da Vinci Code is too secretive for its own good. [Reuters] (October 05, 2005)
Hardball with Chris Matthews
Transcript from show about Opus Dei, including observations from an anti-cult expert and Catholics who have been severely harmed but the cult. From NBC News. (June 09, 2005)
Opus Dei and the Pope
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. From NPR; requires RealPlayer. (April 05, 2005)
What do Americans make of Opus Dei, often described as a 'secretive Catholic sect'
Former member and journalist discuss problems with the Opus Dei cult and problematic aspects of group. From The BBC Radio 4; requires RealPlayer. (February 07, 2005)
The Dei today
Opus Dei, a mysterious arm of the Catholic Church, has been thrust under the spotlight. So what is known about the group? (January 24, 2005)
Secretive sect dubbed 'Mafia shrouded in white'
Fine article that discusses the problems with Opus Dei in Glasgow, Scotland. From The Scotsman, Scotland, UK. (January 21, 2005)
A creepy scrape with the Da Vinci Code set
Before he knew it, Damian Thompson had learnt some unsavoury truths about the Catholic sect – and become one of its 'secret enemies'. The Telegraph, UK. (January 18, 2005)
Watergate in Lima
Story about an Opus Dei cardinal facing accusations of complicity in a massacre and of collaboration in the possible assassination of his Jesuit predecessor. From Chiesa, Espress Online, Rome, Italy. (July 30, 2004)
The Crusaders
A powerful faction of religious and political conservatives is waging a latter-day counterreformation, battling widespread efforts to liberalize the American Catholic Church. Fr. C. John McCloskey and Opus Dei discussed throughout the article. [Boston Globe Magazine] (November 02, 2003)
Selling orthodoxy to Washington power brokers
from the National Catholic Reporter, the independent newsweekly (September 05, 2003)
Power and Mystery
As Opus Dei's founder is canonized, Catholics wonder if the secretive lay group will one day help pick the next Pope; from Time Magazine - Europe (October 07, 2002)
Opus Dei
NPR's religion reporter Duncan Moon delves into the criticisms of Opus Dei. 4 minutes 50 seconds in length. RealAudio file. [All Things Considered] (October 06, 2002)
Opus Dei Saint
Report on the controversial canonization of Josemaria Escriva. RealAudio. [Weekend Edition] (October 06, 2002)
The Rise of Opus Dei
A report on the controversy surrounding the secretive organisation and the meteoric rise of its founder to canonisation. [BBC News] (October 04, 2002)
The Rev. John McCloskey: The Catholic Church's K Street Lobbyist
The high-profile Opus Dei priest preaches good news to the rich, and wants to throw Catholics who disagree with him out of the Church. [Slate] (August 09, 2002)
Opus Dei lifts lid without revealing secrets
An Opus Dei official in Spain was anxious to convince an English reporter that there is nothing unusual about the organisation. [Telegraph] (March 23, 2002)
What Is Opus Dei?
Controversy surrounds this organisation and its founder. [BBC News] (December 21, 2001)
Ancien Régime Meets High Finance in Opus Dei
Book review of "Their Kingdom Come." [National Catholic Reporter] (October 23, 1998)
Secret Service
Review of Maria del Carmen Tapia's book "Beyond the Threshold: A Life in Opus Dei." With a link to the first chapter of the book. [New York Times] (October 12, 1997)
Survivor Describes Days in Opus Dei
Review of Maria del Carmen Tapia's book "Beyond the Threshold." [National Catholic Reporter] (September 05, 1997)
Opus Dei as a Political Force in Post Cold War Latin America
American Political Science Association, Wash DC, USA; Panel "Comparative Political Manifestations of the Roman Catholic Church", 2nd draft, 1:30 PM (August 29, 1997)
The Way of the Faithful
Review of Maria del Carmen Tapia's book "Beyond the Threshold: A Life in Opus Dei." Includes a link to the first chapter of the book. [Washington Post] (August 10, 1997)
Opus Dei in the United States
Written by Father James Martin, an Associate Editor at America Magazine in New York City, USA. (February 25, 1995)
Their Will Be Done
Article looking at the intersection of Opus Dei, CIA, dictatorial regimes and the Knights of Malta as they attempt to fight liberation theology throughout the world. Opus Dei is mentioned in the second part of the article. From Mother Jones, USA. (August 01, 1983)

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