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The following sites are provided for information purposes only. External sites are not endorsed by the Opus Dei Awareness Network, Inc. (ODAN), nor are the views expressed necessarily those of ODAN, Inc.
Web Sites about Opus Dei
BEWARE THE CULT OF OPUS DEI – from Traditio.com, Traditional Roman Catholic Network. Scroll down to “June 22″ to read this account of the cult-like tendencies in Opus Dei, including blind obedience to superiors, the belief that the group is entirely perfect as it was established by the Founder, and fascist tendencies turned to religious purposes. On the same website, there are further comments about Opus Dei at the following link (scroll down to “Opus Dei” in the alphabetical listing: www.traditio.com/tradlib/faq10.txt )
Excellent website about Opus Dei in Spanish! Opus Libros was created by former numeraries of Opus Dei. Opus Libros has over 500 testimonies and other writings underTus Escritos (Your Writings), and entire books written by former numerary members about their experiences in Opus Dei under Libros Silenciados or (Silenced Books).
Website about Opus Dei in Portuguese! Opus Livre based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has testimonies from former members, books written about the negative aspects of Opus Dei and links in Portuguese.
Note: Regrettably, it is our understanding that the domain name www.opuslivre.orghas been purchased 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..
The Unofficial Homepage of Opus Dei – Based in Austria, this site has an article called“Frequently Asked Questions about Opus Dei”, by Franz Schaefer, and a response pagefrom people who have been adversely affected by Opus Dei.
Dmoz.org, the open directory project, is a search engine with many links to information about Opus Dei.
Origins website Includes various Opus Dei-related articles.
Opus Dei’s Official Homepage. This is where you can find Opus Dei’s point of view.
Cult Information and Support
Based in Massachusetts, Steve Hassan’s Freedom of Mind website provides resources, news and information about destructive cults and mind control techniques, as well as nformation in order to help oneself or others.
The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is an interdisciplinary network of academicians, professionals, former group members, and families who study and educate the public about social-psychological influence and control, authoritarianism, and zealotry in cultic groups, alternative movements, and other environments. Founded in 1979 as AFF (American Family Foundation), ICSA took on its current name in late 2004 to better reflect the organization’s focus and increasingly international and scholarly dimensions.
Part of the United Campus Ministry at Colorado State University and Interfaith of Fort Collins, the Religious Movement Resource Center provides information on destructive cults and provides services including counseling, legal referrals, an extensive library, workshops, and more.
The Religious Groups Awareness International Network (REGAIN) is a not-for-profit organization, stemming from the negative and abusive experiences caused by the Legionaries of Christ and their counterpart, Regnum Christi. Based in Illinois, REGAIN’s goal is to provide counseling and support to individuals and their families, while helping them to deal with the guilt and shame associated with abuse, understanding the experience and regaining a healthy balance for the rest of their lives.
News Item: Before his death, Legionaries of Christ Founder Father Marcial Maciel Degollado was forbidden by the Vatican to engage in any public ministry in the wake of allegations made by several individuals that Maciel had sexually molested them over a period of time that encompasses decades. For more information: Legion of Christ
Based in London, the Family Action Information and Resource (FAIR) offers support to families and individuals who have been adversely affected by cult involvement.
Based in London, The Cult Information Center, (CIC) is an educational charity providing advice and information for victims of cults, their families and friends, researchers and the media.
Based in Spain, Asesoramiento e Información sobre Sectas (AIS) is located at Diagonal 430, 1º 1ª, 08003 Barcelona, SPAIN. Tel. 93 301 30 24; Fax 93 301 87 44. Their e-mail address is email@example.com. This website is in Spanish.
Based in Australia, the Cult Information and Family Support Incorporated (CIFS) has the following address: P.O. Box 385, West Ryde NSW 1685 AUSTRALIA. The fax number is 02-9868-7245. The e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. CIFS publishes the Cult Watcher, a quarterly Australian Review of articles relating to cultism and unethical social influence.
Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center provides a program of counseling and instruction to individuals who have suffered psychological and spiritual distress resulting from trauma due to destructive cults or cult-like organizations/relationships.
Opus Dei’s Questionable Practices
The following practices of Opus Dei are not common knowledge and need to be examined and questioned. The serious issues ODAN raises are based on a collection of first-hand personal experiences.
Corporal mortification (self-inflicted pain and deprivation) is perhaps the most shocking practice. See the corporal mortification web page for more details.
“University residences, universities, publishing houses. . . are these ends? No, and what is the end? . . . to promote in the world the greatest possible number of souls dedicated to God in Opus Dei…”(Founder of Opus Dei, Cronica, v, 1963)
Within Opus Dei, a heavy emphasis is placed on getting individuals to commit their lives to Opus Dei. Members’ pursuit of potential members is aggressive and similar to the tactics used by totalistic groups. Because of this, ODAN believes the group violates the personal freedom of individuals.
Undue Pressure to Join
Selected individuals are relentlessly pursued to consider a vocation or calling to Opus Dei.
Lack of Informed Consent and Control of Environment
When recruits decide to join Opus Dei, they vaguely commit themselves to live “the spirit of Opus Dei” without knowing the details of that commitment. The initial commitment, called “whistling,” involves the writing of a letter to the prelate of Opus Dei asking to become an Opus Dei member. From that moment, new members are greeted with exuberance and welcomed into the fold. Eventually, the details of new memberships are revealed, and the new members are expected to comply, even if they object or have reservations. A great psychological burden is placed on the new members: they must be faithful to the commitment they have made by obeying all that their directors tell them is “the spirit of Opus Dei;” otherwise, they are turning their back on God. If they decide to leave Opus Dei, they have often already heard that they will surely live a life without God’s grace, and may even be damned.
Opus Dei tightly controls the lives of its members, especially the numerary members who pledge celibacy and typically live in Opus Dei residences. The following are some examples of the controls placed on Opus Dei numeraries, which are part of the “spirit of Opus Dei:”
Alienation From Families
Communication to family about involvement with Opus Dei is limited and even discouraged.
Revised November 16, 2003
Index of Forbidden Books
Opus Dei controls the information that members of the organization have access to. For example, members must ask permission of their spiritual directors before reading any book, even if it is required reading for a university course. The director checks the title against a list which is usually kept under lock and key in the Director’s office.
This list is based on one that was used by the Roman Catholic Church until 1948 (see link below for the 276-page list). Though the Catholic Church has abolished the list, Opus Dei still uses it and has added even more books to it.
Some of the authors on the original list include Victor Hugo, Immanuel Kant, Honoré de Balzac, John Locke, Rousseau, Voltaire and Emile Zola.
ODAN has heard many stories from former members about the Index of Forbidden Books, including the addition of new authors to this list; for example: