Religious Teachings according to the Mind of Mons. Escrivá, founder of the Opus Dei.”
ReGAIN is proud to reproduce, with permission and in its totality, an in-depth article from OD Watch, December 2017 issue.
Vatican City, January 20, 2018
Startling parallels appear between the Opus Dei and the Legion of Christ as regards spirituality, training, systems and Modus Operandi. Both organizations have come under scrutiny since their inception until the present day because of their questionable methods; the author describes the following areas:
- Production of a vocation
- Loss of faith
- Double truth (double-speak)
- The Opus is Mortally Wounded
The comments made in the article could be applied to other questionable groups inside and outside the Catholic Church and may help readers understand how such groups, recruit, train and retain members; and to grasp the situation of loved ones who may be inside… and thus estranged from family and friends, among other things.
In some writings the Opus Dei is often referred to in Spanish and in English as simply The Opus or The Work (of God)
Just as in the Legion of Christ, who´s founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel, was reverently referred to as “Our Father” (Nuestro Padre; not particularly blasphemous in and of itself in the Spanish language), the founder of the Opus was called “The Father” (El Padre”) by the members. Thus, we might construe the article´s title as the
“(Religious Teachings) According to the mind of Mons. Escrivá, founder of the Opus Dei.”
AD MENTEM PATRIS (According to the Father’s Mind)
The Impersonation of Conscience by the “Escrivariana”
(in the writings of Opus Dei founder, Mons. Escrivá, his writings and followers.)
By Heraldo, 03/20/2013
On the occasion of the ten years of my dies natalis (birth day) I wish to celebrate with my Opuslibros friends some of my reflections. The first one is precisely that these last ten years have been wonderful, and I consider them my true life. I thank God that I had the opportunity to live them and not have been trapped in Opus Dei during my entire earthly existence. As is well known, something that identifies and constitutes us as human beings is the moral conscience, the sense of duty, the inner judgment that discerns what I should do and what I should avoid at every moment of my life. That inner judgment accompanies every human being throughout his conscious existence. The inner dialogue described by Gollum, the curious little man of the Lord of the Rings, who speaks to himself as if there are two Gollums, one good and one bad, one who bases his thoughts on greed, envy and grudges, and the other who thinks and acts from the simplicity of a noble and good spontaneous nature.
With the passing of these last years, I realized that when I was in the Work, the place of the good Gollum had been completely replaced by an institutional consciousness. This consciousness can be called the “Escrivariana consciousness” according to its creator and origin. Instead of reasoning, measuring and valuing my actions from the spontaneity of a proper and original moral conscience, I did it from my character as a member of Opus. I am not saying anything with which the members of the Work do not agree, because, in fact, we were urged to reason and to conform our acts ad mentem patris, that is to say, according to the mind and the criterion of actuation of Escrivá, putting aside our own criterion. We were not told to think how Jesus Christ would act, but how Escrivá would act. This observation is important because the two criteria point in divergent directions. Whoever knows the Gospels, even minimally, knows that Jesus Christ was guided first of all by the love of the person before him, while the Escrivarian conscience leads us to act always for the benefit of the Work, even at the expense of the person.
For some Christian authors, the voice of conscience is equivalent to God himself within the human heart. But in our numerary existence, that voice of conscience was replaced or identified with the institutional spirit of Opus. So it was that my conscience was invaded by Opus Dei. At that moment, I stopped living my own life and started living the life of a Transcendental Being (here we call it the Thing, the Dark Side, etc.) whose only real correlate is an institution. So, it is not that Opus Dei helped me in my life as a human being and as a Christian, offering me a formation that enables the authenticity and the rectitude of my conscience. No. The spirit of Opus Dei is so possessive of conscience that it constitutes the only criterion of moral rectitude. Opus Dei becomes, in the minds of all its members, especially its numeraries, the measure of all things. The deification of the Work is evident.
Opuslibros frequently examines the many perverted acts of the Work and its members.
Take, for instance, the recruitment of new vocations
Now, we former members take our hands to our head when considering such a felony. However, when we belonged to the Work we devoted ourselves with a passion to the most ferocious proselytism, with the consciousness of doing good. I dedicated myself to the work of St. Raphael for many years and I was passionate about getting new vocations. How is it possible that I did not realize what is now so obvious to me? Simply because my moral conscience was then identified with what I have called “Escrivarian consciousness.”
Now, I see very clearly that the life I was living then was not mine. My former life in Opus lacked authenticity. My consciousness was swollen by the omnipresent outer influence of what Opus Dei called the “means of formation.” The Escrivarian consciousness is continuously nourished by countless daily readings, talks, circles, meditations, retreats, fraternal talks, notes, day after day, tirelessly. In the Work, the person, especially the numerary, is subject to a permanent bombardment that prevents the appearance of the slightest authenticity, or at least keeps it completely dormant.
On the other hand, after ten years away from the Work, I have had the wonderful experience of being reunited with myself. I have experienced a reunion with the moral life in its most original and authentic sense, in the simplicity of what I truly believe without the omnipresent and suffocating artifice of the “means of formation” and “spiritual direction.” Yet, even months after leaving the Work, I continued to experience feelings of servitude. Thus, my release was a slow and ongoing process, but at the same time, a completely natural one so that the persistent external influence of Opus upon me gradually disappeared.
Now I must raise one question. Is that Escrivarian consciousness really a spirit? An inspiration? No way. In practice, our conduct was governed not by the inspiration of charity or the sanctification of ordinary life, or by putting Christ at the summit of all human activities, but by other particular criteria.
Here we are faced with a very convoluted and permanent contradiction that has been denounced repeatedly in Opuslibros as the contradiction between theory and praxis.
For example, we had theoretically been informed of the immense human value of friendship. It was explained in classes and talks that when you really like a person you want what is best for him. Then there is the apostolate to help another person to approach God that arises in a natural way, without the need for purpose or following slogans. In addition, we were told that affection could not be conditioned by the person’s response to apostolic action. In fact, true love has an absolute value, like that of the mother who loves her child and accepts him unconditionally, even if the child is not a well-behaved son.
However, at the time of the exercise of the apostolate, and when we talked about it in the fraternal talk, we did not respect “friends,” and if one of those “friends” gave no hope of vocation, we ceased being interested in him and we stopped cultivating his friendship. What we called “treating a friend” represented the total violence and perversion of the deep reality of friendship. Each day that passed we mediated the friendship only in terms of proselytism, and we did it with total peace of mind. At least that was the way it was for many years, until authentic consciousness began to break through.
About 20 years ago, I began to wake up from the lethargy of my conscience, a lethargy to which I had been subjected by the violence of the formation of the Work. After many years of surrender, one begins to discover these things, and it took me many more years to accept the fact that there was no possibility of reform from the inside. In the Work, as soon as you begin to have some idea of your own that does not coincide with orthodoxy, you are being considered being “in bad spirit.” It is evident that our true consciousness had been buried under the omnipresent influence of the Escrivarian consciousness. But as the contradiction between spirit and praxis became evident, my conscience reached a crisis, and thus began the start of my liberation.
And is not that Escrivariana conscience the way that is interpreted as “to do Opus Dei being yourself Opus Dei?” Is not this the particular reading of dying to itself that is made in the Work? There is nothing strange about what I say here. When we awaken from their consciousness, Opus calls it pride, but I call it authenticity. I believe it is that the truth can not remain forever hidden, however much it is concealed under what is called “supernatural vision.” For a member of the Work, the goal is to stop being ourselves to be another Christ, but in Opus, that “other Christ” really amounts to subjection to the Escrivarian conscience. This last reflection opens the way to the next topic.
The Production of a Vocation
We read a few days ago in the internal document against this website (Opuslibros) what we have always known about Opus’ reaction to criticism. Former members are accused of being people without rectitude. We are accused of being twisted people leading a life that is far from exemplary. It is a euphemistic way of suggesting that we are sexual perverts, which is almost the only moral aspect that interests them. Therefore, I believe that it is necessary to respond to our Opus accusers who are themselves, hypocrites and whitened sepulchers…
Opus has perverted the true meaning of friendship by its fierce proselytizing practices. It has perverted the true meaning of family, pretending to be its friend. It has betrayed its members who decide to leave Opus after giving decades of their life to the service of the Work, without any social security. They have perverted the most elemental sense of charity when they try violently to force a nonexistent vocation upon any poor, naive and good-natured boy. They have perverted Christianity, turning service to God and the Church into service to a perverse institution dedicated to destroying human lives.
Let us examine how Opus “produces” vocations.
As has been discussed here extensively, Opus Dei can recruit anyone as a celibate numerary as revealed by “Castalio” on July 10, 2009 in How We Made Numeraries in Mexico.
To the young man who is ensnared by the transnational Opus Dei, he is told that he has a vocation and that he will be a wretched man if he does not respond affirmatively to the call.
The poor innocent man has to believe this because he knows that the Catholic Church approves of the Work. The young man is defenseless. He begins a long process of training, mentalization and alienation in the most rigorous sense of the term. He is made to feel happy and privileged for having been chosen. He does not seem to realize the most complete artificiality of the mentioned procedure: rules, means of formation, fraternal talks, retreats, circles … an artificial device with which even a brain-dead patient could be sustained in life. By means of this procedure it is possible to artificially produce a vocation – to feed it, to maintain it and even to reproduce it. But this is very far from a true vocation which is something that emerges from the center of the soul with natural spontaneity. Not surprisingly, the poor boy, in a very few years begins to show symptoms of internal breakage.
I entered Opus Dei at age 14. At age 24 I was subjected to psychiatric care and pharmacological treatment. I remained so throughout my life in the Work, up to a year after I left. For more than 30 years I have been the recipient of many generations of antidepressants and anxiolytics. I have consulted with several “psychiatrists,” most of whom were, in fact, doctors from other specialties who occasionally went to the University of Navarre to take a short course on how to “attend” people from home.
That is the way Opus Dei holds on to a “vocation” A vocation they say they have clearly seen in prayer. They support it by blocking distress (benzodiazepines) and injecting supplementary energies (antidepressants that recapture serotonin) in order for the young man to achieve fidelity in the ascetic struggle in his Work of God. A pharmacological procedure, strictly chemical, is put at the service of a spirituality.
Is not this procedure something completely artificial, which has nothing to do with the naturalness of an authentic vocation? Is it not altogether inhumane? Is not a definitive traumatic breakup being prepared? Is not the seed of hatred being sown?
But we are told they do it for God, for His Work, and that justifies everything. If the boy has no vocation they say, God would grant it immediately, there is no doubt, for God can not leave in the void the desire for surrender…
It is evident that what I describe here is a colossal injustice? Is it not an obvious violation of the dignity of the person, of the respect with which each human being should be treated, to take possession of a human being when the latter is just emerging into the autonomous life from adolescence, to arbitrarily attribute to him from the outside, as a violation, a meaning to his life, subjecting him to an omnipresent process of indoctrination? This is an injustice and an act of arbitrariness of incredible dimensions. I believe it is a sin comparable to of the sins which Scripture says cries out to heaven. So cries my spirit at this moment.
Between the ages of 25 and 30, Opus Dei sent me to “rest.” I was still drugged for periods of weeks on end at “a retirement home” so that I might recover from “wear” and “fatigue.” Why was a 27-year-old young man, who should be courting girls and who had reached the apex of his professional career be taking anxiolytics and antidepressants?
Is this the way an ordinary Christian sanctifies his ordinary life! As natural and logical as an octopus in a garage. I see it now with a clear mind, and I react furiously to those who dared to take over my life and manipulated it that way. And I hope someday to be heard and these raptors punished.
Opus Dei, from the candor of its charity, says that we are “wounded people,” but they have fallen short in their description of former members. I am a maimed man because Opus stole my life!!! Don’t you think so, motherfuckers?
Hopefully, God does exist and will punish the perverse system that calls itself Opus Dei and which boasts that its founder is a “canonized saint.”
Opus Dei says that it is not responsible for the mistakes that its members make. But this statement is radically false. Quite the opposite is true. Among the people of the Work are the most noble and innocent of human beings. They are so noble and innocent that they are easily ensnared. So noble and innocent that, like me, they remained for decades, believing like imbeciles that God was there in Opus Dei. So noble and innocent that, like me, they continued to believe for years in “the truth of the Work” even when they were confronted by profound contradictions which were readily evident to anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear.
Each of us who has abandoned the Work has followed a different path, although there are close parallels which come to light in various biographies.
In my case, the human and spiritual wear and tear reached its maximum with the passage of time. How can one endure, without a vocation, such an artificial and intense situation?
The departure from the Work is usually a painful process because it means not only breaking away from the Work, but also a break with oneself since our authentic identity has been lost. Confusion, sometimes explosive, naturally ensues. Then, in an instant, everything changes.
In an instant, the Work which once constituted the very meaning of life for me ceased to be important. Thus, after 30 years of never doubting it, I decided to leave the Work.
In some cases, faith falters or is lost when one leaves Opus Dei. The moral life may follow uncertain directions as the liberation leads to a blind search for the meaning of one’s existence? The reunion with oneself is carried out under precarious conditions and it takes a long time… Remember that I held internal positions in the Prelature for more than 20 years, so I know what I’m talking about.
I Blame the Work
I blame the Work for those who have lost faith after their passage through the Work; I blame the Work for those who have lost their faith in the Church; I blame the Work for those who have abandoned the practice of the Sacraments; I blame the Work for those who have abandoned the morals of Jesus Christ. I am shouting to the four winds, for someone from the Vatican to listen to me. For bishops around the world, and good priests and all men of good will to listen to me!!!
Opus Dei began to take over my life when I was just 13 years old. My father had recently died and could not defend me. My mother did not defend me because she was afraid, because she was told that the Catholic Church supports Opus Dei. My brothers tried to defend me, but they were too young and could not do anything effective.
On the other hand, Opus Dei was very effective. It indoctrinated me in its own way with lies until it made me invulnerable to any external aid. What I could not foresee was that my conscience would break through after more than 30 years of Escrivarian consciousness, and that one day I would have the strength to free myself from its chains. So it was, and I am filled with joy for it, and now I celebrate it with all my friends of Opuslibros, at the end of the ten years of my liberation, the ten years of my dies natalis.
Still I regret the loss of my youth to Opus. It makes me angry to know that I shall never get those years back. I see Opus as a thief who stole the most beautiful of my days. My youth might have been happy or miserable, but at least it would have been MINE – the life that God gave me. But no. They snatched my life with their tricks. They had no right to do what they did to me and I had nobody in this world to protect me. I am hurt, very hurt. And I also understand the hurt and pain of others who have suffered as I did, especially when I remember that I myself was instrumental in inflicting that same hurt on others in the Work when I was a member.
This is the story of my life in Opus Dei and I assume full responsibility for it. I do not renounce it, nor do I despise myself for belonging to Opus Dei. On the other hand, it would be absolutely unjust for me to be silent in the face of the many abuses of Opus which are disguised as a service to God. I say it from the bottom of my conscience, fully assuming that God will judge me for it. I’m not afraid or hesitant to scream it out loud. Perhaps I am not “exemplary” as Opus understand the word. But I know with a certain awareness that God does not give a damn about the exemplarity that they preach, which is a charity without love and without soul. Its own founder declared in a moment of strange lucidity: without charity, purity is fruitless, and its sterile waters turn the soul into a swamp, a stagnant marsh, from which rises the stench of pride.” (Camino, 119).
It has been ten years since leaving Opus Dei, and I am so glad for it. These years have been wonderful. I do not say it out of spite. Nor do I think I have finished my recovery process. I have decades to go to rectify my condition. I may never get all the way there. However, I see the hand of God in so many things. It seems that He feels obliged to give me special protection for the years that I dedicated to Him in the Work with rectitude of intention.
The Voluntarism of the Work
An important aspect of Opus is the radical voluntarism it professes. I use the term in a philosophical sense. Voluntarism means the absolute predominance of the will over the intellect to the point that truth can be transformed and even produced by simply willing it.
I remember very well, Carlos Llano, an Opus numerary and philosopher who I greatly admired. While I was enrolled at the University, I made it my business to attend all his philosophy courses, even if they did not correspond to my regular study schedule. But there came a time when I realized with amazement that he did not care for the truth, and that he did not really believe in it or in philosophy. The reality was that he used philosophy to advance himself in the Work. I say this because he expressly confessed it to me in a private conversation. He told me that he did not really believe in philosophy and that he did not take it seriously, but that it had been very useful to him. That confession made me very disappointed and I walked away from him. I would have wanted him to be my mentor, but then I realized that I could not expect anything good from him.
The allusion to Carlos Llano is important because he was a mentor for many numeraries of the Work in Mexico. He was a bright and intelligent man, who had to abdicate his intelligence to be able to remain faithful to the Work. He and I agreed to occupy positions in the region, although, of course, he was much more important than me. However, I refer to this because in our conversations I could clearly see that he stopped believing in truth and intelligence in order to continue affirming the validity of the project of the Work…
In the Work, many study philosophy as a professional career, but in reality neither philosophy nor philosophers have any place in Opus. Instead of contributing to the development of the Work, as was once believed, we philosophers have become an albatross around the neck of Opus because we realized that there was something very wrong in the Work. Someone has said that the Work is more a creature of architects and engineers than philosophers (please understand that there is nothing pejorative in these allusions). The main reason for this truism is that philosophy is an intellectual discipline and the Work is a radically voluntarist institution. In the Work the least important thing is to understand. The decisive thing is obedience, which begins with the submission of the intellect. In the Work the word understand is used a lot, but it is stripped of its most obvious meaning…
Voluntarism is concretized in the end in that everything that serves the Work is good, and if it is not it should be so, and it will be by the grace of God. It is evident that in the Work much is done with very little thought. Intellectuals hinder the Work because they question what is done. Carlos Llano told me that when one did not understand something that was commanded in the Work, one had to formulate the theory that was necessary to support the mandate. That is voluntarism, the subjugation of truth to the will…
In the Work, the truth can be constructed, produced, done. The truth is at the service of a project. The truth is not discovered and respected as such… Escrivá was a great volunteer as was Portillo and Echevarria. In the Work, what is important is “to do” and the rest are stories. Effectiveness is a primordial value. But it is clear that this can not have a happy ending. If the truth of things is not respected, the truth will be imposed, and the bill will have to be paid, sooner or later.
The Use of Double Truth in the Work
It is clear from the internal document of Opus Dei on Opuslibros cited above, that the Work uses the Catholic Church to defend its legitimacy. Opus Dei says that like Christ and the Pope, it is also under attack and that the good has always been attacked, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It says there is nothing strange and nothing to fear from Opus because it has been approved by the Church. It proclaims that it serves the Church from its trenches, with its own spirituality…
How beautiful! How tender these words of Opus sound. But there is an essential trap, that of the double face – the double life. It is a fundamental hypocrisy that corrupts everything.
In his many postings on Opuslibros, Otaluto has demonstrated this feature of Opus very well. In Opus Dei it is possible that the same discourse means very different things depending on the context, according to the audience, or according to the interlocutor. There are not two speeches, but the same speech with several different meanings.
For example, the founder of Opus Dei writes that “God inspired the spirit of Opus Dei,” and the Church repeats this claim. Opus says that the Church cannot put forward any objection to Opus Dei because everything in the Work is of God.
Now there is no doubt that promoting sanctification in the midst of the world and the sanctification of work are very good things. It is something that must be accepted in strict Catholic thought… But that very word to “inspire” means something very different within the Work. Here it means that the Work is of God and God determined that His Work will is done. Here it means that the will of God manifests itself supreme in the will of the Father, that is, the founder and the current prelate. Here it means that the will of God is manifested through the directors, who represent the Father. Here it means that if you do not persevere in your vocation to Opus Dei your life is not worth a cent. And so, we could go on and on, with expressions of double meaning.
One of my first encounters with the double truth was when they explained to me that the special steps of admission and oblation and fidelity taken by a candidate were often accompanied by a period of trials and doubts for him, but these feelings of doubt and questioning should be of no concern to the interested party. They told me that the interested person should assume his vocation in fullness from the beginning, rejecting any thoughts of doubts as coming from the devil. I was told that the times of trial were only the concern of the directors, who had to ascertain whether or not the subject had justifiable doubts. Actually, that was not true either. We know that successive incorporations are commonplace in the institutions of the Church, a logical consequence of the candidate having to ratify or rectify his election. So Opus Dei found it necessary to give a different meaning to the same. One explanation to the candidates. One for the directors. And one for the ecclesiastical hierarchy. So now we have not one or two but three different truths. It is the skill of these holy men.
At this point, I simply want to say that under no circumstances would the Church approve of the following aspects of Opus Dei’s internal doctrine:
- The Church would never accept the precept that Escriva’s “inspiration” is the equivalent of the Divine Revelation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Apostles. Neither would the Church extend the mantel of infallibility to everything said by the founder or his successors, much less to the governing councils of Opus.
- The Church would never accept the precept that one’s vocation in Opus is immutable and changeless and that to question one’s vocation or to leave the Work exposes the member to the danger of eternal damnation.
- The Church would never accept the proposition that to persevere in the Work and to fulfill all the norms of the Work is a guarantee of eternal salvation.
- The Church would never accept the proposition that a member is a disobedient scoundrel or a worthless wretch if he confesses to a priest outside of Opus Dei.
- The Church would never accept the proposition that if you hide some thoughts from your director you have made a pact with the devil.
- The Church would never accept the proposition that through prayer, a director can, with absolute certainty, discern that another person has a divine vocation, or that directors meeting in councils can determine with infallibility who and who has not a vocation to the Work.
- The Church would never accept the precept that apart from making a sacramental confession to a priest, one is also obliged to confess his sins to a lay director or another appointed person in the fraternal talk or chat.
- The Church would never accept the proposition that all those who are in authority have the right to know all about the intimate inner life of Opus members.
- The Church would never accept that all the prescriptions that are not contained in the Statutes are equally obligatory…
None of these precepts or rules or propositions have been approved by the Church, but Opus has imposed them secretly on its members as doctrines revealed by God to its founder. Yet, the founder has insisted that these rules are not imposed but freely assumed by the members.
I still recall that when I was fully secured for Opus Dei at the age of 14, the first thing they taught me was that the founder had received a revelation – an express and explicit mandate from God. They based the authenticity of such a revelation on the founder’s holiness. They dedicated hundreds of hours to me alone, telling me all kinds of supernatural events in the life of Escrivá. However, none of those who helped in my early formation, except the priest, continued in the Work. In contrast to these supernatural stories, it was made clear to me that the life and spirit of Opus members was the life and spirit of the ordinary… In later years, many of these same supernatural events were related in the founder’s biographies, but with so many modifications and attenuating circumstances that the miracles seem to have disappeared.
No matter, as far as I was concerned, Opus achieved its goal with me. I swear by my life, that in my later youth, when I was 16 or 17, I already valued the Father more than the Pope. I thought of the Father as another St. Paul…
Later, I came to know that many of these stories about the founder were blatant lies, but by then the Escrivariana conscience had completely taken possession of me. The image of the founder I had formed in my young mind was reinforced down to the smallest detail in photographs, writings, and films of Escrivá. Everything that was negative or could be misinterpreted was destroyed. Thus, a false and non-existent unreal image of the founder was sustained and promoted, and he was canonized on October 6, 2002.
When the Work was in its infancy, a great faith was needed concerning the holiness of the founder. These false stories served to sustain that faith. Later, when the Work achieved signs of a positive presence in the world and in the Church, and after the founder’s canonization these are no longer necessary. It was a perfect strategy. And the worse part was that the Catholic Church put itself in the service of that lie. It is true that the Church was deceived, but the reprehensible thing is that she continues to be deceived. I underline this statement on purpose and I urge the Church to do her duty in this matter.
The doctrines and actions of Opus have destroyed the lives of many of its members, yet the Church has failed to acknowledge much less demand that Opus correct these abuses. The problem faced by Opus is that it needs these lies and abuses to be effective, so the question of an internal reformation is not possible.
The Work is Mortally Wounded
… Opus is a wounded, weakened, almost moribund giant, although it still continues to hold on to its erratic existence. Opus’ internal documents on how to deal with critical websites like Opuslibros try to hide the fact Opus is suffering in many ways. Indeed, Opuslibros has struck the Prelature a mortal blow.
For me, however, Opus Dei is already dead… And it is dead because we live in the Information Age which acts as a counterforce to the Great Lie… The Information Age is finally supressing and preventing the vocations of many numeraries. It is also leading many who are still trapped in Opus to find a solution to their captivity. Without the vocations of numeraries from whom candidates to the Opus priesthood are selected, Opus Dei is nothing. I know very well. Wow, how I know! Corporate works will become white elephants, soap bubbles, machines without soul, without effectiveness, when the number of numeraries diminish. Supernumeraries alone are nothing without numeraries. The principals of Opus will become administrators of educational works, but that is not what they really want to do. Yet somehow the search for numeraries must go on.
Unfortunately for the Work, today one must be an imbecile or underage to ask for admission to Opus. And as soon as these minors come of age, they too will leave. What took members like me 20 or 30 years to discover, anyone can discover it today with a computer with internet access. Nothing will be as before. Javier Echevarría will go to the grave with the bitter conscience that the Opus fell into his hands.
The AD MENTEM PATRIS (According to the
Father’s Mind) article by “Heraldo,” appeared on Opuslibros on March
3, 2013. I have made only minor edits to the English translation
in order not to disturb the moving spirit and simple rhythm of the
article. There is one shocking use of profanity. I left it in because
it expresses the horror that we should all feel after reading this
account of Opus Dei’s seduction of a young boy whose father had
died, and whose mother was unable to conquer her own fears
and defend her son against the powerful sect.
OD Watch editor