Opus Dei: Des Papstes mächtigste, reaktionäre Armee in Europa heute – churchandstate.org
Opus Dei: Des Papstes mächtigste, reaktionäre Armee in Europa heute
Opus Dei: The Pope’s Right Arm in Europe. – churchandstate.org.uk
Opus Dei is one of the most powerful—and reactionary—organisations in the Roman Catholic church today. The organisation troubles liberal Catholics, but its devotion to promoting, as public policy, the Vatican’s inflexibly traditionalist approach to women, sexuality and reproductive health is cause for concern far beyond the boundaries of Catholicism.
Opus Dei pursues the Vatican’s agenda through the presence of its members in secular governments and institutions and through a vast array of academic, medical, and grassroots pursuits. Its constant effort to increase its presence in civil institutions of power is supported by growth in the organisation as a whole: worldwide membership increased by 5 percent during the first half of this decade, and Opus Dei ordains up to a hundred new priests a year and opens forty centres annually.
The organisation’s aim, according to Crônica, a magazine for members, is “to hallow and Christianise the institutions of the peoples, of science, culture, civilisation, politics, the arts and social relations.” Because of the high degree of members’ allegiance to Opus Dei and its religious agenda, their work in the public sphere breaches the church-state division that is fundamental to modern democracy. It is essential, then, to monitor the organisation’s undertakings in secular arenas—a task made difficult by the fact that individuals’ membership is often undisclosed to the public. ……..
By Gordon Urquhart | 1997 Catholics for Choice
Editor’s note: This report was researched and written for Catholics for Choice by Gordon Uquhart, author of The Pope’s Armada: Unlocking the Secrets of Mysterious and Powerful New Sects in the Church (Prometheus Books, 1999).