Most people who had never heard of the Opus Dei probably first heard about it from the Dan Brown novel The Da Vinci Code and later the movie made under the same name The Opus Dei is the villian via its murderous self flagellating monk Silas
In real life Opus Dei subtly betrays the silhouette of a secret society. Governing by-laws, constitutions, publications, even the details of the Founder’s canonization are kept secret from both the public and the sect’s members. Similar to the cult tactics mentioned above, members are often encouraged to divulge their inmost thoughts to “spiritual directors” which is then leveraged as a means to psychologically control behavior. As Randy Engel related earlier this year, the secretive personal prelature seems to operate at the elite levels of society, controlling vast amounts of wealth, the details of which remain undisclosed due to the organizational structure’s private holding companies.
There is one aspect of the Opus Dei question that the English speaking world will not touch, with the exception of the prelature itself. In 2002 a certain Rabbi Angel Kreiman addressed a congress on Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer.
Rabbi Angel Kreiman recently contended that Josemaria Escriva’s teachings are strongly rooted in Talmudic traditions about work. Kreiman, who is the international vice president of the World Council of Synagogues, made his remarks in an address to a congress in Rome on Opus Dei’s founder.The Talmudic concept of work, said Kreiman, is that “work is not a punishment, but man’s duty, a blessing from God that allows us to fully enjoy the Sabbath and allows us to be in the image and likeness of God.” Likewise, the rabbi noted, work was central to the teaching of Josemaria Escriva, who saw it as an original vocation of man and a blessing from God.
. The negative press coming from former cult members describes the prelature, but does little to explain the Opus Dei sect’s true nature and origin.
The following commentary comes from Foro Catolico,
From the history of Opus Dei there is much to explain, and much that is hidden. José María was a man very aware of his origin and blood. And he wanted to do something for the Spanish crypto-jews, scattered and unrelated to each other. He wanted them to be together and united. It was not difficult to know who they were, you just had to look into the families of political and economic power in Spain. That is why opus are not, as it is erroneously called, a “Catholic movement for the rich”. It is a movement to unite crypto-Hebrew families and prevent them from assimilating by mixing with rich non-Hebrew families. Initially for Spain, but in a short time, Escrivá made an international expansion.
José María created the concept of numeraries and supernumeraries, of single people who lived in a community and worked, usually in elite professions, to infiltrate political and economic power. It is a kind of social security mutuality that ensures that the crypto-members never lack anything and do not have to mix with non-Hebrews to unify fortunes.
Whether they speak ill of Freemasonry, or that they have that ultraconservative and extremely devout essence, let’s say that it is very necessary to appear to be the opposite extreme to mislead. In the New Church Opus Dei does not sit well, and is identified with the Old Church. But Opus money has financed the start-up of the New Church that emerged in 1965.Opus Dei money is very necessary and it is also a source of guaranteed and loyal funding. And it is destined, curiously, to the movements, groups and Catholic circles that most badly talk about Opus Dei.
Francis and the Opus would seem to have to be estranged, because of their “belonging to the two opposing wings of the Church.” But everyone is surprised by the good relationship.But it is pure logic. Francis knows that Opus is at his service, and the Opus know that they are there to help the post-conciliar Popes in everything. Source Cognitive Gateway Talmud in the Tabernacle
In the laudatory biographies that Opus Dei circulates and that are written to extol Escriva’s character, his academic background is outstanding, and a whole series of studies and degrees are attributed to him without any justification.
It remains to discover the motive for these misrepresentations and the false biographical data that consist, principally, in wanting to demonstrate that Escrivá has been everything: seminary superior, village parish priest, lawyer, curate, etc.
If, on the one hand, questionable facts, stories and hoaxes have been spread about the “Father’s” life, there are others — authentic, genuine and true — that have been maintained in the greatest secrecy, guarded zealously under the shield of silence, concerning important and crucial questions about his existence, such as the Jewish origin of Escrivá de Balaguer, the crypto-judaic roots of his doctrine, his peculiar and shortened intellectual development up to his idea of Opus Dei, his hidden inspirations, the homosexual tendencies of Escrivá, their connections to certain subversive ramifications and, of course, the real and ultimate objective of the foundation whose fire he started.
Who was the inventor of this fictitious biography that Opus Dei has used to confound us? It was Escrivá himself, the expert of sectarian tactics, who gave to himself an image and a stature that are not within the realm of crude reality. His followers picked up on his suggestion and after being spread by them the result has been the fraudulent mythification of a vulgar figure who was, in many respects, worthless. Source Online English Translation of Opus Judei Jose Maria Escriba Orion Publications, Santa fé Bogotá, Columbia, 1994,
Then there’s the strange association between the Opus Dei and a well known New York Jewish Attorney Sol Rosenblatt Father Porras a recently ordained (1951) Mexican member of Opus Dei contacted Sol Rosenblatt, a Jewish attorney with a warm spot in his heart for Hispanic culture; Father Múzquiz had met him on an earlier trip to New York. In the course of that meeting – the start of a long friendship with Opus Dei – Rosenblatt had offered to be of any help he could. What needs to be asked is: Wasn’t Mr. Rosenblatt, of Jewish heritage, aware of the intimate relationship between the Opus Dei and the Spanish Blue Division (3) which fought shoulder to shoulder with Nazi Germany? After all, the Blue Division was active from June 24, 1941 – October 10, 1943, barely 9 years before!
The main source of most of these anti Balaquer stories is a book written anonymously in Spanish Opus Judei
There could be a argument raised that the book and the Balaquer stories are Jesuit lies and hype
But the Opus Dei which supposedly targets professional elite Catholics has not done much by way of “awakening” Catholics to the Jewish Question
It has never ever publicly spoken about the Jewish Question
So yes there might just be some truth to the Opus Judei story
IS THE OPUS DEI REALLY A KIND OF SOCIAL SECURITY MUTUALITY THAT ENSURES THAT THE CRYPTO-MEMBERS NEVER LACK ANYTHING AND DO NOT HAVE TO MIX WITH NON-HEBREWS TO UNIFY FORTUNES??.