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An Inside Look at the Secretive Catholic Organization Made Famous by The Da Vinci Code
Is Opus Dei a spiritual institute dedicated to preserving Catholic orthodoxy in the face of modernist assault? Or is it an independent society, a "church within the Church," promoting its own allegiances and preserving an antiquated set of spiritual and penitential practices?
This small organization wields enormous power within the Catholic Church. Due to its status as a "personal prelature" of the pope, it operates independently of local Church authority. The influence of Opus Dei has only grown since this book first appeared.
- Opus Dei's founder, St. Josemaría Escrivá, was beatified and canonized over the vehement objections of many in the Catholic Church.
- Powerful members of the Vatican hierarchy, including the pope's own spokesman, are members.
- The bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code has made millions aware of Opus Dei.
This classic investigation is needed now more than ever. It tells the real story of this mysterious organization a probing but balanced examination of the organization, its charismatic founder, its practices, and its effect upon the Catholic Church at large.
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About the Author
Michael Walsh is the author of The Triumph of the Meek and editor of Butler's Lives of the Patron Saints.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This wasn't the book I was looking for. It is a reprint of a book written in the late 80's and has not been updated except for a new introduction. Nothing is said about the beatification (1992) or the canonization (2002) of Josemaria Escriva, the man who started Opus Dei or any other recent developments. Also, Walsh keeps referring to the Constitutions of Opus Dei from 1950. These ceased to be effective in 1982 when Opus Dei became a personal prelature and they were replaced by a new set of statutes. Walsh is aware of this fact, so it is puzzling why he keeps referring to the 1950 Constitutions. Anyways, the book is almost entirely negative about Opus Dei and gave me little sense of what attracts people to it or how members of Opus Dei actually live.