The Unofficial Opus Dei FAQ
Franz Schaefer, v0.24
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definition of Fascism (which is from Chip Berlet). Permission to copy this
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Please forgive me any grammatical mistakes or misspellings, as English is
not my mother tongue. (But I am always happy if someone tells me where I
have made mistakes.) Also note that this is ``Work in progress'' and I am
still adding material and changing things where I found that I was not
accurate enough. The next thing planned is a chapter about the ``late''
Escriva to see if he learned from his faults when he grew older.
Credits: Dr. Thomas Wilson for language screening and numerous
people for sending me their opinions about my pages. En Espaņol:
A: Opus Dei a fundamentalistic sect which operates in a Catholic
environment. Officially it is part of the Catholic church and so they claim
that they are not a sect. Well, it all depends on how you define the word
``sect''. It would be best for you to derive your own opinion by reading
A: A friend of mine got sucked into this cult and I had to explain to her
why it is a bad thing. When I was searching on the Internet for information
I found very little. There is their official home page
"http://www.OpusDei.org/", which does not reveal much about their true
nature. Since I also want to prevent other people from falling into Opus
Dei's traps I have written this document. I once was a religious person and
a Catholic myself, though I have always been an extremly critical person and
did not accept all the positions of the Church. In my opinion, the Catholic
Church has accumulated a lot of dust that covers the message of Jesus. Opus
Dei is an organisation that adds to this dust and mistakes the dust for the
message in a lot of ways. Where one could argue that the original ideas from
Jesus made some sense it is already rather questionable what the Catholic Church
makes out of it. Even more questionable is the dangerous ideology that the Opus Dei
spread in their name. But since the Opus Dei is successfull in taking over
the Catholic Church there is less and less distinction between them every day.
A: Mostly good people. People with good hearts who love God and want to do
good things and sacrifice themselves for the work of God. Only/mostly good
people are attracted by them. These people are all a bit naive because they
make one big mistake: They think that the Opus Dei can not be bad, because
the people there are good people and they are all very religious. Therefore,
they do not see all the evil ideology which is in the teachings of Josemaria
Escriva (founder of Opus Dei). Most of these people are rather intelligent,
as the Opus looks for intelligent people because they want to increase their
influence on society this way and they can get more money from them. But
intelligence does not always go along with a critical mind. Particularly
when it comes to religious topics, many people refuse to use their intellect
A: Of course you are. Even though the fact that most religious teachings contain
some irrationality most of the teachings are usually accessiblt to the rational mind.
e.g: Think of Jesus, he always explained his ideas to his followers in the way of
telling parables which he hoped that they would think about and understand.
In fact jesus never tought any misterious or magical things at all. No dogmatic believes
that someone has to follow without understanding them.
The Catholic Church has made many bloody mistakes in its
history (crusades, burning of witches, the Spanish inquisition, etc ... ,
etc ... see
http://spunky.paranoia.com/~wcs/victims.htm) ), so
why should we assume it is perfect now? If we do not use our minds on
religious things we might as well follow the sect that committed collective
suicide with the California cult when the comet came close to earth because
they thought there would be a starship to bring them to God. (Of Course, who
knows: maybe they were right and Catholic people are wrong?)
Well, if you believe in God then you have to believe that God has given you
our brain to use it and a conscience to decide right from wrong. In
opposition to this the Opus Dei demands us to sacrifice our intellectuality
to them and to completely trust their teachings as they claim these
teachings are all God's will. Criticism is not wanted and not allowed. They
will tell you that this only covers the religious field and that the members
are otherwise completely free to do what they want. While I do believe that
we should not completely trust humans in religious fields this is
belittling. For a man who takes his religious beliefs seriously, almost any
decision in life will be covered by his beliefs. So do not sacrifice your
rational mind to any human organisation regardless of how holy they seem.
A: The idea of ``childhood in front of God'' has been nicely covered in the
main book of the founder of Opus Dei (Josemaria Escriva: ``The Way'').
Unfortunately, like every thing that is meant for God the Opus tries to
utilise it for itself. So out of the ``childhood in front of God'' the
``childhood in front of the Opus'' is developed - so that their members do
not act on their own responsibility, but leave every important question to
the Opus, like children do with their parents.
A: I think every one here on earth should make this world a better place, so
there can never be enough "saints". Making the world a better place can
be done by charity and love. Unfortunately the Opus Dei view is
that becoming a Saint is mostly a question of prayer; the topic of charity
and love is of secondary importance to the love of God. (If Escriva, the
founder of the Opus, had been a person with a little understanding of the
Bible he would have known that there is no difference between these two
types of love at all:
And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as
you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to
me.' Matthew 25.45
A: This is also one of their good points. Keeping up a high level of
spirituality in our modern world is not an easy task and they do have some
good concepts of how to do this. Of course it depends on what is meant with spirituality.
If spirituality means a "dedication to too good and useful things for humankind" then it
would be a good thing. Here the problem starts with the Opus Dei ideology....
A: In short:
- The Fascist ideology in Escriva's teachings. The fundamentalism. The
- Intolerance towards other religions.
- The dishonesty.
- The danger inherent in the undemocratic structure of blindly
- The danger inherent in the psychological control they have of their
members due to the ``weekly chat'' where they have to tell the innermost
details of their souls to their spiritual leaders.
- The aggressive and manipulative way in which they try to catch new
- The evil character of the founder.
- The fact that they do not reveal their true goals and keep a lot of
material secret from the public.
- The smug thinking of belonging to an elite.
A: A good definition of it can be found at a site dedicated to reminding us
of the crimes of the holocaust. (by Chip Berlet)
An other good definition comes from Umberto Eco (14 features of fascism):
I used the one from Chip Berlet. (to compare Escriva's teachings
with the (mostly equivalent definition from Eco is left as an
exercise to the reader:))
Here are some quotations from that document:
The seeds of fascism, however, were planted in Italy. ``Fascism is
reaction,'' said Mussolini, but reaction to what? The reactionary movement
following World War I was based on a rejection of the social theories that
formed the basis of the 1789 French Revolution, and whose early formulations
in this country had a major influence on the Declaration of Independence,
Constitution, and Bill of Rights.
. . .
Fascists particularly loathed the social theories of the French
Revolution and its slogan: ``Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.''
- Liberty from oppressive government intervention in the daily lives
of its citizens, from illicit searches and seizures, from enforced religious
values, from intimidation and arrest for dissenters; and liberty to cast a
vote in a system in which the majority ruled but the minority retained
certain inalienable rights;
- Equality in the sense of civic equality, egalitarianism, the notion
that while people differ, they all should stand equal in the eyes of the
- Fraternity in the sense of the brotherhood of mankind; that all
women and men, the old and the young, the infirm and the healthy, the rich
and the poor, share a spark of humanity that must be cherished on a level
above that of the law, and that binds us all together in a manner that
continuously re-affirms and celebrates life.
This is what fascism as an ideology was reacting against. Its support came
primarily from desperate people anxious and angry over their perception that
their social and economic position was sinking. Frustrated with the constant
risk of chaos, uncertainty and inefficiency implicit in a modern democracy
based on these principles, fascism, the antithesis of democracy became an
option.. . . Fascism and Nazism as ideologies involve to varying degrees
some of the following hallmarks:
- Nationalism and super-patriotism with a sense of historic
- Aggressive militarism even to the extent of glorifying war
as good for the national or individual spirit;
- Authoritarian reliance on a leader or elite not
constitutionally responsible to an electorate;
- Cult of personality around a charismatic leader;
- Reaction against the values of Modernism, usually with emotional
attacks against both liberalism and communism;
- Exhortations for the homogeneous masses of common folk (Volkish in
German, Populist in the U.S.) to join voluntarily in a heroic mission -
often metaphysical and romanticized in character;
- Dehumanization and scapegoating of the enemy - seeing the enemy as
an inferior or subhuman force, perhaps involved in a conspiracy that
justifies eradicating them;
- The self image of belonging to a superior form of social
organisation beyond socialism, capitalism and democracy;
- Elements of national socialist ideological roots, for example,
ostensible support for the industrial working class or farmers; but
ultimately, the forging of an alliance with an elite sector of society.
- Abandonment of any consistent ideology in a drive for state
A: The term ``Fascist'' has created some confusion. The ideology of Opus Dei
has all the features commonly found in the abstract political category of
``fascism'' even though it is a very special form of this ideology, since it
is mixed with elements of the Christian religion. Reading Escriva's book
``The Way'' with the above definition of fascism in mind, it is evident that
he is the perfect Fascist. Here are some indicators: In #849 he directly
states that he is against Voltaire's ideas.
Fascist loathe Liberty:
They have this law and order mentality: every thing should be under the
control of the leaders. Large chapters in the book are about leadership and
blind obedience. I guess Hitler would have loved this book. (read #56 till
#80) Of course, they want to control the information you get. Like in #339:
You shall not buy books without the advice of an experienced Christian.
It is so easy to buy something useless or mischievous. Often people believe
they are carrying a book under their arm ... but they only carry a load of
mud. (Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #339)
According to Maria del Carmen Tapia they also read the private mail of their
members. And of course they want enforced religious values, too. Some People
argue that other spiritual works also recommend obedience as useful but this
does not prove it is a good thing. Particularly, the blind obedience (blind
because the Opus also controls the information one can get) is dangerous.
Normally if a person joins a monastery he will have to submit to some
obedience there too: but that obedience usually only concerns ``outside''
things. You will do the house work they want you to do and you would go to
mass regularly ... etc. but you would still be allowed to think
independently. The obedience that also concerns mind and thinking is of a
much higher level of obedience. Would you want to live in a world where the
way you have to think is dictated? Criticising religious things and a free
will is not wanted and not allowed: (see e.g. #945, #53, ...)
Fascists loathe Equality:
Escriva teaches that people should not even be equal in the eyes of God!!
(#98 priests are more valuable than other people). In many others the need
for leadership is expressed (e.g. #60, #61) the whole chapters about
leadership all implicitly suggest that there are people who are superior and
this is their legitimation of why they should rule over others. (I think
there is a teaching where he explicitly says that he does not believe in
equality. Can't find it, though ...)
Fascists loathe Fraternity.
One would think that Fraternity is something every person would
immediately agree with, but his idea of fraternity is rather
limited to the fraternity within the sect. (#458,) Also it is not
the humanity that is a motivation for fraternity but a selfish way
of being strong within the sect and against THE WORLD. (#460, #462,
#55, #924) There seems to be no idea in them that the people
outside the sect are equal humans too; they are just potential victims for
their ``apostolate'', enemies, or even ``devils''. At the moment where he
calls someone ``devil'' he excludes these people from: ``... a spark of
humanity that must be cherished on a level above that of the law, and that
binds us all together in a manner that continuously re-affirms and
celebrates life'' as it is expressed so neatly in the definition of
fraternity. Furthermore the characteristics of fascism from the above
document have been:
- Nationalism and super-patriotism with a sense of historic
mission. Nationalism is something they can not really afford as they
want to be globally active. Nonetheless they do think a little bit of
nationalism is good for being Catholic: read #525. Obviously their goal is
not to win power in a country but to win power in the Catholic Church and in
the whole world.
Where fascism in general needs enemies to blame for all the evil Opus Dei
has to be very selective. Because of its global nature it can not as easily
pick other nations. It would be a dangerous game to openly spread hate
against other religions. This would lead easily to contradictions with their
own spirituality (one of their good sides) but also to intolerance of other
religions, which is not hidden very well (see my chapter about tolerance in
my FAQ. In any event, the main enemies they picked are:
- all people who criticise them.
- some mysterious Freemason... dark world conspiracy.
- Glorifying war: see e.g.:#306 or #311. It is not clear how
much the words are metaphors or how much they are meant as written. (They
are in a chapter entitled ``more from the inner life'' (at least this is the
name of the chapter in the German edition), but his points often have other
meanings than just the one that the chapter would suggest. In Spain there
are many Opus members in top positions in the army (from the TAZ/Berlin
15.9.1995). Or read about the Archbishop of El Salvador below.
- Authoritarian reliance on a leader or elite not
constitutionally responsible to an electorate. There is no
democracy within the Opus Dei. The points which emphasise the
importance of leadership are numerous.
- Cult of personality around a charismatic leader. It may be
that he was a man with very bad traits. It is curious that such a person has
any status at all. However, in the practical life of the Opus Dei the
members had to treat him and is relatives like if he where God himself.
(read e.g. Carmen Tapia's book). Members still write letters to him although
he is already dead. If you go and ask Opus Dei members, they will tell you
that they have a lot of material about Escriva that they do not show to the
public because it would destroy the portrait that they have painted of him.
- Reaction against the values of Modernism, usually with emotional
attacks against both liberalism and communism. e.g. see #849. Communism
is not directly mentioned but the anti-communism is everywhere in Opus Dei.
- Exhortations for the homogeneous masses of common folk (Volkish
in German, Populist in the U.S.) to join voluntarily in a heroic mission -
often metaphysical and romanticized in character. (What could be more
metaphysical than religion?) Also, he constantly appeals to heroic feelings
when he describes how noble it would be to serve the Opus Dei.
- Dehumanization and scapegoating of the enemy - seeing the enemy
as an inferior or subhuman force, perhaps involved in a conspiracy that
justifies eradicating them. (Enemies are devils. or see e.g.: #833
where he constructs the image of Freemasons as a demon-like enemy;)
- The self image of belonging to a superior form of social
organisation beyond socialism, capitalism and democracy. Most
Christians will see their belief not as something that contradicts democracy
or socialism. However, by merging all his political statements in his book,
Escriva places his beliefs in direct competition with political ideologies.
From his Fascist ideas it is clear that he is against socialism. All the
points about leadership/obedience show that he does not think all too well
of democracy. I think he has no problem with capitalism, if you have enough
money you can also buy a little bit of holiness by being a ``cooperator''
(see their homepage).
- While their ideological root is definitely not directly national
socialistic, the forging of an alliance with an elite of society is
exactly what they do. What `` ostensible support for the industrial
working class or farmers'' concerns: They keep them silent and obedient
by promising them a better life in heaven with their ``sanctification of
ordinary work'' slogan. This is an abuse of religion.
- Abandonment of any consistent ideology in a drive for State
power. Fascist ideology is in contradiction with Christianity and so it
is not all to easy to combine these two things. The question is: Why did he
press all the Fascist ideology into this book at all? Of course if you want
to construct a sect than the ideology comes handy: The leadership/obedience
constellation is especially useful, but then he could have hidden the
ideology much better behind religiose explanations. The fact that the
ideology is so open, suggests it must have been something very important to
Escriva. But to make his sect a success he does not care that it is in
contradiction with Christianity. (Maybe he did not see that at the
beginning, but I imagine that a lot of people will have talked about that
topic with him. If he did not want to agree with a logical argumentation he
used his 2+2+God equation (#471). To agree with the arguments of others?
Never! (#54) Furthermore: Inconsistencies and contradictions gives you more
freedom when you want to use the ideology to direct people into certain
directions. When you want to command them, the one thing you can use is this
point, and when you want to command them otherwise you use another.
One last point: Like the Nazis' head the ``entartete Kunst'' (art that did
not conform to the official sense of beauty) Escriva also labels modern art
as ``morbid'' and ``subjective''. (While, of course it is subjective - but
it does not hide that - but he implicitly claims that he has the objective
truth). Cutting down the freedom of arts is also a sign of Fascistic and
Conclusion: As it can be seen there is a lot of Fascism in the book of
Escriva and in his sect. The reader who is aware of it will find a lot more
in his book and in the behaviour of Opus Dei. The strong focus on leadership
in particular, makes this organisation extremely dangerous, and with the
mind control of the weekly ``confident'' talks, their leaders have
incredible power over their followers.
A: No. Other religions are not even mentioned in his book. What we know
about Escriva from the Carmen Tapia he called Queen Elizabeth (Head of the
Anglican church) ``this daemon''. In #433 he uses the names of battles
fought by Christians against Moslems as a synonym for victory. He also hated
other Christian Religions like Protestantism (#505: ... do not trust
anything that does not have this sign (the love for the virgin Mary))
which is a clear affront to the Evangelic Church. He even had hateful words
for some Catholic organisations (e.g. the Jesuits). The intolerance in
Escriva's attitude is strongly related to the fundamentalism of his
teachings. One who concentrates only on the unimportant details of the
Catholic beliefs instead of the core of the messages of Jesus can not be
tolerant towards other religions which may have the same core but other
Have you ever spent a thought on the question of how it is possible that
there are so many different religions, and how all people think that their
view of God is the right one? For example, are there different Gods for
different people, and do Christian people go to Heaven, and are Buddhists
reincarnated? Or is it that, only one view of God is the right one, and the
other religions have a wrong view? If so, than what happened to the people
that lived before Jesus Christ was born? Lots of questions. Once I heard a
good parable which has a nice answer to the problem of explaining why there
are different religions. it goes like this:
God is like the sunlight that falls through the window of a church which
has many colourful pieces of glass in it. And the light throws spots of
colourful lights on the floor of a very very large church. And the small
people who stand there they only see one colour, which depends on where they
stand. So one sees God as a green light and the other one as a red light
while no one sees the whole picture. I do like this parable and I set some
store by it. So if you think you have to believe in God then at least, I
think you should not trust anyone who says that God is like this
and everything else is wrong and bad. And especially not if they are so
picky about unimportant details that they do not even allow other Christian
Propably you get the best picture of God if we try to move around a bit
on the floor of this church so that we see different colours. That is we
inform ourselves how other religions see things. For example, when I read
``Siddhartha''(Hermann Hesse) I did learn a lot about Religion, although it
is a book about Buddhism.
A: The inherent danger lies in the undemocratic structure of the Opus which
totally reflects the Fascistic ideology in Escriva's teachings. People have
to follow the orders given to them by their leaders without doubting them.
Leaders have total control over the people subordinated to them through the
weekly talk where they learn everything they need to manipulate followers.
So, if the topmost leader decides to do something it will happen. They
justify this structure with the excuse that it is all in God's name. But the
people in the Opus are all humans and there is always a chance that they
might make mistakes. In the dictatorship-like structure of the Opus a
mistake or an evil decision by just one person on top of the organisation
can have fatal consequences. Their response is something like: ``Oh well we
have built a dictatorship, but do not be worried: we have such a nice
dictator on top who is such a kind person with a good heart ...'' Besides:
Escriva was not a person with a very good character. And a person who does
not admit that he has made a mistake by putting this Fascistic ideology into
his work, even after 1945, when the evil of the Fascistic ideology should
have become obvious to everyone is definitely not a saint. Well at least, I
think that God is NOT a skin head in camouflage and army boots, who likes
A: Yes. According to Carmen Tapia they do. When she was in the position of a
spiritual leader she had to write reports about all the people under her and
she sometimes received orders from above on what to tell them.
A: As in most sects, this is one of the most important things:
Finding new members. The necessity of the apostolate is everywhere
in Escriva's book, beginning with #1. Especially #614:
When doing apostolic work there is no disobedience that would be
According to people who left the sect there is a strict plan on how to
approach new potential members and how to talk to them.
A: No. Not in general. Normally if an idea is good it will spread by itself.
People will tell their friends and if the thing makes sense they will spread
it further. There should be no need to lay special emphasis on the
importance of the apostolic work. Nor is it justifiable to give strict rules
on how to use these manipulative techniques to find new members.
A: The most important instrument is the so-called ``vocation trap''. They
tell people about the non-selfish life of saints and what good things they
did and they then make them feel guilty because they do not do that much;
with the implicit promise that when they join the Opus Dei they can become
little saints in their everyday life. This trap, of course only works for
people with good hearts who want to do good. And I do not doubt that most of
the people who have been caught by the Opus would have lived a just life and
would have become good people and would have done a lot of useful work if
they had never met the Opus. Once they have been caught, their good hearts
are abused to catch more members instead of performing useful charity. Here
is an example of their manipulative way in catching new members: In #563 of
``The Way'' Escriva writes:
Ally yourself with the guardian angel of the person you want to
your apostolate - He is always a good ``accomplice''.
Imagine a young girl with a good heart who was brought up with a Catholic
spirit, and then a person tells her: ``Well, this night I will pray to your
guardian angel so that he might help you to find the right decision''
(leaving no doubt about what the ``right'' decision is). This girl would
feel very bad with the idea in her head that her angel would be terribly sad
because she did not decide to join the Opus. From my point of view the abuse
of such innocent symbols of our childhood beliefs to bring people under
control of an evil ideology, that they do not even understand, is a
A:Let us see how they think about women:
... Woman are so sinful and are responsible that we have been
dislodged from the garden of eden. And the only possibility for them to
lessen their guilt is by subordinating themselves... ``You should be
like a carpet where people can step onto'' he explained... (Heard by a
lot of people at an information evening of the Opus Dei in Dornbirn Austria.
easter 1994. from the book "gottes rechte kirche" by t.m. hofer)
A: He was a priest who founded Opus Dei in the year 1928. He was born into a
time of war, so perhaps his idea was to found a kind of ``army'' for God.
(Many aspects of the organisation of the Opus show similarities to the
structure of an army: replaceability of every member; uncritical submission
to orders, ... ). According to Carmen Tapia, he was a person with very bad
manners. She writes that he could be nice and kindly at time but also very
angry. He spoke derogatorily about women. He often shouted. (The most
extreme example is In her book. Carmen Tapia writes: when he was angry at a
woman (G.) who secretly brought her (Tapia) mail he shouted:
``And she there (G.) has to be spanked throughout. Draw up her
skirts, tear down her panties and give it to her in the ass!! In the Ass!!
Until she talks. MAKE HER TALK!!!'' (translated from the German edition
of her book to English)
I think this quote fits well with the sexual obsessions that shine through a
lot of statements in his book. Escriva did not live the ascetic live of a
saint but always liked delicious dining in his palace-like headquarters in
Rome (A building with 24 chapels!). To me he seems to have been a person of
medium intelligence who always wanted to be a philosopher. Perhaps he got
hurt in discussions with intellectual people and than he tried to compensate
for his lack of intelligence with concentration on his religious beliefs,
which allowed him to polish up his self esteem again in such a way that he
could look down on the people who did not share those beliefs. I am not a
psychologist, but this would explain some of his teachings (e.g. the one
with: 2+2 = 4, 2+2+God=?). From what Carmen Tapia tells he was very proud.
Cite: ``... I have met a lot of bishops and different Popes but I am the
only founder ...''. Also the value intelligence had for him can be seen in
what he told them once: ``Do not become so stupid as those nuns ... (and he
was trying to making a dumb face)''
Given all the Fascist ideology in
``The Way'', it will not come as a surprise to you to hear that he even had
sympathy for Hitler:
Wladimir Felzmann, an ex-Opus Dei member tells about a talk with Escriva:
after he (Escriva) insisted that with Hitler's help the Franco Government
has saved Christianity from Communism he added: ``Hitler against the
Jews, Hitler against the Slavs, this means Hitler against communism''
To be fair: When judging about Senior Escriva we have to consider that he
was a child of his time. And a lot of people at the time held that
kind of ideology and those ideas; for a lot of people they might have been
quite normal. However, this does not make his ideology any better and does
not give any justification for mixing it with his religious teachings.
What an unbelievable arrogance of this man that he named his own work ``The
Work of God''.
A: It looks as if Echevarria is a ``worthy'' successor to Escriva. One day
he was quoted as saying that if you are handicapped since birth this is
probably because your parents did some sinful sexual practices. Even though,
they later denied that statement and claimed that it has only been said
because he was not used to the Italian language, this statement throws a
good spotlight on the spiritual attitudes of this person.
A: No. They are not open. Secrecy is an important principle within the Opus
(compare ``The Way''). They do not even present all the teachings of Escriva
to the public. They have secret books which are only used for internal
teachings, etc ... So if even the book which is supposed to be an
advertisement for the Opus is full of these negative things, what do you
expect is in the internal books? Why don't they present them to the public?
Here 2 examples from the ``Way'' where Senior Escriva asks people to be
#643: do not reveal the secrets of your apostolate: don't you
see that the world is full of selfish not-understanding?
#655: I can not stop to tell you about the importance of
"discretion". maybe it is not the spire of your weapon but at least
it is the handle of it.
An entire chapter is dedicated to this kind of dishonesty. While this does
not directly ask people to tell lies it asks them to deliberately hold back
the truth. According to Carmen Tapia, lies have a good tradition within the
Opus. When she had to work in the print office of the Opus, they had to call
back papers they had printed out and change them afterwards to eliminate
traces of certain persons the Opus wanted to get rid of. So they can
afterwards claim: ``There is nothing about that in the archives''. Most of
all they revised the statutes of the Opus Dei after they had been approved
by the Pope!!!
A: As the people within Opus Dei are mostly nice people with good hearts,
people do not suspect that this organization might be bad at all. They will
be attracted by the positive sides of their spiritual beliefs (see above).
Furthermore, people with good hearts like the idea of sacrificing themselves
because they want to do good. The `childhood in front of God'' idea
especially will be attractive for many people, because this is something
most people want deep down inside them: to become children again and give
away all the burdens and responsibilities of their every day life. This is
exactly what the Opus offers: Not only to become a child in front of God but
to become a child in front of the Opus. To blindly follow their advice and
rules and to give away responsibility by discussing everything with the
This is also how most sects work: They offer a clear and simple frame of
values in a world that becomes more complex every day - too complex for many
people. Just pray a lot, tell everything to your spiritual leader, wear the
flagellation belt for 2 or 3 hours a day, and donate some money to us, then
you are on your way to becoming a saint. Easy and simple. This is especially
attractive for persons in positions with high moral responsibility (lawyers,
doctors, etc ... ). They do not even have to give up their profession, nor
do they have to be afraid that they may be fired because of Opus Dei -
because they are supposed to keep that a secret. In my opinion we are not
supposed to give away responsibility. God has given us our mind and our
conscience to use it - even if this is the hard way.
Furthermore there also might be people who are attracted by the negative
sides in Opus Dei. e.g.: The proud thinking of being something better than
the average person who doesn't belong to the Opus. Last, but not least, as
the Fascistic ideology in Escriva's book is so dominant, it can not be ruled
out there are also some people in the organization who are especially
attracted by Fascism.
A: They want intelligent people with influence on society, most of all. They
usually select people whom they think might be easy to convert. That is,
they select people with a Catholic background, especially people who might
be searching for social contact, that is: e.g.: exchange students, people
who often go to church alone, ..., etc.. Also it is usually not explicitly
expressed but they seem to search for physically attractive people, as it is
more easy for them to convince new victims of the Opus. When Thomas M. Hofer
(``Gottes Rechte Kirche'' page 98) asked the Public Relations Officer for
Opus Dei in Austria (Martin Kugler) he caught him in a lie: Kugler said:
``From a statistically point of view, a majority of Opus Dei members fall
into the group of housewives. We do not target our advertising towards rich
and intellectual persons''. But than he had to admit that in Austria (as in
most other countries) more than 50% of the members have academic education.
In contradiction to the lies that they spread on their web pages, internal
Opus Dei papers confirm that their main target are the important people of
society. Of course they only see that as an intermediate step: The final
goal is of course the total control over all people, but the strategy to
reach that targets people with much influence first.
A: First: Even a single person with the best intentions can do wrong things
if she/he is not informed well or do not use their mind to think about the
consequences that their actions might have. But within the Opus people are
not supposed to use their minds and the information they get is filtered and
influenced by the Opus. (They are not allowed to read any book. They have
indoctrination courses there, etc ... ) So the good people within the Opus
might still think that they are doing positive things and that they are
becoming saints, while they are already losing their understanding of what
it is to live in the real world.
Second: An organization is more than the sum of its parts. The difference is
the additional structure of the organization. And the structure of Opus Dei
is a hierarchical, dictatorship-like structure. Within a dictatorship-like
structure a single unscrupulous person on top can corrupt the whole
organization. And the founder's presence is still present through the rules
he gave this organization. As we have seen he was a person of questionable
character. He might have believed himself, that he was doing good work for
God. But that does not make the whole thing any better.
A: I believe that most of the ordinary people in the Catholic Church have a
good understanding of the message of Jesus. They understand that God means
infinite love and that most of the rules of the Catholic Church are not
meant to be taken too seriously. They will like the attractive points of the
Opus but they will have little or no understanding of the Fascist ideology
and the fundamentalism of the Opus. In opposition, many officials of the
church like the idea of having uncritical sheep that can be easily governed
Our current pope, John Paul II, is especially a friend of Opus Dei. He made
the Opus a ``personal prelature'' in 1982 and he beatified Escriva in 1992
... So either the Opus has already gained so much control over the Catholic
Church that they could establish a conservative Pope that they like and
influence the advisors around the Pope, or the Pope just did not see all the
bad things in the Opus because he is a very spiritual person. However: A lot
of people criticised the Catholic Church because they did not speak up
against the Nazi government. So the beatification of the Fascist Escriva by
the Pope was a very bad signal to the public - instead of asking the victims
of the holocaust for forgiveness a Fascist gets beatified. This again just
shows that the Pope is not entirely infallible. In any case: They are in no
way representative for the Catholic Church of today. See here
http://www.we-are-church.org/ to find out what the average Catholic
of today believes.
A: No. Absolutely not. They are extremely conservative. Within the Opus Dei
changes are not allowed, as this would violate what they call "The Work's
Esprit". They never change. The most innovative change they had since their
foundation is that now woman are allowed to wear trousers! :) They where not
even innovative when they where founded. What they present as new ideas:
"That even lay people are called to a live of holiness" are not new but
already in the teachings of Jesus. Contrary to ``Vatican II'' they still
claim that they have the absolute truth and only they know what is good or
bad. Lay people have no right to decide about religious things, but that we
all have to blindly follow their orders. So their spirit is not new but the
contrary: They want a Church of authority and of Doctrines instead of a
Church of brotherhood of free people only responsible to their own
conscience. The real youth of the Church today are the people who want to
bring more democracy to the Church and spread the spirit of the Second
A: While they pick some things out of the text of the Council and also claim
that they have contributed to Vatican II most of the spirit of the Council
is totally contrarily to the teachings of Escriva. (Some points however
clearly reveal their unholy influence on the text) Here are some snippets
from the Text of the Council. (
- Tolerance towards other religions:
In our time, when day by day mankind is being drawn
closer together, and the ties between different peoples are becoming
stronger, the Church examines more closely her relationship to
non-Christian religions. In her tasks of promoting unity and love among
men, indeed among nations, she considers above all in this declaration
what men have in common and what draws them to fellowship. (...)
This is in total contradiction with the intolerance found in
... For this reason, love for God and neighbour is the first
and greatest commandment. Sacred Scripture, however, teaches us that
the love of God cannot be separated from love of neighbour: "If there
is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying: Thou shalt
love thy neighbour as thyself... Love therefore is the fulfilment of
the Law" (Rom. 13:9-10; cf. 1 John 4:20). To men growing daily more
dependent on one another, and to a world becoming more unified every
day, this truth proves to be of paramount importance. ...
Again this is in contrast to Escriva's teaching which separates
the love of God and charity. Moreover:
Therefore, although rightful differences exist between men,
the equal dignity of persons demands that a more humane and just
condition of life be brought about. Excessive economic and social
differences between the members of the one human family or
population groups cause scandal, and militate against social
justice, equity, the dignity of the human person, as well as
social and international peace.
We see, the Christian Social teaching of the Vatican is indicative of a
democratic and, even, some may say, socialist/ egalitarian perspective, in
an extreme, contrary to Escriva's Fascistic ideas. Usually Opus Dei members
denounce anybody who cares to much for social needs as being a Marxist.
- Religious Freedom:
A sense of the dignity of the human person has been impressing
itself more and more deeply on the consciousness of contemporary
man, and the demand is increasingly made that men should act on
their own judgement, enjoying and making use of a responsible
freedom, not driven by coercion but motivated by a sense of duty.
(...) However, men cannot discharge these obligations in a manner
in keeping with their own nature unless they enjoy immunity from
external coercion as well as psychological freedom.
Compare this with Escriva's talk about Obedience or take a look at the
psychological manipulations they use.
A: there are 2 points to keep in mind here:
1.) Maybe they follow the church. At least they claim to. But what if they
manage to further increase their already great influence on the Church and
the Pope and can infiltrate the whole Church with their evil ideology? What
if they drive it towards more intolerance? What if a person like mister
McCloskey makes the policy then? People are already afraid that their
influence is already so great that the next Pope could be an Opus Dei
2.) I doubt that they would take "following the Church" all too seriously if
we get a liberal Pope. Furthermore Carmen Tapia writes in her book that when
she worked at the printing office of Opus Dei they had to change the
printing plates with the text of the statutes of Opus Dei that had been
signed by the Pope after they had been signed... and she also tells how
mister Escriva often had angry words for the Pope. I am not sure if they
would still falsify documents today. But a bit of misrepresentation of text
as mister McCloskey does it with the Vatican II texts also helps them a
A: If you look into Escriva's book you will find the kind of person that
they want to make out of people:
- He wants you to be become a fanatist who does not make concessions.
A Warrior who blindly fights, instead of peacefully discussing with others.
(#54, #393, #396)
- Blind obedience. (e.g.: #62, #614), never think by yourself (#777,
- Feeling guilty for sexuality (#130). People who feel guilt are easy
- Heartless. You should lock your heart behind 7 gates (#150, #161,
#188) and your heart should only belong to God, but of course he means that
you should give it to the Opus. (fulfilment of duty #162). Best of all, in
a sense, you should remove your heart totally (#166). ``Fortunately'' he
not only demands heartlessness but also gives you a way to reach it:
killing your emotions and your senses (#181, #188)
- Without scruples! (#258, ff) (Do not ask me what this should have to
do with becoming a saint - I have no idea. Being without scruples is like
not listening to your conscience. Maybe this is just a mistake in the
translation from the Spanish to the German version of the book - but it is
the heading of a whole chapter. Maybe someone can enlighten me about that a
- Selfishly searching for your redemption and your own happiness.
- Beautiful, intelligent and looking down on others like they are only
- You should be a perfect instrument. A tool to be used by them. (e.g.
- Secretly working behind peoples backs. (see the chapter about
``Discretion'' e.g.: #643)
A: Besides direct influence in politics via people that are under their
control (look here some names:
http://www.cath4choice.org/pubpolicy.html) they try to infiltrate the
mass media. In the year 1979 the chief of the Opus Dei of that time
(Portillio) gave some statistical material to the Vatican. Due to an
indiscretion the secret information become public. According to the data
from Portillio the Opus Dei had members in: 479 universities and higher
schools, 604 newspapers and other periodicals, 52 radio and tv stations, 38
news and advertisement agencies and 12 movie productions companies.
(according to T. M. Hofer / P. Hertel) This was in 1979. Today they even try
to infiltrate public web chat boards with their agents.
A: Yes. A lot of Opus Dei members are involved in politics. Right wing
politics of course. They try to get influence within institutions of the
European Union, and even high members of FBI and CIA are known to have
good?????? Here are some examples:
Cipriani (Roman Catholic Bishop), a member of the
conservative Opus Dei movement in the Roman Catholic church, is one of
Fujimori's closest friends and one of the few who have had access to him
during the crisis, sources said. One of the hostages, Peruvian Foreign
Minister Francisco Tudela, is also close to Opus Dei. ...
What about the relationship between the military and the Fujimori
The support which both have given to one another in the past has
only served to act as a cover for state terrorism and corruption. The
government and high-ranking military officials are very corrupt...
In some regions of the jungle and in Ayacucho, for example, there are
priests that train and lead the Army's paramilitary rondas. Among these
paramilitary priests the most notorious is the archbishop of Huamanga
"Cristiani" of Opus Dei, and the infamous U.S. born killer-priest known as
Another former ultra-nationalist in office was Rodolfo
Barra, who became Menem's public works secretary in 1989. Barra also
served as a supreme court judge from December 1993 to June 1994, and was
minister of justice for the next two years. As a secondary school student in
the 1960s, Barra joined the Union Nacional de Estudiantes Secundarios (UNES,
National Union of Secondary Students), the youth branch of the right-wing
Catholic organization Tacuara, and was in charge of UNES publications,
according to the Buenos Aires weekly news magazine Noticias (22 and 29 June
1996). More recently, Barra has been identified with Opus Dei, a
conservative Catholic organization founded in Spain, which has no extremist
connections. Yet by June 1996, when he proclaimed his repentance regarding
his Nazi youth, he had lost the confidence of a section of Argentine
about Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle:
... The next paragraph contained a short report from El Salvador: there
the Opus Dei Archbishop has assumed the title Brigadier General, in an army
that has one of the most brutal track-records in recent history. Now, it
transpires, he has banned public observances to commemorate the martyrdom of
Archbishop Oscar Romero, felled in 1980 while celebrating Mass - executed on
the orders of the military whose insignia the current Archbishop so proudly
Romero was a man in the middle: he had both affection for the left and the
right wing sides of the church. (The Official Opus Dei site even uses him to
Archbishop Oscar Romero had been a conservative until he was converted
by the poor and the military attacks on clergy working with the poor.
During the late 1950s and the 1960s, Opus Dei members came to
control the economic ministries, and they occupied other important cabinet
posts as well. This was in keeping with the organization's aim of
influencing the development of society indirectly. Opus Dei recruited its
members from among the brightest students, which encouraged a sense of
elitism and clannishness. Because of this clannishness and the secrecy that
surrounded the organization, some critics termed it the "Holy Mafia."
A: The bishop of Vorarlberg (Klaus Kueng) is known to be an Opus Dei member.
The bishop of lower Austria (Kurt Krenn) is known to be a friend of the Opus
and has ranged many members around him. He also publicly recommends voting
for a right wing political party which spreads hate against immigrants. This
should not come as a surprise if you look at the Fascism within Opus Dei.
(Interestingly: The Pope excommunicated a priest in South America because he
got involved in politics - but this was left wing politics: He wanted to
help people. It seems the Pope is a little bit blind on one eye.)
A good overview about the Opus Dei and other right wing sects within the
Catholic Church in Austria can be found in the book``Gottes Rechte Kirche''
by Thomas M. Hofer.
- First there are the people they indoctrinate. They steal the time
and money of these people. They also steal it from society as these people
with their good hearts could otherwise be useful members of society. Of
course, one could argue that if people are happy with their artificial world
of self-flagellation why should they not be? The problem here is the
psychological manipulation. Furthermore, as people should not search for
their happiness in a selfish way, this organization brings those people away
- Even more harm is done to the families and friends of the people of
their victims. Incredible pain that is caused by the knowledge that the
person they love is, by means of Opus Dei's manipulative indoctrination,
being transformed into a puppet who blindly follows their orders. While I
had to suffer from the pain for a few weeks and it was the most painful
experience I ever had, there are thousands of mothers, fathers, brothers,
sisters and friends out there who have to suffer from that pain for their
A: That depends on where you draw the line between heavy indoctrination and
brainwashing. The treatment that Carmen Tapia had to undergo is, from my
point of view, definitely a kind of brainwashing. We can also find some
points in Escriva's book that show that he finds nothing wrong with
manipulating people: (#851, but especially: #488 - if the tools (the people)
do not work as intended - perform surgical therapy - (what ever that
means)). For a good introduction on what the term ``brainwashing'' means and
how that usually works read the article form Robert J. Lifon:
Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of
``Brainwashing'' in China. Even though the position of Opus Dei is
exactly on the other side of political extremism the methods of ``thought
reform'' they seem to use on their members is very similar to those that Dr.
Lifton has studied.
A: No. Given all the evil things in Opus Dei it is very clear to me that
this Organization can not have anything to do with God at all. Of course
there are some positive points in it, but if it were ``The Work of God''
there would not be so many evil things in it. It is not the work of God but
the work of men and as such it has errors and in this case some very serious
ones, too. Of course most people there are nice and have good hearts, but
that does not make Fascism a good thing. There are so many real ways you may
serve God in love and charity for our society, and there are a lot of
spiritual people outside the Opus Dei too. Just walk through the world with
open eyes and always judge with your own mind. Never give others the right
to judge for you. Read this FAQ and think about it, if it makes sense or
not. Search a bit on the Internet. (Try the search term ``Opus Dei'' in
conjunction with things like ``right wing'', ``Fascism'', etc...)
Furthermore: You might think that you can do with your life what ever you
want. But this only holds if you do not hurt anyone else, and exactly here
is the problem: You will probably have parents and friends who love you and
they will have to suffer terribly if they have to fear that you get
transformed into a puppet on a string. So even if you think that becoming a
puppet and shaking of all responsibility can make you more happy you should
not act that selfishly. Even if you sit there and pray all day long for your
whole life you will never be able to make up for the pain that you have
caused your family and friends. (Remember the 10 commandments?). If you
think about not telling them to save them from pain - you are acting even
worse: This is like telling a lie. Furthermore, by keeping that a secret you
would become entangled into further lies. So the best thing would be, if you
leave the Opus immediately before they have indoctrinated you so much, that
you do not even realize the suffering you cause.
A: Yes, you can leave them but they will indoctrinate you not to leave and
they tell people that they can not become happy again after they leave. And
I think this is true: After all the indoctrination one has received people
are not functioning too well after they have left. Often they need many
years to recover. So do not risk to join them, and if you already are a
member then you would be better to leave them today than tomorrow. No one
needs to feel guilty for leaving a Fascist sect and there are 1000 and 1
possibilities where you can really serve God outside the Sect. You do not
need to throw away the child with the bath: You can keep your spirituality
and your believe in God, but do it in on your own responsibility again and
not as their puppet. We are not always supposed to go the easy way, you
A: As I have said: I hope these pages can also serve as an inspiration for
the organization to change. This document lists a lot of their problems and
I think it should be fairly obvious what should be changed. We can hope that
they withstand the temptation to make some ``cosmetic'' improvements on the
surface while not dealing with the root of the problem: i.e. the teachings
of Escriva. Here are some thoughts on how a reformed Opus Dei could appear:
- No more secrecy - instead people would be encouraged to be open and
honest wherever they go.
- Encouragement of individual and critical thinking on all (worldly
and religious) matters. Encouragement of individual responsibility. No
censorship of books, etc .. anymore.
- Democratic structure.
- More focus on charity and love for the neighbour instead of
I guess when they start with these all other problems will go away too. The
basis of all is of course a critical position concerning some of the
teachings of Escriva.
The official Opus Dei web site now has a page with ``reflections on
Charity by the founder'' on their front, which is not that bad at all
and is part of some of Mister Escriva's late writings. Even though the
document is in contradiction with ``the Way'', the book that still forms the
basis of the Opus Dei, and recent writings of the Opus Dei priest McCloskey
http://www.mond.at/opus.dei/mccloskey.html, this may well be the
indication of a shift in attitude of the organization. We can only hope that
this is really the case and that this is not merely a cosmetic trick to
present them in a good light to the public. In any event, this is only the
start of a fundamental change, which may finally reach the point where they
can critically deal with the particularly horrible teachings of Mister
Escriva. On the other hand when we can still read ``Msgr. Escriva de
Balaguer has written something more than a masterpiece; he has
written straight from the heart, and straight to the heart go these short
paragraphs...'' in their recension of the ``Way'', then this might seem
a bit too optimistic. On the other hand people have reported that the
structure of the Opus Dei is not as rigid as it was some 20 years before.
A: The problem is: When you get to know that he/she is in the Opus Dei, it
might already be too late, as they normally ask people to keep that a
secret. So when they allow him/her to tell you than they think that the
person is already under their control. Still, you might have a good chance
to bring her back to real life. What you can do is:
- Show this FAQ document to him/her. Discuss it with him/her. Ask
him/her to read "The Way" carefully. Ask them to read Carmen Tapia's Book.
- Show your concern and show your love for him/her.
- Do not do anything behind the back of him/her. Be open and honest to
him/her. It does not help if you use the same methods as the sect.
- Ask him/her to consider to leave the Opus for about a year and then
decide about going back or not, without their influence.
- Ask them to talk about the matter with a priest that is not a member
of the Opus.
- Show them that there are many ways where he/she can really serve
God. There are a lot of good Orders that believe in love and charity. And
one does not even have to be a member of an Order. One can also find God in
everyday life - without the Fascist mind control of this sect.
- If you are a religious person: Pray for him/her. And pray for all
the souls that have been abused by the Opus and the souls of the abusers.
A: When I tried to find information about them on the net, the only useful
things I found were their official home page
http://www.OpusDei.org and the transcript of a Finnish TV
Pope's Bold and Beautiful). In the meantime a lot of new Opus Dei sites are
on the web. I maintain a collection of links on my unofficial home page:
Their Official homepage
While their official homepage does not reveal much about them it should be
obvious for a religious person that this organization can not have much to
do with God. It talks about ``govern'' and holiness but does not talk about
love or charity. A nice part is where they describe the role of the
Cooperators are those who, without being faithful of the Prelature,
collaborate through their prayer (if they are believers), their financial
contributions, or their work. They benefit from the prayers of the faithful
of Opus Dei on their behalf. Many non-Catholics and non-Christians,
attracted by the spirit of Opus Dei, have become cooperators.
Do these people really believe that holiness could be bought with money?!
Also they try to present themselves as a young and innovative part of the
church, while in reality they are extremely conservative and their ideas
date back to the stone age. All in all their web Pages are just there to
present themselves in a good light so as not to scare the parents of the
victims that got sucked into their cobweb.
The Finnish TV documentation
http://www.modn.at/opus.dei/opusbold.html The Finnish TV
documentation gives a much better view in what this organization is, if you
have not heard about them yet. There you can get the view from both people
who like Opus Dei and those how have left these organization. (also see:
The Book of Maria del Carmen Tapia
She was one of the first (50) women who were members of this sect and she
had a rather high position and spent a lot of time of time in Rome as a kind
of secretary to Mr. Escriva.
The book: ``Gottes Rechte Kirche'' by Thomas M. Hofer:
A good book with lots of material about Opus Dei and other right wing sects
within the Catholic Church, with a special focus on the situation in
Inside the Secret World of Opus Dei
An interesting private article:
ODAN Opus Dei Awareness Network, Inc.
Also I have not looked at their information packets yet it sounds like they
have valuable information about Opus Dei. Here is what they write about
The Opus Dei Awareness Network, Inc. (ODAN) is a tax-exempt, non-profit
organization in operation since 1991 which strives to provide education,
outreach and support to those adversely impacted by Opus Dei.
They publish a newsletter several times a year, and distribute an
information packet which includes articles about Opus Dei (many written by
former members), past issues of the ODAN newsletter, as well as the
"Parents' Guide to Opus Dei," by J.J.M. Garvey, a booklet which compares
Opus Dei to the Vatican's directive on cults and sects.
The ODAN newsletter in the past has featured the following: 1) Synopses
of news pertaining to Opus Dei from both the secular and religious press; 2)
Information sheets, detailing some aspect of Opus Dei life; 3) Articles on a
variety of topics written by people affected by Opus Dei; 4) Book, video and
tape reviews published in order to educate ODAN's readers in mind control
issues or an author's perspective on Opus Dei; 5) and much more.
413-499-7168; fax 413-499-7860. The suggested donation for the information
packet is $15 ($20 Foreign); suggested donation for the newsletter is also
$15 ($20 Foreign).
The ODAN homepage is here:
Father McCloskey is a priest of the Opus Dei. With his articles he purports
to prove that all the ideology we find in Escriva's books live in the Opus
Dei of today. I have made a page where I have collected the hard core stuff
from his articles.
Last but not least: The most important source of information is Escriva's
book (The Way/Camino/Der Weg/). It contains 999 paragraphs that sound a bit
like ``wise'' sayings on a calendar. From my point of view, though, most of
these lines lack the philosophical wisdom that can be found in typical
calendar cites. In his 999 points he has mixed cites from the Bible and his
interpretation of it with personal ideas and ideology that have nothing to
do with the Bible and with God at all. And this is where the danger is. A
reader with a good heart and a strong but uncritical belief in God, who is
not aware of this mixture might think the ideology he mixed into the words
of the Bible are also a part of God.
Because this book is organised in this small points, the author does not
need a logical flow of argumentation but can present his ideas in the form
of ``Axiomatic truth''. This is also a useful technique for brain washing:
You ``flood'' the victim with information that is mutually based on itself
but does not need any real foundation - this is tautology, or circular
argumentation. In this case there is some foundation taken from the
Christianity but most of the ideology is just presented in the form of
definitions without explanations.
Before I read the book I expected that the evil teachings would be hidden
behind a lot of sweet words and could only be found by reading a bit between
the lines, but to my surprise it is not like that: The evil is more or less
explicitly there for everyone to read. Most notably this is the Fascism that
can be found everywhere.
Well most things here are based on Escriva's own writings. Furthermore I
have tried to discuss the topics here with a person who says that he is an
Opus Dei member (his name is "Peter M.", he did not say what rank he had in
the organization). First he claimed that everything is not true here. But he
was not able to bring a single counter-argument. We have to assume that he
knows that it has at least some validity. I had his full name here at first
but he does not want go public so I removed it when he asked me to do so.
Also people have written me a lot of emails. Some people completely agree
with what I say. Among them people ex-members and people who where attracted
by the Opus Dei first, but found out about the bad sides themselves. The
people that wrote me who disagree with me are usually people who have not
completely read through my pages and do not know much about the Opus Dei.
They only have some friends there and explain to me that those are nice
people. I do claim nothing else in my FAQ. I also say that most of them are
certainly good and very good people. Finally some people who write to me
seem to have sympathy for the Fascist ideology and they seem unable to see
what is so bad about it. If you disagree with something here and want to
write to me: those responses are very much welcomed, but I would ask you to
read through all the material on my pages first, so that I do not have to
answer questions twice. But I do not claim that my pages are completely free
of errors, if you have suggestions and comments they are always welcomed.
A: There are a lot of things you can do:
- If you have important information not covered in this FAQ mail it to
(email@example.com). I am especially interested in the personal
experiences of members and ex-members.
- Translate this document into other languages (I might do the German
translation myself as German is my native language). (contact me before
you start translating)
- Hand out this FAQ to possible victims of the sect. Make it publicly
available in places where you know that members search for victims.
(Student hostels, etc, ...)
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