Hey Franz! Thanks for all the info on Opus Dei. I too would like to remain anonymous please...... many members of my family are very Active Members of Opus Dei. I was "born into" Opus Dei, my parents being members even before I was born. Growing up I felt as though I was being "groomed" for a life in Opus Dei. It's all my mother wanted for me I think. As you can imagine I spent many years attending activities within the organization, and I must say that there are some very good people in Opus Dei. They helped me to develop a very deep faith. For that I will always be greatful. Unfortunately I had some very bad experinces with "the work" and so did many young people who were close to me. It was not just a matter of resisting a possible vocation, I was coerced, manipulated, shamed and spiritually abused. I won't bore you with details but much of what Carmen Tapia says is what I also experienced. I almost joined the work - thank goodness I didn't it would have been a big mistake -I would have been doing it for someone else and betraying myself in the process. ( If that's not co-dependence what is?!) :) Seriously though I felt that they wanted a vocation for me more than I wanted it for myself. Like someone has said, as though they have a "quota". Again I thank you for the information. I have been so brainwashed that sometimes it is hard for me to know what is the truth about this organization and what is coming from my own pain. Your pages have helped me to put some things into perspective. Sorry if this isn't very coherent. I get very upset talking about this subject. I could go on forever but that wouldn't be productive. I just want other young people to be very careful and to know BOTH sides. Thanks for listening.
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