Dear Mr Schaefer, I am not much of an Internet-head, but am slowly getting my head around finding information out from it and communicating with people. I am e-mailing you to express my appreciation and gratitude for your truly excellent Unofficial Home Page on Opus Dei. I very much respect its balance and intelligence. I entirely agree with what you say on the site; you are quite correct. And I urge you to keep up the good work because it is too difficult to find out the truth about Opus Dei. For a while, I thought people rubbished them because they didn't like sincere Christianity. But as time went on I became more and more uneasy. I was involved as a cooperator for a while, and seriously thought about 'taking it up' as I have a strong vocation - and there seemed nothing else on offer for lay people with vocations. But what was glaringly obvious was their arrogance; the fact they wanted to put me in a box and entirely disregard my true personality; their contempt for any other Catholic religious order; their love of wealth; their intellectual dishonesty and secretive behaviour; more particularly their absolute lack of concern for the poor, the oppressed and the sick; their hi-jacking of bits of Catholic heritage they like, such as Therese de Lisieux. I could go on. It is true that people with good hearts can be led astray. There is - yes - a strange sort of indoctrination which they carry out. It is incredibly creeply the way their numeraries all have the same body language when giving direction or homilies. I can tell you more, but I urge you to keep up your work because, as I stated before, too little is known about them in the public domain and they are making too much hay from the Pope's approval of them. I escaped after a mildly horrendous experience and am now safely being cared for by the Benedictines. I feel somewhat tainted, and was guilty of ignorance and stupidity.
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