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Opus Dei traits about which we have been writing for some years now.
MY ENCOUNTER WITH OPUS DEI
Opus Dei is a socio-religious phenomenon bound up
with the political situation following the Spanish Civil War (July 1936
to April 1939). By the end of the war, the hopes and dreams of the
country's youth had overcome the animosities and hatred of the adults.
We were filled with personal, political, and religious aspirations. We
had grown up during the Civil War years, remembering years of hunger,
bombings, and often the destruction of our own homes...
I still remember one morning in December 1936 during
the siege of Madrid by Franco's troops... I left home very early that
day to look for some food for my family... ...walked silently,
remembering that people had recently been killed in the area at night.
Suddenly someone said, "Watch out!" There was a pool of blood in the
middle of the street. I had to look away but I had already seen
something I shall never forget...
I cannot catalogue all the sufferings. There was
hunger, lack of housing, financial hardships, and when the war was over
there were purges, the need for political affidavits, the discovery of
betrayal by former friends...
As children of those years, we had to put away our
toys and grow up ahead of our time. We had learned that a careless word
could mean danger or even death to our parents and friends... Our
personal experience made us want to end violence and betrayal... We
were religious. Although we had great ambitions we knew how to be happy
with very little... Because of
Franco's political ideology, Spain was
boycotted by all European countries except
The disruptions of the Civil War had caused young
people to lose years of school; we were now eager to learn... Many
young women made extra sacrifices, surrendering their chance of going
to college or university in order for their brothers to continue their
Perhaps some of those reading these lines will find
aspects of their own lives reflected in some portion of this odyssey.
Those children and adolescents of the
Spanish Civil War --youngsters
from 1940-1950-- initially filled the
ranks of Opus Dei.
At that time, Opus Dei was practically unknown.
Father Escriva's recently published
was a provocative invitation
to postwar youth with practically no literature available other than
religious books and the required textbooks approved by Franco's
censorship. I did not know then that Father
Escriva was the Founder of
Opus Dei nor did I then see
the internal contradiction in this book
where the frequent use of military language was combined with passages
from the Gospel.
Father Escriva offered the
To give up everything
without getting anything in return; to
conquer the world for Christ's
church; a contemplative life through one's everyday work; to be
missionaries, without being called such, but with a mission to
accomplish. Students were challenged to excel in their chosen endeavor,
turning study time into prayer, with
the aim of attaining a high
position in the intellectual world, and then offering it to Christ.
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What Christ? High
position in the intellectual world? Our Lord Jesus Christ
those values almost 2,000 years ago. The only Christ that would be
interested in those values would be the False Christ.
As we have said before, Lucifer fell because he
would not serve God and satan came into being. Ironically satan has to
serve God because God IS God. Escriva's own words and philosophies
point to him as the forerunner of the False Christ - the Anti Christ.
Glory to God!
It was not a question of becoming nuns or monks, but
a real challenge to lay people who had never considered a religious
vocation. Our apostolic field was
our own environment, among our
friends. There were no special headquarters and nothing needed to be
said. What counted was example,
The Way, reflects this approach. All these factors constituted a
distinctive style that helped create a genuine ebullience among the
young men and women who joined Opus Dei during the decade of the 1940s
and who, in Opus Dei jargon, are known as "the first" or "the eldest."
Indeed, the phrase is a kind of badge of honor within Opus Dei.
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And a new version of
Elitism was born: Nazi-Arianism was alive and well; this time, hiding
under the cloak of false piety.
Sometime around 1945, I heard references to Opus Dei
for the first time. They were very negative. Several people suggested
that it represented a subtle danger to the Roman Catholic Church. More
than one acquaintance
, playing on the widespread Spanish
Masons as members of a secret society, used the expression "white
Some alleged that Opus Dei was envious if not hostile
to the two most significant Spanish Catholic lay groups, Catholic
Action (Acción Católica) and the Spanish National
Association of Propagandists (Asociación Española
Nacional de Propagandistas). I even heard stories of young men from
Opus Dei who courted young women, with no intention of marrying them,
merely for the purpose of recruiting new members for the association!...
A few months later, in October 1946, I finally met
someone from the mysterious Opus Dei, a priest named Pedro Casciaro,
who officiated at the marriage of my first cousin in Albacete...
I was intrigued about Opus Dei, and discussed it at
length with my fiancé. He told me that he had heard the same
I had, but that one of his classmates at his engineering school was a
member and seemed perfectly normal, though he did not socialize with
In 1947, a year before our intended marriage, my
fiancé, now a forestry engineer, accepted his first job in
relieve my boredom during his absence and to pursue my own intellectual
interests, I accepted a position at Arbor, the general cultural journal
of the Council of Scientific Research, CSIC (Consejo Superior de
Investigaciones Cientificas) in Madrid. I was an assistant to Arbor's
associate director, Raimundo Panikkar.
When I was introduced to him, I was quite surprised
to find a priest in such a major cultural post. I was even more
surprised that he was an Indian with a Catalonian accent. Although only
recently ordained and still a young man of twenty-eight, he was highly
regarded at the CSIC as one of its founders. Everyone considered him
brilliant... He was kind, although extremely serious with the staff of
Arbor, with whom he very seldom used more words than those essential
for greetings and work.
I began work at eight o'clock, an hour earlier than
the other members of the staff, and I also left an hour earlier. One
morning I was called by Dr. Albareda, the general secretary of the
CSIC. His own assistants were not due to arrive for at least an hour
and he had an important and confidential letter to write immediately.
When he started dictation I was very surprised that the letter was
addressed to Monsignor Jose Maria Escriva de Balaguer, the author of
Absorbed in my own thoughts I went back to my
office. By then, my two co-workers were there, and they started pulling
my leg with typical Iberian irony and asked me if I had been promoted.
I replied. "What
I was doing was taking a letter for the author of The Way.
"Of course," they said, "as
a member of Opus Dei, Albareda has to send a report to its Founder."
"What did you say?" I asked,
astonished. "That Escriva, the author of The Way, is the Founder of
Opus Dei and Albareda is a member?" Everybody laughed at my ignorance.
"Didn't you know," they went
on, "that Florentino Perez Embid, the secretary to Arbor, is a member,
too, as well as Rafael Calvo Serer."
"No, I did not know any of
"And that Dr. Panikkar is a
priest of Opus Dei?"
"Are you sure about Dr.
"Positive. And so is the
director of Arbor, Sanchez de Muniain."
"But Sanchez de Muniain is
married," I protested.
"So what? He is a member
too. He belongs to the married ones."
"What is going on here?" I
asked angrily. "Is everybody here part of that organization? Are you
two members too?"
"Certainly not." They
laughed. "But almost
everybody on the top levels here at the Council is
I was appalled at the news that the author of The
Way, a book read by many young people at that time, was the Founder of
such a dubious group as Opus Dei and that the CSIC, the main Spanish
center for research, was
a platform utilized by Opus Dei.
And since I
had such a positive opinion of Dr. Panikkar, I was angry to learn that
he was an Opus Dei priest.
The possibility of talking directly with Dr.
Panikkar regarding Opus Dei and its control of the CSIC was little less
An opportunity presented itself, however, when Dr.
Panikkar asked me to work the following Saturday, since he had a
backlog of correspondence that had to be answered. After three hours of
dealing with his correspondence, Dr. Panikkar suddenly said: "May I ask
you why you work here?"
Astonished at the question, I said that I was
planning to get married the following year and hoped to make my
fiancé's absence more bearable by working at something that
Dr. Panikkar made no comment, and we resumed our
work. When we finished at lunch time, and I was locking the doors, he
started another conversation, this time about Barcelona, where he had
weather was beautiful
there," he said.
"I know," I replied, "my
parents just returned from Barcelona and said the same thing."
"Why didn't you go with
them?" he asked.
"For the simple reason that
I am working here."
"I would always give you
time off to go to Barcelona," he said, half-jokingly.
"I am so busy this year," I
answered seriously, "that I do not even have time to make my spiritual
"I am going to lead two
groups next month, so if you would like ..."
"With you? No thank you."
"I am not asking you to make
your retreat under my guidance," Dr. Panikkar continued calmly. "What I
meant was that you can have a week off at that time."
There was an embarrassed silence on my part. I did
not know whether I should apologize because of my reply or how to
pursue the conversation.
Finally Dr. Panikkar broke the silence with the
I ask why you said `not
"Because you are with Opus
Dei," I answered frankly.
"Oh! I see. And what do you
have against Opus Dei?"
"Personally nothing, but I
think it is against the church."
"All right, all right," Dr.
Panikkar said slowly. "Thank you for coming today. I think that we will
have to talk about this matter again." And with his usual formal smile,
he walked away.
...when I came to work the following Monday, Father
Panikkar greeted me affably, saying he was ready to resume our
"Would you please explain to
me your negative attitude to Opus Dei?" he asked gently.
I recounted all the things I had heard about Opus
Dei: that it was a "freemasonry" 
because of its
mysterious way of
doing things such as not disclosing the identity of its members... That
Opus Dei plotted to "capture" chairs at the university, hoping to
preserve them for members and
were ruthless about getting rid of anyone
who was in their way
Father Panikkar heard me out without
but his reply, when it came, was forceful:
you know the meaning of
"Yes," I answered haltingly.
"Well, everything you have
heard, everything you have repeated here, is nothing but slander."
Somehow, the assurance with which Father Panikkar
more convincing to me than the accusations I had just
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formatting and the highlighting
utilizing Italics Print, and
CAPITAL LETTERS was done to call to the
attention of the reader to Opus Dei traits about which we have been
writing for some years now.
Pages 269 - 277
SECOND CANONICAL ADMONITION
[Carmen speaking] Toward the middle of May of that
year, the earth seemed to shake beneath my feet. I was summoned on the
run, as always, to the sessions chamber of the central advisory.
Monsignor Escriva was seated at the head of the table, with Father
Francisco Vives and Father Javier Echevarria on his left, Don Alvaro
del Portillo was absent. At Father's right were the central directress,
Mercedes Morado, and Marlies Kucking, in her new capacity as secretary
of the central advisory. I was told to sit between Mercedes Morado and
Shouting, puffing and beside himself, Monsignor
Escriva said, "Look, Carmen, this
has to end. You are not going to
laugh up your sleeve at us."
Complaining that she had opened up a post office box
to receive mail from the outside, Escriva said:
is this, you great hypocrite, you deceiver,
wicked woman? And that procuress, Gladys, that sow, let her come in!"
Speaking to Gladys, Escriva screamed, "Do
letters to the post office for her, for this wicked woman? Do you
comprehend the gravity of what you have done…Answer, ANSWER."
…Gladys said, "Yes, Father."
Monsignor Escriva breathed deeply before going on.
"You will no longer work for the
central advisory. You will not set
foot upstairs on the advisory office floor. Let them find you some
other job in the house. And now, go to your room and don’t leave it for
any reason? Do you hear? For any reason!"
When Gladys left the sessions chamber, Monsignor
Escriva told the central directress and Marlies Kucking, in the
presence of the priests already mentioned, "After this, take that one,"
he said, referring to Gladys, "lift up her skirt, take down her
panties, and whack her on the behind until she talks. MAKE HER TALK."
Addressing me, Monsignor Escriva shouted, "I give
you the second admonition, hypocrite. You write me a letter on my
saint's day, telling me you want to begin again, and this is what you
do to me! Tell these people everything, everything. You're a bad piece
of work. I warn you that I'm waiting for some affidavits from
Venezuela, and you will find out what's trouble. You're a wicked woman,
sleazy, scum. That's what you are!"
THIRD CANONICAL ADMONITION
…He (Escriva) went on: "And don’t
Venezuela! Don’t even think of writing to anybody there. Because if you
even think of going to Venezuela, I will assume the responsibility of
telling the Cardinal what you are. And it would dishonor you!"
the room, he continued, shouting at me: "I was thinking all night about
whether to tell you this or not, but I believe it is better that I
should tell you."
Looking directly at me with a dreadful rage,
his arms toward me as if he was going to hit me, he added at the top of
are a wicked woman. A lost woman! Mary
Magdalene was a sinner, but you? You are a seductress with your
immorality and indecency! You are a seductress. I know everything.
EVERYTHING! EVEN ABOUT THE VENEZUELAN NEGRO! YOU ARE ABOMINABLE. YOU
HAVE A WEAKNESS FOR BLACKS. First one and then the other! LEAVE MY
PRIESTS ALONE! DO YOU HEAR? LEAVE THEM ALONE! You're wicked, Wicked!
Indecent! Come on, look at the business of the Negro! And don’t ask me
for my blessing because I don’t intend to give it to you!"
…he turned around to shout a final insult. "Hear me
well! WHORE, SOW…"
While Monsignor Escriva shouted his insults,
only two thoughts: One, that Christ remained silent in the face of
accusations; the other, that God had liberated me…
Are these the words of a "saint?"
Carmen was not permitted to give testimony in opposition to the
beatification of Msgr. Escriva.
Final COMMENTS by The
Indeed, we must all ask ourselves - Are
these the words of a "saint?" A "saint"
by power seekers in the U.S.
The World should consider
itself amply warned about the Opus Dei and keep very much in mind the
Words of The Only Way, Jesus Christ:
everyone who has been given much, much will be
demanded; and from the one
who has been entrusted with much, much more
will be asked. [Luke 12:48]
on April 19, 2003:
A kind reader notified us that Beyond the
Threshold, A Life in Opus Dei
, is now available, in English,
Amazon.com and also from their Canadian, UK, German, and French
branches. Because of the hidden power of the Opus Dei we encourage the
reader to acquire Mrs. Tapia's book before
it becomes mysteriously
of print in the English speaking countries, as it happened in Spain.
Detailed information on the Publisher may be found at the end of this
Added on October 6, 2005:
On October 2002, the The
(Sydney, Australia), published what they claimed
statements made by Maria del Carmen Tapia, in essence, denying
everything that she had written in her book, published under her
authority in both English and Spanish, about Escrivá and Opus
Statements such as "she supports the
canonisation of Opus Dei's founder and
has never doubted the group's 'divine origin'" and "To me, a
saint is the person who fulfills and carries out God's will to the end
of his or her life," she said. "And faith was, in my opinion, the most
relevant feature in the life of Mons. Escriva - his unshakable
confidence in God."
We thank and Praise God for placing these gems of disinformation in our
hands; as we have said many times, even satan has to serve God! Of
course, for those who do not
eyes to see and ears to hear, Ms.
Tapia alleged retraction will be a vindication for what they want to
. This in turn, using the same reasoning that Jesus used
explaining to His disciples why He spoke if parables [Matthew
, will prevent them form conversion since they do
not belong to
Of course, those who
indeed have eyes to see and ears to hear
immediately see through the disinformation sham and, even if they were
temporarily misled by the false piety of Opus Dei, return to the true
Way, Jesus Christ and His Gospel, and not the falsified "Way" published
by Jose María Escrivá.
For those who are having difficulty in believing
what Ms. Tapia reported and wish to ascribe it to the "ranting of a
hysterical woman", there are volumes of supporting and enhancing her
revelations from individuals and clergy of greater stature than Ms.
Tapia. Just take a look at this brief
Maria del Carmen Tapia. All rights reserved.
 Ecclesiastical Masonry
Who may they be?
and Opus Dei
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