9.12 Opus Dei

Opus Dei
, formally known as “The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei”, is a Roman Catholic institution which was purportedly founded by Catholic priest Josemaría Escrivá on October 2, 1928, in Madrid, Spain. The organization's headquarters were moved to Rome in 1947 where it was officially approved by Pope Pius XII in 1950. As of 2012, Opus Die reportedly had 91,960 members living in more than 90 countries. Of these members, 89,909 were lay persons while 2,051 were priests. These figures do not include the members of Opus Dei's Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, estimated at 2,000 in the year 2005. Roughly 70% of Opus Dei members live in private homes, leading normal Catholic lives with secular careers. These members have blended into their respective surroundings, their allegiance to Opus Die remaining a secret. Consequently, Opus Dei members have been chosen to lead churches, corporations, publishing houses, television stations, and universities. In other words, a section of Opus Dei members are pawns which have been inserted into strategic locations around the world to do the Catholic Church’s bidding. That being said, Opus Dei members consist of several different types (i.e., the Associates, the Clergy of the Opus Dei Prelature, the Cooperators of Opus Dei, the Numeraries, the Numerary Assistants, the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, and the Supernumeraries). Considering that the Supernumeraries are only temporary employees of the Catholic Church, it is highly likely that these are the trained assassins of Opus Die who are expendable.  

Opus Die is Top Secret
Due to the intelligence and espionage-related aspects of
Opus Dei, the organization is highly secretive and reflective of CIA in many respects. Its members "go about their business almost untouched by criticism or oversight by bishops" and have a level of autonomy that it has become essentially a "church within a church". In other words, although Opus Die is part of the Catholic Church, it is a separate entity unto itself. Opus Dei has been described by journalists as "the most controversial force in the Catholic Church". The term “force” is telling for it appears to be a veiled reference to the real reason for the organizations existence. Critics state that Opus Die is "intensely secretive" and that its members generally do not disclose their affiliation with Opus Dei in public. Not wanting to compromise its intelligence assets in the field, Opus Dei does not publish its memberships list. Under the Opus Die Constitution of 1950, members are expressly forbidden to reveal themselves without the permission of their superiors. They are also forbidden from disclosing how many people are or were members of Opus Dei. Naturally, this has led to rampant speculation about who may or may not be a member. Opus Dei will also not reveal its relationship to other institutions, information about its finances, and does not allow its own rules to be made public. According to its constitution, "These Constitutions, published instructions, and those which in the future may be published, and the other things pertaining to the government of the Institute are never to be made public. Indeed, without the permission of the Father [Escrivá] those documents which are written in the Latin language may not be translated into [other] languages." During the 1940s, Wlodimir Ledóchowski, a Jesuit Superior General, reportedly told the Vatican that he considered Opus Dei "very dangerous for the Church in Spain," citing its "secretive character" and calling it "a form of Christian Masonry”. Although Opus Dei is extremely dangerous, the reference to Freemasonry is a red herring as it is benign in most respects. Opus Dei exit counselor David Clark has described the organization as "very cult-like". The choice of words by Clark are rather curious considering “cult” is derive from the word “cull”, meaning to kill. Ex-members claim that the Opus Dei directors read their letters while other claim that Opus Dei pressured them to cut off social contact with non-members, including their own families. If in fact members of Opus Die are routinely engaging in assassinations, the spying on and seclusion of its members is understandable. According to Dianne DiNicola, the executive director of ODAN (Opus Dei Awareness Network), "The biggest problem we have with Opus Dei is that a person is not free to make their own decisions. They live in a controlled environment, and all the while Opus Dei hides behind the Catholic Church."

“Work of God”
The term “
Opus Dei” in Latin means “Work of God. Consequently, the organization is often referred to by members and supporters as The Work”. Since “G.O.D.” is an acronym for Greenland of Denmark, it can be deduced that Opus Die does the dirty work of the Roman Empire in the underworld. These intelligence operations are executed by its main proxy state known as Switzerland. Acronymically and/or consonantly speaking, the term “Opus Die” (F/P+S+D) equates to “Pi System Day”. Pi is a geographical reference to Greenland while “D” is an acronym for both “Die” and “Death”. The letter “D” also equates to the “+” symbol in the Roman Score (i.e., the Roman alphabet) which is coincidentally found on the flag of Switzerland. Therefore, it’s highly likely that select members of Opus Die are trained assassins who reside in Switzerland, home to the CIA. Throughout its history, Opus Dei has been accused of targeting "the intellectual elite, the well-to-do, and the socially prominent”. This is likely because Opus Die is responsible for assassinating thousands of actors, athletes, bankers, businessmen, musicians, politicians, and world leaders. Anyone who is seen as a threat to the status quo is subsequently eliminated. Curiously, Opus Die founder Josemaría Escrivá, stated "You must kill yourselves for proselytism”, while Jesuit priest James Martin stated that Opus Dei puts a great emphasis on recruiting. Considering that Opus Dei is a highly secretive organization, the notion that its members are out and about proselytizing and recruiting is highly unlikely. Therefore, the terms “proselytizing” and “recruiting” evidently have a double-meaning, most likely in respect to the executions and assassinations. The ritual known as the mortification of the flesh (which is admittedly practiced by members of Opus Die) is likely also a code word related to assassinations as the term “mortification” is related to death. Given Opus Die’s alleged reputation as “Vatican Assassins”, it not surprising that the organization has repeatedly supported authoritarian, fascist, and right-wing governments, including but not limited to: Francisco Franco, the dictator of Spain (1936-1978); Augusto Pinochet, the dictator of Chile (1973-1990): and Alberto Fujimori, the President of Peru (1990-2000). The only way these dictators were able to gain power is through assassinations and mass executions, likely at the hands of Opus Die members.

Opus Dei in Popular Culture
In order to provide political cover for
Opus Dei operations emanating out of Switzerland, a number of books and films have been released which, although highly critical about Opus Die, fail to identify the true reason for the secret organizations existence. In other words, these fictitious works have served as a smoke screen for Opus Die’s nefarious mission. To date, the most successful of these works is the novel by Dan Brown entitled “The Da Vinci Code” (2004). Due to the books stellar success, selling 80 million copies as of 2009, a film also entitled “The Da Vinci Code” (2006) was released worldwide on May 19, 2006 (see trailer), further muddying the waters in respect to Opus Die. Although the book and movie admit that the Roman Catholic Church and Opus Dei are indeed working together in an international conspiracy, the true nature of their collusion is never revealed. Rather, the “The Da Vinci Code” is filled with useless information and disinformation about Jesus Christ, the Holy Grail, and a mysterious keystone. Although Brown has stated that his portrayal of Opus Dei was based on interviews with members and ex-members, they are expressly forbidden to speak about the organization and therefore it’s highly likely that their accounts of Opus Dei were completely fabricated. Other modern tribute to Opus Die include but are not limited to: “Camino” (2008), a film directed by Javier Fesser; “The Genesis Code” (1997), “Opus Dei: Inquiry Into the Monster" (2008), a book by Patrice de Plunkett; a novel by John Case; “The Rozabal Line” (2007), a book by Ashwin Sanghi; There Be Dragons” (2011), a film directed by Roland Joffé; and “Through The Mountains” (2005), A Franco-Belgian comic book published by Coccinelle BD.