Sample Opus Dei Informational Flyer
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Please find below a sample Opus Dei Informational Flyer that can be used
to give to recruitment targets and potential recuritment targets of
Opus Dei operatives. It can also be posted up on bulletin boards, placed
in pews and/or placed in Church bulletins.
This Flyer is a good way to inform people
about Opus Dei and how they run their recruitment operations.
Handing out the flyer is an effective way to quietly counter attempted
Opus Dei incursions into a parish, young adult group, campus
ministry, CYO group or any other Catholic institution without losing
This Flyer can be used in conjunction with the
Guide to Preventing Opus Dei Infiltration.
It is being distributed under the
GNU General Public License.
This Informational Flyer can be customized and modified in any way to suit a
particular situation to which it is being applied. Permission is granted for
this Informational Flyer to be copied anywhere in the world,
at any time, in any format. This Flyer has been reviewed by people
who have had extensive experience with Opus Dei's modus operandi.
If this flyer is too long, a
Short Flyer has also been produced, which can also be used.
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Useful Information About Opus Dei
aka "The Work of God" or "The Work"
Opus Dei operates essentially as a dangerous, wealthy, powerful,
mind-control cult embedded in the heart of the Catholic Church.
It seeks new recruits throughout the Church using a number of sophisticated
and highly developed psychological cultic mind-control techniques.
Please find below some information on how Opus Dei operates and how to find
more information about them:
Dangerous Practices (from www.odan.org):
- Within Opus Dei, a primary activity is on getting individuals to commit their lives to Opus Dei. Members' pursuit of potential members is extremely aggressive and similar to the tactics used by cultic groups.
Opus Dei members form "teams" and develop strategies to attract new members. Opus Dei members discuss "promising recruits" at their daily get-togethers (for members only) and during spiritual direction with Opus Dei priests and lay members.
Opus Dei members are typically taught to always have twelve to fifteen "friends," with at least three or four who are very close to joining. This leads to the utilization of friendship as "bait."
Opus Dei members are required to report regularly to their lay Spiritual Directors on the progress of their personal recruiting. They also start informational files about their "friends", which includes personal information about their emotional and spiritual lives. The recruits do not know they are being discussed and targeted in this way, a violation of their freedom and privacy.
Opus Dei members befriend and cultivate individuals through front groups at parishes, universities and schools. These front groups exist primarily for the purpose of attracting potential Opus Dei members. These groups' affiliation with Opus Dei is not immediately recognizable or initially disclosed. Examples of front groups include UNIV (an international convention of college students), G.K. Chesterton and St. Thomas More Societies, English tutoring projects and Right to Life groups. Opus Dei has infiltrated parishes througout the world as a way to befriend and attract families into Opus Dei. It is often very difficult to determine the extent of Opus Dei's influence in a given parish. Opus Dei members very often conceal their identity to "outsiders."
Undue Pressure to Join - individuals are relentlessly pursued to consider a vocation or calling to Opus Dei. Opus Dei members carefully stage "vocational crises" at vulnerable emotional moments in recruits' lives.
Opus Dei numeraries are required to practice corporal mortification such as the use of a cilice (a spiked chain worn around the thigh), flagellation, and sleeping on the floor or on boards.
Alienation From Families - Communication to family about involvement with Opus Dei is limited and even discouraged.
Opus Dei teaches individuals (some as young as 5 years old) that it is acceptable and even advantageous to leave parents and loved ones out of the decision-making process to join Opus Dei because "they will not understand." Most parents learn of their child's lifetime commitment to Opus Dei months and even years later. Many times, parents do not realize their children have joined because the numeraries are told to remain in university residences and do not move into centers designated exclusively for numeraries, so as not to raise any suspicions. Gradually, the bond of trust between child and parent is broken.
Destruction of Marriages - Opus Dei seeks to subvert marriages for their own use. They will require one spouse who is involved with the group to neglect the marriage so as to spend all of their free time doing Opus Dei activities. They will also attempt to pressure the other non-Opus Dei spouse into joining Opus Dei. Failing that, they will not hesitate to attempt to destroy the marriage to ensure that the other spouse does not leave Opus Dei.
Further information about Opus Dei can be found on the Web at:
Opus Dei Awareness Network:
http://www.odan.org - an international non-profit
organization founded by practicing Catholics faithful to the Church in order to
provide complete information about Opus Dei
Guide on Preventing Opus Dei Infiltration:
How to Prevent Opus Dei from Recruiting Within And Taking Over A Catholic Young Adult Group, College/University Campus Ministry Or Any Other Catholic Organization
Anti-Opus Dei Cease and Desist Order/Letter:
A sample Cease and Desist Order/Letter that can be used against Opus Dei operatives when they are attempting to harass, pressure, intimidate and recruit potential members.
Opus Dei in the United States by Father James Martin, SJ:
- considered to be one of the best research articles on Opus Dei;
researched and authored by Jesuit priest Father James Martin, an Associate
Editor at America Magazine in New York City