Opus Dei benefits from Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown’s fictional portrayal of the controversial Catholic group has boosted numbers

Times Online |  Sep 30, 2008

On the eve of the 80th anniversary on Thursday of the founding of the conservative Roman Catholic organisation Opus Dei, a leading Catholic writer has claimed that the prelature has benefited rather than suffered from the controversy over Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

Vittorio Messori, who has collaborated on books with both Pope Benedict XVI and his predecessor, John Paul II, said that on the verge of its 80th birthday Opus Dei could count on over 85,000 members “in all continents”, 98 per cent of them lay people.

He said that while some considered Saint Josemaria Escrivá de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei, a “megalomaniac”, others saw his life and testimony as one of humility. Writing in the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Mr Messori said that the “tsunami” set off by the book and film of The Da Vinci Code had been thought by many to have caused “irreparable damage” to the image of Opus Dei.

In reality, however, Opus Dei had responded not only with protests but also with its own “information campaign”, which had been so effective that it was now studied in US journalism schools. The result had been not only praise for the prelature’s stance of “elegant understatement” but also a rise in the number of adherents. This had been helped by Mr Brown’s errors, such as making his Opus Dei assassin a monk when Opus Dei is not a monastic order and has no monks, Mr Messori said.

Opus Dei (The Work of God) teaches that everyone is called to sanctity through their daily lives. Founded in Spain on October 2 1928, when Josemaria Escrivá said he experienced a “vision” in which he “saw” Opus Dei, it was approved in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. John Paul II made it into a personal prelature in 1982.

Critics say it is secretive and elitist, with arcane rituals for some members including mortification of the flesh. However Josemaria Escrivá was canonised in 2002 by John Paul II, and in 2005 Pope Benedict blessed a statue of him in an outside niche of St Peter’s Basilica.

4 responses to “Opus Dei benefits from Da Vinci Code

  1. Bonjour,
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  2. TRADUZINDO..
    Na véspera do 80 º aniversário na quinta-feira da fundação do conservador Roman organização católica Opus Dei, um escritor católico líder afirmou que a prelatura foi beneficiado e não sofreu com a polêmica sobre o Dan Brown, O Código Da Vinci.

    Vittorio Messori, que tem colaborado em livros com tanto Pope Benedict XVI e seu predecessor, João Paulo II, disse que, à beira do seu 80o aniversário do Opus Dei poderia contar com mais de 85.000 membros “em todos os continentes”, 98 por cento deles leigos pessoas.

    Ele disse que enquanto alguns consideram São Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, fundador do Opus Dei, um megalomaníaco “, outros viram a sua vida e como um testemunho de humildade. Escrevendo no jornal italiano Corriere della Sera, o Sr. Messori disse que o “tsunami” partiu do livro e do filme O Código Da Vinci tinha sido pensado por muitos de ter causado “danos irreparáveis” para a imagem da Opus Dei.

    Na realidade, porém, o Opus Dei não tivesse respondido apenas com protestos, mas também com a sua própria campanha de informação “, que tinha sido tão eficiente que já era estudado em escolas de jornalismo E.U.. O resultado foi não só elogios para a posição da Prelazia de “eufemismo elegante”, mas também um aumento no número de adeptos. Este tinha sido ajudado por erros do Sr. Brown, como fazer seu Opus Dei assassina quando um monge do Opus Dei não é uma ordem monástica e não tem monges, o senhor disse Messori.

    Opus Dei (Obra de Deus) nos ensina que todos são chamados à santidade através de suas vidas diárias. Fundada na Espanha em 2 de outubro de 1928, quando Josemaria Escrivá, disse ele experimentou uma “visão”, no qual ele “viu” o Opus Dei, foi aprovado em 1950 por Pope Pius XII. João Paulo II tornou em uma prelatura pessoal em 1982.

    Críticos dizem que é secreta e elitista, com rituais misteriosos para alguns membros, incluindo a mortificação da carne. No entanto Josemaria Escrivá foi canonizado em 2002 por João Paulo II, e em 2005 o Papa Bento XVI abençoou uma estátua dele em um nicho externo da Basílica de São Pedro.

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  4. VICARIO/VICARIOPUSDAY/DON MOISÉS

    THE HOLY EARTHLY GENOCIDE TRINITY OF THE BLOODTHIRSTY ORGIES.
    THE HOLY EARTHLY TRINITY OF OPUS DEI HOLY SUPREME MAFIA.
    THE HOLY EARTHLY TRINITY OF COLEGIO RETAMAR ASSAULTS ON REASON.

    1. Do not try your life be barren. Be useful to make assaults on reason.
    2. Make your life felt to devour the poor bread.
    3. Shine forth with the torch of your faith on treason.
    4. Shine forth with the torch of your love in hiding in invisible cassocks.
    5. Wipe out the trail of assaults on public treasury with your apostolic life.
    6. Hide your rail of filth of being the corrupt sower of dealing with colourful money.
    7. Set aflame all the ways of earth with the fire of being a modern crusader.
    8. You bear in your heart the love of serving God and money.
    9. Get used to say NO to freedom of expression and truth that sets you free.
    10.That is the way I made to let you devour the poor bread to make wheels of mills for altars.
    11. Enter to kill and let those obstacles give you strength to hide your corruption.
    12. Do not put off your work until tomorrow, and make illegal foundations.
    13. Get rid of those usless thoughts and carry on your assaults on public health security.
    14. Do not get frightened, be firm and make your assaults in invisible cassocks.
    15. Be viril and be a man. Women are the centres and the roots of sins for men.
    16. Be a saint and follow the 999 ways to be unseen at day light and at darkness.
    17. Will power is essential to prostitute with intimacy, privacy and computing.
    18. You cannot do less. You can do more assaults on Madrid Community.
    19. You are ambitions for being the Pentagon or the Vatican planet God.
    20. You are eager of leadership, great ventures and arguing seldom brings light.
    21. You who were born to be a leader, govern the earth and Vatican planet.
    22. Have in your mind that matrimony is a holy sacrament. Ask your spiritual advisor for a book about chasity.
    23. Marriage is for the soldiers and not for the General Staf of Christ´s Arm. You are not offended.
    24. You will be a leader if you are ambitious for the salvation of all mankind, devoting fascism and Church slavery.
    25. Be a man. Do not be childism. You see that women cannot approach men´s virility and bravness.
    26. Do not be afraid of the truth at preaching, but your actions show your aberrations.
    27. Yes, that abuse to show the truth can be eradicated by attempts of homicide.
    28. Your manly character takes you to carry on identity thefts and property invasion.
    29. You think that equalty is a synonymous with injustice and unhuman rights.
    30. You confess and believe that your power overcomes power of love.
    31. There is need for a crusade of manliness to give end to truth that sets you free.
    32. Your ideal becomes reality without sacrifice, but with opression and permitted injustice.
    33. Surely love is worth love, but you make crusades with purity of love.
    34. Blessed be the pain, glorified be the pain, but you cause pain for yourself and the others.
    35. Guard your sight and guard your heart, as women gets you alergy amd turn you into a sinner.
    36. The sacrifice must be a holocaust. Spectacular sacrifice was CHURCHOLOCAUST against the JEWISH.
    37. Manliness, leadership, virility, holocaust, warrior, struggle, fight are OPUS DEI VIRTUES to OPPRESS and GOVERN.
    38. Return to your noble life and do not practise the spiritual terrorism and modern crusades.
    39. You have done well and have had the support of the fascist, racist and terrorist Spanish Police.
    40. Never make a decission without stopping to consider the matter in presence of God in the same way of BUSHITLER who brought CHRIST to PENTAGON PLANET.
    41. First, action, so that you control communications and have the BUSHITLERIST JUDGES SUPPORT and I may LEAN. GOD DAMN YOU AND DAMN YOUR OPUS DEI.

    VICARIO/VICARIOPUSDAY/DON MOISÉS: EX OPUS DEI SUPERNUMERARY AND EX EDUCATOR AT DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL (COLEGIO RETAMAR) FOR THIRTY THREE YEARS, A BUNKER OF ASSAULTS ON REASON, A CENTRE OF ASSAULTS ON PUBLIC TREASURY AND A HEADQUARTER OF ADOLESCENT RECRUITMENTS. AN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION WHERE THE ONES WHO COME FROM FASCISM, DICTATORSHIP, GREATNESSES OF SPAIN, CHURCH SLAVERY, ARISTOCRACY, NOBILITY, HIGHNESS AND ROYALTY HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED AND EDUCATED.
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