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May 14, 2006 08:50 AM
by carlosaveline

Dear Friends, 
The Opus Dei,  a  Roman Catholic Secret organization founded in 1928,   is a living proof  of the close  links  between Nazi-Fascism and the Vatican.  
The story of Opus Dei  shows that this  Vatican-sponsored  enemy of Theosophy has  much in common with authoritarian views of politics,  with  the stimulation of disrespect for  democratic values,  and with  the cult for war and violence.  Numerous peace-loving and democratic  Catholics around the world are opposed to Opus Dei. 
I translate from “Le Monde Diplomatique” (1): 
“On October 6 [2002], pope John Paul II canonized José Maria Escrivá de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei, a sort  of Catholic Masonry obsessed by the conquest of power.  This quick canonization, the fastest in the church’s History, provokes strong emotions among  the numerous Catholics who know about the support given by  the Opus Dei to ultra-conservative political regimes, particularly in Latin America, and the historical links  between  José Maria Escrivá and General Franco, the Fascist dictator of Spain.” 
“Le Monde Diplomatique”  then says that during the recent government of Mr. José Maria Aznar as Spanish Prime-Minister, the militants of Opus Dei were comfortably sharing political power. 
The author of the article adds:
“The masterpiece of the Opus Dei founder, the book “Path”, was written during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and consists of a praise of  the fascist spirit and of Franco as a dictator.”
“Le Monde” says the book reflects the “franquist” enthusiasm of those times.   Escrivá wrote: 
 “The war is the greatest obstacle  to the easy way. Therefore we need to love it.” 
Escrivá wanted  Spain to recover the ancient grandeur of its old Saints  and heros, as he wrote in the Introduction of “Path”, a text dated 19 March 1939.  It was in 1939 that Francisco Franco won his Civil War in Spain. The same year, Hitler started the Second World War.  The Spanish civil war is seen by Historians as the “general rehearsal” for the second world war. In Spain in those years,  new  weapons, strategies and tactics were being tested, while industries prepared for war.   
According to Mr. Goytisolo, who in  his text develops a Rabelasian approach to Escrivá’s “philosophy”, the founder of Opus Dei had strong  “sexual inspirations”  for  his  Fascist  mysticism.  That, besides the love for a Masonic-inspired power structure, was something Mr. Escrivá seemed to have in common  with  Mr. Charles Leadbeater, a  sort of clairvoyant  Bishop who thought he had visited different planets like Mars and Mercury,  and who  created a Christian,  pseudo-theosophical Church and a Masonic Order. Both Leadbeaterian organizations  still feed in the theosophical movement and are used as mechanisms to control it, while the Opus Dei feeds in --  and helps to control --   the Catholic Church. 
On women, José Maria Escrivá had a revealing, yet not entirely surprising,  opinion:
“Women do not need to be wise,  it is enough that they be restrained”, he wrote. 
José Maria Escrivá died in 1975, was beatified in 1982 and made a Catholic Saint in 2002.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
The “Le Monde” article  I quoted from is significantly entitled  -- “The Founder of the Opus Dei Canonized: A FASCIST AND LICENTIOUS  SAINT”.  
Although the Opus Dei  is still considered to be the “Pope’s secret weapon”, the growing controversy about it, stimulated by the book and the motion picture “The Da Vinci Code”,  is certainly making  such a weapon less and less secret  these days.   
Interestingly enough, the “Blavatsky Archives On Line” seems to  have a position  with regard to the specific issue of “The Da Vinci Code” which is similar to the one taken by the Opus Dei, according to which “this is purely fiction” -- and,  therefore,  we should not pay attention to it.
In 2002, the Opus Dei was said to have some 80,000 followers  around the world. (2) 
Best regards,  Carlos Cardoso Aveline.   
(1) “Le Monde Diplomatique”,  Paris. A monthly version of “Le Monde”, this publication  is dedicated to international subjects. See the October 2002 edition, p. 30.  The article was  written by Spanish  writer Juan Goytisolo.
(2) “Correio Braziliense”, a daily newspaper in Brasília, Brazil, October 7th, 2002. 

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