Opus Dei : The Truth About Its Rituals, Secrets and Power, Paperback

Opus Dei : The Truth About Its Rituals, Secrets and Power Paperback

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Opus Dei is one of the most talked about but least known religious organizations of our time.

For years no one has been allowed access to its secrets.

Until now. Here, Vatican insider John Allen uncovers its true nature.

Granted unlimited access to those within its ranks, gaining a wealth of interviews with the heads of Opus Dei around the world, Allen finally separates the myths from the facts: the actual use of whips and the cilice; the true extent of Opus Dei's funds; the identities of its influential members in politics, banking and high office; and how much power this shadowy group really has.

Definitive, persuasive and absorbing' - "Daily Telegraph".

Focuses on some of the most controversial aspects of the organization, from its treatment of women to its recruitment and its money' - "Independent".

He reports on all aspects of the Opus Dei cult (including structure and finance, and the practice of mortifying the flesh with a cilice) and, most usefully, includes details of the bishops and personnel around the world who are Opus Dei clergy' - "New Statesman".

An admirable book the first stop for anyone interested in [Opus Dei]' - "Sunday Times".




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A very thorough and detailed examination of the structure, philosophy and practices of this organisation. In my view, Allen succeeds 90% in showing that fears about the organisation being a sinister, organised and reactionary force with a baleful influence on the Catholic church are grossly exaggerated or entirely fictitious. Yet at the same time some of the common practices, particularly as regards aspects of the lifestyles of the celibate numeraries such as their limited access to sources of information and contacts with the outside world, seem rather cultish and seem to have no real objective justification even from a religious viewpoint. A worthwhile book, clearly sympathetic to a Catholic viewpoint overall, but lacking nothing in rigourous investigation of its subject.