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It's clear from the title that this work is not going to endorse Opus Dei. This is not a book designed to get people queuing to join this organisation.
Still, the author does miss some points. Nobody is FORCED to join Opus Dei, any more than the Catholic Church forces people to attend its churches. Many of the manipulative techniques that this group uses are used by many religious and non-religious organisations and people. Didn't JFK attempt to manipulate his audience with the "Ask not what your country can do for you," speech? Don't ALL politicians use similar tricks? And what about adverts - don't they try and make you think that you need their product (when you KNOW you don't).
Further, one has to understand that Opus Dei is a CATHOLIC institution and the Catholic Church works within a state, the Vatican. Shouldn't you then EXPECT it to play in politics? Further, the organisation was established within one of the most Catholic countries in the world, Spain, at a time when religion was big issue - priests were being killed. Franco was very Catholic, apparently; though he only had one daughter! So much for not practicing birth-control. Perhaps he didn't like sex! Perhaps he preferred to hang out with his Falange friends!
Whatever the faults of Opus Dei, it couldn't succeed without the corruption of the governments within which its works - and some of the organisations, like the CIA. The question is: whom do you trust (or distrust) the most, Opus Dei or your own government which taxes you largely without your consent (unless you are very rich) and spends the money on whatever it wants?
The author also seems to neglect the fact that Opus Dei provides some very good services and some of its members are very hard-working. Further, as they are Christians one should EXPECT them to fulfill their faith and attempt to make disciples of all people (Matthew 28:19).
However, I suspect that it is possible to go to an Opus Dei-run university, come out with a degree, and be no more brainwashed in the Catholic or Opus Dei mentality than anyone else in society. It's not very sexy, but it's probably true.
The latter part of the book becomes obsessed with the politics (and wars) of the 1990s: Bosnia, Sudan and others. While this is very interesting, this is not about Opus Dei directly. After the death of its founder in 1975 (Escriva) the writer hardly mentions the next two leaders Alvaro del Portillo and the Echeverria (the current head). Neither does he go into much detail about Navarro-Valls, the Opus Dei member who became Pope John Paul II's press secretary.
Another point is that the writer NEVER compares Opus Dei with other religious organisations (like Legions of Christ) or The Knights of Mallta. After all, how would he EXPECT Opus Dei to behave, given that ALL humnan organisations (religious or not) are ultimately flawed!
If you're Catholic, why don't YOU join Opus Dei (assuming you haven't already joined), then write a better book. Avoid whipping yourself, though!
Now, where is my cilice!