Opening the doors of Opus Dei:keep your eyes open for the number 13, and an actual FBI spy, Robert Hanssen, in tonights story….

KW: numerology and gang stalking, number 13, Opus Dei, Harvard Crimson, Reverend Thomas E. Brennan, FBI spy Robert Hanssen, Harvard, inter-religious warfare, from the Harvard Crimson

Opening the doors of Opus Dei

According to Reverend Thomas E. Brennan, it took just one outspoken peer to dissuade at least 13 students from attending

By Elizabeth W. GreenApril 10, 2003

According to Reverend Thomas E. Brennan, it took just one outspoken peer to dissuade at least 13 students from attending Mass at St. Paul’s parish. Brennan, Harvard’s undergraduate Catholic chaplain, says that one individual, who has since graduated, was named by those 13 students as the reason they no longer went to church. Some students stopped coming because they felt they were no longer worthy of the church; others felt that the church was no longer a place worthy of their time.

This saddens Brennan. “The Catholic Church is a very large tent that should be able to hold people with a variety of spiritualities,” he says.

Brennan says the individual was affiliated with Opus Dei, a charge Harvard’s Opus Dei leadership vehemently denies.

Opus Dei, Latin for the “work of God,” is a lay group in the Catholic Church founded in 1928. About 15 Harvard students are closely affiliated with the group, which they call “the Work.”

These students are following in a venerable tradition. Harvard has been producing a steady stream of leaders in Opus Dei for nearly half a century. Over the past 40 years, at least three of those holding the highest position of authority within Opus Dei’s U.S. branch were Harvard graduates.

While Harvard students and graduates associated with the group say joining Opus Dei was the best thing they’ve ever done with their lives, others call it a dangerous trap, cult-like in its methods, threatening in its caustic interpretation of Catholicism.

According to Reverend Robert P. Bucciarelli ’56, an Opus Dei priest, however, no student associated with Opus Dei ever threatened the “tent” Brennan visualizes; he calls his fellow priest’s story a lie. “It didn’t happen. It’s a lie—L-I-E,” he says.

Is the tent big enough for both stories?

And then later:

The organization had attracted the attention of the press when one of its members, former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Robert Hanssen, was charged with trading American security secrets to Russian spies in exchange for at least $600,000 in cash and diamonds.

The June 16 story reported that Hanssen’s wife told investigators that her husband confessed his crime to his priest. That priest was Bucciarelli who, according to Hanssen’s wife, eventually advised Hanssen not to turn himself into authorities but instead to give the dirty money to charity.

In the press wave that followed, Opus Dei was introduced, to those Americans who were listening, in increasingly critical language. U.S. News and World Report wrote about an “ultraconservative Opus Dei faction of the Roman Catholic Church,” and, a year later when Escriva was canonized, Newsweek called Opus Dei a “shadowy church within the church.”

Opus Dei is what is called a “personal prelature” of the Catholic Church—an entity under the jurisdiction of the Vatican but separate from regional dioceses. In 1982, Pope John Paul II approved the creation of the personal prelature as a new kind of organization in the Church expressly for the purpose of defining Opus Dei. Three popes prior to John Paul had denied Opus Dei this status.

Members say the personal-prelate distinction allows Opus Dei’s influence to transcend geography; whereas the Boston Archdiocese is defined by its location, Opus Dei is defined by its persons. Others point out that the special status exempts Opus Dei from the usual lines of accountability—the local diocese has no authority over the actions of Opus Dei priests.

The transcendence of state and national borders has enabled Opus Dei to expand into a group that boasts 80,000 members worldwide and 3,000 in 35 cities across the United States. These are likely conservative estimates of Opus Dei’s scope. Many of those affiliated with Opus Dei are not official members, but supporters not included in these statistics.

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