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  • MASTER THREAD for those who are leaving FR -- stop the crap individual goodbye threads

    05/03/2016 7:29:25 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 243 replies
    FR ^ | dfu
    Here you go. Say bye bye here instead of wasting our time on your individual crybaby threads. Jim doesn't have to remove your account. Just quit posting.
  • It Always Comes Back To Christ

    03/14/2014 5:48:12 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 3/14/2014 | Mundabor
    When good people do not express their scandal, evil people go on undisturbed. The person of the Pope and the Papacy are separated. Of course they are. The latter is a divinely appointed office, the former is a fallible man elected by fallible men; men who may, or may not, ask for the guidance of the Holy Ghost during a Conclave. Therefore, logic demands that it be allowed to criticise the fallible man – harshly, if his shortcomings are so extreme as to make it necessary – without this impinging on the sacred institution. On the contrary, the Pope is...
  • A saint for all seasons

    06/25/2013 9:50:12 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Manila Times ^ | 06/25/2013 | Jose V. Romero Jr.
    June 26 is a red letter day for members of Opus Dei—a personal prelature of the Catholic Church founded in Madrid on October 28 1928. The above date marks the 38th death anniversary of its illustrious founder, San Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer who was born in Spain. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002 who declared before thousand of devotees that Saint Josemaria should be “counted among the great witnesses of Christianity.” (A mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Tito Tagle at the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Shrine in front of NAIA III in his...
  • Indiana Jones meets the Da Vinci Code

    01/14/2008 12:56:52 PM PST · by rellimpank · 33 replies · 40+ views
    Asia times ^ | 14 jan 08 | Spengler
    By Spengler Islam watchers blogged all weekend about news that a secret archive of ancient Islamic texts had surfaced after 60 years of suppression. Andrew Higgins' Wall Street Journal report that the photographic record of Koranic manuscripts, supposedly destroyed during World War II but occulted by a scholar of alleged Nazi sympathies, reads like a conflation of the Da Vinci Code with Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail. The Da Vinci Code offered a silly fantasy in which Opus Dei, homicidal monks and twisted billionaires chased after proof that Christianity is a hoax. But the story of the photographic archive...
  • Rick Santorum’s Virginia Church and Opus Dei

    03/08/2012 3:53:19 PM PST · by HokieMom · 32 replies
    The New Republic ^ | March 6, 2012 | Molly Redden
    Rick Santorum’s Catholic faith is an obvious centerpiece of his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, and it is rare for him to speak without referencing his religious beliefs. It is also rare, however, to hear him speak about his particular church, St. Catherine of Siena, which he and his family have belonged to for at least a decade. Even his 2005 manifesto on his personal faith and politics, It Takes a Family, did not mention the church. I was curious to learn more about it, so last Friday morning, I attended a 9 a.m. Mass there. St. Catherine is...
  • 'Western intelligence: Israel behind Iran bombs'

    01/15/2012 5:22:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/14/2012
    (JPost) — Israel’s Mossad is responsible for training and paying the assassins of a number of Iranian nuclear scientists over the past two years, TIME magazine reported Saturday citing unnamed Western intelligence sources. In addition to the assassinations of the scientists, all of which were carried out using nearly identical magnetic bombs attached to the side of their cars, the intelligence sources claimed Israel was responsible for an explosion at an Iranian missile base outside Tehran late last year. Majid Jamali Fashi, one of several suspects arrested, tried and sentenced to death by the Islamic Republic in the past two...
  • Secretary of Defense Panetta shows how the Obama Administration is Selling Out Israel...and US

    12/03/2011 3:38:16 PM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/03/2011 | Barry Rubin
    Charlie:: “You coulda been another Billy Conn, and that skunk we got you for a manager, he brought you along too fast.” Terry: “It wasn’t him, Charley, it was you. Remember that night in the Garden you came down to my dressing room and you said, `Kid, this ain’t your night. We’re going for the price on Wilson.’….I coulda taken Wilson apart! So what happens? He gets the title shot outdoors on the ballpark and what do I get? A one-way ticket to Palooka-ville! You was my brother, Charley, you shoulda looked out for me a little bit. You shoulda...
  • Disparaging tweet about Gov. Sam Brownback lands Kansas teen in principal’s office

    11/25/2011 7:26:01 PM PST · by peggybac · 54 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | 11/23/11 | Suzanne Perez Tobias
    A Kansas teenager is in trouble after mocking Gov. Sam Brownback during a mock legislative assembly for high school students. Emma Sullivan, a senior at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, was in Topeka on Monday as part of Kansas Youth in Government, a program for students interested in politics and government. During the session, in which Brownback addressed the group, Sullivan posted on her personal Twitter page: “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot” On Tuesday, Sullivan was called to her principal’s office and told that the tweet had...
  • Brownback endorses Perry for president

    09/22/2011 10:40:11 PM PDT · by Clairity · 29 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | Sept. 21, 2011 | Eagle Staff
    Gov. Sam Brownback endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president on Thursday, citing Perry's record on creating jobs and reducing taxes. "Rick Perry is the right leader for this moment in history," he said in a prepared statement. "I think he's really got the right message that it's about jobs, it's about job creation and it's about getting the atmosphere right," Brownback said. "They've maintained and created a very positive, growth-oriented atmosphere in Texas that we've got to get back to in the United States." Perry's campaign issued a statement calling Brownback "one of the most respected voices for conservatism...
  • There Be Dragons explores 'exquisite beauty' of faith {Catholic/Orthodox/Lutheran caucus}

    05/06/2011 2:35:18 AM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    Houston Belief ^ | 5-May-2011 | Daniel Burke
    Q: What made you want to make a movie about Josemaria Escriva?A: One thing that really struck me is his belief that the spiritual could be found in every dimension of life.Q: So, is there a message in this movie?A: This movie says we all live spiritual lives because there are two aspects to every person: mental and physiological, and they perform different functions. This movie doesn't preach, this movie just describes.Q: How would you like audiences to react to your film?A: A movie reflects what's inside people. If it's not in there, a movie cannot put it there. But...
  • Opus Dei, in Hollywood and Rome {Catholic/Orthodox/Lutheran Caucus}

    05/06/2011 2:26:17 AM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 6-may-2011 | David Gibson
    Set during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, when Escrivá was a young man (he died in 1975 and was canonized Saint Josemaría in 2002), "There Be Dragons" was conceived by Roland Joffé.The story of Opus Dei offers a counterpoint to the common view that the Roman Catholic Church harshly enforces conformity among all of its members. Rome co-opts its more fractious elements, harnessing them until they are safely domesticated. That strategy was described by the 19th-century Whig historian Thomas Babington Macaulay. In a famous essay on Catholicism, he noted—as much in consternation as admiration—that the Vatican "thoroughly understands...
  • Virus repair cost a man $6 million - malware linked to Opus Dei plot

    05/04/2011 7:59:43 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 32 replies
    TechEye ^ | 10 Nov 2010 | Nick Farrell
    A US court has heard how it cost a great-grandson of an oil industry tycoon at least $ 6 million after he took his computer in to the workshop to repair it after it was infected with a virus. The victim was probably jazz pianist and composer Roger Davidson, an heir of oil tycoon Conrad Schlumberger, although the authorities have refused to name him. The victim took his computer to 36-year-old Vickram Bedi and his girlfriend Helga Invarsdottir after it developed a virus. According to prosecutors, the pair cooked up a scheme which convinced Davidson that his life was in...
  • Madonna 'ditches Kabbalah for Opus Dei'

    04/19/2011 10:22:26 PM PDT · by malkee · 60 replies
    UK Daily Mirror ^ | April 11 2011 | Tom Bryant
    FOR the past 15 years, she has been Kabbalah’s most high profile and dedicated follower. But now Madonna has apparently ditched the controversial faith and taken up with Opus Dei – the secretive Catholic sect made famous in The Da Vinci Code. The singer is said to be intrigued by the organisation and spent Friday with priests from the centre’s London HQ. The move follows her alleged falling out with some Kabbalah leaders after reports that cash raised for her Malawi charity was squandered. Last night a source claimed: “She has invested so much into Kabbalah so she was devastated...
  • Roland Joffé Talks About 'There Be Dragons,' Opus Dei and St. Josemaria Escrivá

    04/01/2011 8:56:52 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    NCR ^ | 04/01/2011 | STEVEN D. GREYDANUS
    Roland Joffé, director of The Mission and There Be Dragons, calls himself an agnostic, but he seems to be a remarkably God-haunted one. At a recent press event in Spain, the British writer-director reflected on what drew him to There Be Dragons — a film set during the Spanish Civil War that has predictably elicited media controversy for its positive treatment of St. Josemaria Escrivá, played by Charlie Cox, and Opus Dei, the personal prelature he founded. There Be Dragons recently opened in Spain; the film comes to the United States in May. “I have no idea whether there’s a...
  • PBS to Air Docudrama on inquisition

    02/04/2011 12:09:04 PM PST · by Trooper Keeton · 78 replies
    pbs ^ | May 7, 2007 | Bill Donohue
    Subject: Cathars: The Bad Men Regarding the PBS video: The Secret Files of the Inquisition
  • British Anglicans Preparing Mass Defection to Roman Catholic Church

    01/30/2011 2:26:12 PM PST · by fabrizio · 192 replies
    LONDON -- Hundreds of disillusioned Anglicans were preparing Sunday to defect from the Church of England to the Roman Catholic Church in time for Lent, Sky News reported. It follows a campaign by a former Anglican bishop in protest at its stance on the ordination of women and gay clergy. Father Keith Newton has encouraged Anglicans to join the Ordinariate -- a special branch of Catholicism established by the Pope -- to welcome protestant defectors. Despite the efforts of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Anglo Catholics have begun leaving following the conversion of three Anglican bishops in mid-January.
  • Man Loses $20 Million After Taking Laptop for Repair

    11/10/2010 9:03:46 PM PST · by iowamark · 27 replies
    PC World ^ | Nov 10, 2010 | John E Dunn
    A New York couple have been charged with defrauding a wealthy musician to the tune of $20 million (£12.3 million) after he innocently visited their computer servicing company to have a virus removed from his laptop. The hard-to-believe story started started in 2004 when moneyed pianist Roger Davidson asked Mount Kisco computer store owners Vickram Bedi, 36, and his Icelandic girlfriend Helga Invarsdottir, 39, to rid his computer of a virus. On learning of Davidson's wealth, the pair are alleged to have concocted an elaborate social engineering scam that defrauded him of somewhere between the $6 million the police have...
  • Opus Dei Bishop Says Immemorial Mass

    09/21/2010 10:01:15 PM PDT · by 0beron · 1 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 09/21/2010 | Tancred
    Chile [] Bishop Juan Ignacio González (54) of San Bernardo in Chile has celebrated of late the Mass in the Old Rite. This was according to ''. The reason for the Mass was the three year Jubilee of the Motu Proprio 'Summorum Pontificum'. Click [href=]here[/url] for photos of the beautiful Mass.
  • What Did the Church Ever Do to Them?

    06/04/2010 12:25:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies · 368+ views
    On May 27, Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe tried to set a political persecution in motion by "outing" several completely innocent people: "Mr. Speaker, Ottawa's bishop stated yesterday that a sizeable pro-life caucus is working behind the scenes within the government. The Prime Minister, who controls everything, must know about this caucus." With McCarthyite melodrama, Mr. Duceppe then intoned the names and positions in the Conservative party of three practising Catholics, as if that were proof of the ominous "caucus." These Catholics are all members of Opus Dei, a prelature of the Catholic Church. In Latin, Opus Dei means "God's...
  • El Tiempo Ha Venido -- Reports: (Archbishop) Gomez Up to LA (Catholic Caucus)

    04/05/2010 9:17:23 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 21 replies · 477+ views
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | 4/5/2010 | Rocco Palmo
    ...New Advent's Kevin Knight cites unnamed sources to report tonight that, in his pontificate's most significant move on these shores, Pope Benedict will name Jose Gomez, 58, archbishop of San Antonio since February 2005, as coadjutor-archbishop of Los Angeles. In the process, the native of Mexico -- the lone American bishop professed as a numerary (full member) of Opus Dei -- will make history, becoming the first Hispanic prelate placed in line for a Stateside red hat. The appointment would bring to a close several months' worth of intense consultation and speculation since word of Cardinal Roger Mahony's request for...
  • The Birthday Of "Alternative" Feminism?

    02/14/2010 5:15:50 PM PST · by Steelfish · 1 replies · 238+ views
    London Times ^ | February 14, 2010 | Anne-Marie Walker
    February 14, 2010 The Birthday Of "Alternative" Feminism? Anne-Marie Walker St Valentine’s Day is an important day for most people but this year it is especially important. Why? Is it going to be particularly chocolate-filled? Will there be a mountain of roses? No. It will be the 80th anniversary of the start of the women’s section in Opus Dei and as a woman in Opus Dei that’s really important to me. Opus Dei began life on 2 October 1928 when a young Fr Josemaría Escriva caught the tiniest glimpse of God’s plan for him within the Catholic Church. At that...
  • Shining New Light on Opus Dei’s Mission

    11/19/2009 6:06:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies · 404+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/19/09 | Erica Noonan
    At Medfield’s Montrose School, in BC grad’s book, women cite positive role served by Catholic group"Opus Dei" means work of God in Latin. At the Montrose School in Medfield, it means educating girls to be leaders with “faith, character, and vision,’’ said the independent Catholic institution’s head, Karen E. Bohlin. For Mary Brennan, a Franklin mother of six, it is a search for divinity in everyday life as she cares for her children and works part time. “It’s faith in practice,’’ said Brennan, who prays several times a day, using a rosary, Latin readings, and the New Testament. “As Catholics,...
  • The Women of Opus Dei

    10/21/2009 4:19:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies · 759+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 10/19/09 | Miriam Díez i Bosch
    NEW YORK, OCT. 19, 2009 ( We tracked down Marie Oates in Opus Dei headquarters in New York. Her desire to show how women live the Opus Dei charism resulted in her book “Women of Opus Dei: In Their Own Words."Coedited with Linda Ruf and Jenny Driver (Crossroad Publishing, 2009), the book's profiles range from a Harvard doctor, to stay-at-home moms, to an MIT graduate; it aims to introduce "the women in Catholicism's most intriguing organization." ZENIT: Finally someone is talking about women in the Opus Dei. Women make up half -- some believe more than half -- of the...
  • St. Josemaría Escrivá and the Spirituality of Opus Dei

    06/25/2009 11:39:07 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 2 replies · 346+ views ^ | 7/28/05 | Fr. Gary Coulter
    You may have heard some of the rumors or accusations made about Opus Dei, how it is growing cult hiding under the guise of the Catholic Church. This is only the tip of the accusations on dozens of web pages about Opus Dei, which claim it is Fascist, dishonest, completely evil and working to take over the Catholic Church. And if it's on the internet, it must be true, right? Put Opus Dei into your favorite search engine, and of course the official Opus Dei site is listed, but the next entries will all be sites dedicated to letting...
  • The Catholic Right: John Allen's Sins of Omission (Oh, No Opus Dei's Taking Over)

    12/11/2006 7:42:00 PM PST · by Joseph DeMaistre · 8 replies · 643+ views
    Talk to Action ^ | Sun Sep 03, 2006 | Frank Cocozzelli
    John L. Allen, Jr.'s recent book, Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church, (Doubleday, 2005) is unfortunately, well short of being objective. Mr. Allen is the Vatican correspondent for the progressive Catholic periodical National Catholic Reporter. The weekly paper, which also features Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J.Gumbleton and Sister Joan Chittister, often provides the necessary counter-argument to the well-funded outlets of the Catholic Right. When Allen himself appears as an expert on cable news roundtables he is often a refreshing change from Catholic "theocons" such as George Weigel or...
  • Turkey: Sales of Pope Murder Book Soar Ahead of Benedict XVI's Visit

    11/24/2006 7:30:34 AM PST · by presidio9 · 64 replies · 1,958+ views
    ADNKI ^ | November 23, 2006 | Vah/Aki
    Sales of a controversial Turkish novel on a conspiracy to kill Pope Benedict XVI are on the rise ahead of the pontiff's historical visit to Turkey beginning next Wednesday - his first to an overwhelmingly Muslim nation. 'The Plot Against The Pope' is a highly speculative potboiler narrating how the conservative Roman Catholic society Opus Dei, a subversive masonic lodge and the CIA collude to make the pontiff's murder a pretext for a US attack against Iran. Yuvel Kaya's book, which features Benedict XVI in front of a burning cross with a bearded gunman aiming a rocket launcher at him,...
  • Secretive Opus Dei honours banker who was cut up with a chainsaw

    07/22/2006 4:17:26 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 6 replies · 1,094+ views
    The Sunday Times (U.K.) ^ | 07/23/06 | John Follain
    OPUS DEI, the conservative Catholic organisation, has paid a rare and fulsome tribute to Gianmario Roveraro, an Italian banker who was found murdered last week, chopped into pieces beneath a motorway bridge. The statement is as close as the group’s secretive policy allows to admitting that the pious financier was a member of the movement. The kidnapping of Roveraro, whose remains were found on Friday after he was cut up with a chainsaw, has intensified the scrutiny of Opus Dei and echoed a scandal over the 1982 murder of Roberto Calvi, “God’s Banker”, who was found dead under Blackfriars Bridge...
  • Poland digs in against tide toward secularism

    05/30/2006 9:23:46 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 15 replies · 706+ views
    Chicago Tribine ^ | Monday, May 29, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM | Tom Hundley of the Chicago Tribune
    WARSAW, Poland — Poland could be Europe's first "red state". "New evangelization"It was the late pope's fervent hope that the intense spirituality of his native Poland would spark a "new evangelization" of Western Europe. During most of his papacy, there was scant sign of that happening. But more recently Poland has emerged at the fore of a fledgling movement to restore Christian values to Europe. Beginning in 2003, the Polish government led the push — ultimately unsuccessful — to include some reference to Christianity in the new EU constitution. Aleksander Kwasniewski, the reformed communist who was Poland's president at the...
  • Da Vinci Code Boosts Opus Dei Numbers

    05/29/2006 1:43:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies · 597+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 6/28/06 | Murdo MacLeod
    THE controversial religious organisation lambasted in the blockbuster movie and book The Da Vinci Code has revealed that membership inquiries have soared in the past year. The film and book portray Opus Dei as a murderous and secretive cult within the Roman Catholic church. Despite this negative view, membership applications have increased tenfold. The film, based on the book by Dan Brown and starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, centres on the controversial theory that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and that the two had a child. Opus Dei is portrayed as a ruthless suppressor of the truth, using any...
  • The Awfulness of The Da Vinci Code

    05/28/2006 11:29:54 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 33 replies · 596+ views
    American Heritage ^ | May 19, 2006 | Allen Barra
    The Awfulness of The Da Vinci Code Posted Friday May 19, 2006 12:30 PM EDT In art as in life there is nothing so powerful as a bad idea whose time has come. Every decade or so a craze comes out of nowhere that inexplicably grabs hold of a portion of the public’s imagination, whips it into a frenzy, and then dissipates, leaving future generations wondering what the fuss was all about. The first such craze of the twenty-first century is, as you can’t have avoided hearing, a silly novel by a writer named Dan Brown called The Da...
  • Making society better - thanks to Da Vinci Code

    05/26/2006 12:46:00 PM PDT · by The Ghost of JG · 13 replies · 413+ views
    Spero News ^ | Friday, May 26, 2006 | Robert Duncan
    I've been thinking a lot lately, perhaps it's no surprise, on the public face of Opus Dei, much of it no doubt the result of The Da Vinci Code. The more I think about it, the more I am inclined to say that The Da Vinci Code is a blessing in disguise not only for Opus Dei, but also for Christians worldwide – and in the end, for society. There is no doubt that the movie is a blasphemous caricature of Christianity, but the result of the film (and book) is that it is causing people to question and delve...
  • Opie Dei---Anybody Else BORED by "The Da Vinci Code"

    05/25/2006 3:41:23 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies · 392+ views
    Self | May 25, 2006 | PJ-Comix
    Am I the ONLY one completely BORED to death by all this talk about The Da Vinci Code? I mean for weeks all media have been flooded with more info than I would ever want about The Da Vinci Code. When I went to IMDB to look up something about a movie (OTHER than The Da Vinci Code), their damn ad banner would pop up and cover my screen and could be removed only with difficulty. Then there were endless talk shows about this "controversy." Worst of all, the History channel got taken over by programs about the Da Vinci...
  • John Allen speaks on Benedict and Opus Dei

    05/22/2006 7:47:31 AM PDT · by The Ghost of JG · 13 replies · 448+ views
    Spero News ^ | Monday, May 22, 2006 | Spero News
    Pope Benedict XVI is one of the “most prepared” popes in the last two or three centuries, but he’s “not sexy,” says veteran author and journalist John Allen in an interview in a Spanish newspaper. “Culturally he (Benedict) is very prepared to be pope, perhaps the best so in the last two or three centuries. But from the journalistic point of view he’s not very ‘sexy’,” said Allen, according to the Spanish El Pais newspaper. “Without a doubt, John Paul II is the most ‘sexy’ of the modern popes. Whatever he said, it ended up on the front pages of...
  • Members of Opus Dei try to set record straight

    05/19/2006 8:49:09 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 24 replies · 442+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 19 May 2006 | Jean Torkelson
    Rocky Mountain News   To print this page, select File then Print from your browser URL:,1299,DRMN_15_4711045,00.html Chris Schneider © NewsClare Chavez, of Denver, a member of the Catholic lay organization Opus Dei, checks on her 6-week-old baby, Pilar Chavez, as she sleeps underneath a window at their home in Denver on Thursday. Chavez is one of approximately 20 members of Opus Dei in Colorado. Members of Opus Dei try to set record straightMovie puts focus on order that puzzles even many CatholicsBy Jean Torkelson, Rocky Mountain NewsMay 19, 2006Denver investment banker Steve Markel recalls being with a group...
  • Opus Dei, the Da Vinci Code and ODAN (Opus Dei Awareness Network)

    05/19/2006 5:51:33 PM PDT · by fishtank · 394 replies · 3,890+ views
    Opus Dei, the Da Vinci Code and ODAN For those of us who have witnessed firsthand Opus Dei’s deceptive and manipulative practices, it has not been easy watching Opus Dei stage a large public relations campaign in order to dispel the image the book ‘The DaVinci Code” has projected about them. It is equally hard to watch Opus Dei not be honest about their questionable practices. An inaccurate explanation of what exists within Opus Dei is being projected through their public statements and media appearances. The timing of their response to the movie appears highly choreographed and feels more like...
  • Why Should We Stop THE DA VINCI CODE?

    05/19/2006 9:53:45 AM PDT · by Simi Valley Tom · 230 replies · 2,968+ views
    Movieguide® ^ | May 19, 2006 | Dr. Ted Baehr
    War on Christianity has been declared. On which side of the battle line will you stand? The movie version of Dan Brown's book, THE DA VINCI CODE, is now in theaters. Although the movie significantly waters down the unrelenting, anti-Christian attacks and virulent paganism and goddess worship of the novel, it promotes the book and contains enough falsehoods and scurrilous conjecture to distort the truth about Jesus Christ, the Bible, Christianity, and God. That, coupled with the book’s popularity and some Christians’ ignorance about their faith, leads us to believe that the movie, and the attention it draws, will increase...
  • 'Da Vinci Code' Misses the Mark for Critics

    05/17/2006 3:23:47 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 20 replies · 533+ views
    Yahoo ^ | May 17, 2006 | David Germain
    'Da Vinci Code' Misses the Mark for Critics By DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer Wed May 17, 8:58 AM ET "The Da Vinci Code" drew lukewarm praise, shrugs of indifference, some jeering laughter and a few derisive jabs Tuesday from arguably the world's toughest movie crowd: critics at the Cannes Film Festival. The year's most anticipated movie, "The Da Vinci Code" was a generally faithful adaptation of Dan Brown's monster best seller, spinning a murder thriller that stems from a cover-up of secrets about Christianity's roots. While readers worldwide devoured the novel, reaction from Cannes critics ranged from mild...
  • Catholicism's misunderstood do-gooders (Opus Dei)

    05/17/2006 10:13:15 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 10 replies · 722+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Wednesday, May 17, 2006 | Barbara Kay
    Catholicism's misunderstood do-gooders Barbara Kay National Post Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Opus Dei, the real-life Catholic fellowship Dan Brown mauls to fictional shreds in his novel The Da Vinci Code, has profited from the public's fascination with the Code phenomenon by opening its "secret" chambers to journalists, revealing the group's benign modern face. A slew of media interviews with candid, urbane numeraries has done much to roll back the negative stereotypes -- not altogether undeserved in the past -- of an inward-dwelling cadre of ultra-conservative spiritual elites. I've been interested in Opus Dei for a while -- not because...
  • 'Da Vinci' undermines faith, survey claims

    05/16/2006 10:01:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 170 replies · 2,268+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 16, 2006
    “The Da Vinci Code” has undermined faith in the Roman Catholic Church and badly damaged its credibility, a survey of British readers revealed Tuesday as tensions over — and hype for — the forthcoming film reached a fever pitch. As its stars off headed to walk the red carpet at Cannes, where the film was set to debut Wednesday before a worldwide release Friday, at least two countries limited the film's release. The British survey, released by a group of prominent Catholics, revealed that readers of Dan Brown's blockbuster novel are twice as likely to believe Jesus Christ fathered children...
  • Behind The Secret Sect Of Opus Dei

    05/15/2006 9:16:04 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 41 replies · 1,296+ views
    CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 15 May 2006 | CBS2CHICAGO
    (CBS) CHICAGO The Catholic Church's most controversial group is the villain at the center of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code." But what's the truth behind Opus Dei? The group has some 85,000 members worldwide and 3,000 in the U.S. CBS 2's Antonio Mora reports 800 of them live in Chicago, where Opus Dei got its American start almost 50 years ago and where it still has a powerful presence. A powerful mysterious cult sends a masochistic albino monk to murder anyone who might reveal a centuries-old secret that could destroy the church. The killer cult is "The Da Vinci...
  • The Opus Dei code

    05/15/2006 5:48:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies · 526+ views ^ | 05.14.06 | JOHN F. COVERDALE
    Billboard ads for "The Da Vinci Code" have been urging us to "Seek the truth." I only wish Sony Pictures had taken its own advice. "The Da Vinci Code's" misrepresentations about Christ, Christianity and the Catholic Church are anything but helpful in the goal of finding out what's true. The same could be said of "The Da Vinci Code's" fictional portrait of Opus Dei. What do we Opus Dei members have in common with Silas, the murderous albino monk of "The Da Vinci Code"? I have been a member of Opus Dei for almost 50 years and can say with...
  • Opus Dei Response to Director Ron Howard re 'The DaVinci Code'

    05/15/2006 4:08:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 134 replies · 2,717+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 15, 2006
    "Catholics Are Victims of an Offense" ROME, MAY 15, 2006 ( The press office of the Opus Dei Prelature sent this statement to ZENIT on Friday in response to comments by the director of the soon-to-be-released film "The Da Vinci Code." * * * On Thursday the Italian press published interviews with Ron Howard, director of "The Da Vinci Code" film. In statements attributed to him, Howard said that "to deny the right to see the film is a fascist act," and also "to tell someone not to go see the film is an act of militancy and militancy generates...
  • Was Jesus married? Yes! - The Da Vinci Code Catechism

    05/15/2006 10:06:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 657+ views
    DaVinciCode ^ | May 2006 | John Wauk
    The Da Vinci Code is only a novel. It is not a source of serious information, but it does raise some serious questions. 1. Was Jesus Christ really married? Yes. Jesus was married to the Church. In the New Testament, Jesus is frequently referred to as the Bridegroom, and St. Paul tells us: “a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh. This is a tremendous mystery. I’m applying it to Christ and the Church.” (Ephesians 5:31-32) In fact, the Christian vocation is nothing less than an invitation...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Da Vinci Catechism

    05/14/2006 7:26:07 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies · 318+ views
    Da Vinci Code and Opus Dei ^ | 5/5/2006 | Fr. John Wauck
    The Da Vinci CatechismThe Da Vinci Code is only a novel. It is not a source of serious information, but it does raise some serious questions. 1. Was Jesus Christ really married?Yes. Jesus was married to the Church. In the New Testament, Jesus is frequently referred to as the Bridegroom, and St. Paul tells us: “a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh. This is a tremendous mystery. I’m applying it to Christ and the Church.” (Ephesians 5:31-32) In fact, the Christian vocation is nothing less than...
  • Opus Dei Versus The Da Vinci Code – Opus The Winner?

    05/14/2006 1:45:57 AM PDT · by Murtyo · 51 replies · 2,963+ views
    Ian Paisley dot Org ^ | 6 January 2006 | British Church Newspaper AKA European Institute of Protestant Studies
    DAN Brown’s bestseller, The Da Vinci Code, was first published in 2003. By April 2005 it had sold 17 million copies in 44 languages and it is still selling well, as any traveller by plane, bus or train will confirm. It is a novel of the popular, conspiracy theory type. The central thesis is that “the Church” has covered up the fact that Mary Magdalene married Christ. Christ’s divinity was a myth invented by Roman Emperor Constantine in the 4th century AD and the pair had descendants. Brown suggests that Mary Magdalene’s character was unjustly impugned by “the Church” in...
  • Howard Shelves "Da Vinci" Disclaimer

    05/09/2006 6:11:14 PM PDT · by PanzerKardinal · 23 replies · 504+ views
    Yahoo ^ | May 9th, 2006 | Gina Serpe
    The Da Vinci Code director Ron Howard has rejected demands by Opus Dei to attach a disclaimer to his would-be blockbuster labeling the film as a work of fiction, spurring a rebuke from the religious sect. "It's not theology. It's not history. To start off with a disclaimer...Spy thrillers don't start off with disclaimers," Howard told the Los Angeles Times in Sunday's edition. ... "It's very controversial," Howard said. "What Dan Brown did with the novel, we didn't back away from in making the movie. I think what a lot of people have discovered--a lot of theologians--is this is a...
  • Opus Dei provides virtual tour of US headquarters

    05/10/2006 8:41:10 AM PDT · by The Ghost of JG · 8 replies · 718+ views
    Spero News ^ | Wednesday, May 10, 2006 | Robert Duncan
    Are you one of those curious types who after reading The Da Vinci Code want to see what is really inside an Opus Dei center, the group author Dan Brown mistakenly claims harbors sadistic albino assassins? While I certainly wouldn't classify myself as a "sadistic albino assassin," I would say that it is indeed quite easy to see the inside of an Opus Dei center. In fact, in Madrid I simply called up and asked to come over for a visit. Nobody turned me down, and I imagine that's the way it is around the world. Indeed, it is so...
  • The Ways of Opus Dei (according to Time)

    04/27/2006 9:34:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies · 1,673+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | April 24, 2006 | DAVID VAN BIEMA
    In early March, Elizabeth Heil, an arts-administration graduate student at Columbia University, was watching previews in a movie theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side when she cracked up inappropriately. The trailer was for the movie The Da Vinci Code, directed by Ron Howard and scheduled to open May 19, and it featured a grim-faced fellow uttering Christ's name repeatedly and then--wham!--whaling away at his already bloodied back with an Inquisition-issue cat-o'-nine-tails. It was not an intentionally funny scene. But Heil, who was familiar with the book on which the movie is based, recognized the figure onscreen as the albino assassin...
  • Italian magazine publishes blasphemous cartoon(Here we go again)

    04/15/2006 6:26:42 PM PDT · by milestogo · 24 replies · 1,088+ views
    Italian magazine publishes blasphemous cartoonROME: An Italian magazine close to the influential Catholic conservative Opus Dei group has published a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in an objectionable manner, sparking outrage among Muslim associations here.Cartoons by 12 artists first published in a Danish newspaper last September and later reprinted in a number of other mainly European dailies sparked Muslim protests worldwide. Studi Cattolici editor Cesare Cavalleri told ANSA: "I hope the publication of this drawing won’t lead to attacks, because if that happened it would only prove the idiotic positions" of Islamic extremists."Sometimes a politically incorrect satirical cartoon can...
  • Film Showing the Real Opus Dei Released (first showing, in New York, April 19)

    04/15/2006 12:28:50 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 168+ views
    opusdei ^ | Ap 15 06 | Opus Dei
    A new video showing the real Opus Dei will be released in New York on April 19 by the St. Josemaría Institute, with the title "Passionately Loving the World: Ordinary Americans Living the Spirituality of St. Josemaría." The new program features Opus Dei members and cooperators talking about their lives, giving an inside view of how they see themselves and how they try to live their faith. “With The Da Vinci Code being released on May 19, Opus Dei has received a lot of attention,” said Terri Carron, a spokesperson. “This video is a way to show how Saint Josemaría...