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  • By Sick of Spin on July 14, 2005

    It is easy to recognize that some or all of the negativereviews for this book here on Amazon were written by Opus Dei members. Contrary to what they claim, Walsh has written a well researched history of the movement, reporting accurately and fairly on some of the controversy surrounding its founder and his legacy. This is a balanced work well worth the read.

  • By RJ on August 28, 2013

    His most telling points for me are that Opus makes what we have called the Evangelical Counsels into requirements for salvation, unlike the Religious Orders in the Catholic Church, which make a clear distinction between the two. For instance, the practice of obedience to a religious superior or director is part of the essence of religious life, but is not presented as a requirement for salvation as it apparently is in Opus. It would be as if the Dominicans were to insist you have to be a member of their Order to go to heaven, and if you leave the Order you are a Judas and damned forever.The second point is the shift that is (sloooooly) taking place in the Catholic Church from identifying with power to a preferential option for the poor. This is not destined to win friends among the ruling class, and it leaves a vacuum that Opus seems well-suited to fill. It seems to be an elitist group (which groups usually identify themselves as the true believers, the saved, the righteous) of professionals more comfortable with power than with the poor. This is a partial reason for the growth of the organization.My difficulty with the book is that it takes so many pages to get to these points.

  • By Jovert on November 4, 2012

    How is it possible to investigate into a powerful secretive society? Only if 1. it is not powerful, or 2. it is not secretive, or 3. the author is a liar. In any case, the book is misleading.

  • By D W Gillrie on May 23, 2013

    One comment only! "And the Catholic Church refers to the Masonic Order as a Secret Society? Claiming in some cases that the Masons are a controlled world wide society, then what is Opus Dei?

  • By A customer on June 10, 2004

    Walsh does bring out some facts in this book (which is why I gave it one star), but his presentation wreaks of third-rate trashy journalism -- by which I mean an emotional and unbalanced report of the truth. It's kind of like listening to political adversaries shooting their silly barbs at each other during an election time. This is unfortunate because Opus Dei is a very manipulative organization which, because of its immense wealth, influences an increasing number of Church authorities with a fundamentalist kind of conservatism. (Tony Hendra's new book, "Father Joe," [2004] has a great word for people like this: "cathoholics.") I think that if Walsh had written a more dispassionate book, it would have been more effective in making his point: namely, that for all their claim to being model Catholic clergy and lay persons, they use utterly un-Christian methods to achieve their ends within the structure of the Church. With this, I would agree.

  • By Angela H. on September 6, 2013

    The author is a former jesuit, so he knows how the CatholicChurch is structured, and he knows his Catholic doctrine.This book is a sort of Catholic-legal analysis of the decisions made regarding whatit would be and how it would work.I have read Beyond The Threshold, by a former Opus Deinumerary, and this is more about ecclesiatical (spelling?)matters than the day to day stuff of the other, but it is stillfascinating.

  • By Raye on June 11, 2013

    I am so glad to have found this book for a reasonable price.Thank you so much for the prompt service

  • By David Werling on October 11, 2005

    If those writing negative reviews about this book are Opus Dei members, then those writing positive reviews about this book are limp wristed liberals. Give me a break. Try reviewing the book instead of pushing your agenda. Of course, people who liked this book were swayed by the agenda than any actual facts contained therein.I'm not a member of Opus Dei, and even though I've read portions of The Way, I'm far from being an expert about Opus Dei. However, it was so glaringly obvious that Michael Walsh has a bone to pick and had skewed his facts so badly it really was an utter waste of time to continue reading.How in the world can a Jesuit criticize any religious organization for meddling in secular politics? It's laughable.One has to wonder why so many people have gone so far out of their way to throw insults and slander at others trying to live simple, Christ-centered lives as they go about their humble, normal, everyday activities. There are powers with which we are at war... powers that would like to see less Christ-centered, humble people running around.

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