Thursday, January 25, 2007

BBC attack on Opus Dei

Background briefing: some interesting stereotyping from the BBC.

From CFNews: Opus Dei has complained to the BBC about what it says is a "defamatory" portrayal in primetime drama Waking The Dead. Two episodes of the crime series, shown last weekend, featured members of Opus Dei embroiled in a gruesome double murder. Opus Dei said the BBC broke religious guidelines by showing its members as "murderers, thieves and adulterers". The BBC said it had not yet received an official complaint. [BBC]


Anonymous said...

Apologies for commenting on such and old post but I only recently found it. I find this blog to be an excelent and consistant "nightwatchman" against deviations away from proper Catholic teaching by those within the Church. (On both the Traditional and liberal side.)

I would be keen to know your thoughts on Opus Dei as an organization. I don't know much about Opus Dei but personally I consider St. JoseMaria to be a great saint of the Church?

However, I am unsure why so many Traditionalist like SSPX dislike Opus Dei as do many "Social" Jesuits on the otherside?

Many Thanks

Hercules said...

Trads have received the impression that OD dislikes them! Quite apart from the usual complaints about OD which may or may not have any substance (that it is secretive, Jansenistic etc.) Escriva said the traditional Mass until his death but OD has - clearly deliberately - distanced itself from that and from any association with traditionalism.

In the US there is considerable conflict between 'conservatives' and 'traditionlists', the former keen to distance themselves from anything not approved by the hierarchy etc.. This has been very destructive and I hope the Motu Proprio will put an end to it for good. It has never been such an issue in the UK but from time to time that kind of attitude exhibits itself.

Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen