Originally posted by chissler
What about true accounts of Opus Dei or Secret Societies and their rituals?
What makes you think Brown's account of the Opus Dei rituals are accurate? Because he says so?
Let's go through some things Brown claims about Opus Dei, what the reality is, and if they mesh.
First, throughout The Da Vinci Code, members of Opus Dei are shown to be monks. That's an element of ritual, I would assume, and Brown claims that
all rituals spoken of in the book are true. However, we run into a small hitch here, because Opus Dei has no
monks as members. Opus Dei is set
up as an organization for everyday Catholics and diocesan priests. There is no Monastic order involved in the organization. Hmm...Maybe that was just
a small oversight. Let's move on.
What about Opus Dei's purpose? The Da Vinci Code insinuates that Opus Dei is for Catholics to remove themselves from the secular world in order to
know God better (this is, after all, the concept behind becoming a monk). Yet, the purpose of Opus Dei is not removal, but instead,
One of Opus Dei’s central ideas is that lay Christians are called to be fully a part of the modern, secular world, improving it by their
Christian witness rather than rejecting and withdrawing from it.
Opus Dei is also spoken of by Brown as a cult or sect of Catholicism, much the same way Lutherans are a sect of Christianity. This, however, is
completely false because the Catholic church recognizes and embraces Opus Dei. Doesn't sound like it's a sect at all, but instead an element of the
According to Brown, as well, when accessing the Opus Dei headquarters in the US, "Men enter the building through the main doors on Lexington Avenue.
Women enter through a side street." That's an easily checked fact, let's see what we can find about it...
People, whether male or female, use the doors leading to whichever section of the building they are visiting. The building is divided into
separate sections, for the straightforward reason that one section includes a residence for celibate women and another for celibate men. But these
sections are not sex-restricted, and it is the women’s not the men’s section that fronts on Lexington Avenue
So Brown blew those facts, why should we trust him when it comes to the "secret" rituals we don't and can't confirm or deny due to the
And yes, Jesus had brothers (and possibly sisters), so there ya go. Brown's wrong, but you could still be related
[edit on 5/12/06/12 by junglejake]