Footnote (9)

Another Front of the Opus Dei


The respected U.S. Magazine HARPER'S, published an article on March 2003 penned by Jeffrey Sharlet about a Washington, D.C. area spiritual group which, when "decoded", should be a reason for many to miss much sleep. The article is entitled Jesus Plus Nothing (1) .

Although Mr. Sharlet is reporting "from within" he may not know that the Opus Dei "hand" is pulling those strings or, on the contrary, he may know and precisely because of that he does not dare to even mention their name, a common occurrence.


We shall now quote a few sections from a lengthy and well written article [underscoring by The M+G+R Foundation]:

"This is how they pray: a dozen clear-eyed, smooth-skinned “brothers” gathered together in a huddle, arms crossing arms over shoulders like the weave of a cable...,  The house is a handsome, gray, two-story colonial that smells of new carpet and Pine-Sol and aftershave; the men who live there call it Ivanwald."

“'Jeff, will you lead us in prayer?' Surely, brother. It is April 2002, and I have lived with these men for weeks now, not as a Christian—a term they deride as too narrow for the world they are building in Christ's honor—but as a “believer.” I have shared the brothers' meals and their work and their games. I have been numbered among them and have been given a part in their ministry. I have wrestled with them and showered with them and listened to their stories:"

"Ivanwald, which sits at the end of Twenty-fourth Street North in Arlington, Virginia, is known only to its residents and to the members and friends of the organization that sponsors it, a group of believers who refer to themselves as 'the Family.'"

" The Family is, in its own words, an “invisible” association, though its membership has always consisted mostly of public men. Senators Don Nickles (R., Okla.), Charles Grassley (R., Iowa), Pete Domenici (R., N.Mex.), John Ensign (R., Nev.), James Inhofe (R., Okla.), Bill Nelson (D., Fla.), and Conrad Burns (R., Mont.) are referred to as “members,” as are Representatives Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), Frank Wolf (R., Va.), Joseph Pitts (R., Pa.), Zach Wamp (R., Tenn.), and Bart Stupak (D., Mich.). Regular prayer groups have met in the Pentagon and at the Department of Defense, and the Family has traditionally fostered strong ties with businessmen in the oil and aerospace industries. The Family maintains a closely guarded database of its associates, but it issues no cards, collects no official dues. Members are asked not to speak about the group or its activities."

"The organization has operated under many guises, some active, some defunct: National Committee for Christian Leadership, International Christian Leadership, the National Leadership Council, Fellowship House, the Fellowship Foundation, the National Fellowship Council, the International Foundation. These groups are intended to draw attention away from the Family, and to prevent it from becoming, in the words of one of the Family's leaders, 'a target for misunderstanding.'  The Family's only publicized gathering is the National Prayer Breakfast, which it established in 1953 and which, with congressional sponsorship, it continues to organize every February in Washington, D.C."

"In the process of introducing powerful men to Jesus, the Family has managed to effect a number of behind-the-scenes acts of diplomacy."

"During the Reagan Administration the Family helped build friendships between the U.S. government and men such as Salvadoran general Carlos Eugenios Vides Casanova, convicted by a Florida jury of the torture of thousands, and Honduran general Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, himself an evangelical minister, who was linked to both the CIA and death squads before his own demise. 'We work with power where we can,' the Family's leader, Doug Coe, says, 'build new power where we can't.'"

"At the 1990 National Prayer Breakfast, George H.W. Bush praised Doug Coe for what he described as 'quiet diplomacy, I wouldn't say secret diplomacy,' as an 'ambassador of faith.' Coe has visited nearly every world capital, often with congressmen at his side, 'making friends' and inviting them back to the Family's unofficial headquarters, a mansion (just down the road from Ivanwald) that the Family bought in 1978 with $1.5 million donated by, among others, Tom Phillips, then the C.E.O. of arms manufacturer Raytheon, and Ken Olsen, the founder and president of Digital Equipment Corporation."

"There they forge 'relationships' beyond the din of vox populi (the Family's leaders consider democracy a manifestation of ungodly pride) and 'throw away religion' in favor of the truths of the Family. Declaring God's covenant with the Jews broken, the group's core members call themselves 'the new chosen.'"

"Sometimes the brothers would ask me why I was there. They knew that I was “half Jewish,” that I was a writer, and that I was from New York City,...  I told my brothers that I was there to meet Jesus, and I was: the new ruling Jesus, whose ways are secret."

"Three women from Potomac Point, an 'Ivanwald for girls' across the road from The Cedars, came to help serve."

This "Ivanwald Family" could not be more identical to an Opus Dei front even if they wanted. Down to the " 'Ivanwald for girls' across the road from The Cedars." 


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Notes:

(1) HARPER'S Magazine March 2003
(2) The "Saviors" and their agenda




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