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
"This is how they pray: a dozen
clear-eyed, smooth-skinned “brothers”
together in a huddle, arms crossing arms over shoulders like the weave
of a cable..., The house is a handsome, gray,
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
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
the brothers' meals and their work and their games. I have been
among them and have been given a part in their ministry. I have
with them and showered with them and listened to their stories:"
"Ivanwald, which sits at the end
of Twenty-fourth Street North in
Virginia, is known only to its residents and to the members and friends
of the organization that sponsors it, a group of believers who
themselves as 'the Family.'"
" The Family is, in its own words,
association, though its membership has always consisted mostly of
men. Senators Don Nickles (R., Okla.), Charles Grassley (R., Iowa),
Domenici (R., N.Mex.), John Ensign (R., Nev.), James Inhofe (R.,
Bill Nelson (D., Fla.), and Conrad Burns (R., Mont.) are referred to as
“members,” as are Representatives Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), Frank Wolf
Va.), Joseph Pitts (R., Pa.), Zach Wamp (R., Tenn.), and Bart Stupak
Mich.). Regular prayer
groups have met in the Pentagon and at the
of Defense, and the Family
has traditionally fostered strong ties with
businessmen in the oil and aerospace industries. The Family
closely guarded database of its associates, but it issues no cards,
no official dues. Members
are asked not to speak about the group or its
"The organization has operated
under many guises, some active, some
National Committee for Christian Leadership, International Christian
the National Leadership Council, Fellowship House, the Fellowship
the National Fellowship Council, the International Foundation. These
are intended to draw attention away from the Family, and to
from becoming, in the words of one of the Family's leaders, 'a target
The Family's only publicized gathering is the National Prayer
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."
Reagan Administration the Family helped build friendships between the
government and men such as Salvadoran general Carlos Eugenios Vides
convicted by a Florida jury of the torture of thousands, and Honduran
Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, himself an evangelical minister, who was
to both the CIA and death squads before his own demise. 'We work with
where we can,' the Family's leader, Doug Coe, says, 'build new power
"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
as an 'ambassador of faith.' Coe has visited nearly every world
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
by, among others, Tom Phillips, then the C.E.O. of arms manufacturer
and Ken Olsen, the founder and president of Digital Equipment
"There they forge 'relationships'
beyond the din of vox populi (the
leaders consider democracy a manifestation of ungodly pride) and
away religion' in favor of the truths of the Family. Declaring
with the Jews broken, the group's core members call themselves 'the new
"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
meet Jesus, and I was: the new ruling Jesus, whose ways are secret."
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." (2)
If the reader is interested in getting in touch with the nefarious Opus Dei reality - something we strongly recommend for the reader's own benefit, not ours - we suggest that he/she starts at the Introduction Document (3) . When the reader is finished, then he/she will understand why no man can rid the world of this cancer any more than no man can rid a cancer which has spread and invaded the key centers of a human body. This is why it will be God, allowing satan's action, Who will rid the world and the Church of such plague. (4)
We are aware that the Opus Dei's allegedly humble founder, Msgr. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, Marquise of Peralta, has been already Canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. (5)
We are also aware that Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake after being accused of being a witch by the same Roman Catholic Church which Canonized her years later.
Perhaps we are seeing the reverse sequence in the case of the Marquise of Peralta...