- Section 20
The Opus Dei according to Maria
del Carmen Tapia
Former Head of the
Women's Branch of
could not be any clearer
The following Post was brought to our attention recently [as of 2001]:
Dei is the organization of the Council, and in fact Msgr Escriva is by
far more the "man of the Council" than John Paul II. The Holy Father is
more grounded in tradition than Opus Dei.
... I would suggest that anyone
interested in Opus Dei read "Beyond the Threshold", which is written by
Maria del Carmen Tapia, who was the head of the women's branch. She has
been severely maligned since the publication of the book.
We chose to investigate Mrs. Tapia's book to see how closely it agreed
with what we have already exposed about The Prelature of the Holy Cross
and Opus Dei.
miguel de Portugal set out to find the book in a major educational and
intellectual center in Spain. The quest was short and the results were
The book was not available but we found out why, which in itself, tells
the whole story.
The largest bookstore in the city was
first visited. After much stumbling we were informed that the book,
which was dubbed a novel, was out of print.
A second and well established bookstore, a husband and wife operation,
was visited. At first he could not remember anything about the book,
then, suddenly all came back to him and pouring out of his mouth in a
He said that he had featured the book in the window of the store.
Shortly thereafter, a gentleman, who identified himself as a physician
of the area, came into the store and asked the owner to step aside with
him for a chat. The visitor informed the shopkeeper that he belonged to
a large group of professionals in this particular city and that, if he
did not remove Mrs. Tapia's book from the window, they would boycott
Later on the shopkeeper wanted to get additional copies. He called the
publisher in Spain and was told that it was out of print, never to be
printed again by them. Upon inquiring, the shopkeeper was informed by
the publishing house that, after the original publication of the book,
they received a call (or visit - we do not know for certain) informing
them that a number of authors who were having their books published by
said publishing house would take them elsewhere if they ever printed
Mrs. Tapia's book again.
Thus... the Spanish original version of Maria del Carmen Tapia's book "Tras el Umbral" [Beyond the
Threshold] was killed.
We Thank God for being able to bring to you, at a worldwide level, this
information as well as a sample of Mrs. Tapia's book (1).
We encourage you to
obtain it and review it. Having been the head of the Women's Branch of
the Opus Dei, we are confident that Mrs. Tapia will give you all the
background that you could possibly need so that, in conjunction with
what we have published in the Name of God, you will be able to
appreciate the gravity and danger that The Prelature of the Opus Dei
presents to the Roman Catholic Church and
the world at large.
For those who are having difficulty in believing what Ms. Tapia
reported and wish to ascribe it to the "ranting of a hysterical woman",
there are volumes of supporting and enhancing her revelations from
individuals and clergy of greater stature than Ms. Tapia. Just take a
look at this brief Index (2).
We take this opportunity to remind the reader that the former FBI
Mr. Louis Freeh, is associated with such organization. This is also the
case with members of other key U.S. Intelligence agencies, like the CIA
We entreat our friends to keep The
M+G+R Foundation and its work in
your prayers - obviously, we have many enemies..
NOTE Added April 17, 2001
(after original publication)
These same bookstores, in this particular city and throughout Spain,
carry and display books covering subjects from Satanism, New Age, Tarot
Card Readings to merciless criticism of prominent figures from the
Roman Catholic Church: from H.H. John Paul II on down. However, no one
complains about it and much less coerce the bookstores to discontinue
displaying and selling them.
We saw the same "syndrome" when the Portuguese magazine VISAO (5) published a critical
cover story on the Opus Dei. In this occasion, Opus Deites did not tire
of writing to VISAO in defense of their group - whereas any attack of
the Catholic Faith published by VISAO goes unchallenged.
Curiously enough, the offices of VISAO went up in flames shortly
thereafter and since then VISAO has lost their appetite to criticize
the Opus Dei.
They only defend their own... and obviously God and His servants are
not counted amongst them.
NOTE Added October 6, 2005
(after original publication)
On October 2002, the The Catholic Weekly (Sydney, Australia), published
what they claimed were statements made by Maria del Carmen Tapia, in
essence, denying everything that she had written in her book about
Escrivá and Opus Dei, published under her authority in both
English and Spanish.
Statements as "she supports the
canonisation of Opus Dei's founder and
has never doubted the group's 'divine origin'" and "To me, a
saint is the person who fulfills and carries out God's will to the end
of his or her life", she said. "And
faith was, in my opinion, the most
relevant feature in the life of Mons Escriva - his unshakeable
confidence in God."
We thank and Praise God for placing these gems of disinformation in our
hands; as we have said many times, even satan has to serve God! Of
course, for those who do not have eyes to see and ears to hear, Ms.
Tapia alleged retraction will be a vindication for what they want to
believe. This in turn, using the same reasoning that Jesus used when
explaining to His disciples why He spoke if parables [Matthew
9-17], will prevent them form conversion since they do not
Of course, those who indeed have eyes to see and ears to hear (6), will immediately see
through the disinformation sham and, even if they were temporarily
misled by the false piety of Opus Dei, return to the true Way, Jesus
Christ and His Gospel, and not the falsified "Way" published by Jose
- Sects within the Roman Catholic Church
(1) A sample of Mrs. Tapia's book "Beyond the
Threshold, A Life in Opus Dei"
(2) The referred brief index is
now part of Documents Regarding the Opus
Dei Sect (in Spanish) - see Section "Testimonios personales"
United States of America Is Betrayed by FBI Special Agent Robert Philip
Hanssen, A Member of Opus Dei
CIA (original link, but the document was removed from the domain)
Opus Dei - The Secret Army of the Pope
(6) Eyes to See and Ears to Hear. Who Are Those
Who Possess Them?
En Español: El Opus Dei según María del Carmen
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