Originally Published: 18 October 2002
Last Revised: 9 January 2015
Moved to WordPress: 23 May 2015
I’ve come across a lot of posts on the internet regarding Opus Dei. Many of them reflect a good understanding of the organization and its mission. Others less so. It’s my intention to offer a clear explanation of Opus Dei and to clarify many misconceptions that exist about its nature, structure, mission and methods. I don’t intend to engage in debate on these matters. I’ll simply offer explanations to the best of my ability.
This FAQ contains both fact and opinion. Where I believe the facts don’t give the whole story I’ve tried to include a context in which to interpret them. You may or may not agree with my interpretation. That’s where the opinion part comes in.
I’m willing to answer any sincere question you have. To ask a question, just email me and I’ll respond as soon as I can. If I think your question would be of general interest I’ll post my answer on this page.
This FAQ was originally published on my now defunct blog, Trust the Truth, on October 18, 2002. I wrote and published it without the knowledge, approval, or involvement of anyone in Opus Dei. Since that time, it has been read by thousands of people from all over the world, including members of Opus Dei whose job it is to provide accurate information about Opus Dei in the media. I have not received any significant objections to what I have written. Rather, both those who are friendly toward Opus Dei and those who are opposed have written to express their thanks for presenting a balanced portrait of the organization. I have tried to respond to the constructive comments I’ve received by noting the different perspectives they represent throughout the FAQ.
I’m speaking for myself in this FAQ. I don’t represent Opus Dei in any official or unofficial capacity. I have not sought, nor have I received, any official or unofficial endorsement, approval, sanction, encouragement, support or authorization from Opus Dei. I simply want to provide accurate and useful information to those who want to know more about the organization.
All opinions and any errors or omissions are solely my responsibility.
All material on this page is Copyright 2002-2016 Matthew G. Collins. All rights reserved worldwide.
You are free to quote from this page under the following conditions:
- You give proper attribution.
- You do not modify my statements in any way.
- Text without context is pretext. So don’t quote me unless you present my comments in context.
- You do not attempt in any way to change their evident meaning.
- You must not, under any circumstance, represent this FAQ or any part of this FAQ as:
i. the “official” or “unofficial” position or work of Opus Dei; or
ii. having been produced with either the official or unofficial approval of Opus Dei; or
iii. otherwise having received any official or unofficial endorsement, approval, sanction, encouragement, support or authorization from Opus Dei.
This is a permanent work in progress. You can contribute by asking me a question via email and I’ll respond as soon as I can. I continue to update the FAQ as people ask questions and make suggestions, and I have maintained complete editorial control over it. You can email me at the address below. You’ll have to fill in the address in your email program because I’ve displayed it as an image to minimize spambots from harvesting my address.