35. Does Opus Dei keep records of what people discuss in spiritual direction, and is it confidential?

Opus Dei does not keep records of what people discuss in spiritual direction, and all spiritual direction is confidential.

It is possible, though, that the director will ask someone else for guidance if he feels he can’t give sufficiently adequate advice in spiritual direction, but this is always done with as much anonymity as possible.

Obviously, in matters of assessing the suitability of new members and of the progression of members through the various stages of incorporation in the Work (admission, oblation, fidelity), it is necessary for the directors to discuss matters which may have been brought up in the context of spiritual direction. Likewise, if there is a particularly grave problem with a member which could require disciplinary action, the directors may have to discuss things that may have been discussed in spiritual direction.

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