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1 The Truth about Opus Dei and The DaVinci Code By: Ellie Molyneux

2 THE SHOWDOWN Dan Brown’s Facts VERSUS Opus Dei’s Fiction

3 Dan Brown on Opus Dei : “The Facts”
“The Vatican Prelature known as Opus Dei is a deeply devout Catholic sect that has been the topic of recent controversy due to reports of brainwashing, coercion, and a dangerous practice known as corporal mortification.” Opus Dei Headquarters in New York City

4 FACT?: Opus Dei portrayed through Aringarosa and Silas
They accurately represent what can occur to Opus Dei members Implications: Hierarchal establishment Mind control Loss of perspective Internal confusion Impious motivations

5 Opposition to Dan Brown’s Claims
Main opposition comes in a statement about the book by Opus Dei Arguments are supported by Opus members with high stakes in the group

6 A Few Support Sources for Brown’s Claims
Opus Dei Awareness Network Writer Michael Walsh 18-year numerary Maria del Carmen Tapia Opus Dei’s Form of Self-”Discipline”

7 Opus Dei: Beyond The DaVinci Code Facts
Brown omits: Public deception Secrecy/Lies Segregation Oppression Recruiting Practices Cult-like Control

8 A Father’s Response: Secrecy
“Contrary to some of the things you have probably read in your research, Opus Dei is in no way secret.” – Reverend Arturi “Opus Dei states they give copies of their statutes to all the bishops in whose dioceses they operate. When I asked some bishops to see the statutes, they refused me access.” –Ex-member who was denied access to doctrine

9 A Father’s Response to Segregation
“it is merely independence” “we find it helpful to organize separate activities for men and women” “This makes it easier to deal with themes that may be of particular interest to one group or the other” - Reverend Bradley Arturi, US Opus Dei Headquarters

10 A Father’s Response: Recruiting
“It [is] something so simple, natural, and straightforward such that one would have a hard time distorting the whole thing and still tell the truth.” -Reverend Arturi

11 When Opus Dei-type Mind Control Happens to Good People…
Jim Jones formed The People’s Temple Similar ideas of bettering themselves Secretive, controlling, and cultish External pressure for truth lead to conflict Result in misery and mass suicide

12 WINNER!! The Man with Truthful Fighting Words
THE SHOWDOWN WINNER!! The Man with Truthful Fighting Words The Final Round Dan Brown VERSUS Opus Dei

13 Bibliography Slide Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code. Doubleday, 2003.
Tapia, María del Carmen, 1925 Beyond the threshold : a life in Opus Dei     Walsh, Michael. Opus Dei: An Investigation into the Powerful Secretive Society within the Catholic Church. San Francisco: Harper Publishing, 2004.

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