Thursday, 22 March 2012

22/3 Which GOP Pesidential hopeful is Opus Dei?

Which Candidate Celebrated the life of of the Opus Dei founder Josemaria Escriva on the public dime? Would you believe it was Rick Santorum?

Prominent Catholics from around the globe, gathered in celebration of Spanish Catholic priest Josemaria Escriva in 2002 and Rick Santorum accompanied them claiming it to be part of his offical duties as a U.S. senator for Pennsylvania. At this occasion Santorum claimed that "blessed Josemaria guides my way" and that he publicly fights to uphold "absolute truth".
The transcript of Santorums speech contains remarks including ‘As long as you are making straight for your goal, head and heart intoxicated with God, why worry . . . ?’ which is a quote of Escriva.

There are around 3000 Opus Dei members in the USA and many of them in positions of power. Member wear a spiked chain around their thigh for two hours each day to empathize with Christ's suffering.
Santorum campaign group , who declined to comment, claims Santorum is not a member of Opus Dei, and to what extent he adhere to its tenets remains unclear.
Opus Dei remains a significant feature of Santorum's life counting amoung his friends Rev C. John McCloskey whom he accompanied to Rome for the celebration of Escriva's life and bapitised one of the Santorum children.

Monsignor William Stetson, a priest with the organization who knew Santorum after he left the Senate in 2007 said “He was attracted to Escriva and the spirit of Opus Dei, the idea of lay Catholics . . . giving Jesus Christ a presence in the workplace,"

Source TheYoungTurks, Washington Post

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