CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2006 |
So a guy walks up to the doorman at Opus Dei's red brick national headquarters in New York City, points at an upper floor and asks, "Is that where you keep the torture chamber?" "That's ridiculous!" says the doorman. "The torture chamber's in the basement." That's not just a joke. It's a true story as told by the doorman in question, Robert Boone.
October 7, 2002 |
Pope John Paul II raised to sainthood Sunday the founder of Opus Dei, in effect giving the ultimate seal of approval to an influential but much criticized Roman Catholic group that calls for holiness in everyday life. Spanish-born Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer "was a master in the use of prayer, which he considered an extraordinary 'weapon' with which to redeem the world," John Paul said in his homily at the canonization service in St. Peter's Square.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2002 |
A New Jersey priest has been named the U.S. leader of Opus Dei, one of the Roman Catholic Church's most controversial and fastest-growing movements. The Rev. Thomas G. Bohlin was appointed vicar for the United States by Bishop Javier Echevarria, prelate of the Rome-based movement. Opus Dei was founded in 1928 by St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer to encourage Catholic laity to bring holiness to daily life. Pope John Paul II elevated Escriva to sainthood Oct. 6, 27 years after his death.
February 15, 2006 |
The conservative Roman Catholic group Opus Dei said Tuesday that it had no intention of calling for a boycott of the upcoming film "The Da Vinci Code," but said it hopes the much-awaited film could still be changed so that "there aren't references that would hurt Catholics."
April 15, 2006 |
Vatican officials and Opus Dei, the Roman Catholic group portrayed negatively in "The Da Vinci Code," spent part of Good Friday reminding the public of their objections to the film, which has not yet been released. Opus Dei's Japan office asked Sony Corp. to include a disclaimer that would label the thriller as entirely fictional, calling such a decision "an expression of respect toward Jesus Christ, the history of the church and the religious beliefs of viewers."
May 5, 2006 |
Roman Catholic scholars gathered in Rome on Thursday to explore whether the soon-to-be-released film version of "The Da Vinci Code" will spread hostile sentiment against the church or provide an opportunity to draw people closer to religion.