Has your question been answered, Laramie?
Yes. It's a good thread. I appreciate the various links especially. Thanks.
Yes, it appears that Opus Dei is a materialized power structure for the Novus Ordo mindset. In my opinion, this is why Opus Dei is bad. Not because it is an organization that is secret, and not because Opus Dei is pseudo-secret about itself.
I do not think that a Catholic organization is bad simply because it is gaining power. I don't think a Catholic organization is bad if it is secret. I do not think a Catholic organization is bad if it is gaining influence and power. Why? Basically, if we EVER want to see Catholics gain some kind of a foothold in the world, then we are going to need money and power. Just like the Medieval Age.
For example, let us suppose you want to see America transform into a Catholic monarchical confessional state. You are going to need to have a structure. A network. A group with power. Furthermore, if this group is to have power, they are going to need money.
I said in a recent post on my blog: "Catholics, these days, now have an aversion to material things. Again, we are not living at the height of the Middle Ages. One glance at the spartan designs of post Vatican II parishes will tell that story. For more than a generation, there has been utter contempt for the materialistic and "triumphalist" development of the Catholic Church."http://thehirschfiles.blogspot.com/2017/05/why-catholics-dont-tithe-as-much-as.html
A powerbase of Catholic strength facing off against the crappy bi-factional ruling party of this failed nation would give me great hope. I would love to see some sort of a Catholic Party in this country.
That being said, such a Catholic organization(s) would need to not be a Novus Ordo wreck. This catty, modernist, Voris-style "beige liberalism" Catholic nonsense will NOT DO. Nor will anything as dishonest as the coercive nature of this Opus Dei organization. Reading the testimonials of this thing, I can see that its existence is dubious. I could be wrong, but at this point, red flags come up for me after reading what you all have linked to.
I don't think a lot of Catholics put their money into various parishes and Catholic organizations because they expect their money to be squandered. But if there were some sort of organization of Catholics whose sole intention was to accumulate strength and power--UNCOMPROMISINGLY--I think that would give a lot of hope to Catholics, renew their spirits, and inspire them to contribute to the effort. ...the war effort. Because this is cultural war.
North America was Catholic first. This period of Hebraic Puritanism on this continent can end if we just ride out to meet it.
My Catolica America series is all about justifying, laying out, discussing, and enforcing the idea of a solid, tangible gain for Catholics in this region.
But as for Opus Dei, I am surprised people dislike it on the basis that it is a secret organization that gains wealth. There is a time and place when wealth is necessary.