Opus Dei to fund school in Potsdam near Berlin

Is there no end? I’ve been discussing Creationism and Intelligent Design with people ad nauseam (and believe me I don’t get tired of discussions quickly) and pulling my hair trying to comprehend why American conservative Christians cannot cope with it being dealt with in church and perhaps Sunday schools, but not in a state school. Now, I hear that right in my back yard, Opus Dei plans to raise 2 million Euros for funding a school near the German capital. Read and watch the full story in German on the ZDF site.

Can we please stop them?

We do not need a recruitment center for Opus Dei. We do not need to provide them with an excellent disguise for subverting the education of our youth. Even if the teachers will be paid by the administration, it requires little imagination predict what the school board would look like. There is even less imagination required here because examples from the United States abound (for the most prominent example ref. here and here).

Here is the translation of my e-mail to the mayor of Potsdam:

Dear Mr. Jakobs,

though I am not a citizen of Potsdam, with reference to the ZDF’s report from April 10th 2007 (http://www.zdf.de/ZDF/download/0,5587,5000716,00.pdf and
http://www.zdf.de/ZDFmediathek/inhalt/17/0,4070,5262961-5,00.html) I need to ask if we need, even in light of all budget deficit, a recruitment center for Opus Dei in Germany?

For a long time I was only worried about circumstances in the United States where “Creationism” and “Intelligent Design” are social phenomena, but have, by now at least, largely disappeared from state institutions. Now we are to build a school for Opus Dei members here? An undertaking where the stakeholders announce they will furnish the curriculum with question marks, at least. You do not need a lot of imagination to picture what the school board would look like. This is especially true because examples of what they would look like abound in the United States.

Even traditio.com (a traditional catholic network, which one cannot quite accuse of liberalism) warns of the subversive cult of Opus Dei, (ref. the entry of June 22nd in: http://www.traditio.com/comment/com0506.htm)

One may not share my personal assessment according to which the outlook and methods with which Opus Dei, much like other self-proclaimed “Christian” organizations for laymen (as for example the Discovery Institute in the U. S.), try to exert their influence on the government, eventually to bring about a theocracy and doing so understanding subversion as an acceptable means, justify monitoring through the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution no less than those of Scientology. Even if you do not, those people should still be confined to founding private Sunday Schools. You do not need to promote their influence in state schools.

I, for one, would like to rely on my daughter, when she enrolls in a school in one and a half year, enjoying classes according to a curriculum that was designed and accounted for by elected representatives and quality-assured by our ministers of education … not by Opus Dei, not by whatever Mullah, not even by the Pope Benedikt.

Kind regards,

Karl H. Beckers

If you feel like contacting the mayor, too, here’s how to.

You might also want to take a look at the Opus Dei Awareness Network (ODAN) site.

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6 thoughts on “Opus Dei to fund school in Potsdam near Berlin

  1. drake says:

    Thank you for translating the news into English in this and subsequent postings on your blog.

    Former members have launched a blog in English called “Once upon a time in Opus Dei” in which we will convey ALL the obligations that come with joining the institution, very few of which are ever discussed before one joins.

    Again, thanks.

  2. Idetrorce says:

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

  3. You have every right to disagree.

  4. One should resist Opus Dei as one’s civil duty. The Catholic support for John F. Kennedy was, as everybody knows, tremendous both within and without America. But that does not mean that the RC Church ever took him seriously. Indeed, when he expressed his stance on the ABSOLUTE separation of Church and State and his support for those Americans who distrusted ‘secret societies’ of whatever hue, he was never taken seriously. Even in Ireland, where he was ‘loved’, the adoration never left a superficial emotioanal — even racial — dimension. When it came to harnessing his theories like the separation of Church and State, the Irish would fall on their swords before they could even contemplate such a thing.

    And if Germans allow Opus Dei to get involved , surreptitiously or otherwise, they run the same risk of delivering over to the Church the nation’s children — to be brain-washed yet again by the most resistable of modern-day evils — militant , secretive and organised Christianity!

    Under certain church influence the Irish have managed to convince themselves that by putting all their schools in church hands, they are progressive. They have also convinced the taxpayers that those pedophile clerics who have abused their children should have a special Commission set up (rather than a criminal process) to decide guilt or innocence, and that , in any event, the taxpayer should pay for the privilege of having their children buggered by Holy Roman Clerics.

    Germany should be more careful — for surely forewarned is forearmed!

    Seamus Breathnach

  5. Ireland, to me personally, is a very special case. My own romantic fascination with the island appears to be quite sharply in contrast with the matter-of-fact social reality. It was peculiar to see the gigantic cross in Phoenix Park commemorating the Pope’s visit there. But it was more peculiar in 2001 to travel the country and enjoy e. g. Inis Mor and then listen to the day’s news of Holy Cross school on the radio.
    Germany is quite far from that. There are confessional schools, but they are still controlled by the government and their freedom of interpreting the curriculum is confined to religious education and even there not unconstrained. So a school founded by Opus Dei would certainly have been a precedent.

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