“Opus Dei is an efficient machine run to achieve worldly power,” wrote investigative reporter Penny Lernoux in her book, People of God.
Carrie Severino leads the Judicial Crisis Network, a nonprofit that has spent millions of dollars promoting conservative judges.
When John Roberts was nominated for the Court, Opus Dei’s Austin Ruse said his fellow conservative Catholics could "breathe easy".
El Salvador - one of five countries where abortion is illegal in all circumstances - has imprisoned dozens of young women for murder.
In its zeal to stamp out communism, the Vatican set up alliances during WWII with various secret societies, fascist groups and spying agencies.
Up until 1998, the law in El Salvador permitted abortions in cases of rape, incest or in which the health of the woman was threatened.
The Catholic Church is dominionist by deed. ‘Christian Dominion’ is most easily described as the ‘rule of God’s law’ trumps the ‘rule of secular law’.
The Vatican acts in part, often soundlessly and most effectively, through a relatively small number of Americans who give the Church their loyalty.
Three cardinals have emerged as the most powerful in Francis' papacy; all have close ties to Opus Dei. Two now control Vatican finance.
Opus Dei (Latin for “the Work of God”) is one of the most conservative orders in the Catholic church.
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