Opus Dei seems to offer everything that traditional-type Catholics are longing for but can't find in their parish.
For the few that perhaps have never heard about Opus Dei, here is their U.S. web site:
The last two popes
have been huge supporters of Opus Dei.
The famous Catholic convert, apologist and professor Scott Hahn
wrote in his book Rome Sweet Home
that he could not find a priest to help him convert to the Catholic Faith until he contacted an Opus Dei priest.
The fact that liberal Catholics and liberals in general hate
and demonize Opus Dei should be a major selling point to traditional-type Catholics. There are even web sites dedicated to watching, investigating, and criticizing Opus Dei. Even so, I don't think they've ever found anything really bad about Opus Dei. Dan Brown even demonized and grossly misrepresented Opus Dei in his infamous novel and movie "The Da Vinci Code."
To me, it seems like many Catholics would be a lot happier if they and their children attended Opus Dei activities (assuming they live near an Opus Dei study center or Opus Dei run school).
Yes, places where the Traditional Latin Mass (now officially known as the Extraordinary Form of the Mass) is offered with the approval
of the pope and bishops also provides a place that many traditional-type Catholics like. But, in my experience, some of these places have lots of people who fiercely and angrily obsessed with fighting and denouncing liberals in the Church and in society and government
. To me, all that negativity is a real bummer, and upsetting.
But contrast, in my experience, the Opus Dei centers have none of this "anti-" orientation
. As far as I can see, they are entirely "pro-"
in their orientation: Pro-Catholic, Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Pro-Pope, Pro-Blessed Virgin Mary, Pro-Holiness in Everyday Life (their slogan).
So, why aren't YOU involved with Opus Dei?