Monday, July 10, 2017

All is fair in love and war — and Opus Dei

This is Randy Engel’s follow-up piece to “All the Men Behind the Opus Dei Curtain”, concerning the E. Michael Jones — Michael Voris Affair.  We must applaud Engel for the research she did in this article, especially exposing the concept of “pillería” which was espoused by the late José María Mariano Escriba Albás (aka Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer).  “Pillería” means ‘dirty tricks’, in other words — lying, cheating, stealing, murdering, etc... — breaking the Ten Commandments.  Escrivá wrote in his book, Christ is Passing By, “Be imitators of God, ... cooperating humbly but fervently in the divine purpose of mending what is broken, of saving what is lost, of bringing back to order what sinful man has put out of order, of leading to its goal what has gone astray, of re-establishing the divine balance of all creation.”  Escrivá through Opus (Ju)Dei instructed his “apostolates” to use “pillería” in the banking, financial and business worlds at what he termed,  “Christianized capitalism”.  With this “Christianized capitalism” and “pillería” his “apostolates” will mend God’s creation or perform “Tikkun Olam”.  How diabolical and evil to think that one can perfect what God has created much less to perfect it by doing evil.  Sadly, the rank-and-file mind controlled members of the Opus (Ju)Dei cult continue to march blank-faced to the beating of the Kabbalistic drum, thinking it Catholicism.  We at Call Me Jorge... hope and pray that Randy Engel will continue to bring to light the degeneracy of Opus (Ju)Dei particularly its role in covering-up the sex crimes of the Novus Ordo clergy including Cardinal Pell through its proxies in the media.

Engel’s original article:


  1. "Pillería" has an innocuous meaning in Spanish. It means rather "ability", but usually not in a negative sense.
    The only case of alleged sexual abuse related to Opus was the former priest of the SSPX, admitted by Bishop Livieres in his diocese.
    Livieres was punished by Francisco because he promoted Summorum Ponificum in his diocese.
    What is the rigor of Engel's work?

  2. Engel is wrong about Opus Dei

  3. I've known about Saint Josemaria Escriva for many years, and have never heard of his using 'pilleria' as you describe it to evangelize. Never.

    It is no coincidence that a very strong ally that John Paul II had in combatting the nefarious effects of consumerism in the modern worlds was the person he canonized on October 6, 2002 and called "The Saint of Ordinary Life," St. Josemaria Escriva. In his writings and oral teachings, St. Josemaria always advised ordinary Christians to strike a balance between "passionately loving the world" and being detached from worldly goods. He was careful to warn people in the middle of the world to avoid adopting the spirituality based on the contempt of the world (contemptus mundi) of consecrated souls in religious orders.

    In a homily he delivered on the campus of the University of Navarre on October 8, 1967, he spelled out the authentic lay spirituality based on "consecratio mundi," to make full use of the goods of this world and consecrate them to God: "I have taught this constantly using words from Holy Scripture, The world is no evil, because it has come from God's hands, because it is His creation, because 'God looked upon it and saw that it was good (cf. Gen 1:7 ff). We ourselves, mankind, make it evil and ugly with our sins and infidelities. Have no doubt: Any kind of evasion of the honest realities of daily life is for you, men and women of the world, something opposed to the will of God."

    It is obvious in the writings of St. Josemaria that the antidote to the modern form of materialism called "consumerism" is not a modern version of Manicheism, the ancient philosophy which regarded matter as inherently evil. In fact, St. Josemaria dared to coin the phrase "Christian materialism" in his homily "Passionately Loving the World." To him there is no other way: "Either we learn to find our Lord in ordinary, everyday life, or else we shall never find Him. That is why I can tell you that our age needs to give back to matter and to the most trivial occurrences and situations their noble and original meaning. It needs to restore them to the service of the Kingdom of God, to spiritualize them, turning them into a means and an occasion for a continuous meeting with Jesus Christ. Authentic Christianity which professes the resurrection of all flesh, has always quite logically opposed 'dis-incarnation,' without fear of being judged materialistic. We can, therefore, rightfully speak of a Christian materialism, which is boldly opposed to that materialism which is blind to the spirit."

    Christian materialism means considering material goods as means and not as ends in themselves. It means giving the appropriate value to all the goods of this earth as coming from the hands of God to be used to attain what is called integral human development, the development of every man and the whole man. The antidote to consumerism, to the worship of material goods, is not beggarliness or a refusal to make legitimate use of all the material comforts that modern technology can provide to men and women in the middle of the world. What is opposed to consumerism is a spirit of detachment.

  4. It should be said that Engel's new thesis is far less sensational or newsworthy than her original thesis. In the original version of her thesis, she said that Ultramontane is an Opus Dei operation. Now she is only accusing Jones of thinking that only a reformed Capitalism would conform to Church social teaching and having a distaste for The Catholic Traditional Movement. She points out that he has those two things in common with Opus Dei, so in some sense one might say he thus has "philosophical ties" with the organization, but is that really interesting or significant? There must be millions of Catholics who distrust Movements and who understand that unreformed atheistic capitalism does not conform to Catholic Social doctrine. Do we all get to be accused of thus having a "philosophical tie" with that organization?

    I distrust Opus Dei, by the way, and haven't read many positive things about it, but I think it would be fun to be certified as having "philosophical ties" to it. A "philosophical ties to Opus Dei" coffee mug would look funny next to my "Self-Absorbed Promethean Neopelagian" mug.

    Steve Polson