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William Barr is Opus Dei

William Barr was confirmed as attorney general by the Senate on Feb 14.  “High on his agenda will be what to do with the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe” according to the Washington Post.

Before the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in January, Barr had completed a questionnaire. On page 4, he listed positions he’s held as director of the Catholic Information Center  (2014-1017), director of the Ethics and Public Policy Center (2004-2009) and director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty (1994-2015).

For those who don’t read my blogs, the Opus Dei Catholic Information Center’s “members and leaders continue to have an outsize impact on policy and politics. It is the conservative spiritual and intellectual center … and its influence is felt in all of Washington’s corridors of power,” the Washington Post stated recently.An official arm of the Catholic Church:

  • “Opus Dei is an efficient machine run to achieve worldly power,” wrote investigative reporter Penny Lernoux in her book, People of God.
  • “Opus Dei pursues the Vatican’s agenda through the presence of its members in secular governments and institutions and through a vast array of academic, medical, and grassroots pursuits. Its constant effort [is] to increase its presence in civil institutions of power. [T]heir work in the public sphere breaches the church-state division that is fundamental to modern democracy,” noted Gordon Urquhart, author of The Pope’s Armada: Unlocking the Secrets of Mysterious and Powerful New Sects in the Church (1995).
  • “Opus Dei uses the Catholic Church for its own ends which are money and power …. Its members form a transnational elite. They seek to colonize the summits of power. They work with stealth – ‘holy discretion’ – and practice ‘divine deception,’” Robert Hutchison wrote in the introduction to his book, Their Kingdom Come: Inside the Secret World of Opus Dei
  • “Opus Dei is mostly middle- and upper-class businessmen, professionals, military personnel and government officials. Its members control a large number of banks and financial institutions,” according to Martin A. Lee, author and activist who has written books and articles on far-right movements.

The Ethics and Public Policy Center is a right-wing Catholic think tank. The EPPC is still headed by George Weigel, one of the Religious Right’s founding theocons. The EPPC board of directors includes Robert P. George, former adviser to Pres. George W. Bush. Deal Hudson, another theocon, once remarked, “If there really is a vast, right-wing conspiracy, its leaders probably meet in George’s basement.” George founded Princeton University’s James Madison James Program. “It functions in many ways as a vehicle for conservative interests.” It is funded in part by Opus Dei. Also on the EPPC board is Leonard A. Leo, busy transforming the U.S. judiciary into the branch of government most influenced by Opus Dei.

The Becket Fund is a Religious Right legal group “redefining religious liberty” as the “primary legal and public relations strategy” to “resist the advance of LGBT equality and restrict women’s access to reproductive care.”

For further information, see my blogs:

11/13/18 Opus Dei’s Influence on the U.S. Judiciary

1/22/19 “Opus Dei’s Influence is Felt in All of Washington’s Corridors of Power

3/22/19 Resurgence of the Catholic Political Right under Trump

I am author of The Neo-Catholics: Implementing Christian Nationalism in America.

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2 Responses

  1. Came to your page hoping to find a posting re: what in the holy hell Bannon is up to. Anything in the works to enlighten us? Thx in advance!

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