Opus Dei v. Hollywood

The NYT reports that, in anticipation of the May release of the ‘Da Vinci Code’ movie, Opus Dei is preparing for increased public scrutiny by re-vamping its website (including, yes, starting a blog). The main messages: the movie is fiction; Opus Dei is neither conspiratorial nor particularly powerful; the central spiritual tenet of Opus Dei is that one’s work is performed to honor God, not that people who think (SPOILER ALERT!) Jesus and Mary Magdalene made a baby should be killed.

All of which is true. One can’t help but feel badly for the group. Usually big Hollywood movies malign fake organizations, like the Empire, Sauron’s army, and whatever the record company was in ‘Josie and the Pussycats.’ This time, the fake bad guys happen to be real.