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The Resource Beyond the threshold : a life in Opus Dei, Maria del Carmen Tapia

Beyond the threshold : a life in Opus Dei, Maria del Carmen Tapia

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Beyond the threshold : a life in Opus Dei
Title
Beyond the threshold
Title remainder
a life in Opus Dei
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Maria del Carmen Tapia
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Subject
Language
  • eng
  • spa
  • eng
Review
  • A former numerary, or full member, of Opus Dei, a personal prelature within Roman Catholicism, Tapia offers in almost crushing detail a chronicle of her 20 years with the prelature. She does not hesitate to assert that its methods and structures resemble a cult and that fanaticism and zealotry abound. However, her work has problems. For non-Catholics, terms like personal prelature and secular institution remain without clear definition. In addition, Tapia's interior life remains a mystery; she fails to convey how such a secretive, cultlike sect,disliked and mistrusted by those closest to her, moved her to renounce family and friends for nearly 20 years. Tapia does provide the externals, offering only bare snippets regarding Opus Dei's ability to incorporate her "very flesh and spirit." Readers seeking enlightenment on the needs and motivationsof cult followers will be disappointed. An optional purchase at best.?Sandra Collins, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Lib.
  • A disturbing indictment of the methods and ethos of Opus Del, from a devout Catholic who spent 18 years in the organization and worked at its highest levels. Opus Del, a worldwide Roman Catholic society for professional lay men and women, founded in Franco's Spain by Fr. Josâ MarÁa EscrivÊ de Balaguer (who died in 1994), now boasts over 70,000 members and has the high regard of Pope John Paul II. Controversy has surrounded "The Work" (Opus Del means "the work of God") from its earliest days. Its penchant for secrecy and repeated allegations of cultlike manipulation have led many priests and bishops to be wary of the organization. Tapia's account will do much to increase these misgivings. She tells how in 1948, when working at the prestigious Council for Scientific Research in Madrid, she was persuaded to separate from her family, break off her engagement to her fiancâ, and enter Opus Dei's inner circle of celibate "numeraries." For five years, she worked closely with EscrivÊ in Rome and then spent almost ten years as head of the Women's Section in Venezuela. She fell from favor for questioning some of EscrivÊ's directives and adopting a more open attitude. In a suspenseful final section she describes being called back to Rome, where she was held incommunicado and forced to endure attempts to break her of her "bad spirit." After her final expulsion, Opus Del tried to obliterate any evidence of her presence in the organization. Tapia describes members' uncritical adulation of the autocratic EscrivÊ, the fierce psychological pressure to recruit new members, and the complex system of informers within the organization. She also notes the toll these elements take on members, including nervous breakdowns and suicides. Her account is all the more compelling in view of Opus Dei's current attempts to force EscrivÊ's canonization. Avoiding facile sensationalism, Tapia's relentlessly detailed chronicle shows how idealism can lead to the repression of basic human rights. (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 1997)
Biography type
contains biographical information
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DLC
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1925-
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Tapia, María del Carmen
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illustrations
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Escrivá de Balaguer, Josemaría
  • Tapia, María del Carmen
  • Opus Dei (Society)
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a life in Opus Dei
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Beyond the threshold : a life in Opus Dei, Maria del Carmen Tapia
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [360]-364)
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
320684
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 364 pages
Isbn
9780826409379
Lccn
96051695
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780826409379
  • (Sirsi) ABQ-3482
Label
Beyond the threshold : a life in Opus Dei, Maria del Carmen Tapia
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [360]-364)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
320684
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 364 pages
Isbn
9780826409379
Lccn
96051695
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780826409379
  • (Sirsi) ABQ-3482

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