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French woman files involuntary-labor charges against Opus Dei

June 29, 2011

A French woman has brought suit against leaders of Opus Dei, charging that she was essentially held in servitude against her will at a school run by members of the group.

The woman, identified only as Catherine T., claims that she was forced to take vows as a member of Opus Dei, to work for the school, and to surrender her wages. She says that she continued working for the school for 13 years because she was brainwashed.

The case is scheduled to come before a Paris court in September. Representatives of the University and Technical Culture Association, where Catherine T. lived and worked, deny that she was mistreated and express confidence that her charges will be dismissed.


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  • Posted by: jmoore20082145 - Jun. 29, 2011 6:38 PM ET USA

    There is so much that is wrong in the claim in the link given! The most glaring is - "She said the group compelled her to take vows of obedience, poverty and chastity". It is only religious that take those vows. Opus Dei is not a religious order. Never has been. Never will be. Just from that statement alone, I would disbelieve the entire claim.