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Spanish court rules Opus Dei must remove ex-member's name from archives

Catholic World News - December 05, 2011

Spain’s top court has ruled that Opus Dei must remove the records of a woman who left the personal prelature.

After leaving Opus Dei, the plaintiff had demanded that the group remove her name, and the dates of her joining and leaving, from its private files. The court sided with her, saying that the records ceased to be necessary to Opus Dei when the woman left the prelature.

Opus Dei had resisted the woman’s request, citing Spain’s agreement with the Vatican to respect the inviolability of Church archives.

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  • Posted by: dapsr - Dec. 05, 2011 6:59 PM ET USA

    Membership in a Church association, even a papal prelature, is nowhere near the category of being a baptized Catholic. I am not a canon lawyer but there should be no Opius Dei or the Church to someone asking that they be removed from their membership list. Baptismal records on the other hand are critical to maintaining the Church's doctrine of "one Baptism". The state should not be able to challenge this right.

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