John Paul II and Josemaria Escrivaism and Maria Carmen Tapia
A good source is this Opus Dei Alert.com (excerpt)
The Carmelite Religious Order traces its origin to St. Elias who lived in humility as a holy hermit on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land. Carmelite Spirituality has been loved by all sectors of Holy Mother Church from time immemorial. Miss Maria del Carmen Tapia, a former upper echelon member of Opus Dei, was the personal attendant/secretary whom Monsignor Escriva “hand picked” to follow him at all times to record his every utterance. His rationale for this, according to Miss Tapia, was that he (Msgr. Escriva) thought it was a mistake that the people who were around certain Saints in the past did not write down their (the Saints) statements for others to read at a future time.
(One must keep in mind that Msgr. Escriva must logically be thinking himself well on the road to Sainthood or possibly even a “Living Saint,” by “hiring” a full-time human tape recorder in Miss Tapia. This display of presumptuous vanity is the antitheses of humility and Carmelite thought, which teaches that the foundation of the spiritual life is the firm conviction that you are nothing and God is everything.)
In her book *Beyond the Threshold (Continuum Publishing Co., 1999) which is an expose of the formative years of Opus Dei, Miss Tapia documents that Opus Dei members were forbidden by Monsignor Escriva to read the writings of the Doctor of the Church and most famous Carmelite ever, St. John of the Cross. This “attack on the supernatural” demanded by Monsignor Escriva, gives even more evidence of his totally un-Catholic and Liberal agenda. Upon further reflection it is quite clear why Monsignor Escriva’s absurd command is imposed upon Opus Dei members. St. John of the Cross, who is regarded as the greatest mystical writer ever, teaches detachment from self, detachment from the world and love of the virtue of poverty (in a word Holiness). Monsignor Escriva teaches self-promotion, worldliness and the love of unbridled luxury (in a word Hell).