John Paul II and Josemaria OD and General Franco
To understand Opus Dei and its global power, here is an objective study. http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/pubs/publications/1997opusdeithepopesrightarm.asp
According to this scholarly investigation:
Opus Dei is one of the most powerful—and reactionary—organisations in the Roman Catholic church today. The organisation troubles liberal Catholics, but its devotion to promoting, as public policy, the Vatican’s inflexibly traditionalist approach to women, sexuality and reproductive health is cause for concern far beyond the boundaries of Catholicism.
Opus Dei pursues the Vatican’s agenda through the presence of its members in secular governments and institutions and through a vast array of academic, medical, and grassroots pursuits. Its constant effort to increase its presence in civil institutions of power is supported by growth in the organisation as a whole: worldwide membership increased by 5 percent during the first half of this decade, and Opus Dei ordains up to a hundred new priests a year and opens forty centres annually. The organisation’s aim, according to Crônica, a magazine for members, is “to hallow and Christianise the institutions of the peoples, of science, culture, civilisation, politics, the arts and social relations.” Because of the high degree of members’ allegiance to Opus Dei and its religious agenda, their work in the public sphere breaches the church-state division that is fundamental to modern democracy. It is essential, then, to monitor the organisation’s undertakings in secular arenas—a task made difficult by the fact that individuals’ membership is often undisclosed to the public.
On International Developments:
There is no question that Opus Dei members see themselves locked in battle against “antinatalist” forces manipulating the United Nations and the European Union. That they see themselves in partnership with the pope in this campaign is apparent from the similar ways in which Opus Dei and the Vatican approach and speak of international events such as the recent UN conferences on population and development, in Cairo in 1994, and on women, in Beijing in 1995.
The Vatican’s attitude toward the conference on population was captured by Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujilló, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, when he said "The battle begins in Cairo.” That war cry was echoed by Opus Dei member Pier Giovanni Palla, director of the study centre of an Opus Dei organisation called the Istituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria, a development NGO. “The Strategy of the UN Is Against the Family,” declared the title of an article Palla published in the July 1994 Studi Cattolici, the Italian monthly close to Opus Dei. Palla wrote of “the offensive the Vicar of Christ has launched against clear and hidden manipulators of conscience.” Hinting at the identity of these “manipulators of conscience,” he referred to the “powerful of the Earth,” those who possess the ideological and financial control of the great international organisations and the politics of aid to the developing countries.” First among these, Palla said, was US president Bill Clinton.
To combat such Delegates, Opus Dei has actively promoted the appointment to government delegations of its members and others sympathetic to Opus Dei’s hard line on reproductive health. It was rumoured at Cairo that when the Vatican needed more allies, unsympathetic delegates from Central and South American countries were dismissed and replaced with Opus Dei members who would heed the Vatican line. Certainly the majority of the countries that allied themselves with the Vatican were those in which Opus Dei has a strong political presence—for example, Argentina, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Malta, and the Philippines.
Read the entire article http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/pubs/publications/1997opusdeithepopesrightarm.asp
To understand the merciless nature of Opus Dei and how they trample on the Jesuits like Jon Sobrino, it is important to know the basic facts (subtle) about its founder, Josemaria Escriba - like his letter to Franco below. (We refuse to call him a "saint").
See Benedict XVI and Jon Sobrino, God's Rottweiler voracious appetite for the Jesuits, Jon Sobrino and Liberation Theology
and -- http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2007/08/benedict-xvi-vicar-of-christ-and-jon.html
Would a real saint associate with a mass murderer like Pinochet or with Franco? The Jesuits woulnd't and they would denounce and write against social injustice and many have been martyred because of their work for the cause of the poor -- like the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador in 1989 (they worked together with Archbishop Romero). http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2006/11/john-paul-ii-shirked-el-salvador.html
But the Opus Dei side with the rich and powerful like Pinochet and Franco and with the the elite, therefore in essence, they are united with the oppressors of the poor. (More on this later on).
Letter from Escriva to Franco
In the following letter, Opus Dei founder, Escriva, congratulates Spanish dictator Francisco Franco on the union of church and state in Spain. According to Giles Tremlett , "Opus Dei's 84,000 members around the world deny [Escriva] actively supported Franco;" however, this document shows that at the very least Escriva admired Franco.
Opus Dei also denies that the organization has a political agenda, and claims that its members have complete freedom as well as personal responsibility for their actions. However, the following quote from Escriva's book The Way, which Alberto Moncada  describes as a summary of Escriva's "national catholicism," illustrates how difficult it would be for a member of Opus Dei to reconcile this personal freedom with his counsel:
"Nonsectarianism. Neutrality. Those old myths that always try to seem new. Have you ever bothered to think how absurd it is to leave one's catholicism aside on entering a university, or a professional association, or a scholarly meeting, or Congress, as if you were checking your hat at the door?"
Letter from Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer
to Francisco Franco, May 23, 1958
The following letter, translated from Spanish (original Spanish text found here) was published in the January-February, 2001 issue of Razón Española (magazine title means Spanish Reason). Copies of this and other letters from Msgr. Escrivá de Balaguer to Franco are kept in the Fundación Nacional Francisco Franco (National Foundation of Francisco Franco) (Marqués de Urquijo, 28, 28008 Madrid, Spain). The originals belong to Generalísimo Franco’s only daughter, Carmen.
To his Excellency Francisco Franco Bahamonde, Head of State of Spain
I wish to add my sincerest personal congratulation to the many you have received on the occasion of the promulgation of the Fundamental Principles.
My forced absence from our homeland in service of God and souls, far from weakening my love for Spain, has, if it were possible, increased it. From the perspective of the eternal city of Rome, I have been able to see better than ever the beauty of that especially beloved daughter of the church which is my homeland, which the Lord has so often used as an instrument for the defense and propagation of the holy, Catholic faith in the world.
Although alien to any political activity, I cannot help but rejoice as a priest and Spaniard that the Chief of State’s authoritative voice should proclaim that, “The Spanish nation considers it a badge of honor to accept the law of God according to the one and true doctrine of the Holy Catholic Church, inseparable faith of the national conscience which will inspire its legislation.” It is in fidelity to our people’s Catholic tradition that the best guarantee of success in acts of government, the certainty of a just and lasting peace within the national community, as well as the divine blessing for those holding positions of authority, will always be found.
I ask God our Lord to bestow upon your Excellency with every sort felicity and impart abundant grace to carry out the grave mission entrusted to you.
Please accept, Excellency, the expression of my deepest personal esteem and be assured of my prayers for all your family.
Most devotedly yours in the Lord,
Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer
Rome, May 23, 1958
 "Sainthood beckons for priest linked to Franco: Controversial founder of Opus Dei will becanonised tomorrow," by Giles Tremlett, Madrid, The Guardian, Saturday October 5, 2002.
 "Evolution of Opus Dei," by Alberto Moncada. This article was originally published in Spanish as "La Evolucion del Opus Dei en Espana" (Ponencia al VI Congreso Español de Sociología, A Coruña, 1999).
 The Way by Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei.
See Google video about Opus Dei-controlled Vatican cover-up --