Opus Dei and the Pope

Correction April 7, 2005

We incorrectly said the canonization of Opus Dei's founder was the fastest in church history. We should have said the fastest in modern church history. Earlier saints, such as Francis of Assissi, were canonized more quickly.

Members of the conservative Roman Catholic group Opus Dei occupy leadership positions throughout the church. The late Pope John Paul II made the founder a saint in 2004. But critics of the movement accuse Opus Dei of unscrupulous brainwashing.

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