|The real Opus Dei
|Background to the police report
|The translated police report
|Blueprint for other establishments?
"Why shouldn't we sell them arms? Not weapons, only man is good or evil... I think that the weapons, provided by Opus Dei or other governments, serve the people. ... When we want certain things, we don't get them by preaching, but in a different manner altogether... If people don't want to listen, then it is the same as in school, then we have to take other measures, which they will hear. ...
"Perhaps that [the fascist] Fuerza Nueva, which is banned by the Spanish government, is an organization that, with the people that I came into office with, helps Opus Dei fulfill certain tasks. I really have always held this idea that Opus Dei provides a divine authority which is just and one must follow through with this authority until the end. ...
"In my opinion, Opus Dei is a government onto itself. ... I am [also] of the opinion that Opus Dei should rule over all of Europe, and people who share my view of hierarchy and discipline should join Opus Dei. I am convinced that this is the only thing that can save Europe. Opus Dei will follow President Reagan."
November 13, 1984, ARD magazine Monitor, Prince Michel de Bourbon-Parma in an interview with Jurgen Roth.
So, what is Opus Dei? I remember running searches on Opus Dei in LexisNexis and all Proquest newspaper archives a good number of years ago. These archives included most major Anglo-American newspapers plus a good number of minor ones, most going back to the early 20th century. How many insightful articles could be found on Opus Dei? Pretty much none.
Turns out, there's one major exception. This is a very long article entitled Their Will Be Done, published in the July/August 1983 issue of the "new left" magazine Mother Jones. It has been available online for free and at the same url since March 2009, but for some bizarre reason I completely missed it until March 2019. The article is based on a year-long investigation of CIA ties to the Knights of Malta in particular, but also Opus Dei. Upon reading it, it quickly becomes clear that all the most fascinating bits and pieces on these two Catholic groups available online on third rate websites and forums, actually originated with this article. That includes many of the known elite U.S. names of the Knights of Malta.
Absolutely fascinating is the manner in which Mother Jones describes how, from the start of the Cold War, the CIA has not just been actively supporting and working with these Catholic groups, but actually actively attempted to penetrate them and put them in power at the Vatican. Similarly, Mother Jones describes how these groups were tied to CIA-backed anti-"communosocialist" death squad activity in Latin America. The situation may have shifted a bit in this era of the fall of communism and mass Third World immigration, but the article quite clearly describes the CIA as the top dog; not the other way around, as so many online writings have been proclaiming. It's highly suggested readers go check out this excellent article.
Other than this Mother Jones articles, and very similar to Le Cercle or the Knights of Malta, just nothing of substance has ever been written on Opus Dei in the English-language media. Sure, Opus Dei has been described as "extremist", "sinister" and "secretive", but in terms of the specifics of its influence and which individuals or institutes belong to Opus Dei, there's almost nothing there. In addition, Opus Dei is generally described as operating separately from the more "moderate" Vatican leadership. Is this notion correct though?
I myself didn't start to get any insights on Opus Dei until studying Le Cercle and the overlapping Dutroux X-Dossiers in the 2006-2007 period. All of a sudden I started to run into tons of politicians, businessmen, aristocrats and even leading noble families as Habsburg, Bourbon and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha belonging to Opus Dei or the Knights of Malta. In turn these families have been very close to families as Savoy, Thurn und Taxis and Liechtenstein, about whom similar rumors regarding intelligence and/or Opus Dei circulate. Key names from Great Britain (often Pilgrims-affiliated), and at least in regard to generational leadership of the Knights of Malta, include the Dukes of Norfolk, the Barons Mowbray, the Marquesses of Lothian and the far less old Anglo-Dutch Brenninkmeyer family. The Dukes of Norfolk in particular, with some of them known to be supportive of Opus Dei, have been British liaisons to the Vatican for centuries. In addition, Pope John XXIII (1958-1963), Pope Paul VI (1963-1978) and Pope John Paul II (1978-2005) all were very supportive of Opus Dei.
How is it possible that Opus Dei is described everywhere as a bit of an eccentric, minority sect within the Catholic church, while its leadership actually consists of successive popes, various royal houses in Catholic Europe, many wealthy aristocratic families spread throughout Europe, and various important businessmen, ministers and heads of state?
One gets the impression here that we're looking at a network that has been trying to revive and continue the Holy Roman Empire, ruled by the Vatican and allied noble and aristocratic families from the 5th century, when the Merovingian dynasty pulled together most of Central Europe into the Frankish Kingdom, until it was officially dissolved in 1806. Even after that, the Holy Roman Empire continued until 1918 as the Austro-Hungarian Empire, ruled by the Habsburg family, whose members served as Holy Roman Emperors for centuries on end. Subsequently we have Otto von Habsburg throughout the Cold War and beyond as a key figure in Le Cercle and countless other private Vatican-Paneuropa think tanks associating with businessmen and top politicians and intelligence officers all "rumored" to be loyal to Opus Dei.
One wonders, why on Earth would the press - certainly the English language press - be quiet about such an enormous octopus? The Mother Jones article has been all but forgotten. A handful of books exist on Opus Dei, mainly in Flemish-Dutch and French and largely inspired by the French oil sniffer planes and the Italian P2-related scandals of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but still way too much information is missing.
It appears, for example, that no one has ever even asked basic questions to what extent Opus Dei cooperates with the Knights of Malta and the Jesuits. The overlap with the Knights of Malta in the Vatican-Paneuropa network is just too obvious to dismiss. They essentially are the same group. As for the Jesuits, rumors exist they are more liberal than Opus Dei or the Knights of Malta. That may have went for Laurance Rockefeller favorites as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, John Cobb and Disclosure Project con artist Daniel Sheehan, but it is very common for elite Catholic families involved with the Knights of Malta and Opus Dei to send their children to Jesuit colleges. One example is the billionaire Dutch Brenninkmeijer family, whom we could find in Prince Bernhard's 1001 Club.
The Brenninkmeijers also were involved in an order named the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. There are countless others of these international Catholic orders - such as the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of the Bourbon family, the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus of controversial former P2 Lodge member Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, or Portugal's Military Order of Christ - with no one having really tried to figure out how they all fit together and what role they exactly play in intelligence operations in particular. Some of the individuals invited to these orders, or the ones heading them, do seem to suggest some kind of private intelligence network.
Quite possibly the biggest reason that no author or journalist has ever dug too deep into Opus Dei and the Knights of Malta is because these groups have been working hand-in-glove with the CIA throughout the Cold War in Europe's Strategy of Tension and Latin America's equally brutal Condor network. In fact, much of the leadership of the CIA belonged to the Knights of Malta or Opus Dei: the ones that we know of include relatives of Allen Dulles and George H. W. Bush; John McCone, William Colby and William Casey, with the notorious Ted Shackley - linked to the JFK assassination, the fascist-terrorist Strategy of Tension, and who was deeply involved in Le Cercle - at the very least having been a devout Catholic.
The following report on Opus Dei was written in 1986 by Wavers BOB/Gendarmerie officers Gerard Bihay and Frans Balfroid. The BOB can be seen as the Belgian FBI. At the time of this report Bihay and Balfroid were in the process of investigating the murderous 1982-1985 Gang of Nijvel robberies. They also had experience with the equally notorious Pinon child abuse affair. Starting in 1983 the two detectives increasingly began to look into infiltration of the state, especially the Gendarmerie, by extreme-right pro-Nazi militias as Front de la Jeunesse and the Westland New Post. Looking at this report on Opus Dei, their investigation tied the activities of these militias to a European and U.S.-wide network involving aristocrats and nobles as Otto von Habsburg, the Italian P2 Lodge, the CIA, the Vatican, including Opus Dei; and the top level Cercle network, including its ties to the Britain-based Institute for the Study of Conflict and the U.S.-based Heritage Foundation.
One wonders how such an investigation could ever have been allowed. Well, it wasn't. The extent of the connections made by these researchers has never made it to the public, at least not in any mainstream publication. In addition, soon after writing this report, by January 1988, Bihay and Balfroid were demoted to the traffic police at the recommendation of Nijvel/Nivelles prosecutor Jean Depretre, his right-hand and immediate Bihay and Balfroid boss Jean-Luce Duterme, and the top of the Gendarmerie. 
Incredibly, Depretre featured in both the Pinon child abuse affair and the much later Dutroux X-Dossiers as a member of an elite organized child abuse network, along with many of the Opus Dei-allied individuals listed in the report here. In August 1997, it actually again was Duterme who forcibly replaced the original X-Dossier investigators of the X1 child abuse case with much more questionable ones. X1 and a number of other X-witnesses fingered the exact same top level network as featured in the Pinon affair - and then some. Bilderberg participants on the liberal side and CIA-allied Opus Dei aristocrats and Nazi militants on the right featured in all these testimonies. Some of them are listed in this police report on Opus Dei. Maybe it should be mentioned that even the U.S.-based Franklin National Bank, around which the notorious Franklin child abuse affair would emerge, is mentioned in the police report in question here.
In 2010 Duterme was appointed head of a renewed Gang of Nijvel investigation that had been in operation since 1996. Here he replaced a certain Lionel Ruth who had done nothing but obstruct the investigation all this time. Duterme continued with the cover up, allowing an associate to burn 3 million Gang of Nijvel files. 
In 2017 it actually came out that one of the Gang of Nijvel members was Christiaan Bonkoffsky, a state coup-obsessed member at the time of the Diana Group, the Belgian version of SWAT. It was suspected all along that the Gang of Nijvel involved Diana Group members with ties to Nazi militias and the CIA looking to boost the security state and anti-communist political candidates. Bonkoffsky's name actually had already been provided loud and clear in 1998 to the group Duterme eventually came to head, but the witness filing the report kept his mouth shut after a Gendarmerie car with two men in it camped out in front of his house for a full week. 
Clearly there was a cover up with the Gang of Nijvel, as there has been with related Gladio or "Black Orchestra" activities in Europe or elsewhere. It appears it generally involves the same group of conspirators each and every time, a good portion of it tying back to Opus Dei and the Knights of Malta. For the time being, the BOB/Gendarmerie report here is one of the few pieces of official documentation laying out these clandestine networks, the 1994 ATLAS dossier - also translated by ISGP - being one of the few other examples. That report dealt with a different type of establishment, however.
For a PDF version of the report, including the diagram, click here. The report was provided to this author in 2008 by Cercle researcher David Teacher. I translated it in 2011, lost it, received it again from Teacher in 2015 and finally translated it again in 2017. Better late than never.
One point the reader might want to keep in mind is that the recruitment methods of Opus Dei described above, appear to apply to other establishments as well, at least to a large extent. For example, just look at how uniform the opinions in the liberal establishment are on open borders to the Third World no matter what the cost, the absolute prime focus on combating global warming, or the fact that complete penetration of the conspiracy community with massive amounts of disinformation being spread is completely acceptable. It's quite clear that at the top of society, no matter what establishment one belongs to, that there is basically no room for individual opinion or action.
Only after writing the above section pointing out that Opus Dei recruitment methods also go for other establishments, I decided to take a quick look at the biography of Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, because his work basically is people's only frame of reference on Opus Dei.
What immediately stands out is that Brown is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, the most elite boarding school in the United States. In fact, Brown became a professor at this school, is a major donor to this school, and is the son of Richard G. Brown, a 35-year faculty member of Phillips Exeter Academy - from 1962 to 1997. Coincidentally, in the very last article produced by ISGP, "Liberal CIA" Control over the Psychedelics Movement, Phillips Exeter Academy was discussed, because the Rockefellers and some of their closest, elitist friends went there and because the school might be used for recruitment of liberal establishment intelligence assets. Psychedelics and Silicon Valley pioneer Stewart Brand and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, who, of course, has also been turned into a huge anti-Trump and pro-open borders policy pusher, were named as examples.
After Exeter, Brown went to the equally elite Amherst College, which has been attended by more than a few Pilgrims Society members, some of whom later became trustees of this college. On top of that, Brown was raised as a "very religious" Episcopalian, another key trademark of the Anglo-American liberal establishment and its Pilgrims Society. Brown's main character in his Da Vinci Code series of books is symbologist Robert Langdon, named after his long-time collaborator John Langdon, who spent 14 years at the Episcopal Academy in Pennsylvania and had a father who used to be a teacher here. Today Langdon works at Drexel University, named after a major Eastern Establishment and Pilgrims Society family.
So, isn't it fascinating that these two devout Eastern Establishment-tied Episcopalians wrote an anti-Opus Dei book? And not just that. With the 2003 book The Da Vinci Code they literally copied the story of Jesus' bloodline surviving through the royal Merovingian dynasty and protected by the Knights Templar and its successor, the Priory of Sion, from the 1982 "alternative history" book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. This book also included the "theory" that the Priory of Sion used to have grand masters as Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton. All of it is invented, of course.
We could write the original book off as an innocent hoax, were it not that the BBC aided in generating an entire myth about it from the beginning, and that the book's primary author, Michael Baigent, a grand officer of the Pilgrims Society and British royal family-linked United Grand Lodge of England, in 2009 appeared on Coast to Coast AM, a radio show in which basically every single guest is a conspiracy and alternative history disinformer, countless of whom financially backed by the leading liberal establishment families.
Starting in March 2003, Laurance Gardner, author of the 1996 book Bloodline of the Holy Grail: The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed, which has the exact same premise as its 1982 successor and The Da Vinci Code, became a frequent Coast to Coast AM guest. Often appearing together with his close associate William Henry, the two have been talking about all the usual disinformation: ancient aliens tinkering with DNA, the Ark of the Covenant representing a weapon of mass destruction, and ancient man having access to wormhole technology and the like. It's amazing material for movies, but all of it is pushed by Coast to Coast AM as being worthy of genuine scientific inquiry. Millions of people are intrigued by these theories as a result.
To summarize, one wonders if it is a coincidence that Dan Brown has such deep ties to the Eastern Establishment and that his very non-original (i.e., copied) idea has been pushed to such a large extent that by 2012 he had sold 200,000 books in 56 different languages and had several movies made after his books. We haven't even talked about his Angels & Demons novel involving a conflict between the Illuminati and the (today supposedly moderate) Vatican. How original... and how so not related to Coast to Coast AM. Brown basically is a giant conspiracy myth maker similar to all the guests of Coast to Coast AM - and he is tied to the same interests as so many of these guests. The only difference is that he writes novels instead of "non-fiction".
Apart from producing conspiracy myths, Brown's work has also aided in the discrediting of Opus Dei, a group traditionally in opposition to the protestant and science-dominated Eastern Establishment. Brown did so by pushing stereotypes (a repulsive-looking, murderous, religiously-obsessed monk) without really providing any serious insights in Opus Dei. Coincidence or not, this tactic also is extremely common in elite propaganda: discredit your enemies without handing the public any real insights into what is going on.
The extreme anti-Trump rhetoric is great example of this tactic in action. Trump and his father represent what ISGP has been labeling the conservative establishment, which throughout the Cold War was allied with Opus Dei and the Knights of Malta through groups as the World Anti-Communist League, the American Security Council and Le Cercle. The exact same thing goes for various other international "populist" candidates, the Le Pens or Britain's pro-Brexit crowd around former Cercle chairman Lord Norman Lamont being great examples of this. Another was the assassinated Pim Fortuyn of the Netherlands, who already had shifted to the neocon side of the conservatives, similar to today's Geert Wilders. Despite the fact that these "populists" are, or were, attacked day and night in the mainstream media, you hear nothing about the bizarre associations of these "alternative" candidates.
And thus, we are still left with the question what Opus Dei truly is and the true extent of its past and present influence. Because in modern society, the masses are only allowed to learn about national governments and their interaction between official bodies as NATO, the G8 and the United Nations. Any permanent, supranational, establishment aspects of government are off-limits and shoved aside as "conspiracy theory".
One aspect I only found out at the very last moment is that the director and producer of Dan Brown-based movies The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Inferno has been Ron Howard, best known as the red-headed Richie Cunningham of the Happy Days comedy serie, where he starred opposite "The Fonz". More importantly, Howard is known to have visited the secretive Forstmann Little Conferences in Aspen alongside Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, the Rothschilds, major Hollywood studio bosses and presidents from remote places as Iraq and Rwanda. Howard's mentor, Francis Ford Coppola, together with Steven Spielberg and Howard partner George Lucas, ties back to the 1970s Esalen-SRI conspiracy disinformation network that eventually made its way to Coast to Coast AM. Probably all just a coincidence, these elite ties.