THEIR KINGDOM COME : Inside the Secret World of Opus Dei - Robert Hutchison


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Hardcover : 486 pages
Item Weight : 700g
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"Their Kingdom Come: Inside the Secret World of Opus Dei" by Robert Hutchison is an investigative work that delves into the controversial and secretive Catholic organization known as Opus Dei. Published in 1997, the book aims to uncover the inner workings, influence, and power dynamics of Opus Dei, often shrouded in mystery and speculation.

Key Themes and Topics

  1. Origins and History:

    • Founding: The book explores the origins of Opus Dei, founded by Josemaría Escrivá in 1928 in Spain.
    • Growth and Development: It covers the growth of Opus Dei from a small, conservative Catholic group to a powerful global organization.
  2. Structure and Membership:

    • Hierarchy: The internal structure of Opus Dei, including its leadership and hierarchical system, is examined.
    • Members: The book looks at the different categories of members, such as numeraries, supernumeraries, and associates, and their roles within the organization.
  3. Spiritual Practices:

    • Asceticism and Discipline: Hutchison discusses the strict spiritual practices and disciplines that members adhere to, including daily routines, self-mortification, and rigorous adherence to Catholic doctrine.
    • Secrecy and Allegiance: The emphasis on secrecy and total allegiance to the organization is highlighted.
  4. Influence and Power:

    • Political and Economic Influence: The book delves into the political and economic influence wielded by Opus Dei members, particularly in Europe and Latin America.
    • Vatican Connections: Hutchison examines Opus Dei's relationship with the Vatican, including its role within the broader Catholic Church.
  5. Controversies and Criticisms:

    • Critics and Defenders: The book presents the viewpoints of both critics and defenders of Opus Dei, offering a balanced perspective on the controversies surrounding the organization.
    • Allegations of Manipulation: Allegations regarding the manipulative practices, control over members' lives, and involvement in political affairs are explored.
  6. Impact and Legacy:

    • Cultural and Social Impact: The influence of Opus Dei on contemporary Catholicism and its cultural and social impact is assessed.
    • Legacy of Josemaría Escrivá: The legacy of the founder, Josemaría Escrivá, and his canonization as a saint in 2002, is discussed.


Hutchison's book is relevant for readers interested in understanding the complexities of religious organizations, particularly those with significant influence and secrecy. It offers a critical and investigative perspective, providing detailed insights into how Opus Dei operates and its impact on both its members and wider society.


"Their Kingdom Come: Inside the Secret World of Opus Dei" by Robert Hutchison is a comprehensive exploration of one of the most enigmatic and powerful organizations within the Catholic Church. By combining investigative journalism with historical analysis, Hutchison provides a thorough examination of Opus Dei’s inner workings, influence, and the controversies that surround it.

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