Opus is Opus Dei (“God’s Work” / “Obra de Dios”), the sect started by Barbastro priest Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer. Popular belief in their influence–I’d say they’re Spain’s masons, except that folks are convinced the masons are also out to get them–has given rise to jokes, like the one about the well-connected bank with a sign hanging outside reading:
Entry forbidden to those unconnected with the Work.
The infiltrator will try to stimulate the youth in sexual areas. He will throw boys and girls together in non-spiritual activities, and he will encourage mixed swimming parties and boating events. If he cannot do this, he will offer to host youth activities and steer them away from soul winning and Christian service activities. He will offer to coach the church ball team, and he will fire up so much competitive spirit that the youth turn mean and nasty. Church ball teams are wicked anyway. Don’t waste your time on them.
- That midriff glow
Terminus Café next to Barbastro bus station is said to have closed before any of its few clients managed to implement the sign’s suggestion. Barbastro was the birthplace of the founder of Opus Dei, so it was always going to be tough.
- Of course the Día de la Hispanidad demonstration in Barcelona was tiny and composed exclusively of weirdos
Only thieves, halfwits and loonies (Catalanists, Spanish politicians, …) continue to see any useful relationship between flags, nations, football teams, folkdancing and the state.
- Durruti’s secretary was a priest
Starting in July 1936, the totalitarian left began a systematic campaign to exterminate the clergy, and some 2,500 (this number is off the top of my head) were murdered in Catalonia alone. Buenaventura Durruti is the leader most closely identified with this slaughter, but he had his weaker moments. Here’s a précis of a piece by …
- Mrs Draculla from abroad
Theatre that really sucks