- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
Learn the truth about the secretive Catholic organization thrust into the spotlight by The Da Vinci Code.
- A fascinating investigation of a misunderstood group.
- Includes interviews with Opus Dei leaders and members.
- Made with unprecedented access to Opus Dei's inner workings and sacred spaces.
Countless orders and specialties reside in the recesses of Catholic theology and practice. And recently, one was unwillingly thrust into the spotlight. With the publication of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, millions of people around the world had their first exposure to Opus Dei, an introduction that was less than flattering to its members and practices.
DECODING THE PAST goes far beyond the bestseller lists to reveal the truth about Opus Dei. Founded in 1928 by Spaniard Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, it encourages members, most of whom are lay professionals, to find God through work and daily life. The most orthodox commit to a celibate life, live in Opus Dei residences, give the majority of their income to the organization, and practice corporal mortification, the infliction of self-pain as a holy act of sacrifice. Now, Opus Dei leaders grant unprecedented access as we lift the veil surrounding their mysterious organization to reveal the truths and demystify the myths.