Alex Constantine - March 26, 2023
1: Excerpt:"Trump is William Barr’s ‘Imperfect Vessel’ in his Bid to Manifest the Kingdom of God for Opus Dei," Medium, October 3, 2019
By Yvonne Owens, PhD
... The Attorney General has consistently spoken in language and with talking points that in line with the goals of both Opus Dei’s and the EPPC’s [the Ethics and Public Policy Center where Barr was director from 2004–2009] overlapping agendas. “This past December Americans United’s Rob Boston reminded us of Barr’s past theological screeds. These run the gamut from condemning public schools (they had undergone a ‘moral lobotomy’); in a 1992 address to Bill Donohue’s Catholic League, he called for the imposition of ‘God’s law’ in America. In that same address he went after contemporary supporters of the separation of church and state (‘The secularists of today are clearly fanatics’).”
On May 09, 2019, Laura Murray-Tjan published an article titled “William Barr’s Crusade For ‘Traditional Moral Order’” (Cognoscenti Journal) that included the following insights: ‘In 1995, Barr wrote that he was troubled by the “steady erosion of the Judeo-Christian moral system” in the United States, and argued that law should aid in the restoration of the “traditional moral order.” Roe v. Wade has contributed to the nation’s “permissiveness,” Barr argues, by causing fewer people to view abortion as “evil.” In short, the “character of the judiciary” is crucially important because, Barr believes, our morals track what judges say is legal. Although Barr wrote that article during the first Clinton administration, he’s been pursuing similar goals for a lifetime. Barr remains a member of the Knights of Columbus, an organization he joined in 1984, and where he served for years as a “Supreme Board Member.” One of the Knights’ primary objectives is to reduce abortion by funding pro-life pregnancy centers. Barr also recently served on the board of directors for the Catholic Information Center, which is managed by priests from Opus Dei, a wealthy and influential conservative group. (An Opus Dei priest was once Barr’s speechwriter.) Barr’s five-year tenure on the board of directors for the Ethics and Public Policy Center — an anti-abortion think tank dedicated to framing public policy along religious lines — rounds out his profile.’
By “traditional moral order” Barr means the ultra-conservative Right-Wing Catholic playbook of supporting Republicans like the current faux-president, who will “sign whatever we put in front of him” (Mitch McConnell, 2016), including Supreme Court appointee referrals by the covert fundamentalist Christian organizations, The Heritage Society, The Atlas Society, and The Family. The judges of the highest court in the land can then be counted on to support the deregulation of any and all corporate restrictions on pollution, rampant environmental destruction-for-profit, and support of Zionism (so that we can have the Apocalypse and Armageddon with the Jews’ rebuilding of the 2nd Solomonic Temple, at which point all the Jews that don’t convert to follow Christ will all be wiped away). All this so that he may please his various ‘Masters’ — ‘God’ of course, and his handlers in Opus Dei and those radical Vatican factions also frequented by White Nationalist misogynistic anti-immigrant Fundamentalist Catholic nut-case Steve Bannon. By these means he hopes to realize the repeal of Roe vs Wade, see women’s Reproductive Rights repealed (including easy access to safe birth control options), obtain a return to “traditional, moral” control over women and women’s bodies, skip purgatory, evade Hell altogether, and be rewarded in the Afterlife in Heaven by being tapped to sit at the right hand of God the Father.
No shit. That’s the playbook. For real. ...
2: OPUS DEI DENIES THAT WILLIAM BARR IS A MEMBER:
Our normal policy is not to identify members (or non-members) of the Prelature, but rather to leave it to each individual to make known this information. Nevertheless, because there have been recent news accounts referring to the U.S. Attorney General, William Barr, as a member of Opus Dei, we would like to clarify that Mr. Barr is not a member of Opus Dei nor has he ever been one.
3: BILL BARR'S INVOLVEMENT AS AN ASSET OF OPUS DEI, IF NOT A MEMBER, CONFIRMED BY BILL BARR:
William Barr Is Neck-Deep in Extremist Catholic Institutions
His troubles don’t only involve his obeisance to Donald Trump. He’s a paranoid right-wing Catholic ideologue who won’t respect the separation of church and state.
By Joan Walsh, The Nation, October 15, 2019
For 21 years, Barr was also on the board of the DC-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, perhaps best known in recent years as the firm behind the Hobby Lobby case that let corporations violate women’s rights by denying them coverage for contraception. For five years in the 2000s, he was also on the board of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a conservative religious think tank that’s a touch more ecumenical, declaring itself sworn to Judeo-Christian values but always hewing to conservative politics.
And in the late 1990s, according to his Justice Department questionnaire, he was a “Supreme Board Member” of the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal order of Catholic men. ...