A French woman has brought charges against the controversial and secretive Catholic society Opus Dei, alleging that she was brainwashed into working as a domestic servant with virtually no pay. This would have been the story line if Silas had simply sued Bishop Aringarosa in The Da Vinci Code.
Catherine T. stated that she did not know she had joined an Opus Dei group when she joined a hoteliers’ school in northeastern France in 1985 at age 14. She later took vows and worked as a servant. She says that she was forced to work 14-hour days, seven days a week. What little money she made she says was taken for her room and board.
When her parents finally pulled her out of the school in 2001, she weighed only 86 pounds.