Apparently best known for being the villains in Dan Brown’s incredibly successful the Da Vinci Code, Opus Dei continues to cause problems for education secretary, Ruth Kelly, thanks to its conservative Catholicism. The story originally broke in the Times, back in December and while the Guardian was quick to point out the differences between fact and fiction, ultra-conservative is a fair description. And still the controversy drags on.
But, casting ultra-conservative Catholicism aside for a moment, what makes me most curious is the minister’s insistence that; ‘It is not relevant to my job. It is a private spiritual life and I don’t think it is relevant to my job’. Makes me wonder what the point of entering politics might be, if not to promote your own ideals and help transform the world into what you believe would be a better place.