This week, Four Corners takes you to the suburban schools associated with the secretive Opus Dei.
Reporter Louise Milligan and the team investigate the disturbing practices of the conservative Catholic organization and its influence in the NSW Liberal Party.
Milligan reveals in some cases that the schools do not follow the state curriculum and has been accused of persistent efforts to recruit teenagers into Opus Dei and of providing misinformation about sexual health, including discouraging girls from getting the HPV cervical cancer vaccine .
Through intimate personal testimonials, former students of the elite schools reflect on the practices they say have marked them for life, even going so far as to call the schools “hell on earth.”
Purity: An Education in Opus Dei, reported by Louise Milligan, airs Monday, January 30 at 8:30 p.m. It will be repeated on Tuesday, January 31 at 11:30 p.m. and Wednesday, February 2 at 10 a.m. on ABC TV. It can also be seen on the ABC NEWS channel on Tuesdays at 9.15pm AEDT and Saturdays at 8.10pm AEDT, or anytime on ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.