The following comes from a May 1 Catholic News Agency article:
Espionage deep in the heart of Europe. Secrets in the KGB. Defection from a communist nation. Ion Mihai Pacepa has seen his share of excitement, serving as general for Communist Romania’s secret police before defecting to the United States in the late 1970s.
The highest-ranking defector from communism in the ‘70s, he spoke to Catholic News Agency recently about the connection between the Soviet Union and Liberation Theology in Latin America. Below are excerpts of the interview. All footnotes were provided by Pacepa.
In general, could you say that the spreading of Liberation Theology had any kind of Soviet connection?
Yes. I learned the fine points of the KGB involvement with Liberation Theology from Soviet General Aleksandr Sakharovsky, communist Romania’s chief razvedka (foreign intelligence) adviser – and my de facto boss, until 1956, when he became head of the Soviet espionage service, the PGU1, a position he held for an unprecedented record of 15 years.
Was the Theology of Liberation a movement somehow “created” by Sakharovsky’s part of the KGB, or it was an existing movement that was exacerbated by the USSR?
The movement was born in the KGB, and it had a KGB-invented name: Liberation Theology. During those years, the KGB had a penchant for “liberation” movements.
The birth of Liberation Theology was the intent of a 1960 super-secret “Party-State Dezinformatsiya Program” approved by Aleksandr Shelepin, the chairman of the KGB, and by Politburo member Aleksey Kirichenko, who coordinated the Communist Party’s international policies. This program demanded that the KGB take secret control of the World Council of Churches, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and use it as cover for converting Liberation Theology into a South American revolutionary tool. The World Council of Churches was the largest international ecumenical organization after the Vatican, representing some 550 million Christians of various denominations throughout 120 countries.
The birth of a new religious movement is a historic event. How was this new religious movement launched?
The KGB began by building an intermediate international religious organization called the Christian Peace Conference, which was headquartered in Prague. Its main task was to bring the KGB-created Liberation Theology into the real world.
The new Christian Peace Conference was managed by the KGB and was subordinated to the venerable World Peace Council, another KGB creation, founded in 1949 and by then also headquartered in Prague.
During my years at the top of the Soviet bloc intelligence community I managed the Romanian operations of the World Peace Council. It was as purely KGB as it gets. Most of the council’s employees were undercover Soviet bloc intelligence officers. Its two publications in French, Nouvelles perspectives and Courier de la Paix, were also managed by undercover KGB – and Romanian DIE2 – intelligence officers. Even the money for the World Peace Council budget came from Moscow, delivered by the KGB in the form of laundered cash dollars to hide their Soviet origin. In 1989, when the Soviet Union was on the verge of collapse, the World Peace Council publicly admitted that 90% of its money came from the KGB3.
How did the Theology of Liberation start?
I was not involved in the creation of Liberation Theology per se. From Sakharovsky I learned, however, that in 1968 the KGB-created Christian Peace Conference, supported by the world-wide World Peace Council, was able to maneuver a group of leftist South American bishops into holding a Conference of Latin American Bishops at Medellin, Colombia. The Conference’s official task was to ameliorate poverty. Its undeclared goal was to recognize a new religious movement encouraging the poor to rebel against the “institutionalized violence of poverty,” and to recommend the new movement to the World Council of Churches for official approval.
The Medellin Conference achieved both goals. It also bought the KGB-born name “Liberation Theology.”
[For more background on the topic, see Edward A. Lynch’s The Retreat of Liberation Theology]
LIBERATION THEOLOGY violates important tenants of the Faith.
THOU SHALL NOT STEAL.
THOU SHALL NOT COVET THY NEIGHBOR’S GOODS.
Ex 20; & Deut 5.
CCC: ” 2411 Contracts are subject to commutative justice which regulates exchanges between persons and between institutions in accordance with a strict respect for their rights.
Commutative justice obliges strictly; it requires safeguarding property rights, paying debts,
and fulfilling obligations freely contracted.
Without commutative justice, no other form of justice is possible.
One distinguishes commutative justice from legal justice which concerns what the citizen owes in fairness to the community,
and from distributive justice which regulates what the community owes its citizens in proportion to their contributions and needs. ”
CCC: ” 2454 Every manner of taking and using another’s property unjustly
is contrary to the seventh commandment.
The injustice committed requires reparation.
Commutative justice requires the restitution of stolen goods. ”
CCC: ” 2425 The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modem times with “communism” or “socialism.” …….. “
” This program demanded that the KGB take secret control of the World Council of Churches, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and use it as cover for converting Liberation Theology into a South American revolutionary tool. ”
I wonder how many South Americans and their Parishes are still infected with this ?
” …. leftist South American bishops into holding a Conference of Latin American Bishops at Medellin, Colombia.
The Conference’s official task was to ameliorate poverty.”
This is what happens when Catholics (or others) disregard/ignore the words of JESUS, who said: “the Poor will always be with you”.
Mk 14:7; Mt 26:11; & Jn 12:8.
Why are humans including high ranking Clergy so bent on calling Jesus a liar ?
“Why are humans including high ranking Clergy so bent on calling Jesus a liar ?” –
Either they do not believe, or have infiltrated the Catholic Church themselves to destroy it.
Latin America was a battlefield in the Cold War. The Church offered a ready made institution to propagate their ideology. Vatican II, Pope Paul VI and now the Pope Francisco contribute to establishing International Socialism.
I am glad, however, that the Vatican had to roll out recently rehabilitated Fr. Gutierrez O.P. to deny the Communist roots of Liberation Theology in the pages of Osservatore Romano, no less.
When I was younger, the Soviets used to boast they invented lots of things they really didn’t. I’m sure there was a Communist (even Soviet) influence in liberation “theology”, but the notion that the KGB was creator sole of the idea seems a reach. By the time it emerged, plenty of ardent Communists in the West had broken with Moscow and would not take KGB direction.
…perhaps they were not the “sole” creator of the idea, but rather the institution that nourished and propagated the idea to their own ends. There is nothing new under the sun, after all, and many of the tactics employed in religion and politics today are nothing be repackaged oldies-but-goodies.
Since the 1940’s, communists have infiltrated the Catholic Church. Bella Azburg (sp) wrote about this, and she was a former communist. It makes sense, as liberation theology leads to communism and atheism. As the papacy one taught: You cannot be a socialist and a true Catholic at the same time.
That was Bella Dodd, Father.
Amongst the more heavily Censored Facts about POTUS Barry ‘on the Down Low’ Soetoro / ObamAcorn… Whatever his real name is, was not only the now Sealed Legal Settlement of Barry Homo-Sexually Harassing Men at Harvard, or his days with pal Rahm in Chicago’s notorious “Man Country” Bathhouse…
But Also his connections to some of the Great (and not so great, albeit quite vicious) Hatemongers and ‘Fellow Travelers’ seeking to “Fundamentally Transform” the USA in to a Communist Puppet, or heap of trash -and probably both. His Relationship with Frank Marshall Davis is one of the more curious, or ominous – particularly given the relation to the subject matter of the above story – about Communist / KGB Infiltration of Churches.
SEE the “Obamavfiles” on:
Frank Marshall Davis – https://www.theobamafile.com/_associates/FrankMarshallDavis.htm
Accuracy in Media has an in-depth profile of a leftist who influenced Obama during his high school years. In an article entitled, “Obama’s Communist Mentor,” Cliff Kincaid identifies a member of the Communist Party USA, who has been influential in Obama’s life and education, Frank Marshall Davis, who was a communist — and born in Kansas.
Inaccuracy in Media.
No one can deny Obama’s appointment of admitted Communist Van Jones as one of his Czars.
And what about Obama’s “Global Warming / Global Governance” appointees ?
( Let us remember that the US Federal Government is already over $18 TRILLION in debt, not to mention States that have debts in the hundreds of Billions, and Counties /Cities debt load as well.
YFC much as you and the rest of Leftist tried to deny it, Pharoh Obama was mentored by the Stalinist loving Frank Marshall Davis.. Question for you YFC why does the Left continue to deny its own crimes ie Eastern Europe and the devastation your beloved ideology caused there???
The seminaries were definitely targeted for infiltration. My relative witnessed this and shared this true story that happened many years ago. A young man entered the seminary. This young man seemed very intelligent and also spoke several languages. It was only a short time before his superiors decided that something was just not right. This young man was told that he just did not seem to have a vocation to the priesthood and he was sent home. This young man’s mother phoned the seminary outraged that her son had been asked to leave. She told them that they made a big mistake and berated the superiors for not recognizing her son’s fine intellect. A few days after the young man had been gone then another student finally came forward to tell his superiors the terrifying thing that had taken place. The young man who was asked to leave was a homosexual and no one had realized that when he arrived he had brought in a gun hidden in his belongings. This homosexual had trapped the other young man alone and violated him at gunpoint under the threat of harming him if he ever told anyone. He also threatened the other young student by telling him he was going to watch him every second to see who he was talking to. He threatened to kill him if he caught him. This young man was terrified. The superiors thanked this young student for coming forward.
Sadly, you are right, Catherine.
Woah! Wait a minute. You busted Abeca Christian’s chops for a week and accused her of committing all kinds of sins for posting a story about a person she actually knew. Now why is there a double standard here?
Because THIS story feeds into your bigotry against the Catholic Church?
Do you wanna talk about the seminarians in the SSPX that left because of homosexual priests there?
That would probably be like oh a really big sin, right?
A sin is a sin no matter who commits it.
People love to hear bad stories about those they hate.
Abeca busts her own chops, Anonymous, by her inconsistency in admonishing others to keep to “official” Church teaching while making exceptions for her own agenda.
If you want to talk about rooting out homosexual infiltration at Catholic seminaries – to include any seminary you’d like – go for it. The objective is to cleanse out the filth, Anonymous, not hide it so as to give tacit approval. Get ’em out!
That said, people love to downplay and/or hide those stories that reveal what they secretly don’t mind tolerating. If you don’t mind the communist homosexual infiltration of Catholic seminaries and the growing corruption inside Holy Mother Church, keep harassing those who expose it. You’ll certainly show what side you’re on…..
Ann Malley I want you to please re-read YFC’s post about “sin and gossip”. This is another textbook example of how the lavender mafia works to drive away many of Jesus’s lambs. You know when you have hit the core of fear when you can elicit a homosexual activist to all of the sudden pretend to be concerned with or use the word “sin”. When have you ever seen this extremely lost soul even mention the word “sin” until now. Alinskyites, lavender mafia and so called progressives know hot to get real Traditional sounding when threatened. This lets you know that their agenda is deliberate. They distort the teachings, disdain and mock sacred objects (The Miraculous Medal) that have been a Tradition but they sure know how to get Traditional sounding IMMEDIATELY when choosing to pull out the selective “sin and gossip card”. Especially if it means exposing one of the many reasons why homosexuality is incompatible with the priesthood.
YFC is the same homosexual activist, who with great pride, sinfully introduced himself on CCD as a practicing homosexual. He scandalized the entire blogosphere and gossiped about his sinful 22 year homosexual relationship with his live-in boyfriend. Look how all of the sudden YFC claims to be worried about gossip and sin. You see Ann, the lavender mafia within the Church does know the teachings and they do know how to selectively pull them out when feeling quite threatened by the truth. YFC does not want that very true story told because it sheds the light on the reality of the still unaddressed problem of homosexual clergy. YFC would not have had any problem had the other young man in the story (the victim) been a consenting adult because after all when it comes right down to it YFC often brags about his consenting adult homosexual relationship. YFC does not need a gun to be pointed at him.to commit the sin of distorting God’s Laws on Catholic websites while pretending to be Catholic. He freely gives his sinful consent. This duplicitous poster has never once worried about the word “sin” much like many who are in authority. The only “sin” is to actually reveal what is being the swept under the rug. This is the horrific truth behind the scenes that caused the two young high school boys to be taken on trips and then come home and commit suicide.
Beware of any Seminary that does not use BOTH –
“Sacred Scripture” AND
the “Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition” as REQUIRED student texts.
Priests can not teach accurately, what they do not know accurately.
(Same is true of Colleges and Universities that advertise themselves as Catholic.)
“Because THIS story feeds into your bigotry against the Catholic Church? =
This story of the homosexual sent home from the seminary confirms the original Jon Jay report. This story confirms Michael Rose’s book, Goodbye Good Men. This story demonstrates why there have been multi million dollar payouts for sexual abuse crimes committed within the Catholic Church. This story confirms the reason why Pope Benedict XVI said that homosexuality is incompatible with the priesthood. Only those who hate the truth and are also hiding something resent the light being shined on the darkness. You’re post only confirms Father Dariusz Oko’s major report about the Homo-heresy network that protects one another at the expense of souls. This also confirms why you are always content to post distractions while still hiding the truth.
This story feeds into my disbelief and disgust at Catholics who are bigoted or blinded against Christ (the Truth) as they scrabble to be branded as “holier” and/or “fighting the good fight – inside” by those who are either working actively to destroy Holy Mother Church or shying away from seeking the whole of the root for fear of being ejected out of the temple.
Because the reality of such blindness is what aided and abetted the abuse of a horde of my classmates to include the particular violating of 3 who were treated to a special trip to Ireland over the summer with Father. Oh, boy!
Not sure if they got the chance of visiting one of the seminaries there that regularly indoctrinated their seminarians with homosexual porn so as to render these young men more understanding of the struggles of their future flocks. One of the 3 didn’t make it to age 20. He committed suicide.
But maybe we should write a letter and find out from the “official” source if Bella Dodd was truthful in her testimony before the US Senate Committee. The fruits of the homosexual crisis point to yes. And she was surely correct in having seated leftists in the Department of Education. But we should all write a letter and discover the “official” story! That’s faithful!
Catherine, I did not question your story. My post was to Ann Malley because she was so ugly to Abeca Christian and called her out as sinful for posting a story that was no where near as bad as that about a traditional priest. It was about her double standard.
This story confirms that seminary officials covered up this rape and false imprisonment. Was it reported to police? Or was it just a matter of gossip that now pervades the internets? The coverup and the gossip are sins too.
What is truly ugly is this doe-eyed assertion that one sided hysteria reports that the Catholic Church needs to learn how to treat women from Protestants is absurd – especially from one who purports herself to be all for Jesus and the Catholic Church. And your defense of it is indicative of personal bias – not the Faith and/or the protection thereof, Anonymous.
I am so very sorry to hear about the young man, your friend, who committed suicide. I am aware of a very similar circumstance and situation in our area. No one talks about it. These things are quickly swept under the rug but you can be sure that Almighty God sees the still moving wake and aftermath of suffering that HAS and IS taking place in the hearts of their families and close loved ones. Look at the disconnect lack of charity exhibited supposedly claiming a license to inflict more hurt under the banner of full communion by those who could not take a scintilla of the pain that the families of these boys have suffered. This is not “fighting the good fight” by working for the unity that would be pleasing to God. How can Abeca fold so easily when running hysterically to Protestants for teachings and then call names to Jesus’s other lambs who have been scattered. This is inconsistent. This is holding oneself on a prideful pedestal because you don’t claim fidelity and then run to Protestant teachings for better council. Abeca in all truth is the Protestant seeking pot calling the wounded kettles schismatic.
Abeca turned to Protestants for bolstering support for her girlfriend who had been wounded. Imagine having every clergy member call you names or ignore you after your child committed suicide after being damaged so spiritually, physically and psychologically by someone that you should have been able to trust.
“What is truly ugly is this doe-eyed assertion that one sided hysteria reports that the Catholic Church needs to learn how to treat women from Protestants is absurd ”
That is the truth! Excellent post Ann!
Catherine, thank you again for acknowledging reality – that’s refreshing in itself – and for not hiding out attempting to be part of the “Look-at-me-*I*-am-*inside*-the-holy-and-faithful” club. That last is nauseating beyond words…. especially since one must acknowledge reality in order to properly address it.
Thank you, too, for thinking kindly of the poor young man who took his own life. I wonder if those claiming superior magisterial fidelity in order to preen their running-interference feathers would source out chapter and verse to condemn that poor sheep. Or scramble now to appear kind in the aftermath of what could justifiably be construed as a pre-planned tragedy.
And yes, I have seen YFC in full action. Scandalizing, shinnying, collecting the weak, and maligning anyone who calls out the game he’s playing. But hey, he’s got cover to play his game right there “inside” the Church. (He reasons well, remember?) No doubt, some are covering their 0-shaped mouths and preparing a steaming cyber retort. But face reality? What does the pre-fabbed how-to shut-down-reality cheat sheet say? And when the cheat sheet doesn’t have the precisely right response? Direction: Just glob a bunch of official slurs and then repeat how holy “you” are. That, I’d dare say, is the only brand of proselytizing that is nonsense – but there’s nothing solemn about it.
Our homosexual troll YFC also just showed that he is so very uncomfortable with this story. YFC is also exposing that he is MUCH more interested in a BROADER agenda than homosexuality. That is also why he wanted the Christian homeschooling family sent back to Germany so they could be punished for being Christian.
There is no question that Liberation Theology borrows heavily from marxist theories, and leans left, perhaps far left. Nobody denies that. This is why it was met with such resistance by John Paul II and Ratzinger/Benedict. Honesty requires us to acknowledge that.
But we also have to recognize that mention of marxism – even in intellectual circles that attempt to critique it objectively – brings out the crazies from the other side too. Since at least the time of Mcarthy. And those right wingers keep putting out stuff that is basically made up and inaccurate. That is what I was reacting to.
Marxism Critique = over 100 million dead in the 20th century… How’s that YFC… you on the Left never ever admit to what that filthy ideology did to human souls…There should have been Nuremberg like trials but instead they occupy positions of power and influence..
Liberation Theology is a Cancer within the Church.
As are all heresies.
Really! From such a trustworthy source .. the KGB?
How is this different from huge capitalist multi-national corporations giving money to outfits that claim to be Catholic like the Acton Institute?
I wonder if anyone has asked him (Ion Mihai Pacepa ) if Dom Helder Camara was a KGB operative and had a personal handler. We already know that the two Russian Orthodox “observers” at Vatican II were both KGB agents, sent to monitor the Council and to make certain it did not condemn communism. Dom Helder Camara, ever in the forefront of V2 and the quintessential liberation theologian-bishop, also thwarted any such condemnation. Some day it will likely come to light.
JackG, thank you for the correction. I thought the name I wrote was wrong, that is why I put an( sp) after it.
Not to worry, Father. Bella Abzug was a Communist too, but unlike Dodd, an unrepentant one.
I hope the Pope’s new climate change encyclical is not loaded with
It is too bad we have to have this concern – in which the Pope violates the Faith, BUT we do.
Hopefully we will be wrong.
hmmmmmm… leftist South American Bishops? Who could believe such a thing? Next thing you will try to tell me is that years later a leftist South American Bishop became Pope…It couldn’t happen… could it?
There are those who believe that an eastern block V2 bishop who rose in rank and roamed into, out of, and within communist Poland unscathed had communist ties as well. Not to reveal his name; however his initials were JP2.
Ah, yes, and Russia has also implanted secret micro-chips in our tabernacles.
Now I have big bridge to sell you…
Regarding communist Liberation Theology –
Doctrine of the Faith –
CCC: ” 1885 The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to ALL forms of collectivism.
It sets limits for state intervention. It aims at harmonizing the relationships between individuals and societies. It tends toward the establishment of true international order. “
BTW, Helder Camara, ever the darling of the left and the media at V2, was “bishop” of Recife, Brazil, which is now for all intents and purposes communist. There is a move afoot, unbelievably, to canonize him. It has gained momentum under this pontificate, whereas it had no footing at all before. All a coincidence, of course.
Stalin called them “Fellow Travelers” and – Deeply did they penetrate the American System:
Communist Treason Murders Millions
American Communist Party’s involvement in Soviet espionage = Guest Column — Alex Ferguson
Despite the wishful caviling of a few die-hard Marxist professors, the controversy over the American Communist Party’s involvement in Soviet espionage was long ago settled beyond even an unreasonable doubt. For example, a June 7, 1999 Time Magazine review of several new books on the subject found that,
“The opening of Soviet archives after the collapse of the U.S.S.R., together with the Venona decryptions…, has made it clear that the fear of Soviet espionage was neither neurotic nor hallucinatory…The Venona traffic demonstrates beyond argument that the Soviet penetration into American government, science, and industry during the ‘30s and ‘40s was deep, thorough and hostile. Venona shows that the American Communist Party was elaborately involved in spying.”
After Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan released the Venona intercepts in 1995, he wrote a book on the implications of the secrets they revealed.
Be careful, someday you might trip and bite your smarty pants tongue.
It’s nice to see that Boris Badenov, and his sidekick Natasha, are still alive and well in the minds of some bloggers here.
Are they chasing Moose and Squirrel like in good old days?
Given all the Bill-Winkling going on, one can only ask “Vill Mooseesss Horns Fit in Junk Trunk?”
BTW – The most concise analysis of Karl Marx I have encountered was:
“For the Love of Marx
By Professor Mike Adams UNCW
There are more Marxists teaching in Sociology Departments in America than living in the former Soviet Union…
There is little question that Marx would have carried out violence on a large scale. But his poor physical condition prevented him from doing so – instead leaving the work to followers such as Lenin, Stalin, and Mao. His heavy smoking and drinking zapped his energy.
His refusal to bathe – a trait also shared by Mao – resulted in boils all over his body. They brought on nervous collapse and fits of rage – both of which would have prevented him from working and earning his own living had he decided to do so…
Nor was Marx a great prophet. He understood that there would always be men incapable of taking care of themselves.
He understood that they would resort to violence whenever they did not get what they wanted.
He also understood that there would always be academics who admired gross incompetence and the propensity towards violence.
Marx did not need a crystal ball to arrive at these truths. All he needed was a mirror.
Source: Paul Johnson, Intellectuals (New York, 1988).
Ion Mihai Pacepa is the highest ranking Soviet bloc intelligence officer ever to defect to the West. He was the Romanian equivalent of “White House chief of staff, national security advisor, CIA director, and head of Homeland Security all at the same time.” He still has a price on his head–also a couple of death sentences.
His book “Disinformation” is a must read for any Catholic interested in the “framing” of Pius XII, or the true origins of Liberation Theology. “Disinformation” breaks new ground on both. His coauthor is Catholic Professor Ronald Rychlak author of “Hitler, the War, and the Pope.” The Introduction by former CIA Director James Woolsey concludes with, “. . . they open a world that many of us didn’t know existed and almost all of those of us who did know had seriously underestimated.”
Odd, no reference to “Disinformation” in the CCD or CNA articles.
Straight from the horse’s mouth:
and more Pacepa:
I have read and heard, for many years, that St. Josemaria Escriva allowed atheists, and perhaps Communists, to work for — (and also join!) Opus Dei, in countries where they were predominant, to “help” the work of the Church. I once inquired about this— but the answers I got, were incomprehensible to me! I thought St. Josemaria would want to convert a non-Catholic! I was also told, after Vatican II– that the organization no longer favored Catholic traditions not wanted any more, by the Council Fathers– and no longer wanted the old Tridentine Mass, either! They wanted nothing to do with you, if you loved old Catholic religious traditions and devotions, and loved the old Tridentine Mass! Yet– this is what all of St. Josemaria’s work was based on, originally! I never could figure them out! Later, St. Josemaria was canonized. Does anyone know anything about Opus Dei, and these strange inconsistencies??
The eyeglasses this man is wearing make me trust every word that comes from his mouth.
Who could POSSIBLY doubt the word of a KGB spy about anything?