Skip to comments.Polish Historian Reveals John Paul II was Spied on by the Priests Closest to Him
Posted on 05/30/2012 6:42:02 AM PDT by marshmallow
Lasota's book "Karol Wojtyla spiato" (Spying on Karol Wojtyla) is available in Italian and can be purchased exclusively online
The extent to which the communist secret police controlled Karol Wojtylas actions was incredible Marek Lasota who was born in 1960 and has a degree in Polish philosophy, with a specialism in history, lives among mounds of letters accumulated by the communist regime and kept in the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), where he is head of the Krakow section. After years of patient research, he has gathered a number of reports and dossiers on Wojtyla. Lasotas Karol Wojtyla spiato (Spying on Karol Wojtyla), published by Intercienze, comes out in Italian in just a few days. The book is a collection of the regimes secret documents on the pope who passed away in 2005.In an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa the scholar also revealed the names of some collaborationist priests whom he mentions in the book.
During the communist era, authorities saw all priests as enemies of the people and the party Lasota explains and they were placed under surveillance by the political police, the Bezpieca. Wojtyla had been under surveillance since 1946. This intensified in 1958 when he became Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow. As an archbishop in the 60s, he was considered a dangerous political opponent. This is why he was ferociously monitored in everything he did.
One of the documents presented in the book is particularly striking. It contains 98 questions which spies who kept an eye on the future pope had to answer: attention was paid to every minute detail of his daily life. From the time at which he got up in the morning to his morning activities and the order in which these took place; from how frequently he shaved to the cosmetics he....
(Excerpt) Read more at vaticaninsider.lastampa.it ...
Hopefully just a bad translation. The rest of the article gave examples of how he was watched by the communists, but nothing about any type of control.
I think the word “controlled” should be replaced by the word “documented”.
When East Germany went out of business and the archives of the Stasi were thrown open, large numbers of people were stunned to discover that those closest to them....spouses, children, close friends and family....had been spying and informing on them for years.
This IS what Communism IS. It’s what it does.
Our electorate had better wake up and get that fact.
Great man. I converted to Catholicism because of his inspiration and my Marxist aunt and uncle left and joined the Unitarians because of him.
Comptroller. One meaning of “control” is to watch over, monitor, keep records of. Modern German uses this sense of Kontrollieren very frequently. Perhaps Polish does as well (or whatever language this was translated from). That use of “control” survives in “comptroller” in English. The state comptroller does not “control” the finances of the state in the way we use the word “control”—the legislature does. But the “comptroller” controls by being the one in charge of the books, rendering accounts etc.
A bad translation is very plausible, if the original word would best have been translated as “monitored.”
“Monitored” has an ambiguous definition. It means either “observed” or “controlled.”
I feel uniquely honored to have been able to live during the pontificate of Blessed Pope John Paul II.
What a witness to history we have had. Such a great man. God blessed the world when we saw the rise of Pope JP II along with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.
“I feel uniquely honored to have been able to live during the pontificate of Blessed Pope John Paul II.”
I am not a Catholic, but so do I. He absolutely nailed the rot within contemporary Western civilization with his dissection of the “culture of death” in the Evangelium Vitae. Brilliant, true, effective and noble. He was (is!) a magnificent servant of Christ.
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