Soviets Behind Pope Assassination Attempt

Newly uncovered records indicate that the Soviet Union had indeed attempted to assassinate the Pope, as the Vatican had long contended. The documents show that the Turk Mehmet Ali Agca was recruited by the Bulgarian Secret Service, on orders from the Kremlin, to Assassinate John Paul II.

Catholic World News:

Two newspapers, Corriere della Sera and il Giornale , are reporting that files from the Stasi, the East German spy agency, confirm the suspicions long held by Vatican officials. Documents in newly opened files show that the KGB, the Soviet spy agency, ordered the assassination attempt, which was carried out by the Bulgarian secret service.

Dimitar Tzonev, a spokesman for the Bulgarian government, said that officials in Sofia are ready to hand over their secret-service archives to the Italian commission charged with investigating the assassination attempt, which was carried out by Mehmet Ali Agca. An Italian parliamentary commission is also carrying out an investigation of KGB recruitment in Italy.

Corriere della Sera reports that the Soviet service gave the order to assassinate John Paul II, and Bulgarian agents recruited Agca for the effort. That report confirms a theory that was advanced by the Pope himself, in his book, Memory and Identity; the Pope wrote that he was convinced Agca was not acting on his own initiative, "but someone else planned and commanded it." Almost immediately after the attack-- in which Pope John Paul was shot and seriously wounded after his weekly public audience in St. Peter's Square-- Vatican officials quietly advanced the theory that the Soviet Union had authorized the assassination attempt. Italian investigators soon found evidence of ties between Agca and Bulgarian spy officers. But to date there has been no conclusive proof of Soviet involvement.

Hat tip Reliapundit who also makes a good observation here.

Posted by: Rusty at 02:17 PM

Comments

1 Given the fact that true Communism is a philosophy that denounces belief in God and Christianity in general, are we really surprised?

"He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad."(Matthew 12:30)

Posted by: Young Bourbon Professional at March 30, 2005 02:34 PM

2 And still JPII forgave the guy (Mehmet Ali Agca), as Christians are commanded to.

Posted by: Young Bourbon Professional at March 30, 2005 02:36 PM

3 Many people give Ronald Reagan all the credit for bringing down the Soviet Union. Certainly a strong US military and economy had plenty to do with it.

But we must give the Eastern Europeans credit too. The selection of a pope from Poland emboldened the Polish masses to once again embrace catholicism. This provided a moral compass that unified the Poles. Born from this unity was The Solidarity Movement led by Lech Walesa and it was their strike that broke the Warsaw Pact's back. When Polish goovernment and the Soviet Union blinked in the face of the challange it was all over. The rest of Eastern Europe followed their lead.

John Paul II may be the greatest pope that ever lived.

Maybe Catholics should select a Chinese pope next.

Posted by: greg at March 30, 2005 02:41 PM

4 He did supposedly consecrate Russia in a religious ceremony, and there HAS been a resurgence of Christianity there.

I'll take a pope who's yellow, black, or blue--as long as he's orthodox.

Posted by: Young Bourbon Professional at March 30, 2005 03:02 PM

5 Great minds think alike...I was thinking of posting on this when I saw it earlier, but now I can just point people to your post! Have a good one...

Posted by: Mark Coffey at March 30, 2005 03:47 PM

6 Pope John Paul II preaches non-violence and severely criticises American warmongering. He even met with the gunman, Mr. Agca and forgave him. That is honorable leadership.

Posted by: Collin Baber at March 30, 2005 05:36 PM

7 "Pope John Paul II preaches non-violence and severely criticises American warmongering."

That's his job. America's is to destroy its enemies.

Posted by: Young Bourbon Professional at March 30, 2005 06:27 PM

8 Greg: You dumb ass. All credit goes to Reagan and our great ecomony. America wore the Ruskies out. They had too many lazy government employees to compete. That was our plan the entire time. Bankrupt the corrupt dummies. America against the entire Eastern Block and we showed them the best system. The countries you mentioned are the ones who bent over to begin with.
Must have been the Jews. Grow up and get real.
We need such enthusiasm on the good side. The dark side (liberalism) sucks and always loses in the end.
There was a reason the Iranian assholes released the hostages the day before the sissy Carter left office. Balls. Brought to you via Ronald Reagan. Get on the band wagon turkey. Life is good and so is George Bush.

Posted by: greyrooster at March 30, 2005 09:23 PM

9 "There was a reason the Iranian assholes released the hostages the day before the sissy Carter left office."

The hostages were released as Reagan was being sworn in. Reagan and Ollie North had made an arms for hostages deal with the Iranians and that's why the Iranians let the hostages go as a present to Reagan instead of releasing them sooner. This action was a treasonable offense by the Reaganites in my opinion. One also has to wonder if the Iranians were tipped off for Carter's failed hostage rescue attempt given that the Reaganites already had a deal working with the Iranians and didn't want an October surprise that might queer their chances of winning the impending election.
Again, I think John Paul II is the greatest pope that ever lived and he probably agrees with me when I say George Bush is a puke.

Posted by: greg at March 31, 2005 08:27 AM

10 Greg: You are one sick shit. Quoteing what your infanile mind thinks the Pope would think.
Your take on the Iranian hostage position is as sick as the rest of your bullshit. Of course, this time you didn't blame the jews.

Posted by: greyrooster at March 31, 2005 08:53 AM

11 Rooster,
Naturally an avowed Klanman such as yourself wouldn't give any credit to a Catholic pope.
You probably worship some fringe religion involving snake handling invented in the late 1800's on some smokey mountain in Tennessee.
Stroke that serpeant and let him flick your face with his forked tongue. Don't let him bite you on the ass though, you'd have to let one of your Klan buddies suck your ass.

Posted by: greg at March 31, 2005 09:03 AM

12 This news was revealed years ago. Just because the Catholic press is finally "releasing" it doesn't mean anything more.

Posted by: Venom at March 31, 2005 09:12 AM

13 The person who did the assassination has been wishing the Pope good luck in getting better but it definitely was the beginning of his downfall of such a wonderful and holy man.

Did this take place before the fall of the Soviet Union? I can't remember.

Cindy

Posted by: firstbrokenangel at March 31, 2005 09:31 AM

14 '81 I believe. The Fall was '89.

Posted by: Young Bourbon Professional at March 31, 2005 11:20 AM

15 Greg: Shows how stupid you are. Only a dimwit like you would assume such. I can say Mass in Latin. Can you? See how little you know. Spent my childhood with the Franciscan Sisters whooping my ass. In the years I spent as an alter boy I don't remember any snakes, except a few in the pews behind me. Were you one of them?I'm not talking about Sunday Mass either. I'm talking about serving Mass every morning for 3 years. Ever heard of Bishop Sheen?
You simple minded liberal twit. You assume you know something but in truth you're a dork.

Posted by: greyrooster at March 31, 2005 04:47 PM

16 And the gunnery sergeant will srike me harder if I reverse myself."

Posted by: Collin Baber at March 31, 2005 09:57 PM

17 Colon Babler: A gunnery sergeant is a Marine. Which means a low life like you should not mention the word.

Posted by: greyrooster at March 31, 2005 10:08 PM

18 Were you a marine?

Posted by: Collin Baber at March 31, 2005 10:11 PM

19 I know chicken little brain claims to of been a Marine back in the Vietnam era. That he really loved being asshole to bellybutton while being naked. I don’t doubt that chicken little brain was in the Marine Corp, but what I want to know is did chicken little brain volunteer or was he drafted because he flunked out of college. Or was chicken little brain even able to get in to a college to flunk out? So chicken little brain, did you volunteer or did you win the draft lottery?

Posted by: Butch at April 01, 2005 09:11 AM

20 Rooster,
You a Catholic - NFW! You can't even speak English properly and you expect me to believe that you know Latin. Get Real!
You're a vial Klansman.
Go slurp yourself or break your back trying.

Posted by: greg at April 01, 2005 11:04 AM

21 I am no longer a Catholic. I left the church when 17 years old. I lost my faith due to the fact that if there was a God why would he allow idiots like you and Butch to exist.
Also, care to put your money where your mouth is?
As I said you know nothing. Just a whinny asses shit for brains liberal now teamed up with an animal named Butch the getto monkey.

Posted by: greyrooster at April 01, 2005 12:07 PM

22 Rest assured Butch. If you had been in my platoon the world would not be putting up with you now.
Drafted? Marines? 1962? Get a brain BOY!

Posted by: greyrooster at April 01, 2005 12:13 PM

23 he just pwned u all. o man, people should kno when and when not to speak. right on! btw his spelling is in shorthand.

Posted by: lol at April 02, 2005 03:18 PM

24 Hey grey,

You sound like a pissed off old man with nothing to do. So you were a marine? Here is some news for you. Marines are the second biggest group of dipshits in the entire military, preceded by the army, of course. I guess you don't have to be that smart to kill, do you? What have you done since retirement? Or did you get a dishonerable discharge for molesting young viet-cong boys? I bet you havn't done shit since you left the military, if you actually were in the military in the first place. I bet you have been sitting on your ass for the last 20 years. No man who is useful or productive in society could be as angry and pathetic as yourself.

Posted by: Mike at April 02, 2005 11:42 PM

25 Hey chicken little brain, so are you saying that if I was in your platoon, you would commit treason and try to kill my ass, or would you just drool over it. What kind of American are you who would try and kill a brother in arms. You are, as I have stated before and state again, a moron. Also, the only thing I ever saw was you claiming to enjoy yourself in boot camp being asshole to belly button. You never did say what year your gay fetish started. But you still not state if you truly volunteer or joined up to get out
of your current home, a Mississippi Correctional institute. It really doesn’t matter. Because like Mike said, you don’t have to be smart to kill some one.
One other point, I was replying to Collin Barber not Greg. I was just being nice (a concept you can not grasp), and suppling information that you gave when you snuck on to the jail's library computer.

Posted by: Butch at April 04, 2005 04:57 PM

26 The Pope's life on earth has been an encouragement to all in terms of been patient and waiting on the Lord for his answers. It took several efforts through out his life to make such an impact.

Posted by: Kwaku at April 07, 2005 10:09 AM

27 I wish these guys could speak some sense. before you all get really worked out, take a minute of silence...yea yea, just a minute in honour a GREAT man. He was just so great that his death has kept loafers dissing each other online. That wasn't so bad, was it?

Posted by: GMT at April 08, 2005 06:40 AM

28 mugu@mugu.commugu@mugu.commugu@mugu.commugu@mugu.commugu@mugu.commugu@mugu.commugu@mugu.commugu@mugu.commugu@mugu.com

Posted by: mugu at August 04, 2005 09:07 AM






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