Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Stasi said to have kept files on future Pontiff

Catholic World News - November 23, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI was reportedly under observation for years by the notorious secret-police agency of East Germany, the Stasi. Attempts to reconstruct the shredded records of the Stasi have produced a report that a pastor in Munster—in what was then West Germany—was sending reports to the East German spy agency. Among the individuals covered in his reports was a young scholarly priest, Father Joseph Ratzinger.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($15,942 to go):
$35,000.00 $19,058.29
46% 54%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Nov. 23, 2011 7:06 PM ET USA

    This is hardly news. George Weigel documented this, and much more, in his recent concluding biography of JPII, "The End and the Beginning." The first half of the book reads much like a spy novel.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Sons of Dominic Prepare for Family Synod 14 hours ago
Dominican theologians assess proposals for divorced and remarried 15 hours ago
The ‘Pope Francis effect’—changing the way the world sees the papacy 15 hours ago
Renewal with God Behind Us: Man Determines All July 28
Introducing the Church Fathers July 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21