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KGB created liberation theology, defector alleges

May 07, 2015

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A former Romanian three-star general has alleged in an interview that the Soviet secret police created liberation theology.

Ion Mihai Pacepa left Romania in 1978, becoming the highest-ranking defector from nations under the sphere of Soviet influence.

“The movement was born in the KGB, and it had a KGB-invented name: Liberation Theology,” he said in an interview with the Catholic News Agency. “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.”


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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - May. 07, 2015 9:06 PM ET USA

    And this Liberation Theology is still going strong at the Vatican given the information on another story today on this web site!

  • Posted by: bruno.cicconi7491 - May. 07, 2015 12:00 PM ET USA

    Although this merits attention, I'm bothered by the fact that the only source for that is just one man, however highly ranked he was.

  • Posted by: feedback - May. 07, 2015 10:46 AM ET USA

    This will be really hard to accept by the "great theologians" of that movement.