Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The East German Stasi Spied on Father Ratzinger

Benedict XVI
Yesterday Like Today:  Spies Againts the Church

Germany.  This weekend the "Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk' reported on surveillance of the then Fr. Joseph Ratzinger by the Stasi.  The Church historian Josef Pilvousek discussed this with the German 'Katolische Nachrichtagentur', that the information has been known for years.  Practically ever high ranking citizen from the West was under the gaze of the Stasi -- "above all representatives of the Church."  The Stasi had at least a dozen unofficial collaborators assigned to the present Pope.  There was a Benedictine priest from Trier and several journalists under surveillance in the Bundesrepublik. The individual reports have been almost completely destroyed.

Link to kreuz.net source...

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