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The Pope's Secret File

Marek Jan Chodakiewicz

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"At any given time, up to a dozen [Communist] agents, both clerical and lay Catholic, reported on Wojtyla."

THERE ARE OVER 50 MILES of secret police files at the Institute of National Remembrance (Instytut Pamieci Narodowej) in Warsaw and its branches throughout post-Communist Poland. Among other things, one can find there U.S. Army counterintelligence manuals, accounts of American leftists cozying up to the Communists, surveillance records of U.S. diplomats and visitors, including compromising pornographic material, files of CIA spies captured by the Communists, and numerous reports on "The Main Enemy": the United States of America. Most of the files, however, concern Poland and the Poles. They show how, for half a century, the Communist secret police (SB) endeavored to control and terrorize an overwhelmingly Christian population. No one was immune, not even the most prominent son of Poland, Pope John Paul II.

What follows describes just one case of the active measures directed against Karol Wojtyla. The agent responsible was Father Konrad Stanislaw Hejmo, a Dominican priest. When initially courted, he was known by the code name "Dominik." After his recruitment it became "Hejnal" (Signal). It appears that, technically, Hejmo never signed an affidavit formalizing his status as an "secret collaborator." Instead, he was classified as an "operational contact." Hejmo's recruiter and case officer was Colonel Waclaw Glowacki of the Security Service (Sluzba Bezpieczenstwa -- SB). Before his transfer to civilian intelligence after 1982, Glowacki was with the 5th Section of the IV (anti-Church) Department of the interior ministry.

Read the entire article on the American Spectator website (new window will open).

Posted: 20-Apr-06



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