I take conspiracy books with large blocks of salt.
However, there were some summers in Rome when my resisdence was closed for a while and I had to find a temporary billet. Two of the places I went were the Czech College and a Ukrainian monastery on the Aventine. In both cases it was before the fall of the Soviet Union.
In both places, people were very suspicious and reserved until they got to know me. At the Czech College listening bugs had been found in the walls after some repairs. The older Ukranian priests, from Ukraine, had horror stories, as did the Czechs.
There is little doubt in my mind that there was a plan to infiltrate the Church with sleeper agents, hoping they would rise to power. Communists were not the only ones to do this.
However, people can get a little unhinged about these tales.
If anyone has read this book and has an opinion, I would welcome insights.