“Disinformation” and some notes about the World Council of Churches

The Fishwrap (National Schismatic Reporter) is all excited about a visit His Holiness will make soon to the World Council of Churches in Geneva for its 70th anniversary.  John Paul II and Paul VI both visited the institution.  In turn, the WorldCC had its influence on theologians such as Yves Congar, who played a major role from the sidelines of Vatican II.

When I read “World Council of Churches” a little bell rang in my head.   I don’t think of that group very often.  There was, however, something that I read about it not too long ago.  What was it?

It came to me this morning.

I read about the World Council of Churches in the gripping book

Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism by Ronald Rychlak and Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa.

I want to recommend it warmly.

Gen. Pacepa, who ran intelligence for Romanian despot and Soviet thug Nicolae Ceaucescu, fled to the West when he was asked to start killing people. He is an expert on the Soviet technique of framing, disinformation, creating false narratives and history. The book exposes the Communist background of seemingly-benign organizations and explains the treatment received by Cardinals Stepinak, Mindszenty and Wysznski and, of course, Pius XII.

In the first part of the book, Pacepa relates how the Soviet Union used the WorldCC to whip up sensationalism about “white supremacy” and arson cases committed against black churches in these USA.    Sound familiar?  Pacepa wrote:

The clue to understanding the significance of the black church arson hoax lies in the documented fact that the World Council of Churches, which ignited and promoted that story, has been infiltrated and ultimately controlled by Russian intelligence since 1961. The Mitrokhin Archive, a voluminous collection of Soviet foreign intelligence documents smuggled out of the Soviet Union in 1992, provides the identities and Soviet intelligence code names of many Russian Orthodox priests dispatched over the years to the World Council of Churches for the specific purpose of influencing the politics and decisions of that body. In fact, in 1972 Soviet intelligence managed to have Metropolitan Nikodim (its agent “Adamant”) elected WCC president. A 1989 KGB document boasts: “Now the agenda of the WCC is also our agenda.” Most recently, Metropolitan Kirill (agent “Mikhaylov”), who had been an influential representative to the World Council of Churches since 1971 and after 1975 a member of the WCC Central Committee, was in 2009 elected patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.

There’s quite a lot about the World Council of Churches in the former Romanian intelligence chief’s book.

That doesn’t mean that the Pope shouldn’t visit their HQ or talk to members.   Popes meet with all sorts of people, such as Paul VI meeting with Idi Amin Dada, etc.  That’s what Popes do.

Anyway, here is another quote:

In 1985, the KGB-managed World Council of Churches elected its first general secretary who was an avowed Marxist: Emilio Castro. He had been exiled from Uruguay because of his political extremism, but he managed the WCC until 1992. Castro strongly promoted the KGB-created liberation theology, which is today putting down strong roots in Venezuela, Bolivia, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In those countries, the peasants have supported the efforts of Marxist dictators Hugo Chávez, Evo Morales, Manuel Zelaya (now exiled to Costa Rica), and Daniel Ortega to transform their countries into KGB-style police dictatorships. In September 2008, Venezuela and Bolivia booted out the US ambassadors during the same week and called for Russian military protection.

Disinformation is a fascinating read.  It gives a lot of insight into what certain Russian entities have been trying to accomplish in these USA of late.

Disinformation is really dangerous. I think that the MSM and vast hordes who follow it uncritically have fallen prey.   As we read in the book:

Soviet leader and long-time KGB head Yuri Andropov, apparently a real aficionado of dezinformatsiya, put it this way: “[ Dezinformatsiya is] like cocaine. If you sniff once or twice, it may not change your life. If you use it every day though, it will make you an addict— a different man.”

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  1. Ylonila del Mar says:

    This might be an aside, but I guess I can see why the National Council of Churches in the Philippines has ties with communist rebels here. Lately they’ve been going all-out too on promoting ‘gender inclusivity’. A disturbing fact I also learned only recently was that the NCCP was one of the forerunners in promoting birth control in the Philippines.

  2. NH Knight says:

    “AA1025”, “The School of Darkness” by Bella Dodd and “The Catholic Church and the Soviet Government” by Dr. Dennis J Dunn paint a picture of outright hatred between communism and the Catholic Church. Gee I wonder if the Novus Order somehow fits into their plan of attack???

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  4. cwillia1 says:

    In today’s world the main sources of disinformation are domestic. Soviet Communist propaganda has been replaced by domestic communist propaganda.

  5. Sandy says:

    My first introduction to the WCC was in the Wanderer many years ago; it should raise red flags for any who hear about it. It’s interesting that these days the veil is lifting on much of the evil that runs deep and silent in our world. Just look at not only the Church but our U.S. government and what is being exposed.

    NH Knight mentions “AA1025”, and that was another eye opening read for me years back. It makes more sense than ever now, when you see what wayward bishops are doing all over the world. Even our own intelligence agencies were said to have known about the planting of these “priests”. As always, the only answer is prayer; Holy Mass, the Rosary, and all the weapons God has given us. We know who wins in the end!

  6. SKAY says:

    Thank you for the reminder about this book, Father Z. I have ordered it.
    These people never give up.

    I agree with your comment cwillia1.
    It is interesting to know who the American Communist Party backed in the past three Presidential elections. They used to put up their own candidates.
    The current President is not one of them.

  7. maternalView says:

    This whole fake news thing just makes me roll my eyes. As if that hasn’t been going on for decades. Disinformation was par for the course for the Soviets and their minions. No doubt it continues today.

    People look to all sorts of sources to tell them what to believe rather than having an unchanging standard (the Church) against which various views can be judged.

    And honestly does anyone know how to think and then write anymore? I get tired of reading articles that simply make statements and have no substantive points to back up the statements. The simple act of stating makes the statement true!

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