Saturday, February 17, 2007

Late Pope's friend confirmed as secret-police agent

Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance has confirmed reports that Father Mieczyslaw Malinski, a longtime friend of the late Pope John Paul II, did indeed collaborate with the Communist secret service, Catholic World News reports today.
Earlier this week the radio station RMF-FM had reported that Father Malinski, who became acquainted with the future Pope in 1940, when they were members of the “living rosary” group formed by the tailor Jan Tyranowski. Malinski joined the future Pontiff in the underground seminary of the Krakow archdiocese during World War II, operated by Cardinal Adam Sapieha, and was ordained to the priesthood. He had later provided secret police with reports on both then-Cardinal Karol Wojtyla and Warsaw’s Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski. Father Malinski worked with the secret police over a number of years. Later on he became a prominent journalist associated with critics of the Communist regime. Malinski was a columnist for Tygodnik Powszechny, a Catholic weekly which provided a free voice under Communism, and the author of numerous books.