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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) – A former Soviet spy is claiming Liberation Theology is a movement created by the KGB.
The KGB — the chief intelligence agency for the Soviet Union — was responsible for foreign intelligence, counter-intelligence, protecting Soviet leadership, as well as combating dissent. Ion Pacepa served as a general for the secret police in Communist Romania in the 1960s and 70s, until he defected to the United States. At the time, he was the highest-ranking Soviet Bloc intelligence official to defect.
He claimed in a recent interview that Liberation Theology is a phrase coined by the KGB in 1960, along with other similar movements at the time: The National Liberation Army of Colombia, with the aid of Fidel Castro; the National Liberation Army of Bolivia, with the support of Che Guevara; and the Palestine Liberation Organization, with the input of Yasser Arafat, to name a few.
According to Pacepa, Liberation Theology was approved by the chairman of the KGB to be a group meant to secretly control the World Council of Churches, an international inter-church association representing nearly 600 million Christians of various denominations worldwide. The KGB used the WCC to introduce and promote Liberation Theology as a revolutionary movement to progressive South American bishops. The bishops in turn promoted the marxist ideology to their flocks.
Pacepa also claims that leaders within the Liberation Theology movement were likely linked to and promoted by the KGB.
Pacepa has written a book with Catholic author Ronald Rychlak on his experience working for Soviet intelligence.