Bulgarian TV Shows Interim Patriarch Communist Security File
Controversial Varna Metropolitan Kiril was elected Sofia Metropolitan and interim Patriarch. Photo by BGNES
Ekaterina Boncheva, member of Bulgaria's so-called files commission showed for the first time in a live TV broadcast the file of interim Patriarch Kiril, exposing him as an agent of the Communist State Security.
Speaking for Nova TV Saturday, Boncheva revealed that Kiril had never and in no way apposed this collaboration, adding all Communist State Security, DS, informers had received special training one way or the other.
She explained the records have shown that in the 80s of the last century, there were 32 agents of DS among the senior clergy, of whom 12 from the Religious Academy and 8 in the Holy Synod.
Her words made it clear that Kiril not only has a file, but was eagerly collaborating.
Boncheva stated that German Professor Hansjörg Geiger, who is known as the person dismantling the Communist Stasi, told her during a recent visit to Bulgaria that there was not even one Stasi agent in the current German Secret Services.
"And where are we," she asked rhetorically, adding she would agree with just one statement of the former Chief of the sinister 6th DS Unit, Dimitar Ivanov, that the Services have formed very serious moral and professional dependencies and the agents backed each other until today..
Boncheva also showed the secret alphabet used by DS.
In mid-January 2012, Bulgaria's so-called Files Commission – a panel investigating the Communist era secret files, exposed eleven out of a total of fifteen Bulgarian Metropolitan bishops as former DS agents.
A rift among the Bishops shook the Holy Synod after Bulgaria's Patriarch Maxim, who led the Church since 1971, passed away on November 6, 2012, at the age of 98.
The election of a new Patriarch will be held on February 24, 2013.
In the aftermath of the Patriarch's death and of the controversial election of the said Varna Metropolitan Kiril for Sofia Metropolitan and interim Patriarch, Plovdiv Metropolitan Nikolay declared he was withdrawing for 40 days for mourning and would not attend any Holy Synod meetings, but later changed his mind.
Nikolay has not been exposed as a Communist Security Agent, but he is too young to have been recruited. He is also too young to be elected patriarch.
Varna Metropolitan Bishop Kiril attracted much controversy in the end of 2011, when he appeared to service with a brand new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, apparently commissioned even before being officially released in European markets.
As recently as January 6, he appeared in front of laity in Varna gathered for the major St Jordan's Day in the Lincoln and proceeded to sprinkle the congregation with holy water, reaching from within his luxury vehicle.
On Friday, Sofia's Diocesan Council of prelates and vicars did not sign the list of representatives from the Sofia Diocese to elect a new patriarch, prepared by Kiril, on grounds they did not know the people in it and that it did not include representatives of 6 districts near Sofia.
Kiril and the Sofia Bishopric labeled it "sabotage."
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