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Bulgarian Church Collaborators

Author: Clive Leviev-Sawyer
February 3, 2012
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11 of 15 Members of the Bulgarian Orthodox Synod worked for communist State Security

Bulgaria’s commission charged with announcing the names of people who collaborated with the country’s former communist-era secret services announced on January 17, 2012 that 11 out of 15 members of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s governing body, the Holy Synod, had worked for State Security.

Source: www.SophiaEcho.com - Jan. 17, 2012.

The commission also identified senior Roman Catholic clergy and Muslim leaders who had been communist secret service agents or who had collaborated. Not among the Bulgarian Orthodox Church names was that of Patriarch Maxim, the church’s spiritual leader, who has headed the church for more than 40 years.

But the names identified as former collaborators include some who spoke out publicly against the church being scrutinised by the Dossier Commission - including Varna Metropolitan Kiril, recently also caught up in controversy about the expensive hybrid car that he had been using.

The other top clergy identified by the commission were metropolitans Galaktikon of Stara Zagora, Dometian of Vidin, Ignatii of Pleven, Yoanikii of Sliven, Grigorii of Veliko Turnovo, Yosif [Joseph] of the United States, Canada and Australia, Kaliniki of Vratsa, Nataniel of Nevrokopski, Simeon of Western and Central Europe and Neofit of Rousse.

Galaktikon was agent Misho; Domitian, agent Dobrev; Ignatii, agent Penev; Yoanikii, agent Kirilevich; Grigorii, agent Vanyo; Yosif, agent Nikolov; Kalinik, agent Rilski; Kiril was a secret collaborator with the code name Kovachev and was an agent code-named Vladislav; Nataniel was a collaborator code-named Blagoev; Simeon of Western and Central Europe was a collaborator, as Toris, and an agent, code-named Hristov; Neofit’s code name as an agent was Simeonov.

The process of check-ups among top clergy of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church was continuing, the commission said. The commission is checking clergy of senior rank including metropolitans and heads of monasteries and theological seminaries.

The Dossier Commission said that Georgi Yovchev, bishop of the Roman Catholic eparchy of Sofia and Plovdiv from July 31 1988, was agent Petar. Among Muslims, chief mufti Moustafa Alish Hadji was named as agent Andrei…

18 Comments to “Bulgarian Church Collaborators”


  1. Administrator Says:

    “11of 15 Members of the Bulgarian Orthodox Synod worked for communist State Security” including both the North American & Australian Hierarch Joseph, as well as the Western and Central Europe Hierarch Simeon. We have seen similar, but not as accentuated results in the Russian, Serbian and Romanian Orthodox Churches. Maybe the post 1990 housecleaning is now more vigorous in Bulgaria than in the other countries. However, their turn will also come…

    Given the above Bulgarian realities, how can we possibly even consider entrusting our beloved ROEA Vatra Episcopate to probably similar hands in BOR?


  2. Administrator Says:

    “11 din 15 Membrii ai Sinodul Ortodox Bulgaresc au lucrat pentru Securitatea de Stat comunista” inclusiv Ierarhul Iosif din America de Nord & Australia si Ierarhul Simeon din Europa Centrala si Occidentala. Am mai vazut rezultate similare, dar nu asa de accentuate in Bisericiile Ortodoxe din Rusia, Serbia si Romania. Poate ca curatenia de dupa 1990 este mai viguroasa in Bulgaria decat in alte tari. Totusi, randul lor va veni…

    Dat fiind realitatiile Bulgare de mai sus, cum putem noi chiar considera sa incredintam scumpa noastra Episcopie Vatra ROEA in maini probabil asemanatori din BOR?


  3. Adrian Says:

    If you ever lived in a communist country (which you didnt) you would truly know how it is to live under a dictator. I wish you would have lived under communism…..so you can really feel what it’s like to be beaten. So you can truly feel what its like to be a bishop in that era, so you can truly feel what it means to be Orthodox and what the church had to endure. But you speak things that you don’t know. Your so easy to judge and jump to conclusions, which shows … XOXO …

    This “working for the securitate” is so generalized that there is no definite meaning to what that means. “If the securitate forced you tell them where your neighbor was, if not your family would be killed on the spot,and you told them,” today they consider that working for the securitate. The Orthodox church is attacked even today as it was in the communist era. The difference today, is that it is attacked from the inside, by people like you, who will say anything, use anything as ammunition, just to support their ideologies. … You the are wolf amongst the sheep! The person who will use anything you can find as ammunition just prove your stupid point that OCA is the church we should stay under. If you were truly Orthodox … you would know not to attack the hierarchs of the church. You would know that one should not believe everything he/she reads. But being the…XOXO… you are, you know none of these things. Your …XOXO…!


  4. Administrator Says:

    Adrian, why insult the Administrator of these pages - where are your arguments? The Bulgarian Government has finally faced its past, and this after a full 22 years since the “fall” of communism, and found that 11 of 15 present day Holy Synod Hierarchs had collaborated with the Bulgarian secret police. (One can only hope that other East European countries will do the same.) The Bulgarian Dossier Commission which divulged these facts was created by the present day Bulgarian Government and these are their findings – not the Administrator’s!

    If you have a bone to pick as to the veracity of the statements they made, I am sure the Bulgarian Dossier Commission would be glad to comply in answering your questions. However, in future, please cease using insults here. They will not be printed on this website and they do nothing to prove your point. If anything, they show not only that you have no argument, but the argument you think you have is misdirected!


  5. Tomas Says:

    I think you may just be a XOXO Mr. Administrator. Cel care mereu acuza e vinovat si el. (He who always accuses is also guilty.)


  6. Administrator Says:

    Tomas, your simplistic insults are too much. If this is all the argument you have, it is no wonder that this debate is so one-sided.


  7. Tomas Says:

    I said you are a … [XOXO - Administrator’s editing] not a xoxo. Don’t alter my words.


  8. Administrator Says:

    When your words are not insulting they may be printed. Otherwise …


  9. Anonymous Says:

    Administrator- This is getting very confusing. What is XOXO? Is it a vulgar word, or is it something you just don’t want to share? Please give us some understanding of the situation. Thank you.


  10. Administrator Says:

    Anonymous, XOXO can be an expletive, an insult or a vulgarity. It is something that will not be published on this website. As well, three dots between words or sentences means something off-topic or repetitive is edited out. All this is an attempt to focus the Comments on the issues at hand that are presented in the Articles. We will not be taken off topic by those trying to undermine open discussion here. As well, we will continue respecting the anonymity of the authors when so desired, as a means of focussing on issues and not personalities.


  11. Tomas Says:

    “It’s insulting when someone calls you “what you are”, but it’s not insulting when you insult/call all kinds of names priests and hierarchs and churches? Domnule administrator esti un XOXO. [Mr. Administrator you’re a XOXO].


  12. Administrator Says:

    Tomas, you continue to be true to yourself – full of intelligent argumentation and wit!


  13. Anonymous Says:

    Administrator- Thank you for your response but it still was vague. Maybe I should simplify the question: Is XOXO a word that cannot be said on public television or among children?


  14. Administrator Says:

    Anonymous, in response to your latest query:

    That … and more, as previously explained.


  15. Tomas Says:

    It’s insulting when someone calls you “what you are”, but it’s not insulting when you insult/call all kinds of names priests and hierarchs and churches? Answer the question.


  16. Administrator Says:

    Tomas, on what basis do you judge? As mentioned to Adrian above, ‘The Bulgarian Government has finally faced its past, and this after a full 22 years since the “fall” of communism, and found that 11 of 15 present day Holy Synod Hierarchs had collaborated with the Bulgarian secret police. (One can only hope that other East European countries will do the same.) The Bulgarian Dossier Commission which divulged these facts was created by the present day Bulgarian Government and these are their findings – not the Administrator’s!’ The truth cannot be insulting – it can only set you free!


  17. Anonymous Says:

    1) “That … and more, as previously explained.”
    2) So it’s a four-letter word?

    3) Your not clarifying this very much.


  18. Administrator Says:

    I’m sorry that you are not yet understanding the response (the answer is even in the quote you use above – switch sentence 2) and 1) from your comment above, and – voila – the answer again) … or are you?


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