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September 30, 2022

First Catholic priest exposed as Securitate informer

The priest Vladimir Peterca is the first Catholic cleric to be exposed as informer by the National Council for the Study of Securitate Archives (CNSAS), following a verification request filed by “Evenimentul Zilei”, and the Bucharest Court of Appeal is expected to issue a ruling in this case.

According to the aforementioned paper, priest Peterca started collaborating with the Securitate in 1971, under the conspiratorial names “Preda” and “Radu”. The collaboration, initiated with the Iasi Securitate, continued in 1973, when the latter went to study in Rome, with foreign intelligence officers. Furthermore, CNSAS has yet to find a document proving that Peterca ceased to act as an informer. According to existing reports, the priest had quite an intensive collaboration, being highly appreciated by the intelligence services. “The informant had been one of the best in the country, making an important contribution both to collecting information and to supporting the Romanian element abroad,” is stated in a 1986 report of the foreign intelligence officers he collaborated with. Peterca first went to study abroad nominated by the rector of the Roman Catholic Institute in Iasi, the priest Eduard Ferent, who became the usual target of his informing sessions. The EVZ journalists further argue that Vladimir Peterca is referred to as “Monsignor” within the Roman Catholic Church in Romania, although he did not receive confirmation from the Vatican, as is customary. Peterca acted as the rector of the “Saint Theresa” Institute in Bucharest until 2006, when he retired to Iasi, where he teaches seminars at the “Saint Joseph” Institute. When asked to comment on this by the aforementioned paper, Peterca replied: “I have nothing to tell you about this after everything I’ve been through.” (C.R.)

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