It is not exactly to my credit that I
found the Gobachev “secret Christian” story to be fishy, but …
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev
made clear this past weekend that he is an atheist after European news
agencies last week claimed that he had confirmed his Christian faith
during a visit to the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy.
“Over the last few days some media have been disseminating fantasies �
I can’t use any other word � about my secret Catholicism, citing my
visit to the Sacro Convento friary, where the remains of St. Francis of
Assisi lie,” Gorbachev said, according to an Interfax article posted
“To sum up and avoid any misunderstandings, let me say that I have been
and remain an atheist,� he stated.