March 19, 2008
DOES ANYONE EDIT THE TELEGRAPH?:
Mikhail Gorbachev admits he is a Christian (Malcolm Moore, 19/03/2008, Daily Telegraph)
Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Communist leader of the Soviet Union, has acknowledged his Christian faith for the first time, paying a surprise visit to pray at the tomb of St Francis of Assisi. [...]
Mr Gorbachev's surprise visit confirmed decades of rumours that, although he was forced to publicly pronounce himself an atheist, he was in fact a Christian, and casts a meeting with Pope John Paul II in 1989 in a new light.
Mr Gorbachev, 77, was baptised into the Russian Orthodox Church and his parents were Christians.
In addition, the parents of his wife Raisa were deeply religious and were killed during the Second World War for having religious icons in their home.
Ronald Reagan, the former United States president, allegedly told his close aides on a number of occasions that he felt his opponent during the Cold War was a "closet believer".
Note that the headline writer went with "admits," not "acknowledges." Posted by Orrin Judd at March 19, 2008 10:54 AM