The Polish church's secret past

An outspoken Polish critic of the communist regime, Fr Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski, was attacked twice in 1985 by communist agents. Twenty years on, Fr Zaleski has finally been allowed to view the secret files compiled about him by the state. "The shock was worse than the original attacks," he says. The yellowing pages reveal categorically that he was on the black list of the state security services and was constantly being watched - by fellow priests, other brothers in the order, friends and acquaintances - Jan Puhl

The Polish church's secret past