Juan María Fernández y Krohn
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|Juan María Fernández Krohn|
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He was ordained a priest in the Society of Saint Pius X seminary in Écône, Switzerland in 1978. He was retroactively terminated from membership in the Society after his assassination attempt on the Pope and because he openly proclaimed that Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre's opposition to Modernism was too weak.
Assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II
On 12 May 1982, he assaulted Pope John Paul II with a bayonet in Fátima, Portugal. It is unclear whether he managed to wound the Pope or not. During his trial, he said that he was opposed to the reforms of Vatican II and that he believed Pope John Paul II had been in league with the Soviet Union and even was a secret Communist agent trying to corrupt the Vatican. The attack occurred on the eve of the first anniversary of the 1981 Assassination attempt of Pope John Paul II, in which the Pope was shot and critically wounded.
Attempt to Approach King Juan Carlos
- Pope John Paul "wounded" in 1982, BBC News
- Cekada, Anthony (19 October 2008). "Juan Fernandez Krohn, "Papal Assassin" and SSPX". Retrieved 1 March 2009.
- Pope John Paul II and the Church by Peter Hebblethwaite, p. 95
- Juan María Fernández y Krohn denies accusations El Mundo (spanish)
- CBC report on Fernández y Krohn
- John Paul "wounded" in 1982 Reuters news release.
- Daily Telegraph report on Fernández y Krohn
- Fernández y Krohn recent activities (French language) at the Wayback Machine (archived May 15, 2008)
- Cardyn, Hans. "'Belager' koning Albert komt er goedkoop vanaf" (in Dutch). Gazet Van Antwerpen. Archived from the original on 17 March 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2007.