Canon Wright came into prominence in 1981 when he was appointed General Secretary of Scottish Churches Council – SCC. This followed, by weeks, the decision of the Tory government to install the Trident submarines in Scotland. Later when the Catholic Church in Britain was allowed to join this ‘ecumenical organisation’ comprising SCC and British Council of Churches – BCC, Canon Wright set up the ‘Inter-Church Process’ in Scotland, which led to the Church there joining a new ecumenical body called ‘Action of Churches Together in Scotland’ – ACTS, in 1990, and a result, as stated.. the Bishops of Scotland have come under pressure to accept Anglican orders, a move which, as stated could pave the way for a Protestant to take part in a Mass.
Clearly for Russia to dominate the world, it must first effect the removal of weapons that presently deter it. It is currently held in check by the Trident nuclear submarines. From the time he was appointed leader of SCC Wright has spearheaded moves for Trident to be removed from Scottish waters. In this we can detect a link with the Soviet ‘front’ to which he belonged. For it was the whole aim of CPC to induce Western governments to relinquish nuclear weapons. You may ask – how can one man achieve the abolition of Trident? It is because he has exploited the potential of the Scottish situation. From the point of view of the Soviet organisers of ‘Christian Peace Conference’ – CPC – the ‘front’ to which Kenyon Wright belonged, Scotland would have provided potential in that its population is predominantly socialist, with a ‘ecumenical body’ SCC well-placed to insinuate Soviet propaganda among that population. Wright’s priority was to enlist the Catholic Church into SCC, so that by representing all Scotland’s churches, it could be a political lobby in pursuit of the launch of a Scottish Parliament. The following reveals his links with Soviet intelligence and suggests the reason why he does not wish to be acknowledged as founder of the Parliament, is that it would draw attention to those same links.
Wright (born Paisley 1932), was ordained a Methodist minister, and as a result of the union of the Methodist and Anglican churches in India, gained Anglican credentials. In 1979 his membership of the Soviet front CPC was revealed when he set up a Conference of ‘CPC’ at Coventry Cathedral.42, 43 In 1981 he moved to Scotland as General Secretary Scottish Churches Council (SCC), where he led a campaign for the Trident submarines to be withdrawn from Scottish waters, promoting this as a ‘cause’ among the ‘churches’. His seniority in Soviet intelligence became evident in 1982 when he co-authored the ‘message’ of a KGB-sponsored ‘peace conference’ in Moscow.44 Later he joined a delegation of CPC leaders to promote Soviet policies in Finland, Sweden and Germany in 1984.45 He later boasted of having talks with Mr Gorbachev.46 In 1990 he was appointed secretary of CPC, an appointment which necessarily originated in Moscow47 so the appointment was significant.
Ultimately CPC was controlled by the Soviet Communist Party’s ‘International Department,’48 but day-to-day running was by KGB agent, Alexei S. Bujevsky, who ran the ROC’s ‘Department of External Church Relations’ in Moscow.49, 50 He directed CPC activities from its ruling committee.51 The British Regional Group of CPC was launched by 1964 with Canon Paul Oestreicher of the BCC playing a key role52 – and Canon Wright was a Vice-President of the Group.53 Evidence linking Canon Oestreicher with Bujevsky was published in 2004,54 which implies the rest of the Group deferred to him, including Canon Wright. It is significant that in 1987 an article exposing Wright’s activities in ‘The Salisbury Review’ concluded that: ‘the evidence from the Scottish Churches House is of a highly complex and intricately planned operation, executed by exponents of materialism within the churches, but controlled and initiated by the International Department of the Soviet Communist Party’ 55(emphasized IC).
Religion for political ends
As stated, from 1984 Wright used an ecumenical plan, the ‘Inter-Church Process’, as a platform for setting up the Scottish Parliament. This ‘Process’ capitalized on a wish among Christians, for moves towards ‘unity’. As stated, when Pope John Paul II visited Britain in 1982, he was urged by BCC leaders to allow the Catholic Church to join their organisation.56 In response he invited delegates to Rome ‘to continue the discussions’, 57 and they led to the launch of this ‘Process’ in 1984,58 culminating in 1990 in the Church joining new organizations replacing BCC and SCC.59 And when the Pope met the Scots Bishops, he commended their participation in this.60 (Significantly Wright’s superior, Bishop Alistair Haggart, led the delegation to Rome in 1983 which had led to the Catholic Church taking part in the Inter-Church Process61).. A key part in this ‘Process’ was the setting up of interdenominational study groups, which having read a booklet were urged to complete a questionnaire. Many of the options – such as ‘should churches be more involved in politics?’ – and ‘Should they be promoting unity’62 – reflected the ideas of the booklet, and it is significant that when the BCC published the ‘results’ in 1986, they claimed that the majority of group participants supported their ecumenical proposals. But in an article in ‘Salisbury Review’ the author revealed a flaw in the results:
‘no information was given on how the ‘sample’ was drawn off – a fact which is of crucial importance since without a statistically approved technique ensuring a random sample, the results were open to abuse from parties with vested interests. True to form, nothing in the way of evidence is presented which contradicts the basic hypothesis that liberation and ecumenism are the things most urgently required by ‘the people’. Indeed the objective throughout has been to project the need for a church which fulfils the needs of ‘the people’ rather than the will of Almighty God’.63
Coming out as they did just before Conferences of the Inter-Church Process, these ‘results’ gave impetus to Catholic participation, and so at the Conference at Swanwick in September 1987, Cardinal Hume committed the Church to entering the BCC/SCC.64 At this critical moment, Wright forged into politics. He had already turned SCC into a platform for left-wing causes, as revealed in the minutes of the ‘Community, Justice and Peace Committee’.65 Now he extended that in a campaign for setting up a Scottish Parliament. The first signs of this were evident at the ICP Conference held right after that at Swanwick – at St Andrews in September 1987, when he arranged a ‘session on the general Scottish situation’ inviting ‘representatives of other areas of Scottish life: Trade-Unionist, politicians etc’.66 Having won support, he attached himself to the ‘Campaign for a Scottish Assembly’ in 1988. This led in 1989 to the launch of a ‘constitutional convention’ whose aim was to prepare for a Scottish Parliament – with Wright as ‘Chair of the Executive’, while still General Secretary of Scottish Churches Council.
The Campaign to abolish Trident
Later with Labour support, the Parliament was set up in 1999. Wright then promoted ‘devolution’ in Wales, etc. Meanwhile his opposition to Trident was continued through the group ACTS he had launched. At the same time a ‘cross-party CND group’ was formed in the Scottish Parliament to demand the withdrawal of Trident. In 2000 it presented a 8000-strong petition to the Parliament stating – ‘we the people of Scotland, do hereby make it known that we will no longer tolerate nuclear weaponry on our land or in our waters. In now expressing our clear will, we mandate all our political representatives to rid Scotland of Trident’. Presenting it was Canon Wright (Scottish CND report 22.5.2001). The issue of Trident is bound to be used to promote independence in Scotland, as a Scots journalist reveals. ‘What if, with its electoral mandate (the Scottish Parliament) decided to demand that Trident be removed from Scotland? Refusal… could lead to independence, with the SNP committed to a phased but complete withdrawal of Trident from the Clyde’.67
The hidden agenda
According to Christopher Story, editor of Soviet Analyst: ‘The hand of Moscow in the establishment of UK regional assemblies… can be detected in the following manner. A report in the Church of Scotland’s journal ‘Life and Work’ in September 1990 announced that Christian Peace Conference was about to close, and – significantly, that it had established ‘an Interim Working Committee, with Canon Kenyon Wright, former General Secretary of the Scottish Churches Council, as its Co-ordinating Secretary’.‘The report went on to lament CPC’s ‘failures and mistakes’, quoting Canon Wright himself – its ‘former’ chief UK luminary – as asserting that the organisation had been too closely identified ‘with a particular form of socialism in Europe’. The article decried the ‘mistakes’ and failures of CPC in respect of its support in the past for the Soviet Union. The true significance of this report arose from the following details. First, it preceded the publication of plans for a Scottish Parliament, by just a few weeks. In November 1990, the Scottish Convention – the body that Wright had set up to prepare the way for the Parliament – was to publish its plans for the Parliament’s foundation. These were supported by the Labour Party in opposition, but the Conservative Government of the day regarded them as politically divisive. All that was needed was evidence that their primary architect had Soviet links, and they would have been shipwrecked. Such evidence lay in the background, in the form of a 1987 article by Dr Roger Watson entitled ‘Subversive Theology’ in Salisbury Review, which, after revealing Wright’s links with CPC and his pro-Soviet activities, concluded that: “the evidence from the Scottish situation is of a highly complex operation, executed by exponents of materialism within the churches, but controlled and initiated by the International Department of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party’. The article provided incontestable evidence, and thus could have been used to discredit Wright and the programme he was steering for a Scottish Parliament.’
‘Anyway, hence the appearance of the ‘Life and Work’ article in September 1990. By announcing the demise of Christian Peace Conference, and appointing Wright to preside over it, what the article did was to draw a line under his ‘former’ activities (the ‘Break with the Past’ technique). From then onwards, in theory, Wright could agitate for a Scottish Parliament, without fear of further damaging exposés such as that in ‘The Salisbury Review’. ‘The very serious implication here is that the article announcing the closure of CPC must have originated, according to this analysis, in Moscow. And if that is true, then clearly Moscow had an interest in the establishment of the Scottish Parliament and the other regional assemblies which are intended to fragment the UK. And Wright’s steadfast role in spearheading political opposition to Trident must surely have been one underlying motive, among several’68 (emphasis added)
Wright died (11.1.17) but his works continue in the enlisting of the Church into an ecumenical body that facilitates the acceptance of invalid orders, and in his launch of a parliament committed to reject our nuclear deterrent