Controversial political activist Julian Assange recently stated his belief that Jesus Christ was a "great activist" and that the Catholic Church uses confessionals to spy on people.
Assange, the founder and head of the website Wikileaks, made his remarks about the Catholic Church in a three-minute speech on British Broadcasting Corporation Radio.
"Through the Confessional system, the Catholic Church spied on lives of its congregants, while Latin mass excluded most people who couldn't speak Latin from any understanding of the very system of thought that bound them," said Assange.
"The protestant reformation was not just a religious movement but a political struggle, the fight to liberate hoarded knowledge through translation and [dissemination.]"
Recorded at the Ecuador Embassy where he remains due to legal issues, Assange also referred to Jesus Christ as one of history's "great activists."
"The powerful would do well to observe one of history's great activists as recorded in the Book of Matthew. It begins: 'There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed,'" said Assange.
A native of Australia, Assange began to work on a website that would showcase leaked government documents in 2006. By 2010, Assange gained international infamy for posting hundreds of thousands of classified United States government documents online for the world to see.
Supporters hailed him as an activist exposing the true nature of government run amok, while critics argued that his activities were placing innocent in danger.
For his headline-grabbing actions, Assange was given a runner-up status for TIME Magazine's "Person of the Year" award for 2010 and was also featured in the movie "The Fifth Estate," being portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.
In 2012, Assange received diplomatic asylum at the Ecuador Embassy in London after the British government sought to extradite him to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations.
"Metropolitan police officers have been stationed outside the embassy since Assange entered the building and have been ordered to arrest him if he attempts to leave," reported John Hiscock of the UK Telegraph.
"The [statute] of limitations on the sexual case in Sweden expires in August 2020 but Assange is more concerned about the problems he faces in the U.S."