Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt at the shrine of Fatima in Portugal. Juan María Fernández y Krohn, a Spanish priest and Belgian lawyer, attacks the pope with a bayonet.
During his trial, he explains he is motivated by opposition to the reforms of Vatican II and the belief that Pope John Paul II has been working with the Soviet Union and is even perhaps a secret Communist agent seeking to corrupt the Vatican.
According to Juan María Fernández y Krohn, who was ordained a priest in the Society of Saint Pius X in Ecône, Switzerland, even Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre has been too weak in his opposition to Pope John Paul II. This, and not his assassination attempt on the pope, leads to him being kicked out of the Society of Saint Pius X.
Juan María Fernández y Krohn will be found guilty and sentenced to six years in prison, but he only serves three and is kicked out of Portugal.