▲ Moon with children of his from three different mothers. Moon Sung-jin (mother Choi Seong-gil) is on the left. Moon Hee-jin is on the right (mother Kim Myung-hee). The younger children in the photo are Ye-Jin and Hyo-Jin (mother Han Hak Ja).
The Sunday Journal USA published two articles in Korean about the failing Moon ‘dynasty’.
Sunday Journal USA Vol. 877, April 18, 2013 (part 1)
Sunday Journal USA Vol. 878, April 25, 2013 (part 2)
Here is an extract from part 2:
학학자와의 사이에 14명 자녀 중 4명이 비명횡사
나머지 자식들도 불운의 삶 ‘정신병, 마약중독, 섹스광’
문선명씨의 첫 번째 부인은 최성길씨와 1945년 4월 28에 결혼했으며 슬하에 난 아들이 문성진 (1946.4.9) 씨다. 1957년 1월 8일 문선명씨의 소위 통일교 교리인 피가름 교리(혈통복귀의식)로 인해 최성길씨와 이혼한 것으로 알려지고 있다. 문씨의 실제적 장남인 성진씨는 1973년 7월 18일 통일교의 주요한 멤버인 김원필씨의 딸 김동숙 양과 결혼했다.
문 씨의 두 번째 부인은 김종화씨이며 이 때 혈통복귀의식으로 인해 김씨의 남편인 정명선 씨의 고소로 인해 문선명씨는 징역 5년을 언도받고 평양 대동 흥남 감옥에서 형을 살았다(1948년 2월 22일). 그리고 문 씨의 세 번째 부인은 김명희(1955. 6.30) 씨이며 문희진씨를 낳았으나 사망하고 말았다. 김명희씨는 당시 Y대 대학생이었으며 처녀로 통일교의 교리인 혈통복귀의식을 받아들여 문씨의 세 번째 부인이 된 것으로 알려지고 있다. 그러나 1969년 8월 1일 열차사고로 세상을 떠났다. 문씨의 네 번째 부인인 최원복씨는 통일교에서 큰 어머니로 불리고 있다.
문씨의 다섯 번째 부인이 현재 통일교 총재인 한학자씨다. 슬하에 모두 134명의 자녀 출생했으며 그 중 4명이 사망했다. 그리고 한학자씨외에 또 한 명의 부인이 있다. 말하자면 문 씨의 여섯 번째 부인인 셈이다. 이름은 최순화씨며 처녀 혈통복귀의식을 통해 박사무엘을 낳은 것으로 알려지고 있다.
“Shocking Report – part 2
The family of the late Sun Myung Moon ‘more corrupt than you can imagine’
Four of the 14 children of the marriage with Han Hak-ja died in accidental deaths. The remaining children lead unfortunate lives: ‘psychosis, drug addiction, sex mania’
Moon Sun Myung married his first wife, Miss Choi Seong-gil, on April 28th 1945. [She was 19 when she was first introduced to Mr Moon.] They had a son, Moon Sung-jin, who was born on April 9th 1946. It became known that Moon Sun Myung and Choi Seong-gil divorced on January 8th 1957, on the grounds of the so-called Unification Church pikareum doctrine (a ceremony to restore the blood lineage [through ritual sex]). On July 18th 1973, Mr. Moon’s actual first son, Sung-jin married Kim Dong-sook, the daughter of Kim Won-pil, an important Unification Church member. [Kim Dong-sook was born on January 30th 1955. There have been many reports that Moon was her father. She was listed as a ‘True Child’ when she visited Moon in 2012. She could only be a ‘True Child’ if Moon was her biological father. There is no family resemblance between Dong-sook and the wife of Kim Won-pil.]
Mr. Moon’s second wife was Mrs. Kim Chong-hwa. At this time, after being accused by Kim’s husband Chong Myeong-seon of being involved in a ceremony to restore the blood lineage [pikareum], Moon Sun Myung [was arrested on] February 22nd 1948 and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. He carried out the sentence at prisons in Pyongyang, Daedong and Heungnam. [Charges of bigamy have also been mentioned by the Los Angeles Times and other sources. Mrs Kim Chong-hwa spent one year in jail at the same time as Mr. Moon. See below.]
The third wife of Mr. Moon was Miss Kim Myung-hee (June 30th 1955). [The significance of this date, which is given in the Korean text, is not known. It has been written in Japanese UC publications that they had a marriage ceremony in Korea, before she left for Japan.] She gave birth to Moon Hee-jin [on August 17th 1955 in Tokyo]. He later died in a train accident [in Seoul] on August 1st 1969. It was known that Kim Myung-hee was a student at “Y” [Yonsei] University [in Seoul]. As a single woman, she took part in the ceremony to restore the blood lineage [pikareum], according to Unification Church teachings, and she became Mr. Moon’s third wife.
Mr Moon’s fourth wife, Mrs. Choi Won-pok, was called the ‘Great Mother’ within the Unification Church. [She joined the UC in 1954. She was also known as ‘Second Mother.’]
Mr Moon’s fifth wife is the current Chairperson of the Unification Church, Han Hak Ja. She bore 14 children, but four of them have died.
And there was one more wife in addition to Han Hak Ja. She was, so to speak, sort of like Mr. Moon’s sixth wife. Her name was Miss Choi Soon-wha. It was known that through the ceremony to restore the blood lineage [pikareum] she conceived and gave birth to Samuel Park [who was born on January 28, 1966].”
Moon’s first wife – Choi Seong-gil 催先吉 최성길
J. Isamu Yamamoto wrote about Moon’s wives in 1977. He was surprisingly accurate:
“His first wife was Seong-gil Choi, who bore him a son. His second marriage to a Miss Kim is referred to by some Koreans as an arranged marriage. His third wife, Myung-hee Kim, supposedly bore him another son.” from page 21 of The Puppet Master: An Inquiry into Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church by J. Isamu Yamamoto.
I met Mrs. Seong-gil Choi, the former life partner of Sun Myung Moon, at a relaxing coffee shop in Seoul. As I waited, an old woman with gray hair appeared in front of me. At first she kept a stone-like expression on her face, but as time went by, she began to speak more and more. She seemed to understand some Japanese and began to smile at my jokes. I stated, “I heard that Sun Myung Moon’s first wife had died.” In response, with a somewhat lonely expression on her face, Mrs. Choi said, “I was told by my friend that I was reported to be dead even in the USA and in Japan.”
Mrs. Choi now lives alone in a house close to the Seoul Olympic Stadium, where a mass wedding was held by the UC last year. She has no family members. Her son, Sung-jin, 47, born out of her marriage to Sun Myung Moon, has been with his father since their long ago divorce [on January 8, 1957], and has never visited her house, she told me.
Mr. ‘A’ told me, “She has been receiving 400,000 won (about 50,000 Japanese yen) each month. From this year, the amount she has been receiving, from some official in the UC, has been increased to one million won per month. She seems to have been living on it. She has been getting by with that money every month; she may not even want that support money. When I was shown her bank passbook, and saw how little money she had been withdrawing from it, I felt a lump in my throat.”
As we sat in the coffee shop, I asked her what she thought about Sun Myung Moon. She answered, “When I recall the situation at that time, I still feel my head starting to pound, and I feel I may go crazy.”
Despite her unpleasant memories she responded to my questions, one by one, with sincerity. She shared about her first encounter with Sun Myung Moon, and about his relationships with many other women.
She even revealed the interesting story of how those around Moon have misrepresented his academic record as a “graduate from Waseda University” to encourage her to marry him.
Mrs. Seong-gil Choi was born into a wealthy farmer’s family in Jeong-ju, now in North Korea, in 1924. She was 21 when World War II ended. It was around that time that she was presented with an opportunity for a formal introduction to a prospective marriage partner, the 25 year old Sun Myung Moon. He was from the town of Jeong-Ju, the same as her. He was said to be “a graduate from Waseda University.” She related, “A matchmaker arranged the meeting with Moon. There he told me that he had graduated from Waseda University. Also, I had a favorable impression of his appearance, unlike that of now.”
At that time in Korea, it was said that any Korean who had graduated from Waseda University was considered to be among the very elite. According to the brief biography of Sun Myung Moon in the literature of the UC of Japan, it was written that he had been “admitted to the School of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Science and Engineering, at Waseda University.” However, since 1974 his academic record had been reported to have been a fraud.
In response to the claims of fraudulent records, the UC defended the records by saying, “We held an inquiry in Seoul and found that the school he graduated from was the Waseda High School of Electrical Engineering. It was a simple error on the side of Japan, and Sun Myung Moon should not be blamed.”
However, in our interview, Mrs. Choi testified clearly about her matchmaking meeting with Moon, “He deceived me by saying that he had graduated from Waseda University.” Mrs. Choi found the truth about Moon’s “academic record” many years after her divorce from him. In other words, her testimony proves that what the UC of Japan claimed to be a “simple mistake” was actually proclaimed as the truth by Moon’s followers from the time of his youth, and for a long time after that.
Moon stayed in Mrs. Choi’s parents’ home for the three days following their matchmaking. I replied, “Of course, and from that first night on?” To my rather rude question, she nodded. Mr. ‘A,’ who was with me, said rather disgustedly, “In Korea, there could be no ruder thing than that! What an arrogant person he is!”
Married on March 1st 1945, Mrs Choi gave birth in 1946 to Sung-jin – Moon’s first son. Her “happiness” at the birth must have lasted only for a very short time.
What was “the truth about the decision to divorce”?
I asked Mrs. Choi, “Well, after all, what was the reason for your decision to divorce?” Mrs Choi replied clearly to my question, “My husband made relationships one after another by deceiving those women. I kept thinking that I couldn’t bear such a life any longer – so this was the reason for my divorce.”
Moon’s second wife – Kim Chong-hwa 金鍾和 / 金鐘華 김종화
Los Angeles Times September 3, 2012
“Moon … problems with the North Korean government, which jailed him [in 1948] on charges of bigamy … He was freed in 1950. Moon’s first marriage, to Choe Sung-kil [Choi Seong-gil], ended in divorce in 1957. He had a son [Sung-jin] with her and another [Hee-jin] with Kim Myung-hee, who lived with Moon during the 1950s. In 1960 he married Han, then a young disciple.”
How did Moon’s relationship with Mrs Kim Chong-hwa start?
Mrs. Kim Chong-hwa was married to Mr. Chong Myong-sun (Chung Myeong-seon). They lived in Kyongchang-ri, which was a northern suburb of Pyongyang, with their three children. They first met Moon a few days after his arrival there in June 1946.
Michael Breen: “A few days after his arrival in Pyongyang, he [Moon] met Kim Chong-hwa and her husband, who lived nearby. She was the women’s group leader at the Somunae-pak Church, one of the largest Presbyterian churches in the city. She would become his main follower in north Korea. ‘A great preacher has come from Seoul,’ she told her husband’s cousin, Kim In-ju, also a Presbyterian…”
“In January, 1947, he [Moon] moved to the house of Kim Chong-hwa and her husband, Chong Myong-sun, who had become the leading members of his small group.”
Sun Myung Moon, the early years 1920-1953 pages 72 and 81
Yong Jin-Hun (Director of Education – UC World Mission Headquarters) confirms that Kim Chong-hwa 金鍾和 and her husband, Chung Myeong-seon 鄭明先, were both followers of Moon in 1946-1948 in Pyongyang. See his ‘Course for Re-launching Providence’ presentation.
“slide 8 – Members who were spiritually led: Chung Deuk-eun, Kim Jong-hwa, Chung Myeong-seon, etc.”
The wedding of Moon and Mrs. Kim Chong-hwa was originally scheduled for March 1, 1948, (lunar calendar) but Moon decided to have it on Sunday February 22. The March date is confirmed by three people: Ok Se-hyun, Yong Jin-Hun and Michael Breen.
Yong Jin-Hun’s ‘Course for Re-launching Providence’ presentation
slide 14 – Misunderstanding about Heaven’s Feast: Scheduled to happen on March 1, 1948
Moon sent Mr. Cha to invite Moon’s parents and family to the ‘special day for Heaven’.
Michael Breen: “Meanwhile, in mid-February 1948, Chi Seung-do said she had received a revelation that March 1 would be a special day for Heaven. Moon, who was always responsive to his followers’ spiritual experiences, said they should prepare to celebrate the day, and asked Cha to go to Jeongju and invite his family. Cha took the train and stayed at the Moon’s home in Sangsa-ri for three days. At dinner the whole family, including the relatives, gathered and Cha told them that their son was the returned Christ. Cha felt that Moon’s grandfather accepted what he had told them, but that the other relatives were sceptical. In fact they were critical. They had expected Moon would become some kind of leader, and now that Korea was freed from Japanese control, he could become a politician without getting into trouble. He could even be the president one day, some relatives thought. But what was he doing claiming to be the Messiah? The Messiah was coming in the clouds, as the Bible said. It had never even been suggested the Messiah could be a person other than Jesus. It was as if he was disposed to cause trouble. They grumbled against him: “We were expecting him to become a traitor, but he’s become a traitor in the religious sense.” But, still, he was family, and they were worried about him.
Cha returned to Pyongyang on February 28 with Moon’s mother and brother, to find that Moon had been arrested by the police on February 22.” (pages 86-87)
“Sun Myung Moon was first arrested by the security police on August 11, 1946. He was detained for three months at the Daedong police station [in Pyongyang] on the charge of causing social disorder, for alleged sexual immorality. On February 22, 1948 Sun Myung Moon was arrested for a second time by the 内務省 Ministry of the Interior [not 内務署 the Interior Department] for his coerced marriage with a married woman, Mrs Kim Chong-hwa. On April 27 he was sentenced to five years in Heungnam prison.”
The Life of Sun Myung Moon – the Messiah of a Perverted Sex Religion (1991)
page 70 LINK
Sun Myung Moon’s own testimony
(Kim Chong-hwa is the only person who fits this description):
“There was a woman who was an important figure in the providence [in Pyongyang]. I visited her house for a year and a half and witnessed to her husband and all the other members of her family. The husband might have wanted to kill me, but he couldn’t do anything.”
Pak Chong-hwa: “Furthermore, Mr. Moon said that he had received a revelation from God, and decided to have a marriage ceremony with Kim Chong-hwa. It would be the Marriage of the Lamb. The believers were noisily preparing for the ritual by collecting rice and making rice cakes, and making bedding and clothes.”
Moon’s own words: “While I was in prison [in Heungnam], Mrs. Kim was incarcerated. Mrs. Kim was in the position of Rachel. … Grandmother Pak was in the Leah position.”
Moon claimed to be restoring Jacob’s course, which might imply that Moon had a relationship with both Mrs. Kim and Mrs. Pak.
Moon’ own words: “…they decided to report me to the authorities. This is how I came to be jailed for a third time in my life. This occurred at 10:00 AM on February 22, 1948.”
Mr Pak Chong-hwa met Mrs Kim many times. Moon kept asking Pak to visit her to get her back. In the end she moved to the U.S.
The book, Sun Myung Moon, the early years 1920-1953 by Michael Breen, has many references to Kim Chong-hwa. She was perhaps Moon’s most ardent follower in Pyongyang until they were both arrested in 1948. See:
Kim Chong-hwa and her husband lived nearby to the Na’s house in Pyongyang, in the northern suburb of Kyongchang-ri. (page 72)
In Pyongyang, his followers did not keep in contact with each other. The only member who could have held the others together in Moon’s absence was Kim Chong-hwa, who had been sentenced to eighteen months in prison at the same time as Moon, but she had been unable to reconcile her faith in Moon with God’s apparent inability to prevent him from being sent to prison. She was released after one year, and was no longer interested in him or his followers. (page 105)
Pak Chong-hwa – interview in Shūkan Gendai magazine:
Mr. Nakamura Atsuo: After you were released [from Heungnam] did you meet Mrs. Kim?
Mr. Pak: “I was not able to meet her straight away after I was released. Later, I met her [in Seoul] and we talked. I asked her and she admitted, at that time, she had sex with Moon. She spoke to me with tears streaming down her face: “I committed a crime that is not permitted, even if I confess it until I die. Moon is a big satan. I hate him so much I want to kill him.” However, she was not the only married woman who was a victim – there were other women.” November 13, 1993
A second person also interviewed Mrs. Kim Chong-hwa in Seoul. His name was Kim Kyong-rae 金景来 :
“The police of the North Korean puppet regime arrested Sun Myung Moon [in Pyongyang] on the charge of bigamy/sexual immorality. The reason was the husband of a certain Mrs Kim [金鍾和 Kim Chong-hwa] made an accusation to the police. The husband now lives in Seoul. At that time Moon said that he and Mrs Kim should marry because he had a revelation from God, although Moon still had a legal wife [Choi Seong-gil in Seoul]. When the police stepped in Moon was in the middle of doing this coerced marriage with the woman follower, Mrs Kim. The police arrested them. Mrs Kim was sentenced to ten months in prison. Moon was given a sentence of five years and six months. Mr Kim Kyong-rae interviewed this Mrs Kim in person and collected this information, and then wrote this report.”
from The Real Face of the Principle Movement – What is the group doing? The clash between the reality and the weirdness.
by Yamaguchi Hiroshi (published in August 1975) pages 163-164
Moon’s third wife – Kim Myung-hee 金明熙 김명희 キム・ミョンヒ
Hee-jin Moon was born on August 17, 1955 in Tokyo.
Dong-sook was born March 7, 1955. Apparently her mother died many years ago in unknown circumstances. She was raised by Kim Won-pil and his wife.
▲ Dong-sook resembles Sun Myung Moon. Who was her mother? There have been reports that she died before 1960. Her mother was almost certainly not the wife of Kim Won-pil in whose family she was placed – there is little resemblance to her.
Moon’s fourth wife – Choi Won-pok 催元福 최원복 チュ・ゥォンボァ
She was called “Second Mother”
하나님의 날을 맞아 축복 기도를 하고 있다.
▲ Giving the benediction on [the first] God’s day .
Choi Won-pok is on the right. Moon said “He stood in Adam’s position and Mrs Choi stood in Eve’s position.” Han Hak Ja is on the left.
▲ Sun Myung Moon on his return to Korea in October after his 1965 world tour on which Choi Won-pok accompanied him while Han Hak Ja stayed in Korea. Moon is on the left, behind him is Hee-jin born in August 1955 – his mother was Kim Myung-hee. Moon is holding the hand of Hyo-jin. Han Hak Ja (in the light clothes) and Choi Won-pok (in the dark dress) are holding the hands of Ye-jin. In the back is Lee Duk-sam holding baby In-jin who was born that August.
Lee Duk-sam 李得三 이득삼 was the mother of Choi Soon-wha whom Moon had just got pregnant during his three month stay in Washington, DC in 1965. Soon-wha, also known as Annie Choi, would give birth to Sam Park on January 28, 1966.
Moon’s fifth wife – Han Hak Ja 韓鶴子 한학자
Sam Park referred to Han Hak Ja and Hong Soon-ae in his July 2014 testimony: “The only criterion [Moon] gave to finding his new bride was that she be a “nobody” and a girl where parental approval was unnecessary. As a teenager, Han Hak Ja was smart, hard-working and pretty, but unfortunately for her, she had a mother [Hong Soon-ae] who was both ignorant and unkind. In many ways, Han Hak Ja was a victim of circumstance, since she was the illegitimate product of an affair between her single mother and a married man, with whom she attended the same sex cult prior to her joining the UC, where she ended up working in the kitchen as a maid. Since Han Hak Ja’s biological father didn’t claim her as his daughter, parental approval was never an issue.”
‘어린양 혼인잔치’ 라는 결혼식을 미치고 재림주인 문선명과 함께 신부 한학자는 춤을 추고 있다.
▲ The bride Hak-ja Han dancing with Lord of the Second Advent, Sun-myung Moon after the “The Marriage of the Lamb” ceremony [in 1960].
“Once the vows of matrimony were exchanged, Moon as Perfect Adam could not let himself fall into the same trap as the first Adam. He “snatched her out of the Satanic world” and taught her to obey. Since Adam fell by being dominated by Eve, he had to reverse the precedent by achieving complete domination over his wife. Obedience training went from formation to growth and perfection, to the point where, after three years, he says, she would sacrifice her life if he so ordered.” Robert Boettcher, Gifts of Deceit (1980) page 37.
Moon’s sixth ‘wife’ – Choi Soon-wha 催淳華 최순화
She was also known as Annie Choi
▲ Choi Soon-wha is standing close to Moon in this 1965 photo. Nine months later she gave birth to Sam Park. (birth certificate)
According to Hong Nan-sook, Moon’s ex-daughter-in-law, Moon’s present wife and other family members, including Moon himself, Moon acknowledged that he had “providential sex” with women in his role as the Messiah. Rev. Moon … fathered an illegitimate son out of wedlock. This son of Rev. Moon is Sammy Pak. He grew up in Colonel Bo Hi Pak’s family in the USA as his adopted son.
In the Shadow of the Moons. My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Family, pages 72-73
Annie Choi’s story by Mariah Blake
(Annie Choi was also known as Choi Soon-wha):
“As it turns out, Moon didn’t always live up to his virtuous teachings, either. In April , I [Mariah Blake] spoke by videophone with Annie Choi, a soft-spoken, 77-year-old Korean woman with ruddy cheeks and thick silver hair. Choi, who joined Moon’s church along with her mother and sister in the 1950s, alleges that she engaged in numerous sexual rituals—some involving as many as six women—beginning when she was 17 years old. Her story, which is consistent with the accounts of several early followers, supports the claim that Moon’s church started out as a sex cult, with Moon “purifying” female devotees through erotic rites.
By 1960, when he married Hak Ja Han, Moon was touting marital fidelity as his religion’s foundational ideal. But Choi maintains she stayed on as Moon’s mistress until 1964, when she moved to the United States. The following year, Moon made his inaugural visit to America. By the time he left, Choi says, she was carrying his child.
News like this could have sunk the fledgling American project. But Bo Hi Pak made sure that didn’t happen. According to Choi, who has never before spoken publicly about the experience, Pak’s wife stuffed her mid-section with cloth diapers and pretended that she was pregnant. When it came time to give birth, Choi says that Pak accompanied her to the hospital and passed her off as his wife. The following day, he dropped her off at her empty apartment and took the baby back to his home. Later, Mrs. Pak brought Choi some seaweed soup, but Choi told me that she couldn’t eat it. “I just sat there crying, with my tears falling in the pot.”
Choi stayed in the United States to be near her son, Sam Park—the same young man In Jin had fallen for during her teenage years. (By all accounts, she was unaware that Sam was her half brother.) Then, at age 13, it dawned on Sam that the kindly “aunt” who visited periodically was actually his mother. “Suddenly my life made a lot more sense,” Sam told me in April, when we met in Phoenix, where he and Choi live.
Bo Hi Pak later approached Sam and his mother with a contract. As a sign of their “mutual love, affection and respect,” it read, Sam, Choi, and Pak would release one another—and the Moon family—from “any and all past, present or future actions,” including those arising from inheritance claims. In return, Sam and Choi would each receive $100.
Alleging that they were victims of “theology-based” racketeering, Sam and Choi are now suing the Paks and Moons for $20 million. Neither the Unification Church nor the lawyers for the Moon and Pak families responded to requests for comment.
Sam Park’s existence was an indignity that Mrs. Moon had to endure.”
For the full article (the above is an extract) see:
The Fall of the House of Moon – By Mariah Blake, The New Republic
▲ Choi Soon-wha with Sam Park
▲ Two photo fragments have been found. When put back together, Choi Soon-wha (also known as Annie Choi in the US) is seen standing close to Moon. This photo was taken around the time of the secret 1964 wedding between Moon and Choi Soon-wha, held at the Unification Church headquarters in Cheongpa-dong, Seoul. Hee-jin Moon is crouching down and looking up at his father. His mother was Kim Myung-hee. Kim Won-pil and Kwak Chung-hwan are standing immediately behind Moon. Kim Young-whi is behind Choi Soon-wha. Choi Won-pok is on the right. Kim Young-oon may be standing next to her. They all knowingly hid Moon’s bigamy. LINK
“My mother’s involvement with Rev. Moon started in 1953 when, at the age of 17 years old, he forced himself upon her and took her virginity. At the time [pause] my father said that because my mother was destined to be his eternal bride or the “True Mother” in UC parlance, he had to have sexual relations with her to reverse what the … Forgive me because I am going to bring up UC / Moonie terms. Some of you might know it if you follow the church, but a lot of you won’t – just indulge me because there are a lot of Unificationists out there who may see this and it will probably help them. My father said to my mother that – he basically raped her – that he had to have sexual relations with her to reverse what the Archangel Lucifer did to the young Eve. Rev. Moon taught that the biblical Eve was seduced by the Archangel Lucifer when she was 17 years old which was the real reason for the Fall of Man as described in the Bible. That is how Moonies think about the Fall of Man.
One cannot understand the context of our involvement with my father and the Unification Church movement without first becoming aware of the central role my mother’s family (the Choi family) played from the inception of his nascent spiritual movement. For both Moonie and non-Moonie alike, the implications of this “hidden history” of the Choi Family are compelling and significant.
When my father first met my grandmother in 1953, he knew from her name that she was going to be a very important person to him. Her name was Duk Sam Lee and literally translates into “attaining the three” which is quite an odd name even by Korean standards. But to any Moonie, her name was significant because it represents the central mandate of the Divine Principle (the Unification Church belief system) which was the three blessings depicted in Genesis 1:28, which is to be fruitful, multiply, and to have dominion over creation.
Owing to the Choi family affluence, my grandmother was the primary financial backer of the nascent UC movement donating several million dollars throughout the 50s and 60s. In fact, there probably wasn’t a soul who wasn’t helped by grandmother in the early church days which is the reason why she was such a beloved figure within the UC. Counting in today’s dollars, a million dollars from the mid 1950’s would equate to approximately $8.5 million dollars today. In addition to selling her million dollar mansion in the early 50’s and donating the proceeds to the Church, she continually donated significant amounts over the decades up even up to her passing in 1973.
My grandfather, Sung Mo Choi [see links below], was a substantial businessman in his era. He was a self-made millionaire by 26 (back when a million dollars really meant something) and despite making and losing a fortune three times, by the early 1950’s when my grandmother joined the Unification Church, he had firmly laid the foundation for the Shin-Dong-Ah group (which was the Choi family owned conglomerate) to grow into the multibillion-dollar enterprise it became. As my grandfather’s business expanded, his influence reached into the corridors of power in Seoul, Korea. On many occasions, he was sent at the personal request of the President, at that time, Park Chung Hee to lead trade negotiations with the US in Washington, D.C. During the Park Chung Hee years, he had a direct phone line to the Blue House, hotline as they call it, and was head of the organization akin to the council of economic advisors in the U.S., and he closely advised the President on economic policy.
My grandfather built an elite business group and became the second richest man in Korea, as judged by tax payments, behind Byung Chul Lee, the founder of the Samsung Group, who was a close personal friend of his. It’s kind of ironic but when they, the wealthiest men in Korea, met for lunch, they would mostly end up talking about their family and kids, and not business. In some ways, this epitomized the type of man my grandfather was. Despite all his success and power, what really mattered to him the most was the well-being of his children and employees. At heart, he was a humble and noble man and was considered to be the most ethical businessman of his generation, and that is a fact my mother and I are most proud of – especially being Korean with corruption as it was, and basically still is today.
Given the family’s standing, it’s easy to see why my father was transfixed on gaining the support of the Chois. With my grandfather’s support, the corridors of power [i.e. the Blue House] and finance would have been wide open to his nascent movement. There is no telling how high he might have risen with the right backing. For my father, the Chois were the jewel in the crown for the fulfillment of his Messianic vision. To non-Moonies the following is nonsensical so again bare with me, but my father told my mother repeatedly that God was trying to “consummate” all of human history through the Choi family. He believed that my grandfather stood in the historical archangel position, my two uncles (my mother’s younger brothers) stood in the historical Cain and Abel position and my mother and her older sister (who both joined the Church soon after my grandmother joined in 1953) stood in the historical Leah and Rachel position.
My father believed he had to model the life of the biblical Jacob by marrying two blood sisters and have 12 sons with the sisters and their handmaidens. Like Jacob, my father planned to first marry the older sister (my aunt) in 1960 and then seven years later, divorce her and then marry the younger more favored sister, who was my mother. In the years leading up to 1960, most everyone in the church knew about my father’s marital plans to marry both my aunt and my mother, and acknowledged my mother as the future “True Mother” of the Unification Church. According to my father, if he was going to get his mission right, he needed to get these crucial relationships within the Choi family right, by modeling what the Biblical Jacob did.
Unfortunately, due to my father’s over active libido, which resulted in several unintended pregnancies with other woman, my aunt’s faith in my father eroded and culminated in her leaving the Unification Church soon after her official engagement to him in late 1959. All this stuff hardly anyone else knows. This is the hidden history which, for good reason, they have tried to keep quiet, because it completely … it’s anathema and it contradicts what they have been teaching the people from 1960. After my aunt broke off their engagement, my father went into a tailspin. A relationship that he cultivated over seven years, which was central to his mission, simply evaporated. Rather than acknowledging his own responsibility, he blamed my aunt and the Chois for failing him, which is the typical Rev. Moon Modus Operandi of passing the buck and blaming everyone else except himself. However, he had a dilemma, he had to keep to the “heavenly schedule” and be married in the spring of 1960, when he was 40 years old. Moonies believe the number 40 holds significant cosmic importance, so he needed to quickly find a bride in a short period of time, about four months. … ”
Read the full story here: Sam Park video transcript (July 2014)
▲ On the right is Choi Soon-wha 催淳華. Moon’s intended bride in 1959 was Choi Soon-shil 催淳實, who may be sitting on the left (identity not confirmed). One of them was known as ‘Future Mother.’ Moon saw them as being his Leah and Rachel wives to himself in his role of restoring Jacob’s course. Moon planned to marry Soon-shil while he was still 40. In January 1960 he would be 41 by the Korean way of counting age. In about October 1959, after a big church meeting, Soon-shil decided she could not go through with marriage to Moon and left. Moon was furious. He had to quickly find a new bride. He missed his goal of holding “The Marriage of the Lamb” before he turned 41.
“Duk Sam Lee – already married. Left husband. One daughter was intended as Father’s bride, the other became mother of Sammy Park.” (December 20, 1998)
“ 催淳實 Choi Soon-shil = (女信徒 a female believer) 淫行媒介 being instrumental in the conduct of immoral sexual acts.”
Kirsti L. Nevalainen:
The wives of Sun Myung Moon
1. Choi Seong-gil 1943-1957 [engaged 1943, married 1945, divorced 1957]
2. Ms Kim in North Korea [married 1948]
3. Ms Kim Young-hi [the mother of Hee-Jin Moon, born 1955]
4. Choi Won-pok (lived with SMM from the 1950s to 1977 in South Korea and the USA) She was considered to be a “Second Mother” and a member of the True Family.
5. Han Hak-ja 1960-present
Change of Blood Lineage through Ritual Sex in the Unification Church
ISBN: 978-1439261538 (page 18)