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Why US State Department Special Envoy Sean Casey flew to Ukraine

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Religious issues in our time are becoming difficult to separate from political ones, so it is important for American diplomacy to keep abreast, especially in this important region.

Professor Sean Casey, a special representative of the US State Department for Religious and Global Affairs, recently visited Ukraine, reports Ukrainian portal Gromadsky Prostory, citing the Institute for Religious Freedom. In Kiev, he held a series of meetings with leaders of Christian denominations, as well as officials and experts. Casey visited the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate (UOC KP), Patriarch Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), Metropolitan Macarius, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP), Metropolitan Anthony and former leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church ) Archbishop Lubomir Husar. The American guest spoke about the activities of the Office of Religious Community Initiatives, established under the US Department of State in August 2013. Participants of the meetings discussed the interfaith situation in Ukraine, state-church relations, religious aspects of the “Russian aggression” in the east of the country, “facts of violation of the rights of believers in the occupied Ukrainian territories in the Crimea and Donbas”. Washington's representative was accompanied by Deputy Political Counselor at the US Embassy in Ukraine K. Toko, political officer B. Campbell, and Assistant J. Wystrand.

Recall that Professor Casey worked in 2008 for the campaign headquarters of Barack Obama. He is known for numerous works on the intersection of religious issues and public policy. In August, 2013 of the year, introducing the new Directorate, director of the White House Bureau for Interfaith Partnership and Cooperation, Melissa Rogers spoke about the three main tasks assigned to this division. It was supposed to promote sustainable development and more effective delivery of humanitarian assistance; promote pluralism and human rights, including the protection of religious freedom; promote global and national security. Previously, the State Department avoided working closely with religious communities. Diplomats motivated this by not wanting to violate the First Amendment to the US Constitution, and also justified by not knowing the nuances of the teachings and practices of certain denominations. The situation began to change with the arrival of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

As Religion & Politics portal at the University of Washington in St. Louis wrote, in 2009, the head of the State Department’s planning department, Judd Beardsall, began to organize meetings with diplomats and invited experts on the issues of interaction between diplomacy and religion. Later, on this basis, the Forum on Religions and Global Politics was created at the US Department of State. Birdsall was convinced that the involvement of religious groups was necessary. He said that "if you were a champion of a strict separation of church and state affairs, you would think that American diplomats should work exclusively with secular society, you would find huge gaps that cannot be otherwise closed, for example, interaction with the Taliban." On his initiative, questionnaires were sent to US embassies at 167 with a request to evaluate their dialogue with religious communities in the host country. It turned out that in most cases he limited himself to inviting the leaders of local religious communities to dinner. All this eventually resulted in the decision to strengthen the work with world religions.

Details about the negotiations, the special envoy of the US State Department on religious and global issues with the heads of Ukrainian churches so far. Perhaps this is because Casey’s visit was an introductory one. On the other hand, there are some nuances that attract attention. The first. During a conversation with the manager of the UOC-MP, Metropolitan Anthony, the American guest called the opportunity to address all parties to the conflict in the east of Ukraine as an advantage of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, reports Ukrainian portal "Fraza". At the same time, from a political point of view, according to Casey, the fact that the UOC-MP is the only public institution that is evenly present in almost all of Ukraine, in particular, in the territory where military operations are conducted, puts it in a difficult position. This is true. Other Orthodox confessions, as well as Greek Catholics, periodically reproach the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate with its “pacifism” and the fact that it supposedly stands on the side of the “separatists”. Although you can find examples when in the center and in the west of Ukraine in the dioceses of the UOC-MP they help those who take part in the "anti-terrorist operation" on the side of Kiev. But what exactly did Casey himself mean? The simplest explanation that immediately suggests itself, so he, as a man and a Christian, showed normal sympathy to that Church, which now in its own country was between the hammer and the anvil. At the same time, behind the words of the US State Department Special Representative, if you wish, you can see a hint of a potential split either of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate or of Ukraine itself, which will force the parishes and communities of the UOC-MP to be determined with whom they go into the future.

The second. Professor Casey flew to Ukraine on the days when the Patriarchal Council of the UGCC was held there, and after it - the Synod of the Episcopate, which will last until September 6. According to the secretary of the Synod, Bishop Bogdan Dzurah, the strategy of actions of the Ukrainian Uniates before 2020 will be discussed “in the light of new challenges”. According to the information department of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, at the time of the opening of the Synod, 30 of August, its members "after the prayer took the oath of non-disclosure of information regarding individuals, as well as everything that could harm the Church." Another intrigue is that the delegation of the Kharkiv-Poltava diocese of the UAOC, led by Archbishop Igor Isichenko, broke away from the body of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Macarius, for the first time in the previous Synod of Greek-Catholics Patriarchal Cathedral. The difference between these two communities is that Archbishop Igor supports the process of uniting the “autocephalist” with the Uniates, and Metropolitan Macarius, who gave encouraging signals, at some point suddenly turned to 180 degrees.

All this affects the interests of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. As REGNUM reported earlier, in early August of this year, Patriarch Bartholomew in an interview with the German Catholic news agency KNA expressed concern about the situation in Ukraine. He said that he would soon meet with former presidents of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk and Viktor Yushchenko. KNA recalled that in 2008, Yushchenko tried to get from Constantinople support for a plan to unite Orthodox and Greek Catholic Christians into an “independent Ukrainian Church,” but the patriarch “behaved with restraint.” In the current situation, he does not plan a visit to Ukraine, but would be pleased if the Orthodox and Greek Catholics considered him their spiritual father and indicated that the Patriarchate of Constantinople is their Mother Church and he would like to “be worthy of this trust” . And, really, at the end of August two former presidents of Ukraine arrived in Istanbul. The Ukrainian portal Religion in Ukraine reported that Yushchenko and Kravchuk informed the Patriarch of Constantinople about the events in the country, saying that they “see the canonical solution of the deep church schism in Ukraine in the mediation of the Mother Church and this will be an invaluable contribution in restoring the national integrity of the pious Ukrainian people. " So far there are no clear grounds for believing that American diplomacy is taking part in this “church operation” in relation to Ukrainian Christianity. However, apparently, Professor Sean Casey did not accidentally choose the end of August as the date of his visit to Kiev. Religious issues in our time are becoming difficult to separate from political ones, so it is important for American diplomacy to keep abreast, especially in this important region.
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  1. svp67
    svp67 4 September 2015 05: 16 New
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    According to the Department of Information of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, at the time of the opening of the Synod, on August 30, its members "after the prayer service took the oath of non-disclosure of information regarding individuals, as well as everything that could harm the Church."
    Yes, that’s how it is ... the shepherds of "human souls" and then suddenly about the worldly, but the worldly. And most importantly, they do not call for reconciliation, but justify the killings.
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    2. siberalt
      siberalt 4 September 2015 09: 14 New
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      And the one in the photo in the middle in a white budenovka with a cross on his head, their metropolitan or what? laughing
  2. mamont5
    mamont5 4 September 2015 05: 34 New
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    "Why did US State Department Special Representative Sean Casey fly to Ukraine"

    Well, why? Deal another TSU.
    1. SAG
      SAG 4 September 2015 07: 36 New
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      "Why did US State Department Special Representative Sean Casey fly to Ukraine"

      ... and why do they even pour somewhere!?! To control the spread of dermocracy and liberalism bully
    2. WKS
      WKS 4 September 2015 10: 30 New
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      Quote: mamont5
      "Why did US State Department Special Representative Sean Casey fly to Ukraine"

      Well, why? Deal another TSU.

      Puppets without control are just dolls. Arrived to manage.
  3. sv68
    sv68 4 September 2015 06: 19 New
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    So, we should come to our official from the provincial government in the United States and begin to push the representatives of various religious ethnic groups to anti-African actions.
    1. Lukich
      Lukich 4 September 2015 09: 27 New
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      Quote: sv68
      So, we should come to our official from the provincial government in the United States and begin to push the representatives of various religious ethnic groups to anti-African actions.

      will not be allowed. Matvienko over how technically not allowed
    2. WKS
      WKS 4 September 2015 10: 32 New
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      Quote: sv68
      So, we should come to our official from the provincial government in the United States and begin to push the representatives of various religious ethnic groups to anti-African actions.

      This is not our method. The Russians are not capable of nastiness, this is the lot of the Anglo-Saxons, and we better be true.
  4. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 4 September 2015 06: 30 New
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    And again I say: Religion is opium for the people!
    1. Das Boot
      Das Boot 4 September 2015 06: 50 New
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      Quote: Uncle Lee
      And again I say: Religion is opium for the people!

      in the case of xoxlov - this is a scorched gorilka)))
    2. EGOrkka
      EGOrkka 4 September 2015 09: 00 New
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      there are enough opiums and without religion ....
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  6. asar
    asar 4 September 2015 08: 09 New
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    at the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate (UOC-KP) Patriarch Filaret

    And what does this person have to do with Orthodoxy and religion in general, like Patriarch Philaret? -
    What is happening now in the Donbass, in my homeland, you define as "civil strife". In fact, this is not a civil strife, but a full-scale aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. Until the Russian military and Russian-armed mercenaries came to Ukraine, there was no armed confrontation in either Crimea or the Donbass. Just as it was not on Maidan in Kiev, until, as it is now reliably known, the President of your country persuaded Viktor Yanukovych to use force against the Ukrainian people through the adoption of dictatorial "laws" and, later, the use of weapons.


    This is not a priest of Orthodoxy, this is like a devil growling and hungry!
    A true priest, no matter how faith he is, will NEVER call for violence and murder!
    Because it is unnatural to the very foundation of religion! (Of course, if this is not Satanism, or maybe that is what prevails in dill now?)
  7. akudr48
    akudr48 4 September 2015 08: 50 New
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    If Sean O. Connery from Indiana Jones had come to Kiev instead of Sean Casey, then there would have been a more interesting performance.

    And so, what's interesting, the boss came from America to inspect the impostor who was excommunicated from the Russian Orthodox Church (Eject Metropolitan Filaret - Denisenko from an existing rank) and to issue new instructions.
  8. Mitrich76
    Mitrich76 4 September 2015 09: 46 New
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    And there were not mentioned the shot churches and killed Orthodox priests ??? Not? Or was it in the framework of supporting and protecting the rights of believers?
    Inhumans they are inhumans.
  9. Thomas
    Thomas 4 September 2015 09: 47 New
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    This Casey should have listened to the words of his namesake Edgar Casey:
    “The mission of the Slavic peoples is to change the essence of human relationships, free them from egoism and gross material passions, restore on a new basis - on love, trust and wisdom. Hope will come from Russia to the world - not from the Communists, not from the Bolsheviks, but from free Russia! Years will pass before this happens, but it is the religious development of Russia that will give the world hope. ”
    Maybe then stop going to the schismatics.
  10. Prutkov
    Prutkov 4 September 2015 11: 00 New
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    Unlike Izrail and Poland itself, Russia does not greatly overestimate the work of religious communities. In Ukraine, that Jews, that Poles are actively consolidating their nationalities, provide support through religious organizations and form public opinion. The same Poles develop the theme of "Pole Cards." Israel through these communities solves the demographic situation in their own country. Russia needs to organize interaction with the Orthodox Church abroad, to help with the organization of Christian communities. A strong community can protect the church from the conquests that are now taking place in Ukraine. A consolidating factor could be the option of studying the Russian language and preparing, on the basis of church communities, for passing the EGE in Russian for admission to Russian universities (I hope that it’s not a secret to anyone that the teaching of the Russian language in Ukrainian schools is stopped, even as a "foreign language"). Thus, Russia would be able to interact with Russian communities abroad, as well as be able to solve the demographic problem by attracting young people from abroad.
    1. Thomas
      Thomas 4 September 2015 12: 00 New
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      Quote: Rods
      Russia needs to organize interaction with the Orthodox Church abroad, to help with the organization of Christian communities. A strong community can protect the church from the conquests that are now taking place in Ukraine.

      Such a program had to be launched 10 years ago, and now no strong community can protect the church in a country where laws do not apply. And if now we begin to implement such a program, then only unofficially, without advertising, otherwise the punitive apparatus of the Ruins will react instantly, and people will suffer.
      With regard to solving the demographic problem, the State Program is currently in place to facilitate the voluntary resettlement of compatriots living abroad in the Russian Federation. And according to the latest data - quite successfully. At least the regional FMSs can barely cope with the flow.
  11. Watchdog
    Watchdog 4 September 2015 11: 18 New
    +1
    An American professor came to build a new residency. What's so unusual? Religious organizations have always been used for this by Western intelligence agencies. Will choose, recruit and implement. Oh well...
  12. kotvov
    kotvov 4 September 2015 12: 42 New
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    soon the chief cook, after him the chief plumber, the sash will catch up. the dill completely go under external control.
  13. Taygerus
    Taygerus 4 September 2015 12: 54 New
    +1
    they have long been on external management, but now they want to drop Orthodoxy
  14. Prutkov
    Prutkov 4 September 2015 13: 52 New
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    Quote: Thomas
    Such a program had to be launched 10 years ago, and now no strong community can protect the church in a country where laws do not apply. And if now we begin to implement such a program, then only unofficially, without advertising, otherwise the punitive apparatus of the Ruins will react instantly, and people will suffer.

    Late? So said Chernomyrdin, Zurabov. Tell it in monasteries, laurels and churches that are under siege. Yes. Time is lost. It is necessary to act carefully. But we have to. What prevents the organization of recreational schools in the communities for learning the Russian language? Or do you suggest that people forget their native language? Their interests must be defended.
    1. Thomas
      Thomas 4 September 2015 14: 14 New
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      Quote: Rods
      It is necessary to act carefully.

      I do not argue that this should be done, but not in public. Not in the format of the official program. Otherwise, ordinary people will fall under attack. And the situation now is such that they can “hit” the Sunday school you are proposing, after which the priest and teachers will end up in the SBU on charges of separatism and propaganda of the values ​​of a potential enemy, in whose role the NSDC has already assigned Russia.
      You write the right words, but you need to really look at things. How to implement this in such a way as not to jeopardize those people who will participate in this?
      Personally, I, besides the underground, see no other options.
  15. Prutkov
    Prutkov 4 September 2015 13: 57 New
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    Quote: Thomas
    With regard to solving the demographic problem, the State Program is currently in place to facilitate the voluntary resettlement of compatriots living abroad in the Russian Federation. And according to the latest data - quite successfully. At least the regional FMSs can barely cope with the flow.

    To solve the demographic problem, and Russia has it, all means are good. Especially when in Russia, first of all, young, able-bodied people are attracted, while the elderly remain at home. At the same time, communication with a neighboring country remains. Which is also important.
    1. Thomas
      Thomas 4 September 2015 14: 20 New
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      Quote: Rods
      To solve the demographic problem, and Russia has it, all means are good.

      I agree, there is only doubt about the effectiveness of the resettlement program with the participation of the church. Of course, people will be drawn to Russia, but they are already traveling. The thing is different, for the most part our society is secular. People believe in God only when pressed, or on holidays.
  16. Prutkov
    Prutkov 4 September 2015 17: 11 New
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    Quote: Thomas
    Quote: Rods
    To solve the demographic problem, and Russia has it, all means are good.

    I agree, there is only doubt about the effectiveness of the resettlement program with the participation of the church. Of course, people will be drawn to Russia, but they are already traveling. The thing is different, for the most part our society is secular. People believe in God only when pressed, or on holidays.

    I’ll tell you a secret - in Ukraine, most people are also “conditionally believers”. But somewhere you should gather people with common interests. Now in Ukraine it is difficult to find like-minded people. And not because there are none, but because everyone sits in their corners and does not protrude. The official separation of the state from the church, in this case, is only at hand - you won’t dig in, but oppression of believers will begin - this is already a "violation of religious freedom." There is no State Department to cover. This is what eats "soft power."
  17. polkovnik manuch
    polkovnik manuch 5 September 2015 20: 08 New
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    Raven flies to the Outskirts. Everyone is trying in every possible way to encourage the "separatists" in Orthodoxy, in the future it is planned to creep quietly to Russian territory. Being in the Crimea, in 2014, I saw how deep this whole abomination, in the form of palaces made of glass and concrete, allowed roots in Simfiropol and other places of Crimea. To uproot these hotbeds of infection you need immediately!
  18. iouris
    iouris 5 September 2015 22: 10 New
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    In fact, the United States is a country led by religious sectarians and fanatics. Hence the messianism. Therefore, experts must carefully study how US universities conduct research on reforming world religions in the direction they need. In order to give a corresponding rebuff to political actions aimed at splitting, destabilizing and provoking regional wars, the Orthodox Church and Muslim organizations, for their part, must cooperate with science and special services. Organizational structures may also be needed, such as secret orders. How can one ignore the fact that all major cities have the headquarters of unconventional overseas religious movements for us. An example of their "effective" work is Pastor Turchinov. Let us recall the surge in activity of various totalitarian sects on the ruins of the USSR. Now we are reaping the bitter fruits.