Skip to comments.Greek Catholic Priest Kidnapped by Crimean (Russian) authorities
Posted on 03/15/2014 3:18:38 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
1804 GMT: The Economists Edward Lucas has posted a statement from Bishop Borys Gudziak that provides more information on the kidnapped Greek Catholic Priest:
Fr. Kvych was seized by two men in uniform and four men in civilian clothing. The young chaplain for the Ukrainian Navy was taken to an undisclosed location where he is being held captive. A parishioner who called Fr. Kvychs cellular phone heard abusive language on the line directed at the priest before the call was cut short. Sources confirm that Fr. Kvych is alive.
Earlier this week at the direction of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic hierarchy Fr. Kvych and other Greek Catholic priests in Crimea evacuated their wives and children to mainland Ukraine. The priests themselves returned to their parishes to be with their faithful in a time of crisis and moral and physical danger
Yesterday, another Greek Catholic priest returned to his home in Crimea (location not revealed to preserve the priests identity) to find on the destroyed door of his apartment a menacing sign: Get out Vatican spies. Police were standing outside the building.
The Greek Catholic priests of the peninsula have been directed not to celebrate services in their churches this Sunday but to serve in Roman Catholic Churches where in the company of other clergy their safety can be more easily guaranteed.
The Yanukovych government threatened to delegalize the Greek Catholic Church at Christmas time due to the pastoral attention that priest gave to protesting faithful. From 1946 to 1989 the UGCC was the biggest illegal Church in the world and the most substantial body of social opposition to Soviet rule in Ukraine. Since it did not collaborate with Soviet authorities it has enjoyed particular moral authority in Ukrainian society in the post-Soviet period and during the current social and political crisis.
Evidently, the former President was trying to drive them out due to their not supporting his party's line. Crimea, now under the control of Russia, is seeing that through. Considering they heart "abusive language" over the phone, the guy is probably getting beaten.
More at link for more breaking news and information for all events in Ukraine for the day.
Ping the Papists. On this issue, I stand with them.
Russia makes people disappear AGAIN
Russia is not going to stop with the Ukraine.
You’re probably, unfortunately, correct.
I don’t understand it. All the Putin puppets who post here assured me that Putin is the world’s last best hope to rescue Christianity from the great Soros neocon conspiracy.
Didn’t the Mexican government try something like this back in the 1920s? How’d that work out?
Every time someone attacks the Church there’s a lot of bloodshed but in the end, the Church still stands stronger than before.
Coming to a country near you probably sooner than you think.
He is! He will help us get to heaven faster with help of Russian bullet!
Saturday afternoon, an Orthodox priest, Nikolai Kvich, was reportedly kidnapped as he conducted a service in his church in Sevastopol church.
Trying to find more info.
I’m fine with being a martyr. (As long as it doesn’t hurt...)
No. They are acting like Russia again.
If Turkey turns the Hagai Sophia into a mosque again, they might use the Crimea for what they originally wanted to. A staging area to retake the Second Rome.
I am not surprised they moved against the Ukrainian Catholics. The old Orthodox view them as traitors for the sack of Constantinople. Maybe collaborators would be a better term.
Either way, they are viewed as non Slavic.
There is a body of Russian Orthodox prophetic literature about Mother Russia driving Islam out of Eurasia and reestablishing Orthodoxy in Constantanople and Christianity throughout Europe.
I would not take Putin’s pretentions to Orthodoxy seriously, considering his crimes. The Eurasian “strategists” view religion as, well, the opiate of the masses and a tool they can use towards promoting nationalism. The end goal is a reborn soviet regime, and it is unlikely that religion will survive beyond its usefulness to long term Russian strategy.
I read this also earlier, and I’ll look for the article too in a little while.
This is a very good analysis:
Opinion: The Black Madonna and the Russian Problem
Last month, when Vladimir Putin ordered that the Black Madonna of Kazan, the holiest icon of the Russian Orthodox Church, be flown over the Black Sea, many believed he wished to secure blessings for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
It was the first time the icon, or rather a copy of it, since the original was stolen and possibly destroyed in 1904, was deployed to bless a peaceful enterprise. Over the centuries, the Black Virgin has been taken to battlefields to bless Russian armies fighting Swedish, Polish, Turkish, Persian, French and German invaders. Stalin sent it to Stalingrad in 1943 to ensure victory over the German invaders under Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus.
With Putins troops in control of Crimea and threatening to move further into Ukraine, we now know that the icon was brought in to bless a military operation this time as well.
Putin appears strong because US President Barack Obama, accidentally cast as the leader of Western democracies, is weak. Putin is over-using the power Russia really doesnt have because Obama under-uses the power the US does have. As long as Obama prevents the US from playing the leadership role it has had since the end of World War II, Putin will see no reason why he should not pursue his dream of reviving the Soviet Empire wherever possible. In doing so he is acting within a tradition established since the 18th century, when Russia emerged as a power with a pathological fear of encirclement. That fear has always made Russia aggressive.
Throughout the 19th century, Russia used the protection of Christian minorities as an excuse for invading its Muslim neighbors, especially the Ottoman Empire and Iran, annexing vast chunks of territory. The whole of Northern Caucasus, plus Georgia and Armenia, were annexed with that excuse, as was Crimea. In the 18th century, Empress Catherine II used the pretext of protecting Christians to wrest away Dagestan and Georgia from Iran.
Russia also used the excuse to seize territories that belonged to European neighbors, including Germany, Poland and Finland. For almost 100 years, Russia expanded at the average rate of 62 square miles (100 square kilometers) a day, creating historys largest empire in terms of territory.
Casting itself as the Third Rome and the final defender of Christianity, Russian empire-builders claimed that their enterprise enjoyed divine blessing.
Russia has used the trick of granting Russian nationality to people in neighboring countries as a pretext for invasion since the 18th century. In 1829, Russia used the excuse of freeing Georgian women, supposedly granted Russian citizenship, from the harem of the Qajar Shah of Persia as a pretext for an invasion of Iran. A Tehran mob retaliated by murdering the Russian chargé daffaires, Alexander Griboyedov.
In 1911, a number of Qajar princes led by Shua Al-Saltaneh (The Light Beam of Monarchy) and opposed to Irans Constitutional Revolution declared themselves subjects of the Tsar and raised Russian flags on top of their palaces. The Tsar used the pretext of protecting his subjects for invading Iran, occupying five Iranian provinces and sending an army to destroy the newly created Iranian parliament.
In 1912, Russia used the excuse of protecting its citizens for invading parts of China and annexing large chunks of land, especially in what is now Mongolia. After the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, the empire, re-named the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, replaced Christianity with Communism as its ideological matrix. It was in the name of defending Socialism that, in the 1950s and 1960s, the Soviet Union sent is tanks to Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia. The invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, too, was sold as a bid to defend Socialism.
After the disintegration of the Soviet Empire in 1991, Russia revived the old excuse of protecting its kith and kin in neighboring countries. In some instances, those minorities are genuine communities shaped over a century or so. In others, however, kith-and-kin communities are artificial creations to be used as a means of pressure on weaker neighbors.
Under Putin, Moscow has been distributing large numbers of Russian passports, some suggest millions, in neighboring countries, notably Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Kazakhstan. There are also significant numbers of Russian passport-holders in Transnistria, part of Moldova, which does not have a border with Russia.
The first test of the kith-and-kin excuse came in 2000 when, as prime minister, Putin forced Tajikistan to host 15,000 Russian troops stationed at six bases. The next time kith-and-kin was cited was in August 2008, coinciding with the Beijing Olympics, when Putin, this time as president, ordered an invasion of Georgia and annexed the autonomous republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Today, Russia has some 40,000 troops stationed in the two enclaves.
Ukraine is the third nation to experience Putins kith-and-kin game, and if Putin manages to pull this one off, it will not be the last. Putins shenanigans in Crimea are symptoms of a deeper malaise caused by Russias inability to gauge its place in the post-Cold War international order and the inability of European powers and the United States to accommodate Russia in a way commensurate with its weight, if not its ambitions.
In the past quarter of a century, with the loss of its glacis in eastern and central Europe, Russia has seen NATO arrive right at its borders. The entire European continent has been reorganized within the framework fixed by NATO and the European Union. Today, Russia is just one of four European powers still shut out of both NATO and the EU. It took Russia almost two decades to gain admission into the World Trade Organization (WTO) and, more tentatively, be offered a side chair at the G8. The only leadership slot Russia has had is its veto-holding seat in the UNs Security Council, a relic of the Cold War. But even then, until Obama paralyzed US foreign policy the Western powers, led by Washington, simply ignored Russia whenever it suited them, as was the case in the 2003 military intervention in Iraq.
Putin has built his narrative on the theme of encirclement by hostile powers and their agents inside Russia. To the West, Russia is shut out of Europe, which paradoxically remains its principal trading partner. To the south, Russia is hemmed in by a string of Muslim-majority nations with deep-rooted resentment of Tsarist and Communist oppression. To the east, Russia faces two hostile powersChina and Japan, part of whose territories remain under Russian occupation.
At home, Russia faces a seemingly endless war against jihadist forces in five Caucasian republics, while relations with Georgia and Armenia remain strained. Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev claims that Russia today is in the vanguard of fighting Islamic terror and its aim of world conquest. However, jihadists are not alone in posing a threat to Putins idealized vision of a greater Russia seeking global leadership. Well-financed Christian missionary groups, mostly from the US, are expanding their networks throughout Russia at the expense of the Orthodox Church, which has become Putins principal ideological ally.
To make matters worse for Putin, his autocratic style of rule is also challenged by a growing number of Russians seduced by the Western ideas of multi-party democracy, pluralism and desacralization of political power.
Meanwhile, the domination of the Russian economy by the oligarchs, whose support Putin needs, has slowed down, and in some cases even prevented, genuine development. Russia has become an exporter of raw materials, especially oil and gas, dependent on European markets. Worse still, a good part of the capital formed in Russia finds its way into European banks, especially in Britain and Switzerland.
Today, the real issue is not whether Russian troops remain inside their bases in Crimea or show their teeth in the streets of Sebastopol. The real issue is how to find Russia a place in a world order in the creation of which it played no part. Putins current policy could transform Russia into a fully fledged rogue state. And that would be dangerous both for Russia and the world, even if the Black Madonna of Kazan were brought in to perform a miracle.
Amir Taheri was the executive editor-in-chief of the daily Kayhan in Iran from 1972 to 1979. He has worked at or written for innumerable publications, published eleven books, and has been a columnist for Asharq Al-Awsat since 1987. Mr. Taheri has won several prizes for his journalism, and in 2012 was named International Journalist of the Year by the British Society of Editors and the Foreign Press Association in the annual British Media Awards.
“The old Orthodox view them as traitors for the sack of Constantinople”
I think almost everyone does,,, except of course, they themselves.