Religion: The Regrets of the W.C.C.

The threat of war over Cuba inspired most religious leaders to make evenhanded appeals for peace to both top powers; Pope John XXIII supplicated "all rulers not to remain deaf to the cry of mankind." But the statement issued by the World Council of Churches from Geneva was more specifically critical of the U.S., expressing "grave concern and regret" over the decision to quarantine Cuba. One of the signers was Dr. Franklin Clark Fry, chairman of the council's central committee and president of the Lutheran Church in America.

For the American Lutheran Church—a group somewhat smaller and considerably more conservative than the...

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