World Council: Who'll Be Head Man?

A great ecclesiastical manhunt has been under way for a successor to the Rev. Willem Visser 't Hooft, the first and only General Secretary of the World Council of Churches. Tempers have become slightly frayed during the search —as was demonstrated last week when the Christian Century published a letter from 16 ecumenists protesting the way that the Rev. Patrick C. Rodger, 43, was nominated for the job by the World Council's 14-man executive committee.

Tempest in a Chalice. On the surface, the demure public battle over the nomination appeared to be a tempest in a chalice. The Century...

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