Religion: The Curious Politics of Ecumenism

To the World Council of Churches, the Soviets are sinless

To many conservative Christians in Western Europe and the U.S., the World Council of Churches, an umbrella organization for 301 Protestant and Orthodox denominations with more than 400 million members, appears to be an ecclesiastical clone of the United Nations. Responsive to the growing influence of churches in the Third World, the council has seemingly evolved into a forum for relentless denunciations of the sins of American policy and capitalism. Meanwhile, the W.C.C. has what some critics call a see-no-evil policy toward Communist regimes....

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