Ecumenism: Confusion in the Council

The 17-member executive committee of the World Council of Churches met in Geneva last week to review plans for Christianity's next religious spectacular: the council's Fourth Assembly in Uppsala, Sweden, next July. Publicly, council leaders are boosting the assembly as "the most widely representative meeting in the history of the ecumenical movement." That it will be: the 1,330 clerics and laymen who are expected to attend include delegates from the council's 232 member denominations, as well as 15 official Roman Catholic observers. Privately, however, many council officials agree with the concerned forecast made by retired General Secretary...

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