The World Council: The Unifying Dutchman

"The self-evidence of ecumenical relations between the churches is now a fact. The World Council has shattered the isolation of the churches." So last week did Dr. Willem Visser 't Hooft sum up the change in ecclesiastical attitudes during the 18 years he has served as general secretary of the World Council of Churches.

Visser 't Hooft delivered his valedictory as he prepared to turn over the duties and prerogatives of his office to the Rev. Eugene Carson Blake, 60, the strong-willed U.S. Presbyterian who has been preparing for his new job by studying French at the University of Grenoble. Visser...

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