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World Council of Churches Faces Calls to Expel Russian Orthodox Church

posted on April 13, 2022

Jack Jenkins of Religion News Service reports, “The World Council of Churches is under pressure to oust the Russian Orthodox Church from its ranks, with detractors arguing the church’s leader, Patriarch Kirill, invalidated its membership by backing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and involving the church in the global political machinations of Russian President Vladimir Putin.” The Rev. Ioan Sauca, the acting general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), opposes the expulsion. He said in a statement, “It is easy to exclude, excommunicate, demonize; but we are called as WCC to use a free and safe platform of encounter and dialogue, to meet and listen to one another even if and when we disagree.”

Read at Religion News Service