World Council of Churches panel working to address Orthodox complaints

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2001

BEREKFURDO, Hungary (AP) -- The World Council of Churches is taking steps to address complaints from Orthodox members that their concerns are overshadowed by those of the group's Protestant majority.

A special commission on Orthodox participation has released an interim report recommending the organization make decisions by consensus rather than voting.

In the consensus process, dissenting views would be incorporated into any reports, and in rare cases, the minority would have the right to forestall council action until they felt their opinions had been fully considered, the commission said.

The panel's final report will be presented to the World Council's Central Committee at its August meeting in Geneva.

The World Council includes some 340 church bodies in 120 countries representing hundreds of millions of believers. The Roman Catholic Church and many conservative evangelical bodies are not members.


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