What we see in Cuba is thoroughgoing Marxism that accentuates the gulf between Christianity and atheism

Some months ago in this journal I suggested that it was the silences of the World Council of Churches that were most eloquent today. Now I must partially revise this viewpoint because of the arrival from Geneva of an Ecumenical Press Service handout. It is a report by Mr. C. I. Itty, associate secretary of the WCC Department on Laity, on his recent visit to Cuba. Having made a similar trip just after Mr. Itty (see CHRISTIANITY TODAY, Jan. 6, p. 34), I find his account highly selective and not a little misleading.

Do not misunderstand me; I do not question Mr. Itty’s integrity. In regard to Cuba, however, ecumenical officials are committed to following a certain procedure which ensures that their ministerial hosts in that country are those who in some degree have come to terms with things as they are—and are concerned to exhibit the regime’s most favorable aspects. This is not speculation on my part but a bald statement of fact capable of prompt substantiation.

It is easy to blame the Cuban Church’s present plight (as one American religious periodical has done) on the pietistic theology that in the past made that church’s main function the care of members’ souls, with little or no concern about social conditions. Yet this is not merely an unhappily worded criticism but also a tempting diversion that misses the whole point. Salutary as it is for evangelicals to acquire a social conscience (we’ve had a blind spot here in Britain for eighty years or so, but we’re realizing it now), its acquisition does not reconcile them to a godless regime.

Let us make no mistake about one thing: However true it may be that in some Eastern European ...

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