They play political poker using a stacked deck of leftist ideologies.

The world council of Churches has announced that grants totaling $587,000 have been made to 47 groups in connection with the Program to Combat Racism (PCR). Since the first grants were made in 1970, close to $5 million has been allocated “to be used for humanitarian activities” and “without control of the manner in which they are spent.” If there is a calculated ambivalence about that, there is none at all when it comes to recipients. Money has been poured into the humanitarian activity of toppling the South African government. None has gone to parallel humanitarian activity in Communist countries, presumably because the latter are considered to be devoid of racism.

Disregarding the growing storm provoked by the Program to Combat Racism, the WCC carries on unmoved. We find this a little surprising. Many in WCC member churches who originally supported the principles behind the PCR (and who still, for example, abhor apartheid) are profoundly uneasy about the ways in which it has been implemented. Such Christians reject some of the things done in their name, and become frustrated at the Geneva executive’s bland and insensitive rejection of criticism as being ill informed, and its assumption of a father-knows-best posture. This is as bigoted an attitude as that of the seventeenth-century churchmen to whom an exasperated Oliver Cromwell said, “I beseech you, brethren, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you might be mistaken.” Another lesson taught by history is the unwisdom of trading an infallible pope for an infallible council.

In 1978, the PCR gave a grant to Patriotic Fund guerrillas who were alleged to have massacred 33 missionaries and their ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Have something to add about this? See something we missed? Share your feedback here.

Our digital archives are a work in progress. Let us know if corrections need to be made.