Could we have done more?

Opening of the Assembly by Rev. Dr Walter Altmann, WCC moderator. Photo: Peter Williams/WCC
Opening of the Assembly by Rev. Dr Walter Altmann, WCC moderator. Photo: Peter Williams/WCC

By Klaus Rieth

Walter Altmann, moderator of the WCC Central Committee, raised the issue of the "prophetic voice of WCC" and asked self critically, whether the WCC has been in the past too reserved to questions like the perverse mechanism of the world economic system, which became obvious in the latest financial crises and had tragic results for many poor people.

He also raised the question whether it was clear enough to ask for the eradication of extreme poverty in the world.

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Reflections of a Lutheran participant at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 30 October to 8 November 2013.

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