Aram I Addresses ‘Self Satisfaction of Churches’

(GENEVA–ANTELIAS)–In his annual report to the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches meeting in Geneva–His Holiness Aram I–Moderator of the WCC–called the churches to engage in a serious and critical dialogue on globalization. "While globalization is creating a world without borders–many churches are engaged in building fences as a way of self-affirmation," Aram I said. "Under pressure of globalization–churches must distance themselves from all self-satisfaction and nationalism in their doctrine," he continued.

According to Aram I: "Churches should regard globalization with critical realism. Globalization brings people world-wide together and breaks down borders; at the same time–however–it alienates people from their local communities–brings about cultural uniformity and leads to more inequality on a world-scale."

His Holiness considered globalization as a "challenge to the church to reaffirm and express its inherent catholicity". In this context he proposed: "To open the local to the global; to preserve diversity and enhance wholeness; to generate mutuality and sharing; to grow together towards councilor fellowship; and to develop an inclusive vision of catholicity."

The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of 342 churches from over one hundred countries.

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