The World Council of Churches concluded its February 14-23 Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil, by adopting seven resolutions on a variety of international issues. A common theme was the council's tendency to assume moral equivalences--between western liberal democracies and anti-western dictatorships, between aggression and resistance to aggression, between Christianity and other religions.
Indeed, sometimes the WCC resolutions were more harshly critical of fellow Christians and western democracies--especially when these responded forcefully to threats from non-western, non-democratic, and non-Christian movements. On such occasions, the WCC's pacifist inclinations came to the fore. The council never ruled out the use of force; however, it seemed to reserve that option for international organizations and oppressed peoples that would be unlikely to muster effective force. The WCC appeared uniformly opposed to any possible use of force by western liberal democracies, either to defend themselves or to remove genocidal, aggressive regimes elsewhere in the world.
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