ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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SOUTHERN AFRICA-New Look in the Church

SOUTHERN AFRICA New Look in the Church ? A K Essack IT was expected that, sooner or later, the World Council of Churches would be forced to take up a position with regard to the armed struggle in Southern Africa. The decision of the Council to donate 1,400,000 shillings to Freedom Fighters suggested that it had at last made up its mind. The amount is nominal, both in relation to the Church's vast financial resources and the needs of the Freedom Fighters. But its contribution signifies that the Church has 'chosen' now between the Fascist white minority regimes of Vorster, Smith and Caetano, and the national liberation movements. The donation was accompanied by much fanfare. And it was this which underscored the fact that the choice has been motivated more by the desire to save the Church in Southern Africa than by any wish to help the national movements here. The World Council of Churches has never thought of donating anything for the rehabilitation of the people in Indo-China. In fact, not humanitarianism so much as self-preservation has dictated its new stance in Southern Africa.

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