Tuesday, February 22, 2005

World Council of Churches adopts consensus decision-making

Geneva (ENI). After several years of experimentation, the
main governing body of the World Council of Churches, the body
uniting most non-Roman Catholic Christians, has formally adopted a
consensus method of decision-making for all WCC bodies.
"This decision to adopt the consensus method marks a new culture
altogether in the World Council," the church grouping's
general secretary the Rev. Samuel Kobia told journalists.

This is going to come back and bite them in the butt. The Consensus Method effectively gives everyone a veto; which will bog down decision making. This sounds more ideological than practical. Take same-sex blessings, for example. Is it possible for the WCC to secure a consensus amongst its members, especially when a growing number are from Africa and notoriously socially conservative?

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