BUSAN, South Korea – A senior Russian Orthodox Church official has called into question the effectiveness of the World Council of Churches as an instrument for Christian unity.
“The World Council of Churches today remains a unique instrument of inter-Christian cooperation that has no analogy in the world,” said Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan on Friday.
“However, the question arises as to how effective this instrument is,” said Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, who heads the external church relation section of the Moscow Patriarchate.
The Russian cleric, who is a past member of the main governing body of the World Council of Churches, its central committee said that one of the problems the WCC encounters today is its finances.
The WCC, representing some 560 million Christians all over the world and its highest governing body, its assembly meets about once every seven years when its business and direction is discussed.