(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.