Page 2, 19th February 1971

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People: Michael Ramsey
Locations: Canterbury


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Attack on 'racial grants'

A STRONG attack on the

World Council of Churches grants last September to anti-racialist organisations was made by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Michael Ramsey, at the opening of the spring session of the Church of England General Synod in London on Tuesday. The grants included some to African liberation movements.

Dr. Ramsey said: "When symbolic acts of moral judgment are made in the name of a large section of world-wide Christendom it is unfortunate if these acts give a one-sided impression.

"The W.C.C. programme confines itself to white racism. Surely that limitation is very

misleading. I yield to no one in my abhorrence of white racism, and in my readiness to bear witness against it. But why, in this symbolic act of ecumenical moral judgment. limit the formula to white racism?

"Was it wrong of me, after I had done my best in South Africa to help those who are struggling against white racism, to say as I did in East Africa that Christianity decries any and every harshness of a State towards either a majority or a minority in its population?"

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