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Salvation Army lead applauded

SIR JOHN Biggs Davison, Conservative MP for Epping Forest and an eminent Catholic. has praised the Salvation Army's decision to withdraw from the World Council of Churches.

In a strongly worded statement Sir John said; "With Christian good sense they have quit a body which makes God in its own para-Marxist image." He further suggested that now a lead has been given. there is "hope that Catholics who have been agitating for their Church to join will think again"..

The Salvation Army said that it decided to leave the WCC because the 300-member Council is guided "by politics rather than the Gospel.— It objected

specifically to Council grants made to what the Salvation Army considers guerilla groups.

Grants have been made by the Council to such groups as the Patriotic Front, which was at the time involve d in guerilla warfare with the Rhodesian minority government. and more recently to groups 1 ike the South West African Peoples Organisation in Namibia and the African National Congress.

Although the WCC claims that while grants are going to groups involved in lighting apartheid the donations c an only be used for humanitaria n purposes, such as Food and miedical supplies, many people has' e expressed doubts about this type of support. Sir John stressed this point in his statement: "For years, millions of Christians have been perturbed by the World Council of Churches' moral and financial support of terrorist movements ... Not for nothing did the Pope condemn 'liberation theology' in Mexico and terrorism in Ireland,' he said.




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