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Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956 - File 039. 1956-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 25, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/668.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date December 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Energy & Sustainability Research Collection
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Transcript An Easter scene at Trinity Shown in background is thc Metropolitan seemed neit able to recall what hael he-en said by him regarding the- American churches, it was suggested that certain quotes be read. The Metropolitan replied that the days of the- Korean War hail been dif- ficult for everybody; that what had l»'iii saiel during those- days hael best be forgotten since nenv a ne-w era of Understanding had begun. Christians Accused To this erne- eil the- members e>f the deputation replied that it would not be- easy to forget that American Christians hael been called murderers; that the-y hail be-e-u accused of supporting tin- alleged practice of germ warfare in the- Korean War. "We- cannot forget, but we can forgive," it was said. "We fefer to this unhappy past in the spirit of Christian love. We have come a long way to show how e-ager we are to teach a basis of understanding, but this understanding can best be reached as we face the facts of history, anil correct the misinterpretation of the past." Still another member of the deputation insisted that the World Peace Council continued to be- dominated by the Communists. It was pointed out that the conditions for peace set forth by the- World Peace Council corresponded in every essential respect tei Un- pulieie-s of the USSR; that the- few churchmen from the- We-st who had collaborated with the World Peace Council did not have the confidence of, nor were they representative of, WIDE SS-ORLD I-1IOTO monastery, near Moscow. Russian Orthodox Church. their churches. Metropolitan Nicolai replied, saving: "Let's not argue about the World Peace Council, but rather find com- me)n ground. Le-t us now and for the future try to find a basis for common activities. I speak to you not as a member of the Worlel Peace Council, but as an Orthodox Christian. If elur- ing the Korean War we erred somewhat, that is now long ago. anel it is all over." To which it was replied that hereafter, when future- reference is made to the American churches, it would be- better lo ascertain the facts. Saiel Bishop She-nil]: "We have traveled a long way, not for superficial conversations. We must speak the truth — in love. If we eliel not care for understanding, we would neit have come so far." Churches for Justice and Peace The second round of discussions on the peace and war issue teiok place -it a later se-ssie>n. Metropolitan Nicolai read a statement saying he welcomed, "with jew anel brotherly love, the- Christian spirit of Dr. Van Kirk's statement given in the name of the delegation of the- National Council of Churches, and its assurance that 'the churches comprising the National Council firmly support a policy leading to the- establishment of peace and justice throughout the world.'" The American conferees teieik special note of the- fact that the Metropolitan hael linked together in his statement, the concepts of pi-ace- anel justice-. The Metropolitan asked each of his Russian colleagues whether they agreed to the points set forth in his paper. Each one expressed agreement, the Baptist saying: "I would not add a word, or take away a word." Dr. Van Kirk, after consultation with members of the National Council's deputation, presented a comment on the Metropolitan's paper. Here again, as earlier, stress was laid upon considerations of justice, freedom, and human rights. The deputation also requested that all of the formal presentations on the peace question be published together. Bishop Sherrill introduced this item of the agenda. He explained the meaning of the separation of church and state in the United States. He spoke of the manner in which churches in the- United States are supported: policies respecting religious instruction in either than church schools; taxation in relation to the churches; administration of church institutions in areas of education, health, and charitable en- eleavors, and participation of church members in the political community, stressing particularly the variety of political opinions and the freedom with which choices are made on the political level. Churches Have Responsibility "Clergymen differ as elei either citi- ze-ns in their political allegiance to one party or the other," said Bishop Sherrill. "There is no clerical party in the United States and no church uniform- it) in the use of the ballot. . . . The churches acting severally, and many times in unison, do not hesitate tei criticize actions of government, some- tinie-s on local or again em state or on the- national level. The churches have a prophetic function, a responsibility, when needed, tei be the conscience of the- nation. . . ." Protopresbyter Nicolai Koltchitsky eif the Russian Orthodox Church, in speaking to this question said, in part: "It is necessary that our guests understand that the- mission of our Church is to bring our brothers closer to God. Religious life is closely connecteel with ele-e-els. Our Russian Orthodox Church holds that the clergy must not only teach, but be an example. There arc se-ve-n Sacraments, but the meist important are confession and communion. They form a close bond between the believer and the pastor. The- spiritual life of a Christian is e-\- pre-sse-el in that he is in close- touch I-'m is Forum News, December. 1956 Page 37
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