The British Council of Churches, meeting in Swan sea yesterday (Tuesday) discussed the world Council of Churches decision to give money to guerrilla groups in Southern Africa.
GV PAN..Students with placards outside building
SV Ramsey arrives
SV Ramsey addressing meeting and others listening (2 shots)
SV Interviewer with Paton
SV Interviewer with cleric
VICAR OF GLOUCESTER: "I think it ought to support because the world council of churches seems to me to be right. The situation of racial injustice in Southern Africa, called Apartheid, is now felt to be such an affront by the whole of the coloured world. My own experience in China and other parts of the coloured world is that apartheid is such an affront that they will judge us by our attitude to it."
CLERIC: "Because I don't believe that any church should support the use of violence of the kind that some of these organisation fighting against apartheid are guilty of, I don't think that the church should ever be responsible for any bloodshed."
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Background: The British Council of Churches, meeting in Swan sea yesterday (Tuesday) discussed the world Council of Churches decision to give money to guerrilla groups in Southern Africa.
The annual conference is also due to consider a controversial report, which states that the injustices of apartheid cannot be removed by constitutional means and that unconstitutional action is the only course left open. It suggests that Western Christians are being hypocritical if they claim Britain was right to use force in two world wars -- but deny the same right to Africans. Among top level British clerics at the meeting is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Ramsey.
The Vicar of Gloucester, David Paton, comments on the giving of money to African Freedom Movements:
Another cleric at the meeting was strongly opposed to church money for the guerrillas: