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Latin American bishop shares values on economy with European churches

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 luglio 2013

Budapest – A common and differentiated way is needed to shift from cultures and economies of greed and de-limitation, to cultures and economies of sufficiency, the Rt Rev. Julio E. Murray, former President of the Latin American Council of Churches has told the 14th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches.Delivering the keynote speech at the Assembly in Budapest on Thursday, Murray, the Bishop of the Episcopal (Anglican) Church of Panama, said.”Witnessing to our Christian faith requires us to offer spiritual and practical resistance to economic injustice and ecological destruction and to do everything we can to promote an economy in the service of life,” he said.In his 30 minute speech, Bishop Julio urged a renewal of the ecumenical movement’s commitment to the poor and spoke from his context of Latin America to the delegates from across Europe.Bishop Murray expressed his fears for a global crisis in civilisation which had been driven by financial instability: “The neoliberal economic system have produced in the so-called third world countries a growing number of impoverished, marginalised and persecuted people.”When the global market is left to its own devises and desires, it has serious negative consequences, most noted the exclusion and exploitation of the majority of the world’s population.” In a strongly-worded critique of capitalist economic and fiscal policies Bishop Julio added: “The problem is with unfair rules designed by affluent governments to advance their own commercial interests.”During his keynote talk, the immediate past leader of CEC’s sister organisation in Latin America, Murray argued for an ‘economy of sufficiency’ rather than a “prosperity built on disproportionate and unjust debts..”We need – in a common and differentiated way – to shift from cultures and economies of greed and de-limitation, to cultures and economies of sufficiency.”The prophetic role of the Church, the time to take risks and the important role of the new generation were all raised as encouraging signs that CEC is responding to the challenge which is the theme of the Assembly: and now what are you waiting for? “To be part of the ecumenical movement is a declaration of our sure and certain hope for Gods gracious transformation of this world”, Bishop Julio added.Bishop Julio brought greetings from churches in Latin America to all the delegates and other participants at the CEC Assembly.

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