SODEPAXSociety, Development and Peace (Geneva)
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The secretariat was directly responsible to the two co-presidents of SODEPAX, Mgr Gremillon and Prof.
Spae, "SODEPAX: An Ecumenical and Experimental Approach to World Need," Ecumenical Review26:1 (1974), 88-99, at 89: "The experimental character of SODEPAX is crucial.
The WCC responded to the dispute over development--seen not only in these two addresses but in the work of Section III--by extending the mandate of SODEPAX (83) and creating the Commission for the Churches' Participation in Development (CCPD) in 1970.
(48) SODEPAX was a joint commission of the WCC and the Vatican on social, development and peace issues that existed from 1968 to 1990.
(12) Gustavo Gutierez Merino in In Search of a Theology of Development, A Sodepax Report, p.
The third main section, "From the Crisis in Development Policy to the Critique of Economic Theory", follows developments as reflected in discussions in the WCC-Roman Catholic Joint Committee on Society, Development and Peace (SODEPAX), in the newly founded Commission on the Churches' Participation in Development (CCPD) and the WCC assemblies in Uppsala in 1968 and Nairobi in 1975.
The WCC tried repeatedly to create a framework for cooperation in other areas of activity--for instance, SODEPAX in the sphere of the church's witness in society.
Some have called the November 1971 consultation, entitled "Caribbean Ecumenical Consultation for Development", the most significant event since the end of slavery for the history of the Caribbean church.(15) It was at that consultation, organized by CADEC and the Churches Committee on Society, Development and Peace (SODEPAX), that the formation of the CCC was agreed in principle.
The experiment of SODEPAX (1968-74) as a programme to organize common peace and development work between the World Council and the Roman Catholic Church was a failure.
Neither the formation of the JWG in 1965, nor Catholic participation in the 1966 world conference on Church and Society, nor the success of SODEPAX, founded in 1967, nor the appointment in 1968 of nine theologians from the RCC to the Faith and Order Commission had fired the imagination of a wider non-Catholic public as did Tucci's call.
The consequences of this choice became immediately visible in three distinct areas which had offered particularly notable examples of collaboration: the Christian Medical Commission, the Women's Ecumenical Liaison Group, and the Joint Committee on Society Development and Peace (SODEPAX).
A year later it had become clear that SODEPAX would not continue beyond the end of 1980.