I assert the existence of the “ecumenical-industrial complex” in my book Ecumenical Babel.
On that point, this bears watching: “Ecumenical news agency suspended, editors removed.”
From the piece:
Earlier this year the WCC, which has been ENI’s main funder and in whose headquarters the agency was based, said it was reducing its financial support for 2011 by over 50 percent.
The WCC is an umbrella body linking Protestant and Orthodox churches around the globe. An acting spokesman for the organisation told Reuters on Monday that the funding decision was “part of a broad redeployment of WCC resources” and had been a “key element in decisions related to the re-shaping of ENI.”
The cash cut came in the wake of complaints by the WCC’s former Kenyan general secretary Samuel Kobia of “inaccuracy” and “sensationalism” in coverage of the body by ENI — which had run reports from an authoritative German religious news service that he had falsely claimed an academic degree.
That doesn’t make for a very merry Christmas for all the ENI staff affected by the cuts.
The full official ENI story related to the “restructuring” after the break. (more…)