A Passion for the Gospel
Carlos A. Sintado
The Rev. Dr Carlos A. Sintado is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church in Argentina who
served for more than 20 years in various capacities at the World Council of Churches headquarters in
Geneva. With Manuel Quintero Perez, he is the author of Pasion y compromiso con el Reino
de Dios: El testimonio ecumenico de Emilio Castro (Passion and commitment to the
Kingdom of God: The ecumenical testimony of Emilio Castro)
(Buenos Aires: Kairos Ediciones, 2007).
This article reviews the role of Emilio Castro as general secretary of the World Council of
Churches (1985–1992), highlighting his involvement in the Conciliar Process for Justice,
Peace, and the Integrity of Creation; his appreciation for Orthodox spirituality and theology;
and his commitment to strengthening relationships with Pentecostals and evangelicals.
Emilio Castro, World Council of Churches, ecumenical movement, Latin America,
A pre-eminent leader of the ecumenical movement once said that Emilio Castro, who
became general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in 1985, was the
ﬁrst general secretary to come from the churches and not from the movements.
Whether this was a compliment, a criticism, or something in between is open for
debate. In fact, Castro’s record before joining the staff of the WCC in 1973 as director
of the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) is a rather more com-
plex affair, since his experiences transcend a simple binary opposition between church
His theological convictions were strongly inﬂuenced by his upbringing and involve-
ment in pastoral ministry in the highly secularized Uruguayan society – by far the most
(2018) World Council of Churches. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.