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Cardinal regrets 'missed opportunity' for religious leaders at World Economic Forum

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington said religious leaders could have played a useful role in the World Economic Forum meeting in New York during the past week.

The role of religious leaders is to "get ethical and religious points of view into these discussions" with business and political leaders, he said. Many business and political leaders "would be open to that," he added.

The cardinal said that because forum organizers had "a special track" for religious leaders, they spent much of their time talking with each other. An interreligious panel at one plenary session was the only formal opportunity for interchange, he said.

World Economic Forum 2002: Spirituality and Religion