"Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Joseph Ratzinger on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Joseph Ratzinger on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Joseph Ratzinger on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Joseph Ratzinger on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Joseph Ratzinger on Mahatma Gandhi
"Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church is often labeled today as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along by every wind of teaching, look like the only attitude acceptable to today's standards."
"Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. There may be legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not... with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
"An Adult faith does not follow the waves of fashion and the latest novelties."
"The Christian faith can never be separated from the soil of sacred events, from the choice made by God, who wanted to speak to us, to become man, to die and rise again, in a particular place and at a particular time."
"The abuse of faith has to be resisted precisely."