"We must have great respect for these people who also suffer and who want to find their own way of correct living. On the other hand, to create a legal form of a kind of homosexual marriage, in reality, does not help these people."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Joseph Ratzinger on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Joseph Ratzinger on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Joseph Ratzinger on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Joseph Ratzinger on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Joseph Ratzinger on Abraham Lincoln
"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."