Time and again we see leaders and members of religions incite aggression, fanaticism, hate, and xenophobia - even inspire and legitimate violent and bloody conflicts.
After two world wars, the collapse of fascism, nazism, communism and colonialism and the end of the cold war, humanity has entered a new phase of its history.
And a third thing is the understanding of the Church as a community, a communion which is just a hierarchy but the people of God, whose servants are the priests and bishops.
That means that every human being - without distinction of sex, age, race, skin color, language, religion, political view, or national or social origin - possesses an inalienable and untouchable dignity.
All historical experience demonstrates the following: Our earth cannot be changed unless in the not too distant future an alteration in the consciousness of individuals is achieved.
A human person is infinitely precious and must be unconditionally protected.
We are conscious that religions cannot solve the economic, political and social problems of this earth.
Hundreds of millions of human beings on our planet increasingly suffer from unemployment, poverty, hunger, and the destruction of their families.
The Gospel has to be the norm.
That is the Roman way: to give favors to the favorites.
We are convinced of the fundamental unity of the human family.
Religion often is misused for purely power-political goals, including war.
If priests were allowed to marry, if this would be an optional thing, and if he could have wife and children, he would certainly have less temptation to satisfy certain sexual impulses with minors.
Humanity today possesses sufficient economic, cultural and spiritual resources to introduce a better global order.
I remember the Curia said, that's up to the American bishops, not up to Rome.
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