Walter Kasper quotes

  • Those who are unprepared to demonstrate tolerance cannot expect or even demand tolerance for themselves.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Tolerance #Demand #Unprepared

  • Europe sees itself as a liberal-minded society. It has no desire to be, nor can it be, a "Christian club.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Christian #Europe #Desire

  • Where it is the majority religion, Islam does not recognize religious freedom, at least not as we understand it. Islam is a different culture. This doesn't mean that it's an inferior culture, but it is a culture that has yet to connect with the positive sides of our modern Western culture: religious freedom, human rights and equal rights for women.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Religious #Mean #Rights

  • The fundamental issue, when it comes to Europe's future, will be whether and how we manage to transfer the ideals that once made Europe great - especially its Christian roots - into today's changed world. No one wants to return to the Middle Ages.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Christian #Roots #Issues

  • Europe's experiment with multiculturalism, or the side-by-side existence of different cultures, has failed throughout the continent. Integration requires a minimum basis of shared values, that is, a culture of mutual tolerance and respect - in other words, what constitutes the heart of European culture.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Heart #Europe #Tolerance

  • Christianity brought something new and revolutionary: freedom and unconditional dignity for each individual, regardless of his religion, culture or nationality. But the East and the West have parted ways since the Crusades.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #East #Culture #Way

  • Suicide attacks are the actions of losers who have nothing left to lose. In this case, Islam serves as a mask, a cover for desperation and nihilism, but not for religion.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Suicide #Islam #Nihilism

  • A Europe that qualifies its own values is not attractive in the eyes of Muslims. Europe must conduct itself as a strong partner, both intellectually and spiritually, and it must be convinced of its own advantages. This is the only way we will gain respect.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Strong #Eye #Europe

  • The religious wars showed that the Christian faith was no longer Europe's unifying force. A new common ground was needed, and it was found in reason, which is something that is shared by all of mankind. This was one of the roots of the Enlightenment and its concept of universal human rights.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Christian #Religious #War

  • The scientific and societal achievements of the modern age are undisputable. But after the French Revolution, modernity increasingly emancipated itself from Christian roots, thereby becoming rootless itself.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Christian #Roots #Achievement

  • The distinction between the religious and secular orders is a fundamental aspect of Christianity. This distinction is an innovation compared to Islam and Judaism, and it is an advantage that has helped shape Europe.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Religious #Order #Europe

  • Islam developed in opposition to orthodox Christianity from the very start, and it considers itself superior to Christianity. So far, it has only been tolerant in places where it is in the minority.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Islam #Minorities #Orthodox Christianity

  • Islam undoubtedly deserves respect. It has some things in common with Christianity, such as Abraham as a common progenitor, and the belief in only one God.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Islam #Belief #Common

  • There is no such thing as one Islam. The Koran is ambiguous and Islam is not a monolithic entity.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Islam #Entity #Ambiguous

  • One unanswered question is whether a Euro-Islam that combines Islam with democracy will be possible in the future. We mustn't confuse desire with reality.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Reality #Islam #Democracy

  • Islam in the Arab world coexists with Indonesian, Pakistani and Turkish Islam. There is limited solidarity, even within the Arab world.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Islam #World #Solidarity

  • The distinction between radical Islam and moderate Muslims is important, as are the differences between Sunnis and Shiites, and between militant and mystical Islam.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Differences #Islam #Important

  • The end of World War I also marked the end of bourgeois culture. An inner emptiness developed that, in the 19th and 20th centuries, paved the way for two ideologies that dragged Europe and the world into an abyss and plunged it into a catastrophe.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #War #Two #Europe

  • Only a Europe that is conscious of its own values can be both an economically strong and a morally and intellectually respected partner, and thereby extend its hospitality to others. It's a cultural disgrace that we are forced to identify no-go areas for foreigners.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Strong #Europe #Hospitality

  • The conflict with Islam has, after all, existed throughout European history.
    -- Walter Kasper

    #Islam #Conflict #European History