Wednesday, June 1, 2011

QUOTATION: Reconciliation and Authentic Respect

A correct reading of history will make it easier to accept and appreciate the social, cultural and religious differences between individuals and groups. This is the first step toward reconciliation, since respect for differences is an inherently necessary condition for genuine relationships between individuals and between groups. The suppression of differences can result in apparent peace, but it creates a volatile situation that is, in fact, the prelude to fresh outbreaks of violence.

--Pope John Paul II