Fr. Thomas A Baima, Director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, has said:
I really believe that if you can identify the depth and breadth of convergence that already exists in ethics, you will discover the basis for promoting the common good in a pluralistic society.
Former USA President Jimmy Carter has said:
Religious representatives need to exercise their moral authority and mobilise the vast human resources of their communities in the service of peacemaking.
Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, has said:
The challenge we now face is for the different nations and peoples of the world to agree on a basic set of human values, which will serve as a unifying force in the development of a genuine global community.
Tony Blair, UK Prime Minister, in his Values and the Power of Community lecture, 30 June 2000, said:
If it is true that it is only by clear commitment to shared values that we survive and prosper in a world of change, then surely religious faith has its own part to play in deepening such commitment. What is faith but belief in something bigger than self? What is the idea of community but the national acknowledgement of our own interdependence? In truth, faith is reason’s ally.
Indeed, as long ago as 1932, Norman Bentwich, in his The Religious Foundation of Internationalism, wrote:
In our day religion, or rather the co-operation of the religions of the world, must help to bring about the fulfilment of the prophetic conception of the reign of the moral law in the affairs of States, which alone can be a firm foundation of the peace of nations.