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31 July 2014 by Ivor Roberts

One hundred years ago this week, diplomacy failed and the world descended into war. Outrage at recent events in Gaza and Ukraine may be justified, but although the risks of failure are high we must not abandon diplomatic efforts to find lasting solutions in the world’s trouble spots

31 July 2014 by Oliver Rafferty

In 1914 the British Government was slow to recognise the importance for Catholic soldiers of having a chaplain alongside them. Once the issue was addressed, the courage of the men and their priests was greatly admired

31 July 2014 by Antoine de Tarlé

The French Government and the Catholic Church have condemned the anti-Semitic demonstrations which have targeted Jewish shops and synagogues in recent weeks. Here a commentator says the latest protests have had the effect of bringing together once mortal enemies

31 July 2014 by Kevin McDonald

Fifty years ago next week, Pope Paul VI issued his encyclical letter Ecclesiam Suam, a groundbreaking document that changed the way the Church understood itself. No longer simply wagging a finger at the modern world, the Church began to enter into dialogue with it

31 July 2014 by Hazel Southam

The Archbishop of Canterbury has talked about competing the pay-day lender Wonga out of the market. Now the Church of England has begun to put the ambition into practice

31 July 2014 by Francis McDonagh

A distrust of economic theory and theorists is characteristic of Pope Francis’ thinking. Instead his thoughts on social policy are rooted in the Gospel and his experience of poverty and injustice in his native Argentina

31 July 2014 by Nick Spencer

Officially the UK economy may be back to where it was before the financial crash of 2008, but the gap between rich and poor is wider than ever

31 July 2014 by Harriet Meyer

With the Co-operative Bank working hard to reinvent itself after the worst losses and scandal in its 142-year history, is it wise to abandon it as it attempts to rebuild customer trust, and what are the ethical alternatives?

31 July 2014 by Rose Prince

We are moving house and I will say goodbye to our beehive clay oven. This is a wood-fired oven we got on a whim, thinking myself to be quite the primitive cook that would attempt all sorts of derring-do adventures outdoors.

Previous issues

24 July 2014 by Mary Dejevsky

The destruction of a Malaysian Airlines aircraft by rebels in eastern Ukraine is more than just a loss of innocent lives. The incident and the response to it illustrate the gulf between Russia and the West, and the conflicting views of Vladimir Putin

24 July 2014 by James Woodward

A senior Anglican priest was the only member of Lord Falconer’s commission to challenge its conclusion that the law should be changed so that terminally ill people can be helped to end their lives. Here, he argues that time is needed for a richer and more nuanced consideration of the issues

24 July 2014 by Ameen Sabbagh

A political war of words has begun at the United Nations over the latest conflict between Israel and the Palestinians which has left hundreds dead in Gaza. But behind the rhetoric is a story of human suffering, described here by Caritas’ Jerusalem Gaza coordinator

24 July 2014 by Michael Sean Winters

One of the most important sees in the United States, Chicago, has to be filled, after Cardinal Francis George declared his wish to resign on the grounds of age and ill-health

24 July 2014 by Sarah Mac Donald

Joining a drug-dealing gang in Los Angeles usually leads to a lifetime of crime or an early death. One priest’s initiative to break this cycle has had remarkable success but the work is far from complete

24 July 2014 by Sue Gaisford

Many Great War survivors remained silent for decades, their secret stories emerging only towards the end of their lives

24 July 2014 by Liz Dodd

Prolific author, editor and publisher whose energies were devoted to exploring the links between faith and culture

24 July 2014 by Guy Consolmagno

It was a beautiful theory, while it lasted. Most meteorites are well-compressed lumps of primordial dust and little beads of rock. But some are chips of lava, bits of some small asteroid that melted and sorted itself into a small iron core and a crust of frozen basaltic lava.

17 July 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

The Church of England’s synod this week voted to allow women to be ordained as bishops. But what will it mean for Anglicans’ relationship with Rome?

17 July 2014 by Christopher Lamb

One of England’s most high-profile Catholic colleges, the Jesuit-run Heythrop, is considering joining forces with the new university of St Mary’s, Twickenham. It would be a move brought about by the harsh reality of today’s economic climate

17 July 2014 by Peter Saunders

Pope Francis begged forgiveness for the sins committed by the sons and daughters of the Church when he met six survivors of clerical sex abuse last week. One of the group, who himself was molested by two priests, describes the encounter and what he urged the Pope to do

17 July 2014 by Chris McDonnell

The possibility of married priests appears to be nudging its way on to Rome’s agenda. Here, a leading advocate of change argues that mandatory celibacy should be set aside

17 July 2014 by Daniel O’Leary

At the heart of our relationship with God is the commitment of two people to each other. When couples fall in love, God is moved and the universe quickens on its way. When they answer “I do” to the question about lifelong commitment, it is a moment of divine incarnation

17 July 2014 by Ruth Gledhill

With the announcement of a female bishop possible before the end of the year, we look at the women clergy in the Church of England who might gain a mitre.

17 July 2014 by Sarah Teather

As the number of would-be settlers in detention soars to nearly 800, the MP chairing an inquiry into British immigration policy describes how she became convinced it is unfit for purpose

17 July 2014 by John Morrish

Unharmed by its appearance in the fusty OED or its embrace by the old and the unhip, “lol” marches on, appended to texts, emails, tweets and Facebook comments. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has yet to end its letters with the same valediction, but it is only a matter of time.

10 July 2014 by Jason Berry

Reforms are underway at the Vatican bank after a crisis so deep that it has direct links with the resignation of Benedict XVI

10 July 2014 by Melanie McDonagh

New inquiries into historical abuse, and recent court cases, are exposing people for criminal actions they thought long hidden. This reckoning has a lesson for all of society

10 July 2014

This week Pope Francis met victims of sexual abuse. Two each from Britain, Ireland and Germany attended Mass with him and spoke of their trauma. But as the wife of another victim of abuse by a priest explains, the suffering also engulfs loved ones and family members

10 July 2014

In last week’s edition of The Tablet, we published several responses to the working document, or instrumentum laboris, that the bishops will use at their synod in Rome in October. Here we highlight the views of the younger generation of Catholics – the people who have come of age in an increasingly secular world dominated by social media and in a Church far less confident about formation

10 July 2014 by Charles E. Curran

The views of the laity on sex, marriage and the family are reported in the working document, or instrumentum laboris, prepared for the October synod of bishops. But natural law, not the sensus fidelium, is still likely to dominate the discussions

10 July 2014 by Alex Carlile

Lord Falconer’s bill promoting assisted dying is to be extensively debated at its second reading on Friday in the House of Lords. But, warns an eminent lawyer and staunch opponent of allowing the terminally ill to seek medical help to end their lives, it is a flawed draft with no safeguards against abuse

10 July 2014

VINO NOBILE di Montepulciano (to those who know it) probably carries a certain air of tradition, alongside the superior and better-known Brunello di Montalcino.

03 July 2014 by Clifford Longley

The key working document, or instrumentum laboris, that bishops will use at their synod in Rome this October was published last week. Close analysis reveals an institution for which marriage, sex and the family remain problematic, suffering a huge gap between theory and practice

03 July 2014

Classical images of the family are under pressure. This is no surprise, and perhaps it was always so. But what this document reflects, with unusual clarity and frankness, is the widening variety of difficulties currently faced by those attempting to recreate that mysterious, almost unattainable ideal of Nazareth.

03 July 2014

Lack of knowledge of church teaching “The People of God’s knowledge of conciliar and post-conciliar documents on the Magisterium of the family seems to be rather wanting.”

03 July 2014 by Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor

Media pictures of radicalised young men create a distorted view of Islam, argues a Muslim sociologist, who presents a different portrait of her faith in Britain today

03 July 2014 by Fr John Jenkins

The president of one of the foremost US Catholic universities tells Michael Sean Winters how he is working to create a ‘rich sense of what a Catholic university should be’

03 July 2014 by Nicole Pepinster Greene

Cost-cutting measures are threatening the future of courses inspired by the mission of St Katharine Drexel to help disadvantaged students in the US acquire the basic language skills they need to get through university courses and into work

03 July 2014 by Andrew V Abela

Washington DC is a city dedicated to the American political machine. But in a corner of it is what might be called the Pope’s business school, dedicated to inculcating in students the virtues of an economic system better known for its amorality and greed

03 July 2014 by Aidan Bellenger

Campaigner for changes in attitudes both inside and outside the Church, educator and writer

03 July 2014 by Rose Prince

NEW GUIDELINES on our sugar intake miss the mark a bit. The insistence in a draft report by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) that we halve the amount of sugar we consume sounds like good sense, but our consumption of sugar is a little more complicated than the number of lumps added to a cup of tea.