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It was kind and very wise of Bishop Kieran Conry (News from Britain and Ireland, 20 September) to remind us all of the positive “contribution” little children make during every Sunday Mass.
Concerning the present intense debate regarding Communion for the divorced and remarried (“The case for mercy”, 20 September), it is significant that canon 8 of the First Ecumenical Council of the Church, Nicaea I in 325, by insisting that Christians remain “in communion” with those who have entered into second marriages,
I am sure I am not the only reader who was very conscious, in reading of Cardinal Manning’s stand for the dockers (“Values lived through action”, 6 September), of distinct echoes of current demands for a “living wage”.
Clifford Longley’s column is one of those I turn to first in The Tablet. But “Privacy matters to people who are up to something they wish to hide” (6 September) is seriously inaccurate.
Since Francis became Bishop of Rome, his beloved San Lorenzo have won the Copa Libertadores – South America’s Champions’ League – for the first time.
John W. O’Malley (“Moment of truth”, 6 September) makes an important point about how decisions are made in the forthcoming Synod on the Family. Will it be another case of a fait accompli, or will there really be shared decision-making?
I agree with Diana Klein (Parish Practice, 30 August) that one person should serve one ministry at Mass.
The new research by the Department for Evangelisation (News from Britain and Ireland, 13 September) is very welcome as parish priests now know what is wrong with Mass attendance.
Alan Morley-Fletcher of Chemin Neuf (“Prayer for today”, 13 September) is not quite correct when he contrasts “traditional orders”with Chemin Neuf which accepts married couples, etc.
Melanie McDonagh (“We need to talk”, 30 August) raises a very pertinent problem facing health-care professionals. Greater longevity will mean more patients with long-term health complications and complex needs.
While I have great sympathy for the women opposed to the establishment of the permanent diaconate in Irish dioceses as another layer of male hierarchy in the Church (News from Britain and Ireland, 6 September)
May I add to John Armitage’s excellent article on the London Dock Strike of 1889 (“Values lived through action”, 6 September).
In Depaul UK, we fully support the plea by Louise Casey, head of the Government’s Troubled Families programme, for a sense of urgency for tackling homelessness (Interview, 13 September).
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It is gratifying to read appreciative comments about the recent document from the International Theological Commission (ITC) on the sensus fidei (“Let the laity be heard’’, 16 August; Letters, 23 August).
Jonathan Tulloch (“Ties that bind”, 30 August) writes eloquently of the language of the border area and of what Scotland and England share. Unfortunately, he does not mention the significant political drift between the two countries.
You feature the suggestion by Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, that the passports of British jihadists should be revoked (News from Britain and Ireland, 30 August).
There is something very incarnational and practical about having a retirement home for popes (“A very uncollegial row”, 23 August).
I read with interest Fr Daniel O’Leary’s article (“Divine evolution”, 23 August). As a biologist and a Catholic, I have long been familiar and comfortable with evolution and very puzzled by those who do not accept it
Your leader (“Putin walks a dark and twisted path”, 30 August) is timely. However, it is also fair to observe that after the welcome fall of the Communist empire a protocol existed forbidding the encroachment of the West.
Your correspondence about silence in church (Letters, 30 August; Parish Practice, 23 August) reminded me of two successive Sunday Masses some years ago.
Prayer is the song of one who strives to see the majesty and beauty of God; who can admire the wonders of the created universe in order to wonder at the Creator whose majesty and beauty those created things mirror.
IN HIS EXCELLENT ARTICLE (“Divine evolution”, 23 August), Fr Daniel O’Leary asks, “Who will open for us this sacramental vision of the ‘New Universe Story?’”
I must take issue with Peter Stanford’s claim of a current crisis at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (column, 23 August). Where has he been, suggesting that nothing much goes on outside of August? What a distortion of the truth.
Your leader (“Helping strangers takes courage”, 23 August) was a reminder that the international community really does need to get together to review the current asylum arrangements.
Elaine Gavaghan (Letters, 23 August) need have no fear. “Let us [my emphasis] offer each other the sign of peace” is not by any standards a translation of the official Latin text “Offerte vobis [my emphasis] pacem.
What a telling contrast between two photographs in your current issue (23 August). The first, on page 9, shows Pope Francis, smiling tenderly, his hand on the shoulder of an elderly Korean woman in a wheelchair.
The Government is revolted by the horrible murder of the American journalist James Foley in Iraq, yet its predecessors of the early 1950s failed to react to an equally nasty incident in Malaya.
Despite the rather negative comments about the Pope’s visit to Kkottongnae in South Korea (“Journey in the spirit of openness, 23 August
Your leader (23 August) states that “Promises don’t put food on the table.” The uncomfortable question is: to what extent are the Churches complicit in the poor becoming much poorer?
Sean Wales’ article on the important and precious role of silence in our lives (Parish Practice, 23 August) reminded me of a notable tribute to silence from the distinguished musician Alfred Brendel.