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Mystery of sexuality and gender Premium

20 April 2017
What an insightful, sensitive piece by Clifford Longley regarding gender (“Human sexuality remains a mystery, with many surprises still to come”, 8 April).

That the Catholic leaders in Syria call the recent US air strike “reckless” does not tell the whole story (The Church in the World, 15 April). It was also illegal.

The tablet calls itself “the international Catholic weekly”, and your Letters page usually reflects the breadth of your readership. Not so your arts coverage.

Gas chamber or lethal injection? Premium

06 April 2017
My penfriend, a prisoner on California’s Death Row, has written to me again.

Chris McDonnell’s cautious diplomacy on the crisis of compulsory celibacy (Letters, 1 April)

Cafod’s voice falls silent on HIV Premium

30 March 2017
As someone who worked in Cafod’s HIV team for 18 years I, too, was alarmed at the 2014 decision to dissolve this team and the HIV advisory group (News from Britain and Ireland, 25 March). I, too, raised my concerns with Cafod’s director and bishop chair, to no avail.

I didn’t recognise your description of Archbishop Welby as a transactionalist: “‘Welby’s style is [...]: you support this and I’ll give you something else” (“Just about managing”, 18 March).

Celibacy splits the Church Premium

23 March 2017
My eye was drawn to the headline “It is the sort of thing that could happen to any man” above Christopher Howse’s Presswatch (18 March). “Any man” was former Bishop Eamonn Casey who died on 13 March.

It has been interesting over the past couple of weeks, as a deacon, to read the concerns of readers about the role deacons play in a parish, currently as men and maybe in the future as women.

Sex, shame and the abuse of power Premium

16 March 2017
It is said that the Catholic Church moves in centuries. We also frequently hear of people getting no response from Rome, be they theologians under a cloud, victims of sexual abuse, or anyone else daring to say something critical. How does this square with Jesus’ respectful way of operating? He addressed people’s issues right there and then.

Whether or not I am ordained as a deacon doesn’t make any difference to my commitment to serve the people of God. To serve Jesus is always enough.

The goal of Christian unity Premium

09 March 2017
I understand very well the concerns of those who consider the comments of some church leaders as undervaluing the importance of doctrine and of full visible (that is to say, ecclesial, sacramental) communion as the nature and goal of the ecumenical movement.

Given the contentious interpretations of Amoris Laetitia, the obscurity at the centre and the fear of “subjective” interpretations if decisions are left to individual bishops, is there not a case for returning to early Church practice and calling Local Councils?

The research by the Oasis Foundation (News from Britain and Ireland, 18 February) reflects what I found in my own, admittedly limited, research completed in 2015.

First, consult the laity Premium

02 March 2017
Who decides who can and cannot receive Communion (Editorial, 25 February)?

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