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30 October 2014

It is disappointing to read (“Commission closure ‘lost opportunity’”, News from Britain and Ireland, 18 October) of the disbanding of the International Commission for the Preparation of an English Language Lectionary.

30 October 2014

Those bishops who support international peace in the Holy Land do an excellent job in encouraging pilgrims to visit the area.

30 October 2014

According to Dr Tim Gallwey (Letters, 18 October), “We are quite capable of thinking things through for ourselves without the need for clergy to tell us what to think, what to do and how to do it.

30 October 2014

Before deciding to proceed along the journey to annulment (“A question of validity”, Parish Practice”, 25 October) couples need to become fully informed of the negative aspects of the process

30 October 2014

Terry Philpot seems to believe (Letters, 25 October) that the right of Palestinians to their own statehood depends necessarily on their readiness to comply with Israeli preconditions, before talks to establish such a state can even begin.

30 October 2014

Since the inception of Pope Francis’ pontificate, there has been a well-intentioned attempt to restore the attractiveness of the Gospel for those to whom it has lost its sheen.

30 October 2014

It was a delight to read Jessie Childs’ review of Joan of Arc: a History by Helen Castor (Books, 25 October), infused with an understanding of the time in which Joan lived.

30 October 2014

The Rector of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris seems not to know (“Fury over admission charges plan”, The Church in the World, 25 October) that there are already two queues at the entrance to his cathedral

30 October 2014

God’s compassion for us is all the more wonderful because Christ died, not for the righteous or the holy but for the wicked and the sinful, and, though the divine nature could not be touched by the sting of death, he took to himself, through his birth as one of us, something he could offer on our behalf.

Previous issues

23 October 2014

The issue in the discussion about Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics (“Till misunderstanding do us part”, 4 October) is not so much about what is marriage as what is the nature and purpose of the Eucharist. We forever get bogged down in the issue of worthiness.

23 October 2014

The Synod on the Family (“Battle lines drawn”, 18 October) will remain one of the most versatile post-Vatican II events to have shaken roots and rocked boats, sending us out of our comfortable and quietist zones.

23 October 2014

David Jones (Letters, 18 October) asks: “What role is there for the wife of a Catholic parish priest? Every parish and person is different, but I can say something of my own experience.

23 October 2014

It is a pity that the bishops of England and Wales supporting the meaningless House of Commons vote to recognise a Palestinian state (News from Britain and Ireland, 18 October)

23 October 2014

So in Kenya, “Bishops allege contraception by stealth” (The Church in the World, 18 October). Let us hope that Catholic schoolgirls believe what the Church says less than did those in Cameroon.

23 October 2014

I read with interest and chagrin Ian Thomson’s review of Peter Levi: Oxford romantic (Books, 4 October) and winced at his description of “a saturnine presence” at Oxford.

23 October 2014

Much has been written about the exclusion of divorced and remarried Catholics from receiving Communion

23 October 2014

On October 16, the UN reported that its appeal for a fund of US$1 billion (£620 million) to fight ebola had raised just $100,000 (£62,000) and 0.1 per cent of the target.

23 October 2014

The group of unmarried bishops meeting in Rome to discuss marriage, and Peter Cunningham (Letters, 18 October)

16 October 2014

Professor Nicholas Boyle (“England arise”, 11 October) ably presses the case for a rethinking of the association of the nations that constitute the United Kingdom, and for an English parliament.

16 October 2014

Melanie McDonagh (“When life means life”, 4 October) recounted the story of an Italian woman who was divorced and remarried and who asked her priest whether she might take Communion.

16 October 2014

Cardinal Cormac Murphy- O’Connor’s recent comments in a BBC interview (News from Britain and Ireland, 11 October) were significant and are to be welcomed.

16 October 2014

I was most moved by the compassion of your editorial (“Blaming the woman does Church no credit”, 11 October) on the situation of women who become involved in close relationships with Catholic priests.

16 October 2014

“Liking distinct rules that everyone can follow” (see D.J. Taylor’s Radio column on The Report, Arts 11 October) does not make Joseph Shaw “deeply orthodox”.

16 October 2014

Peter Tyler (“Wild woman with a gentle vision”, 11 October) mentions that George Eliot referred to Teresa of Avila in the preface to Middlemarch – but she also does so in the finale and it’s far more than a passing reference.

09 October 2014

Margaret Farley (“Love shaped and grounded in faith”, 27 September) presents an interesting case for same-gender marriage.

09 October 2014

Melanie McDonagh’s exposition of the practical difficulties faced by the divorced and remarried, as well as the Church’s generic response to it, was fair and balanced (“When life means life”, 4 October).

09 October 2014

Last week I took part in an international symposium in Rome on “The Idea of University”. One of the themes that emerged was the importance of promoting “dialogue” between faith and science or reason.

09 October 2014

What a shame so little attention is being paid to the collateral damage caused by the lifestyle of our bishop, Kieran Conry (“I felt I had done wrong and I must go”, 4 October).

09 October 2014

Jonathan Tulloch (“Four wheels bad, two wheels good”, 20 September) was castigating those of us who drive and telling us to ride bicycles instead.

02 October 2014

How very sad that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) is trying to silence the gentle, faithful, intelligent Catholic theologian Professor Tina Beattie (News from Britain and Ireland, 27 September)

02 October 2014

It is sad thatKieran Conry has had to resign as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton (www.thetablet.co.uk). He was a pastorally aware bishop who was liked and trusted.

02 October 2014

I read your leader (“A clear case for UK air strikes”, 27 September) with real disappointment and sadness.

02 October 2014

Several senior bishops have expressed the wish that the Synod on the Family in Rome should reaffirm Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical letter Humanae Vitae banning contraception.

02 October 2014

Margaret Farley’s plea for same-sex marriage (“Love shaped and grounded in faith”, 27 September) is weakened by her confusing three things that for clear thinking should be kept apart: ...

02 October 2014

I was struck by the letters you published under the heading “The crying game” (27 September).

02 October 2014

Jonathan Tulloch (“Glimpses of Eden”, 27 September) refers to the Hardy tree, with its pile of tombstones displaced by the railway works, in Old St Pancras churchyard, as “perhaps …