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A face-to-face encounter Premium

18 August 2016
Dom Hugh Somerville-Knapman OSB (Letters, 6 August) reminds readers that, at the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples sat on the same side of the table. But that in no way means that Jesus persistently looked away from the disciples.

Pope Francis’ insistence that we should not equate Islam with terrorism is in the interest of justice and fairness. The Islamic world is a complex reality, with many different approaches to faith, interwoven with various historical, social and cultural contexts.

Impossible dreams of certainty Premium

10 August 2016
Dr Joseph Shaw, in responding (Letters, 6 August) to my article criticising the letter in which he and 44 others called on Pope Francis to clarify 19 statements found in Amoris Laetitia

As a parish priest serving in the Midlands, I have had contact over the years with young Polish Catholics. The impression they give of their experience of the Church in Poland is one of clerical and hierarchical harshness, with unsympathetic and legalistic clergy. Jonathan Luxmoore’s article “Poland plays a waiting game” (30 July) strengthens this impression.

As your leader points out (“Laïcité is not a helpful framework” 23 July), a “society of law-abiding homogeneity” is what the French state seems to be striving for but it is the last thing that France needs.

The search for certainty Premium

03 August 2016
Fr Gerald O’collins SJ comments on the appeal to the cardinals by 45 Catholic academics which seeks a clarification of the teaching of Amoris Laetitia (“The illusion of certainty”, 30 July).

Heythrop: the last chance saloon We write as lay alumni of Heythrop College, now working in a number of different fields across church and society in England and Ireland, to express our concern at reports that talks aiming to negotiate a future partnership between Heythrop College and the University of Roehampton have stalled.

The morality of deterrence Premium

27 July 2016
Your editorial (“Sense and nonsense in the nuclear debate”, 23 July) ends, “Would the world really be a safer place without nuclear weapons? We will probably never know because it will probably never happen.”

Which way does God face? Premium

21 July 2016
Mark Francis has shown that the vocation of the priesthood is vastly more of a privilege than Cardinal Sarah implies by his encouragement that the priest celebrating Mass should face east (“Which way does God face?”, 16 July).

We write as Catholic university teachers of theology, from a wide range of institutions, who have all served as President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain, to express our great concern at reports of the breakdown of negotiations for the proposed alignment of Heythrop College and the University of Roehampton.

God on his side Premium

14 July 2016
It is one of the great tragedies that Tony Blair’s Christian formation did not include reading and absorbing Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians.

Thank you for opening up public discussion of the threatened closure of the Jesuit flagship in London, Heythrop College (“Heythrop–Roehampton merger thrown into doubt”, News From Britain and Ireland, 2 July).

The future of Heythrop Premium

06 July 2016
As members of staff at Heythrop College in solidarity with the Principal and Governing Body we are writing to clarify the situation regarding the college’s proposed partnership with the University of Roehampton (News, 2 July).

Richard Leonard’s column on LGBTI and homosexuality (2 July) was excellent. But he writes that LGBTI persons “deserve respect, compassion and sensitivity”.

Referendum fallout Premium

29 June 2016
The Principle of Subsidiarity must also take account of the capacity and discernment of those called upon to take decisions. In the case of the EU Referendum it appears that a substantial proportion of the population felt ill-equipped to make such a momentous decision.

Our country has just taken a decision of global significance. It has not been just about us and the EU but international relations. Before the general election there was a combined pastoral letter from the Bishops of England and Wales.

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