I have been reading The Tablet for decades, and I can’t think of one single issue which has produced more negative comments than the rotten “new” Missal translation and the failure of the hierarchy to respond to the problem.
I now know for certain what I have long suspected: the bishops of England and Wales do not care about the liturgical needs of British Catholics. Your editorial of 25 November spells out what they could have done in response to the instruction from the Congregation for Divine Worship about the liturgy in English.
Just before the recent meeting of the Bishops’ Conference of the United States, the Papal Nuncio to Washington gave a lecture at the Catholic University of America. He spoke of the kind of Church Pope Francis believes “God wants in the 21st century”: a church in which “all members are to be engaged in the synodal way of living . . . He wants us to listen to each other.”
William Whyte, in exploring the way John Henry Newman valued church buildings as vehicles for shaping theological understanding (11 November) overstates his case in saying that “no [Anglican] had talked of churches in this way for centuries”.
Censorship at Cafod
I share Fr Martin Boland’s sense of disquiet (Letters, 30 September) at the potential impact of self-appointed guardians of orthodoxy who would make social media a virtual Coliseum for their bloodsports.
Norman Tanner SJ (Letters, 2 September) offers some “refinements” on the debate about his colleague Jacques Dupuis’s experience with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). He concludes that the “CDF may not have been courteous or fair in all its procedures, but we should give it credit for having at heart the good of souls”.
Many could muster that much goodwill. But when we hear the hurt caused to Jacques Dupuis in his own words (“Theologian on the ropes”, 12 August) this is far from sufficient.
David McLees (Letters, 29 July) is wrong in asserting that air travel by clergy is gratuitous. Air travel contributes 2-3 per cent of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The gas turbine (jet) is the most efficient means yet invented of turning fossil fuel into power.
I can hardly be the only Catholic who is deeply unimpressed by The Tablet’s repeated attempts, most recently in “Caring for Creation” (Parish Practice, 15 July), to encourage parishes to take small steps on behalf of the environment.
Jim O’Keefe may be entitled to congratulate his team on a consultation exercise within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle … Their supposed solution, however, cannot be described as “a new model for the local church” …
Your editorial (“There must be clarity on marriage”, 1 July) does not make it clear why you feel the need for an “unambiguous explanation” of Pope Francis’ views in reply to the four dubia-wielding cardinals and their acolytes. Is it a matter of metaphysics or a question of psychological security?
Charles Camosy (“Beyond the abortion wars”, 17 June) is in danger of overlooking some very simple yet basic truths, when he states that “we must find a way to talk about abortion that ditches the life/choice binary”.
Joanna Moorhead writes that the past few weeks have shown us that “politics is more than anything about mood and feeling; it’s about emotional intuition and gut instinct” (“If ever there was a tragedy that underlined the national mood, it was this inferno”, 24 June).