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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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).
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).
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.