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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.

Previous issues

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 …

25 September 2014

It was kind and very wise of Bishop Kieran Conry (News from Britain and Ireland, 20 September) to remind us all of the positive “contribution” little children make during every Sunday Mass.

25 September 2014

Concerning the present intense debate regarding Communion for the divorced and remarried (“The case for mercy”, 20 September), it is significant that canon 8 of the First Ecumenical Council of the Church, Nicaea I in 325, by insisting that Christians remain “in communion” with those who have entered into second marriages,

25 September 2014

I am sure I am not the only reader who was very conscious, in reading of Cardinal Manning’s stand for the dockers (“Values lived through action”, 6 September), of distinct echoes of current demands for a “living wage”.

25 September 2014

Clifford Longley’s column is one of those I turn to first in The Tablet. But “Privacy matters to people who are up to something they wish to hide” (6 September) is seriously inaccurate.

25 September 2014

25 September 2014

Since Francis became Bishop of Rome, his beloved San Lorenzo have won the Copa Libertadores – South America’s Champions’ League – for the first time.

18 September 2014

John W. O’Malley (“Moment of truth”, 6 September) makes an important point about how decisions are made in the forthcoming Synod on the Family. Will it be another case of a fait accompli, or will there really be shared decision-making?

18 September 2014

I agree with Diana Klein (Parish Practice, 30 August) that one person should serve one ministry at Mass.

18 September 2014

The new research by the Department for Evangelisation (News from Britain and Ireland, 13 September) is very welcome as parish priests now know what is wrong with Mass attendance.

18 September 2014

Alan Morley-Fletcher of Chemin Neuf (“Prayer for today”, 13 September) is not quite correct when he contrasts “traditional orders”with Chemin Neuf which accepts married couples, etc.

18 September 2014

Melanie McDonagh (“We need to talk”, 30 August) raises a very pertinent problem facing health-care professionals. Greater longevity will mean more patients with long-term health complications and complex needs.

18 September 2014

While I have great sympathy for the women opposed to the establishment of the permanent diaconate in Irish dioceses as another layer of male hierarchy in the Church (News from Britain and Ireland, 6 September)

18 September 2014

May I add to John Armitage’s excellent article on the London Dock Strike of 1889 (“Values lived through action”, 6 September).

18 September 2014

In Depaul UK, we fully support the plea by Louise Casey, head of the Government’s Troubled Families programme, for a sense of urgency for tackling homelessness (Interview, 13 September).