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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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Much has been written about the exclusion of divorced and remarried Catholics from receiving Communion
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.
The group of unmarried bishops meeting in Rome to discuss marriage, and Peter Cunningham (Letters, 18 October)
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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”.
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.
Margaret Farley (“Love shaped and grounded in faith”, 27 September) presents an interesting case for same-gender marriage.
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).
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.
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).
Jonathan Tulloch (“Four wheels bad, two wheels good”, 20 September) was castigating those of us who drive and telling us to ride bicycles instead.
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)
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.
I read your leader (“A clear case for UK air strikes”, 27 September) with real disappointment and sadness.
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.
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: ...
I was struck by the letters you published under the heading “The crying game” (27 September).
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 …
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.
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,
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”.
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.
Since Francis became Bishop of Rome, his beloved San Lorenzo have won the Copa Libertadores – South America’s Champions’ League – for the first time.