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It is reassuring to hear the Magisterium articulate the theological principle of the Sensus Fidei in such a positive way in the International Theological Commission document “Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church” (“Let the laity be heard”, Tina Beattie, 16 August).
The death of Jack Dominian [see obituary, page 30] marks the passing of a prophet of our time: a man of holiness, vision and courage who dedicated his life to marriage and human relationships.
Chris Larkman (Letters, 16 August), suggests that Pope Francis should consider the future of the Congregation for Divine Worship.
Pat Brown of Catholic Women’s Ordination describes those quondam Anglican clergy who have been ordained into the Catholic priesthood as “misogynist priests” (Letters, 16 August).
Your article on surrogacy (“What about the child?”, 16 August) fails to acknowledge that there are many women who are unable to carry their own child, through no fault of their own.
I was surprised at Terry Philpot’s severe criticisms (Letters, 16 August) of Baroness Warsi’s concerns about the disproportionate slaughter of Palestinian civilians in Gaza and the destruction of their homes and infrastructure.
In your leader on the Scottish referendum on independence (“UK’s future still in the balance” 9 August), you write, “The British population has not given nearly enough thought to what it might lose if Scotland broke away” which raises an interesting point.
You report (The Church in the World, 16 August) the rector of the Pontifical Korean College in Rome as follows: “I have always said that the Korean Church is a lay Church”.
I expect many readers were puzzled by the Congregation for Divine Worship’s decision to call for “restraint” at the sign of peace at Mass (“Faithful told a handshake will suffice at Mass”, News, 9 August).
There’s an irony in Baroness Warsi’s claim that her resignation from Government was because she regarded David Cameron’s stance on Israel as “morally indefensible” (Leading article, 9 August).
Oliver Rafferty (“With God at their side, 2 August) calls the presence in the armed forces of chaplains a “perennial issue”. It may be, but it scarcely ever surfaces.
Clifford Longley (9 August), following Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, doesn’t see what mercy has to do with finding a solution to the predicament of divorced and remarried Catholics
Your leading article (9 August) on the debate around Scottish independence and the forthcoming referendum rightly states: “Breaking up the UK would be a gigantic constitutional and political issue.”
Professor Linda Woodhead describes the one in 10 Catholic priests who was formally a Church of England priest as “a significant gift for the Catholic Church in England and Wales” (“Almost 400 Catholic priests once Anglicans”, News, 2 August). I cannot agree.
Michael Goodstadt (Letters, 9 August) displays an interesting distinction between the theory and practice of pastoral care in the reality of parish life (Parish Practice, 28 June).
Your feature about the role of Catholic chaplains during the Great War (“With God at their side”, 2 August) is a moving and important part of how the Catholic community should mark the centenary of the conflict.
A church policy of helping people to stop borrowing from high-interest lenders with the expansion of credit unions is entirely necessary (“Credit to the community”, 2 August). It is, however, a policy of leaving the stable door ajar while increasing numbers of horses are bolting.
Sir Ivor Roberts (“Our best weapons are words”, 2 August) rightly says that we must begin to unpick the Gordian knot of war somewhere.
Fr Robert Miller (Letters, 2 August) quite rightly points out that the rearing of animals is a far more complex issue than just the provision of meat.
I am concerned about the Church’s affinity for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) (Parish Practice, 28 June). It is inappropriate to suggest that parishes “consider holding an MBTI workshop to help resolve conflicts, work more harmoniously…”.
Peter Simmons (Letters, 26 July) doubts that any man could do justice to both priestly ordination and marriage, but my own experience as an Anglican priest in the Catholic tradition does not bear this out.
Could someone verify the following news item: it has just been announced that a special church synod is to be held in 2015.
In his ARTICLE advocating a married priesthood, Chris McDonnell (“One man, two vocations”, 19 July) does not mention that within the Eastern Rite Churches the concept of episcopal, priestly and diaconal vocation is different from that within the Roman Catholic Church.
It is regrettable that the late Bishop Tony Palmer was described as “the breakaway Anglican bishop” (The Church in the World, 26 July).
In response to Fr Adrian Porter SJ (Letters, 26 July), I did not say that the number of secondary school pupils taking GCSE religious studies (or A level religious studies) had declined over the past 10 years, as might have been implied by the wording of Christopher Lamb’s article “Lessons in survival” (19 July).
As a guest at a friend’s gay wedding, Peter Stanford (26 July) had no answer to an “elderly man” at his table who accused the Catholic Church of homophobia because, in opposing marriage redefinition, it favoured treating gay people differently from straight people. He wondered if any readers had an answer.
It is exceedingly distressing to hear how Isis has terrorised the Christians in Mosul, driven them out and apparently wants to extirpate Christianity in all of Iraq and Syria.
You report Mary Colwell’s address to the National Justice and Peace Network (News from Britain and Ireland, 26 July) in which she suggested that “Catholics could make the world a better place by eating less meat and fish”.
Following Peter Farley’s letter and limerick (19 July) about a traditionalist parish priest, I take up his challenge to offer an alternative verse:
Cardinal Kasper, quoting Pope John Paul II, is in turn quoted by Ruth Gledhill (“When the stained-glass ceiling cracked”, 19 July) on the Church of England agreement to ordain women as bishops.
I was pleased to read Christopher Lamb’s article (“Lessons in survival”, 19 July) on the putative alliance between Heythrop College and St Mary’s University, Twickenham, but sad that he completely missed the potential in such a proposal by focusing only on Heythrop’s financial struggles.
Your story (News, 19 July) headlined “London Oratory school criticised for favouring white middle classes” confirms what those of us who have served in Catholic education in central and west London have long known and observed.
Chris McDonnell’s assertion (“One man, two vocations”, 19 July) “we do not see the Sacrament of Marriage conflicting in any way with the ministry of the priest” cannot be allowed to go unchallenged. It is one thing to experience a vocation of any kind. It is quite another to fulfil the commitment involved in living it.
Peter Vardy is wrong to say (“Lessons in survival”, 19 July) that the number of secondary-school pupils taking GCSE religious studies has declined. In the past decade, numbers have grown each and every year with an astonishing overall increase of 87 per cent (source: Joint Council for Qualifications).
Clare Skelton (Parish Practice, 19 July) calls us to respond to the needs of the poor. But it was disappointing that her article did not mention that we are also called to challenge the causes of poverty.