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18 December 2014

Perhaps Governor Jeb Bush (“Right candidate?” 13 December) needs to understand that “the timeless nature of the message of the Catholic Church” that he finds so worthy is more than a lofty-sounding phrase to quote.

18 December 2014

What a pity that an article with such a promising title (“Humanism belongs to believers”, 6 December) misses the chance to explore the convictions shared between secular humanists and Christian humanists, such as respect for human dignity, freedom and solidarity.

18 December 2014

Brian and Maureen Devine (Parish Practice, 6 December) provided a timely reminder of the need for more extensive marriage preparation. However, by focusing exclusively on “all-Catholic” couples, it ignored the many couples involving a non-Catholic, who is often a non-believer.

18 December 2014

I don’t want to overly criticise Paul Younger (“Carbon: problem ... and solution”, 13 December). But it doesn’t help to suggest that those calling for fossil-fuel divestment are “queueing up to condemn” the “fossil-fuel sector” as an “unmitigated evil”. It’s not true, except of a noisy minority.

18 December 2014

Michael G. Ryan (“Mission intelligible”, 29 November) says that Liturgiam Authenticam (LA) is “in force” and should be “revoked”. But isn’t it invalid already? It contradicts the Decree on Ecumenism which has a much higher authority.

18 December 2014

In his piece about the internal exile of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, after his time as leader of the Jesuits in Argentina (“Deeply divided Society”, 29 November), Austen Ivereigh criticises a biography of Pope Francis which makes an “attempt to reconcile the ‘conservative’ Jesuit of the 1980s

18 December 2014

This Christmas my heart goes out to my fellow diocesan Fr Philip Gay and to the woman with whom he has fallen in love (News from Britain and Ireland, 13 December).

18 December 2014

No, Pope Francis, women are not the strawberry on the cake (“The Church in the World”, 13 December).

Previous issues

11 December 2014

I fully endorse Michael G. Ryan’s thoughts on the new translation of the Roman Missal (“Mission intelligible”, 29 November). I do not understand how Liturgiam Authenticam could replace, or still worse, change the basic teachings of an ecumenical council, as expressed in Sacrosanctum Concilium.

11 December 2014

The All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom has rightly highlighted the damage done to benefit claimants by the unfair application of sanctions.

11 December 2014

Robert Philpot seems to think that Jim Murphy’s support for a Trident nuclear replacement (“Scotland’s marathon man”, 6 December) puts him out of step with Ed Miliband’s “leftward drift”. There has been no sign of any such drift on this issue.

11 December 2014

Your excellent article on humanism (“Humanism belongs to believers”, 6 December) could be extended by a consideration of free will

11 December 2014

I was most surprised to find Peter Stanford’s column about Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger (“On her laptop ‘Mrs Bishop’ has pictures of herself in full episcopal robes”, 15 November) in The Tablet which has a high reputation for accurate reporting.

11 December 2014

You reported (“A cry for humanity”, 6 December) Pope Francis’ participation while in Turkey in both Orthodox and Catholic services, yet acknowledging that the Catholic Church has its own issues to resolve over inter-Communion.

11 December 2014

How intriguing to read the pro-intinction letters (29 November, 6 December) and Fr Christopher Jamison’s article “God on the brain” (22 November) with its re-affirmation of the heart and the gut as equally valid sources of knowledge.

11 December 2014

Would you please convey my gratitude to Rose Prince for the Christmas cake recipe (The Ethical Kitchen, 6 December).

11 December 2014

I read with great interest the review of Professor Gavin D'Costa's book Vatican II: Catholic Doctrines on Jews and Muslims (22 November). However I was greatly surprised that there was no mention of the most important Vatican decision about Jews in modern history.

04 December 2014

Tony Beetham ends his letter (29 November) with “food for thought”and I would like to add “time for action”, regarding non-stipendiary/self-supporting ministry in the Anglican communion.

04 December 2014

Jonathan Tulloch’s eloquent and coherent article “Against the tide” (8 November) gladdened my heart – so thank you for publishing it.

04 December 2014

Will Hutton is a fine political economist; but he is really not much use when it comes to business per se. He does not seem to understand key aspects of either company law or the finer aspects of motivation.

04 December 2014

The case for intinction (Letters, 29 November) based on hygiene considerations is not without merit. But is it not the case that a minister’s finger, which constantly touches the tongues of those who receive the host orally, falls under the same constraints,

04 December 2014

Fr Bernard Cotter’s helpful advice about “troublesome flocks” (Parish Practice, 8 November) mentioned the healing effects of meditation, but not those of Christian mediation.

04 December 2014

Robert Thicknesse’s article about John Adams and Peter Sellars’ opera The Gospel According to the Other Mary (Arts, 15 November) missed the point of librettist Sellars’ disservice to and characterisation of Mary Magdalen. Sellars may have “disarmed” Thicknesse’s “cynical suspicions”, but not mine.

04 December 2014

Much of what Pope Francis said to the European Parliament (News, 29 November) was lost in his description of Europe as wearied and ageing, a “grandmother” no longer fertile and vibrant.

27 November 2014

I'm sure the “reluctant communicants” who are unwilling to receive from the chalice as mentioned by Sarah T.M. Bell (“Cleaning the chalice”, Letters, 8 November) would have little trouble receiving from the chalice by intinction.

27 November 2014

One aspect of Cafod’s reorganisation (News from Britain and Ireland, 15 November) concerns me and I wonder if it has been given sufficient weight.

27 November 2014

Denis MacShane (“Migration: truths and untruths”, 15 November) could have taken one step further in his fine analysis of the miasma of untruth surrounding the supposed “issue” of EU immigration into the UK.

27 November 2014

Joanna Moorhead hits the nail right on the head when she points out that marriage exists as a concept within the Vatican, rather than as a lived reality (22 November).

27 November 2014

As an Anglican who enjoys The Tablet, I want to challenge your leader (“England can break new ground”, 15 November) about why the Church of England now ordains many more new priests than the Catholic Church.

27 November 2014

The recent murder by a mob in Pakistan of a Christian couple and their unborn child (The Church in the World, 15 November) is another sad testimony to Christian suffering in Muslim-ruled lands.

27 November 2014

Iain McGilchrist’s fascinating theory of brain hemisphere function (“God on the brain”, Christopher Jamison, 22 November) may provide a key to understanding the idea of “complementarity” in marriage (Austen Ivereigh’s report from Rome in the same issue).

27 November 2014

I very much enjoyed Nigel Willmott’s inspirational “To Rome with Luther as a guide” (22 November). It has always intrigued me where Br Martin spent the nights on that epic walk from north-east Germany to the Eternal City – presumably at the houses of his own and other religious orders.

20 November 2014

I was dismayed by your report (News from Britain and Ireland, 15 November) that Cafod proposes to close 19 diocesan offices, make some 50 staff redundant and then expect their vital work to be done

20 November 2014

The fundamental reason for the drying up of vocations to the Irish Catholic priesthood is unfortunately too well illustrated by Brendan Hoban’s article (“On the edge of the abyss in Ireland”, 8 November).

20 November 2014

Thank you for Denis MacShane’s article on immigration (“Migration: truths and untruths”, 15 November).

20 November 2014

Do people call God “it”? In reply to Christopher Howse’s question (8 November), I would suggest that if we don’t then perhaps we should.

20 November 2014

Is it not about time society stopped allowing the tail to wag the dog? Legislation has been enacted in recent decades out of sympathy for disparate minorities which has had destructive effects on society as a whole (“Questionable tactics”, 15 November)

20 November 2014

Melanie McDonagh (Books, 8 November) refers in her review of Margot at War: love and betrayal in Downing Street 1912-1916 by Anne de Courcy to “the son of the Earl of Battersea”.

20 November 2014