The treatment of Fr Tony Flannery by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is scandalous and there is an urgent need for Pope Francis to step in and immediately restore a good man to his rightful position as a caring, devoted pastor.
As an ecumenist who served for ten years as senior RC teacher at a joint Roman Catholic and Church of England London secondary school I was saddened to read Fr Gabriel Daly’s attack on Catholic curial authorities for upholding teaching on the Eucharist (Letters, 7 January).
Two events of ecumenical significance took place recently; one was the visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury to Rome; the other was the pilgrimage of a group of Anglicans and Roman Catholics to the Holy Land (“Held as one by the Spirit”, 10 December)
How very sad that Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth has blocked the possible appointment of Lyndon Strong to the headship of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Gosport because he is divorced and remarried (“The Church should not throw stones”, Leader, 10 December).
Sue Oakley (Letters, 3 December) argues that interchurch couples should take responsibility for their own actions rather than seek formal approval for sharing Communion, as required by the hierarchy of England and Wales.
Your editorial (“Bread of life is food for unity”, 12 November) asks why, if a Catholic and non-Catholic spouse are given permission to receive Communion together on a special occasion, a “theological iron curtain, lifted just for once, [should] descend on the same couple the next day?”
The case for renewing the norms of One Bread One Body – the statement of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales on the admission to Holy Communion of members of other churches, issued in 1998 – is made in your editorial (“Bread of Life is food for unity”, 12 November) and by Ruth Reardon (Letters, 19 November).
Carmody Grey feels that we “do not know what is good for us” and should leave it up to our leaders out of “deference” (“Should ‘the people’ be able to have what they want?”, Student Voice, 12 November).