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16 April 2014

Your report (The Church in the World, 12 April), following the meeting between Bishop Erwin Kräutler and Pope Francis, “Ordination of married men back on the agenda”, is significant on two counts.

16 April 2014

Cardinal Pell, in a 2013 lecture about Vatican II, commented that “… 50 years after the beginning of the council, my strongly liberal and theologically radical seminarian friend ...

16 April 2014

In Notebook (12 April), it is in my view wisely argued that when it comes to the issue of selling up episcopal residences, it is not just a question of living simply.

16 April 2014

Your cover image of Steven Sykes’ crucifix (12 April) is jaw-droppingly beautiful. His mural at Coventry is also my favourite piece there. Please let his daughter know that he has struck a blow!

16 April 2014

I am delighted that the state visit of the President of Ireland (“Peace dividend”, 5 April) included Westminster Abbey and Coventry Cathedral but I am astonished that a Catholic church was not included in the itinerary.

16 April 2014

We read (“Voice from the underground”, 22 March) that Fr Tomás Halík “has debated internationally with scientists and atheists as well as with Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists”.

16 April 2014

I’ve just read Karen Kilby’s very moving article about facing the genocide in Rwanda. (“Thinking the unthinkable”, 12 April).

16 April 2014

As the Berkshire-born chairman of the Oxfordshire Local History Association, and former administrator of the Vale and Downland Museum ...

16 April 2014

Praying the Stations of the Cross has long been a Catholic tradition and this devotion has been ably assisted by suitable pictures or images placed around our churches.

16 April 2014

Jonathan Tulloch’s article on St Dismas (“Candle for St Dismas”, 12 April), brought to mind a recently closed church in Kingston, Ontario, Canada dedicated to the Good Thief, St Dismas.

Previous issues

10 April 2014

Regarding admittance to the Eucharist for remarried Catholics (“It is necessary to bind many wounds”, 5 April), the tolerant approach advocated by Cardinal Kasper and German bishops finds important support in the ­tradition of the Church.

10 April 2014

I was surprised to read in your interview with Archbishop-elect Malcolm McMahon (“Liverpool’s engineer for change”, 29 March) the Young Christian Students movement described as the precursor to the Young Christian Workers.

10 April 2014

I was delighted to read Clifford Longley’s column (5 April) about his conversion to Catholicism, as I had had no idea that, like me, he had been brought up as an atheist, with all the hard-wiring that that entails.

10 April 2014

The “elderly former Welsh priest” who “was able to deliver a well-prepared explanation of the readings” when there was no other priest to celebrate Mass (Letters, 5 April), is a further instance of the crying need for the full rehabilitation of such “former priests”.

10 April 2014

Michael Williams (“God of our ancestors”, 29 March) has had the exact opposite ­experience to me. Except – although brought up in a Jewish household, after my bar mitzvah I moved away from the Judaic observances.

10 April 2014

When Pope Francis makes the customary visit to the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial (The Church in the World, 5 April), wouldn’t it be a step for reconciliation if he also remembered there the iconic massacre of Deir Yassin in 1948

10 April 2014

In your leader (“Marriage and the real world”, 15 March) you refer to cohabitation and ask if the Church has tacitly come to terms with a significant development in the way people live their lives, and ask, “How do we help them live them better?”

10 April 2014

I have been very interested in the letters about Joanna Morehead’s column on liturgy for the young (20 March). As with most things, all the respondents have touched on the truth.

10 April 2014

The Dean of Westminster, in his encouraging article on the Queen’s visit to Pope Francis (“A Common Bond”, 5 April), wrote of Queen Victoria’s visit to Italy in 1879 and how she was thanked by the Italian government for her government’s support for the abolition of the papal states.

10 April 2014

Fr Chris Jackson (Letters, 22 March) writes that in the Catholic Church couples are not required to pay a statutory fee for weddings.

03 April 2014

Your leader (“Nourishment not punishment”, 22 March), was a wonderfully clear reflection on the dangers of using the Eucharist to reward or punish as a political tool. A fairly small number of US bishops have determined to employ precisely that practice in their territories and writings.

03 April 2014

Mark Hoban MP (“Understand a little more, condemn a little less”, 29 March) is quite right in saying that there “are MPs who are Catholics, not Catholic MPs, a subtle but important difference”.

03 April 2014

Canon David Grant challenges young people to use their talents to enhance the celebration of the Eucharist (Letters, 29 March). I wonder if sometimes the fault lies not with the young, or with the priest, but with older members of the congregation.

03 April 2014

Your headline “Shock at practice of burning foetuses as ‘waste’ in hospitals” (News from Britain and Ireland, 29 March) indeed shocked me that some hospitals are still disposing of foetuses in this manner.

03 April 2014

Clifford Longley (8 March) queried whether the Theology of the Body developed by Pope John Paul II could do anything towards renewing marriage and family life.

03 April 2014

It was an enormous pleasure to read Karen Kilby’s excellent review of Tina Beattie’s book, Theology after Postmodernity (Books, 29 March).

03 April 2014

Christopher David’s letter (29 March), describing circumstances in Lanzarote when it unexpectedly found itself without its priest for Sunday Mass, provides a warning for all of us.

03 April 2014

In your profile of Archbishop-elect Malcolm McMahon (“Liverpool’s engineer for change”, 29 March) you referred to many of the positions he has held in the Catholic community.

03 April 2014

The Tablet may find the Welsh language “notoriously difficult” (Notebook, 29 March on the Archbishop of Cardiff’s plans to learn Welsh)

27 March 2014

We were incredulous and dismayed by Bishop Egan’s call for MPs who voted for the Same Sex Marriage Bill to be denied Communion (News from Britain and Ireland, 22 March). Can he not see the deep alienation that his attitude will cause both inside and outside the Church?

27 March 2014

In my early years of ministry in the Methodist Church, the call to “dare to be a Daniel” was instilled in me personally by Tony Benn (“Prophets, kings and power”, 22 March). We wrote to each other many times over the years.

27 March 2014

I read with interest Joanna Moorhead’s ­column (22 March) about encouraging the interest of young people in going to Mass. Perhaps her parish isn’t doing too badly if it has a 9.30 a.m. Mass “full of screaming kids” and an 11 a.m. Mass with “bells and smells and the singing is in Latin”.

27 March 2014

The effect of eucharistic exclusion on individuals cannot be underestimated. But whole communities also suffer from eucharistic exclusion due to lack of priests. The result is a slow spiritual starvation and death.

27 March 2014

It’s not just “the leaders of faith who absorb some of the politicians’ dark arts” (Catherine Pepinster, column, 15 March). Websites and blogs parading themselves as so very “RC” can be cauldrons of calumny and detraction.

27 March 2014

Far from being “colourless” (Catherine Pepinster, column, 15 March), we are proud to have renamed ourselves in reference to two of the most vibrant encyclicals of modern times, Redemptoris Missio (by Blessed John Paul) and Populorum Progressio (by Paul VI).

27 March 2014

Peter Stanford (22 March) describes as “propaganda” the claim by one of our speakers in a Premier Radio interview that John Paul II “had been a great fan” of Archbishop Oscar Romero. I have not listened to the interview, and am not sure of her exact words, but the idea is not propaganda.

27 March 2014

Thank you for your inspirational articles (22 March) about two “men of conscience”. Martin Newell (“My small way of being in soli­darity”, 22 March), by his witness and willingness to suffer imprisonment, is a ­modern-day martyr doing our truly priestly dirty work for us.

27 March 2014

Thomas G. Casey (“As gentle rain from Heaven”, 15 March) identifies God’s mercy as a ­central theme for Pope Francis, and laments that “we have not yet managed to formulate a ­theology that has the mercy of God at its centre”.

27 March 2014

The recent explosion of colours for ­chasubles can cause problems but may also provide opportunities.

20 March 2014

Commenting on the Co-operative movement’s problems (“Movement that lost its way”, leader, 15 March) ...

20 March 2014

As an emeritus bishop, I no longer attend the meetings of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and so I am not party to decisions which are taken by the conference.

20 March 2014

This has been a bad week for Northern Ireland. First the former US diplomat Dr Richard Haass ...

20 March 2014

You list the exorbitant cost of a church wedding as one of the impediments to marriage among cohabiting couples (“Marriage and the real world”, leader, 15 March).

20 March 2014

I found James Macintyre’s article “Unkindest cut of all?” (15 March) rather one-sided.

20 March 2014

Notebook (1 March) states: “Each member of the College of Cardinals is given a titular church in the Eternal City, thus linking them to the Pope in his role as Bishop of Rome.

20 March 2014

I was intrigued by Cardinal Nichols’ apparent suggestion that a “spiritual communion” or a “blessing” can take the place of the Eucharist.