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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.
In your account of a lecture by the Bishop of East Anglia (News from Britain and Ireland, 12 July), you report him as saying that when Vatican II's Constitution on the Liturgy urged “active participation in worship”, “This did not mean everyone had to be involved in playing a role … but that they should be prayerfully attentive”.
I fully share the agony of Mary Geoghegan (“Unaccountable parish priest”, Letters, 28 June) and I am sure many others do.
The prospect of legislation in favour of assisted dying (“Thin end of the wedge”, 12 July) fills me with fear, horror and desperation.
What a relief to read Nicholas Henshall’s assertion that “training in apologetics is essential for all Christians” (Parish Practice, 12 July).
Fairtrade welcomes the focus of a recent study by the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), which highlighted the need for us to do more to ensure the benefits of Fairtrade reach temporary and casual agricultural workers (“Fair trade is still a rich harvest”, 28 June).
I totally understand the position of Mary Geoghegan (Letters, 28 June)
Three months ago Bishop Erwin Kräutler of Xingu, Brazil’s largest diocese, met Pope Francis (The Church in the World, 12 April)
Fr David Sillince, on the shifting of holy days to Sunday (Letters, 14 June)
I found the article by Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (“The British face of Islam”, 5 July) informative but superficial.
l Pope Francis disappointed me with his needless remarks on Scottish independence (The Church in the World, 21 June).
Emeritus Professor Terry Wright (Letters, 7 June)
It would be misleading to succumb to the notion that the “trivialisation of sex” was the only hallmark of the cultural revolution of the 1960s (“Blinkered vision on matters of sex”, editorial, 5 July).
They believe – as it seems they do – that allowing couples to use artificial contraceptives within marriage would lead to unbridled licentiousness.
Dr John Kitui (“Defy the global killer”, 28 June) highlights the need for developing countries to mobilise their own resources in the fight against malaria.
Much as it pains me to be on the opposite side of an argument involving Clifford Longley, with regard to his column on Islam in the community (14 June), I am afraid I agree entirely with Stephen Cole (Letters, 21 June).
I have great sympathy with Mary Geoghegan’s parish predicament (Letters, 28 June).
Christopher Lamb is correct (interview with Archbishop Justin Welby, 21 June) to emphasise that despite the changed context in which our ecumenical relations are now being pursued, it can never be a matter of either shared social mission or formal dialogue towards full communion but always a necessary both/and.
The prospect of the passing into law of the Assisted Dying Bill indeed puts the most vulnerable at risk (“Personal autonomy is not the only issue”, leader, 28 June).