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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.
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 ...
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.
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!
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.
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”.
I’ve just read Karen Kilby’s very moving article about facing the genocide in Rwanda. (“Thinking the unthinkable”, 12 April).
As the Berkshire-born chairman of the Oxfordshire Local History Association, and former administrator of the Vale and Downland Museum ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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
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?”
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.
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.
Fr Chris Jackson (Letters, 22 March) writes that in the Catholic Church couples are not required to pay a statutory fee for weddings.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
It was an enormous pleasure to read Karen Kilby’s excellent review of Tina Beattie’s book, Theology after Postmodernity (Books, 29 March).
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.
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.
The Tablet may find the Welsh language “notoriously difficult” (Notebook, 29 March on the Archbishop of Cardiff’s plans to learn Welsh)
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?
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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”.
The recent explosion of colours for chasubles can cause problems but may also provide opportunities.
Commenting on the Co-operative movement’s problems (“Movement that lost its way”, leader, 15 March) ...
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.
This has been a bad week for Northern Ireland. First the former US diplomat Dr Richard Haass ...
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).
I found James Macintyre’s article “Unkindest cut of all?” (15 March) rather one-sided.
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.
I was intrigued by Cardinal Nichols’ apparent suggestion that a “spiritual communion” or a “blessing” can take the place of the Eucharist.