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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).
To whom are our Bishops accountable? Do they have any obligation to carry out the recommendations of the Second Vatican Council? When our current parish priest arrived 10 years ago it was to a thriving, outward-looking parish.
In 1962, as a seminarian, and purely for reasons of financial expediency, I worked for eight weeks on a full-time hospital night shift. My main occupation, as a nursing auxiliary, was changing baby nappies
I found the thought processes in Stephen Cole’s letter of 21 June confusing. Sharia courts are in many ways analogous to Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox Christian, Jewish and other faith-based juridical systems that have operated in the UK
What your leader (“What unites and what divides the Churches”, 21 June ) calls “the previous vision of church unity” cannot be adequately characterised as a vision “of different denominations merging into one”.
John Kenrick’s extraordinary response last week (Letters, 21 June), including the accusation that my original letter on Ukraine (Letters, 14 June) “reflects the half-truths of the Putin propaganda machine”, simply illustrates our current malaise.
Gerald O’Collins (Letters, 21 June) seems to strive to make the point that had John Paul I survived, his papacy may have overturned or formalised the dissent to Humanae Vitae based on the Book of Prayer for the dioceses of Triveneto in 1977
As Catherine Pepinster (21 June) suggests, the Trojan Horse affair has become a reason to attack faith schools.
I was deeply moved to read the article (“Francis’ new order”, 21 June) by Ladislas Orsy SJ, being aware of his great age. He was born on 30 July 1921, in Hungary.
Those Catholics who lament the loss of the great summer weekday celebrations of Ascension Day and Corpus Christi should avail themselves of the services of the established Church.