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It is gratifying to read appreciative comments about the recent document from the International Theological Commission (ITC) on the sensus fidei (“Let the laity be heard’’, 16 August; Letters, 23 August).
Jonathan Tulloch (“Ties that bind”, 30 August) writes eloquently of the language of the border area and of what Scotland and England share. Unfortunately, he does not mention the significant political drift between the two countries.
You feature the suggestion by Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, that the passports of British jihadists should be revoked (News from Britain and Ireland, 30 August).
There is something very incarnational and practical about having a retirement home for popes (“A very uncollegial row”, 23 August).
I read with interest Fr Daniel O’Leary’s article (“Divine evolution”, 23 August). As a biologist and a Catholic, I have long been familiar and comfortable with evolution and very puzzled by those who do not accept it
Your leader (“Putin walks a dark and twisted path”, 30 August) is timely. However, it is also fair to observe that after the welcome fall of the Communist empire a protocol existed forbidding the encroachment of the West.
Your correspondence about silence in church (Letters, 30 August; Parish Practice, 23 August) reminded me of two successive Sunday Masses some years ago.
Prayer is the song of one who strives to see the majesty and beauty of God; who can admire the wonders of the created universe in order to wonder at the Creator whose majesty and beauty those created things mirror.
IN HIS EXCELLENT ARTICLE (“Divine evolution”, 23 August), Fr Daniel O’Leary asks, “Who will open for us this sacramental vision of the ‘New Universe Story?’”
I must take issue with Peter Stanford’s claim of a current crisis at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (column, 23 August). Where has he been, suggesting that nothing much goes on outside of August? What a distortion of the truth.
Your leader (“Helping strangers takes courage”, 23 August) was a reminder that the international community really does need to get together to review the current asylum arrangements.
Elaine Gavaghan (Letters, 23 August) need have no fear. “Let us [my emphasis] offer each other the sign of peace” is not by any standards a translation of the official Latin text “Offerte vobis [my emphasis] pacem.
What a telling contrast between two photographs in your current issue (23 August). The first, on page 9, shows Pope Francis, smiling tenderly, his hand on the shoulder of an elderly Korean woman in a wheelchair.
The Government is revolted by the horrible murder of the American journalist James Foley in Iraq, yet its predecessors of the early 1950s failed to react to an equally nasty incident in Malaya.
Despite the rather negative comments about the Pope’s visit to Kkottongnae in South Korea (“Journey in the spirit of openness, 23 August
Your leader (23 August) states that “Promises don’t put food on the table.” The uncomfortable question is: to what extent are the Churches complicit in the poor becoming much poorer?
Sean Wales’ article on the important and precious role of silence in our lives (Parish Practice, 23 August) reminded me of a notable tribute to silence from the distinguished musician Alfred Brendel.
It is reassuring to hear the Magisterium articulate the theological principle of the Sensus Fidei in such a positive way in the International Theological Commission document “Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church” (“Let the laity be heard”, Tina Beattie, 16 August).
The death of Jack Dominian [see obituary, page 30] marks the passing of a prophet of our time: a man of holiness, vision and courage who dedicated his life to marriage and human relationships.
Chris Larkman (Letters, 16 August), suggests that Pope Francis should consider the future of the Congregation for Divine Worship.
Pat Brown of Catholic Women’s Ordination describes those quondam Anglican clergy who have been ordained into the Catholic priesthood as “misogynist priests” (Letters, 16 August).
Your article on surrogacy (“What about the child?”, 16 August) fails to acknowledge that there are many women who are unable to carry their own child, through no fault of their own.
I was surprised at Terry Philpot’s severe criticisms (Letters, 16 August) of Baroness Warsi’s concerns about the disproportionate slaughter of Palestinian civilians in Gaza and the destruction of their homes and infrastructure.
In your leader on the Scottish referendum on independence (“UK’s future still in the balance” 9 August), you write, “The British population has not given nearly enough thought to what it might lose if Scotland broke away” which raises an interesting point.
You report (The Church in the World, 16 August) the rector of the Pontifical Korean College in Rome as follows: “I have always said that the Korean Church is a lay Church”.
I expect many readers were puzzled by the Congregation for Divine Worship’s decision to call for “restraint” at the sign of peace at Mass (“Faithful told a handshake will suffice at Mass”, News, 9 August).
There’s an irony in Baroness Warsi’s claim that her resignation from Government was because she regarded David Cameron’s stance on Israel as “morally indefensible” (Leading article, 9 August).
Oliver Rafferty (“With God at their side, 2 August) calls the presence in the armed forces of chaplains a “perennial issue”. It may be, but it scarcely ever surfaces.
Clifford Longley (9 August), following Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, doesn’t see what mercy has to do with finding a solution to the predicament of divorced and remarried Catholics
Your leading article (9 August) on the debate around Scottish independence and the forthcoming referendum rightly states: “Breaking up the UK would be a gigantic constitutional and political issue.”
Professor Linda Woodhead describes the one in 10 Catholic priests who was formally a Church of England priest as “a significant gift for the Catholic Church in England and Wales” (“Almost 400 Catholic priests once Anglicans”, News, 2 August). I cannot agree.
Michael Goodstadt (Letters, 9 August) displays an interesting distinction between the theory and practice of pastoral care in the reality of parish life (Parish Practice, 28 June).