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Only a few days after Pope Francis told the Congregation for Bishops that "a man who does not have the courage to argue with God on behalf of his people cannot be a bishop", our new and long-awaited cardinal seems unwilling to argue for them even with the Roman Curia.
I was saddened to read about the summary regarding the survey on marriage and family life in Westminster Diocese (The Tablet, 1 March). I wonder what led the author to reach conclusions such as respondents being “confused” about the meaning of conscience and the “banalisation” of sex?
Last weekend St Patrick’s Soho hosted a conference entitled Choose Life, Choose Love which expressly focused on the beauty of the Church’s teaching on marriage, family life, and the mystery of human sexuality.
The Tablet editorial about the survey (“Tell the world what we said”, 15 February), shows that our bishops are out of step with their people.
Your coverage of the debate on assisted dying was welcome and timely (The Tablet, 22 February). The recent letter from our bishops’ conference was also a helpful summary of the issues.
Jim Christie (Letters, 1 March) misses the point I was making (Letters, 22 February) in response to his interesting article (“When theology trumps psychology”, 15 February).
It is unfortunate that the Bishop of Shrewsbury (The Tablet, 22 February) has condemned the recent proposals of the Law Commission regarding re-nuptial contracts apparently without considering the merits of the proposals.
I see that Lord (Rowan) Williams is protesting against the law in Denmark that only allows the humane slaughter of animals by stunning them before cutting their throats (The Tablet, 1 March).
In the photograph of the Sixth Form of St Mary's College, Crosby (showing Vincent Nichols circled in red and Sir Ivor Roberts in blue), my younger brother, Stephen Glover, is seated on the front row, third from the right.
Dr Anne Inman (Letters, 1 March 2014) reminds me of a story told by a missionary aunt in the early 1950s. She was a Catholic nun, dressed head to toe in her congregation's habit in that pre-Vatican II time.