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Anyone who was a student of Bernard Häring, CSsR would smile at the suggestion that German theologians think in black and white (The Tablet, 1 February). His mission in teaching was to break away from that “follow the textbook” moral theology of the past.
At the end of the In Brief column of The Tablet, 22 February is a short item about an 84-year-old nun, Sr Megan Rice. This courageous woman broke into a military facility used for storing enriched uranium for nuclear bombs.
I am grateful that Fr Jim Christie has opened up psychological awareness in his "Church and the abuse scandal" articles. He recommends psychodynamic and attachment theory paid for in cases of sexual abuse by the Church (The Tablet, 15 and 22 February).
I have, for many years, trotted out the clichéd arguments for and against euthanasia to GCSE and A-Level students - always mindful of the “balanced conclusion” (The Tablet, 22 February).
I expect your post bag/e-mail is bursting with support for your editorial ("Tell the world what we said", The Tablet, 22 February) on the shameful way the bishops of England and Wales have treated us Catholic laity.
Returning to Cardinal Nichols' criticisms of welfare cuts, 860,000 sanctions totally removing all income for up to three months imposed by jobcentre officials with no independent judicial process is certainly disgraceful.
In Catherine Pepinster's aticle from her interview with Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols (The Tablet, 22 February) I was surprised to read "It is then above all, that you really do get a sense that these are the princes of the Church."
Cardinal Turkson (The Tablet, 15 February) once again calls for a world authority covering financial affairs. Now as before it leaves us wondering where the saints are going to come from to provide this benevolent dictatorship.
I was secretary to the late Fr (later Bishop) Agnellus Andrew O.F.M, working at the Catholic Radio and Television Centre at Hatch End from 1969 until it closed in 1990. More than 4,500 priests, nuns and lay people from all over the world were trained there in the techniques of broadcasting.
With reference to Paul Graham's interesting article on "Pentecostal Drift" (The Tablet, 25 January). I am sure it would be wrong for the Church to pander to the longing for celebration rather than sacrifice.