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Your notebook telling us that the Dutch Pax Christi is re-branding itself simply as Pax should remind us all that there was a Catholic anti-war movement in Britain before the Second World War, also called PAX.
Fr Jim Christie’s article "When theology trumps psychology" (The Tablet, 15 February), raises an important issue that is rarely debated. The relationship between psychology and theology has been fraught with difficulty for many years.
While the United Nations report on the Holy See's compliance with the articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child may have its flaws, its recommendations on sexual exploitation and abuse could heal the cancer of clergy abuse from the body of the Church once and for all.
When the Bishops of England and Wales passed on the Vatican's Questionnaire on the Family in its original daunting form, a small number of us at St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne, took on the task of simplifying it to make it more generally accessible.
John Cornwell ("Light on the dark box", The Tablet, 15 February) presents an interesting resume of views on the subject of confession but makes no mention of the Penitential Rite or Act which the congregation makes at the beginning of every Mass.
I fear Mgr David Manson is right in thinking that, despite "individual reservations", the great majority of priests are "being faithful in implementing the new translation." Most of us are indeed imposing on the people what our bishops have imposed on us.
I salute the 16, 500 people who responded to the survey in preparation for the Synod on Marriage and the Family in October this year (The Tablet,? 8th February).
The Revd David Mumford believes that an independent Scotland is necessary to pursue values supposedly superior to those held in England (The Tablet, 8 February). However he reassures us that desiring independence is no more than "a member of the family seeking greater responsibilities."
I read Sara Maitland's article concerning priestly vocations with great interest (The Tablet, 8 February).
The perception that "all the trouble in the world is caused by religion" (The Tablet, 1 February) is indeed so widespread now that it is almost taken for granted; nevertheless it remains an optical illusion.