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16 April 2014

I found it wonderful, in the admirable sense, that Clifford Longley expressed so freely (“It was something God did to me” The Tablet, 5 April 2014) the decisions he made whilst converting from being an atheist to becoming part of the Catholic Church.

16 April 2014

It is interesting to note Bishop Marc Aillet of Bayonne said that Metropolitan Hilarion of the Moscow Patriarchate was particularly “interested in the ‘Demo for All’ protests in France against gay marriage and adoption” (The Tablet, 12 April).

16 April 2014

I believe it would be good if Pope Francis, on his forthcoming visit to Israel, could visit Deir Yassin as well as Yad Vashem, as suggested by Bernard Kilroy in his letter (The Tablet, 12 April).

Previous issues

10 April 2014

David Blair's exposition of the immorality of nuclear weapons (in his article “Putin possesses avowedly expansionist goals and the world's largest nuclear arsenal", 29 March) is a reason for cautious rejoicing.

10 April 2014

The question of the so-called shortage of priests, as with other issues presented to us, can be approached by seeking immediate and short-term solutions.

10 April 2014

Ben Ryan on the Tablet blog says that it is worrying that "a court" had ever decided that an adoption agency could not also be a Catholic religious organisation; that however is not the case.

10 April 2014

Canon David Grant makes an understandable point (The Tablet, 29 March) in reply to Joanna Moorhead’s column (22 March) about getting young people to attending Mass, but the implied dynamic remains “we’re waiting for them to come to us”.

10 April 2014

All true alumni of St Aloysius’ College in Highgate, north London, will be delighted to see both their Alumni Archbishops – Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool and George Stack of Cardiff – getting “the smell of the sheep” (The Tablet, 29 March).

03 April 2014

It was with great sadness that I read Christopher David’s letter (The Tablet, 29 March) recounting the effects on the Catholics of Lanzarote of their dire local shortage of priests.

03 April 2014

Regarding Bishop Egan's suggestion to deny the Sacraments to MPs who voted for same-sex marriage, I note that no one appears to be considering the excommunication of any Catholic MP or peer from the Coalition who voted for the barbaric cuts in welfare benefit which have been instituted recently.

03 April 2014

Joanna Moorhead is right when she says that “the music-makers in most parishes wouldn’t know Ed Sheeran if he walked up to the altar” (The Tablet, 22 March) and she points to the attraction of Pentecostal music.

03 April 2014

The former Swedish Ambassador to the Holy See, Ulla Gudmunson, makes a valid point that "women are the poorest of the world's poor" (A Woman's Place is in the Vatican, 29 March).

03 April 2014

James MacMillan’s promise to use ‘robust tactics’, in his quest for a seat on the National Music Advisory Board (Notebook, 29 March) suggests he is neither pastor nor liturgist.

03 April 2014

The Notebook article (The Tablet, 22 March) entitled “Thing of Beauty” is, at best, a generalisation on the part of an individual that should not be taken as the general thought of gay male Catholics.

27 March 2014

As a 21-year-old practising Catholic, I was very interested to read Joanna Moorhead’s columnon the use of music in the Mass and the possibility of engaging more young people (The Tablet, 22 March).

27 March 2014

Your editorial “Marriage and the real world” (The Tablet, 15 March) states: “The successful navigation of long-term loving relationships is difficult, yet lies at the heart of most people's quest for happiness. They need the right help and guidance.”

27 March 2014

People complain of the decision not to publish the results of the questionnaire about the family; it is more deplorable that barely one Catholic in 100 took the trouble to answer it.

27 March 2014

There is an important omission in James Macintyre's article on Jewish and Muslim slaughter of animals (The Tablet, 15 March). This is that the case for it being more, and not less, humane than pre-stunning, based on close observation of the two methods, not only by Jews and Muslims.

27 March 2014

Whatever one thought of Tony Benn’s political views, you couldn’t fail to recognise his sincerity and unswerving commitment to causes for a better, more just society, be it support for a unionised workforce or a determined opposition to nuclear weapons and to apartheid in South Africa.

27 March 2014

I read with delight the article by Bishop Tom Burns (The Tablet, 22 March). It is stimulating and encouraging to read what a member of the hierarchy really things about a topic.