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30 October 2014

I read with some joy and some disquiet the words of Pope Francis in the last edition of The Tablet: "Personally I would be very worried and saddened...if all were...silent in a false and quietist peace... And I have felt that what was set before our eyes was the good of the Church, of families..."

30 October 2014

A few years ago, I discovered that my marriage was not a sacrament because my wonderful husband is not baptised.

30 October 2014

Reading recent correspondence in The Tablet about the predicament of remarried divorcees, I have been struck again by the way the Church has stymied itself by insisting on trying to squeeze people in to the straitjacket of doctrinal rules rather than working to accommodate the rules to people's real lives (the so-called 'pastoral' approach).

30 October 2014

It is perhaps curious that two initiatives which appeared progressive at the time of Vatican II are now being looked at as divisive. I am referring to concelebration and the permanent diaconate.

30 October 2014

In response to David Jones (The Tablet, 18 October) I am both the son and the husband of minister's wives.

Previous issues

23 October 2014

Christopher Lamb ("Open to the voice of the future", The Tablet, 11 October) writes eloquently on the proceedings of the Synod on the Family. He quotes Archbishop John Dew as saying that the Vatican II teaching on collegiality is close to the heart of Pope Francis and "that he wants to use this Synod to express that and put it into action".

23 October 2014

I read with great interest the article (“Catholic peer condemns lack of active women at family synod”, The Tablet, 11 October). I could not agree more and the ratio of women attendees at the Family Synod is disappointing and disheartening. Hopefully this state of affairs will be addressed next year when they convene again.

23 October 2014

Of course we English could follow the modern fashion for demanding our “rights” (“England Arise”, 11 October), like children in a playground: "’Tisn't fair. Everyone else has got a parliament. We want a parliament."

23 October 2014

Nicholas Boyle's excursus into history ("England arise," The Tablet, 11 October) was wanting in any reference to the Norman Conquest of England and, some hundred odd years later, Ireland, as contributory in the making of England's pre-eminence in the unification of the Britannic Islands, as Aristotle called them.

23 October 2014

I read with interest Jack Valero’s article on Bishop Alvero del Portillo (The Tablet, 27 September) but was struck by the phrase that the 1917 Code of Canon Law “considered lay people as receivers of the sacraments, particularly marriage, the sacrament that most distinguishes them”. (Note the present tense).

23 October 2014

The polluted centre of London taken together with a mean temperature 3 degrees C warmer than the UK average, should ordain an ecosystem that has long collapsed. This would be a reasonable conclusion based on Mary Colwell’s article “Creation in Peril” (The Tablet, 11 October 2014).

23 October 2014

I am writing a book on the single practising Catholic laywoman. So far I have received contributions from many women in UK, Australia and the US but I would be grateful for more contributions from women under 40 and from women in other countries.

09 October 2014

It is an awakening and a joy that Cardinal Kasper and Pope Francis are of one mind in stressing the mercy of God. The Church is full of the older generation.

09 October 2014

Margaret A. Farley (The Tablet, 27 Sept), in her article in support to homosexual marriage, writes: "Today the meanings of gender have become sufficiently problematised that gender difference cannot simply be assumed as central to marriage in the same way as it has been in the past."

09 October 2014

I welcome Fr Paul Chamberlain’s tacit support for the admission of women to the deaconate (Letters, 20 September) but his hope flies in the face of history and the Magisterium’s practice.

02 October 2014

To plagiarise Margaret Farley's mention of the importance of time within us in her article on the moral validity of same-sex marriage (27th September), I have never understood the moral approval of same-sex marriage.

02 October 2014

I just wonder where the ‘Good News’ of the gospel is in all of this?

02 October 2014

Parliament predictably followed your line on IS.

02 October 2014

I have read with interest your articles on the Extraordinary Synod on the Family.

02 October 2014

Now that the Scottish referendum is behind us, we should encourage our representatives to think seriously about the mirror which it held up to our democracy.