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SNP supporters are deluded if they think that, supposing they win on 18 September, they will have achieved an independent Scotland. They will not.
Hannah Roberts reported from Rome (The Tablet, 6 September) that Cardinal Parolin “has indicated that the main focus of the synod [of bishops on the family] may not be the reforms that some in the Church hope for, but the legal and cultural threats to the family itself.”
You report (The Tablet, 30 August) that falling numbers of vocations could see "ancient parishes wiped out" in Ireland, that a paltry 17 men will join Maynooth seminary this year, three less than the miserly 20 the previous year, and that the only action being considered by Church authorities is to appoint vocation directors "to encourage those considering the call of the Lord". We all know that this is the situation right across the rest of Europe and the States.
Mr Pollitt’s Supply Chain Reaction (The Tablet, 30 August) reveals a major omission in the New Slavery Bill, namely “the multinational networks exploitation that put food on our plates and clothes on our back”.
Canon Anthony Dolan notes (The Tablet, Letters, 30 August) "Let us offer each other the sign of peace" is not what the Latin literally says.
Following from Melanie McDonagh's article We Need to Talk, I am aware that I shock some people (not my family) when I do talk about my death, granted in an abstract manner.
Three cheers for your article and letters highlighting a Christian "New Universe Story" (The Tablet, 23 August).
Many people who either live or work in or near Walsingham, or who worship at or visit the Marian shrines there, would not recognise the Walsingham that Peter Stanford describes in his article (The Tablet, 23 August).
I was saddened to read the letter from Msgr Basil Loftus (The Tablet, 23 August) encouraging parishes to disobey the liturgical laws of the Church and take us back to the bad old days of liturgical chaos, when it was common for parishes to “experiment” with the liturgy.
Three responses to CDC Armstrong's letter (The Tablet, 23 August).
I read with interest your recent feature High and sacred calling [The Tablet, 26 July]. My first point is to say to author Anne Inman that marriage preparation and in particular, preparation at Marriage Care here in Chelmsford, Essex has changed a bit in the past 44 years since she attended her course.
I fully agree with Professor Tina Beattie [The Tablet, 16 August] that Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church, produced by the International Theological Commission, deserves to be widely read and discussed. However, the responses to the Bishop’s questionnaire on family life and marriage are not the result of Sensus Fidei but simply reflect public opinion, and one must distinguish between the two, as the ITC itself recognises.
I wonder how many misogynist Catholic priests, who formerly were Anglicans, Pat Brown has actually met [The Tablet, 16 August]?
Clifford Longley worries that couples in irregular second marriages “quickly sense that according to the rule book the Church does not want them” (The Tablet, 5 July).
Revd Dr Peter Howson’s response to my article (Letters Extra, The Tablet, 7 August) is perhaps on less sure ground than his expostulations might lead readers to infer.
Having read Fr Gerald O’Collins’ comments on the Congregation for Divine Worship’s latest instruction to the bishops (Letters, The Tablet, 9 August), I would like to shout three cheers and wave the flags for him.
With regard to Bruce Kent’s letter (The Tablet, 9 August), it should be noted that the occupation of Gaza ended in 2005, and the sole cause of the remaining restrictions is the hostility and rockets of Hamas.
With reference to Chris McDonnell's article (The Tablet, 17 July) and subsequent correspondence about priestly celibacy, it may be of interest to know how Fr Karl Rahner’s thinking changed.
If the over-hopeful report noted by Jim Neilan (Letters, The Tablet, 9 August) proves to be correct and a special Church Synod made up of married women and men chosen from each of the continents to regulate the lives of celibate clerics does indeed take place in 2015, may I suggest that a couple be invited to attend who, by choice, have no children.