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German theologians may be black and white (The Tablet, 1 February) but there is no doubt that Jesus was not a black and white theologian or legalist.
Clifford Longley (The Tablet, 25 January) rightly praises the foot soldiers of Catholicism for their willingness to forgive the Church for withholding God’s mercy from innocent people.
Recently I had a major operation.
I would be very interested to know why numbers of people, clergy and other, want to describe the Masses and other services in their churches as sad, old fashioned and boring?
Kathay McVay is right to say “there should be no hiding place for anyone who has contributed towards this [the clerical child abuse] scandal even by omission” (Letters, 1 February).
Basil Loftus (Letters, 1 February) writes about the new Missal translation that “it is for bishops, and bishops alone … either jointly or severally, to organise any opposition”.
Concerning Catherine Pepinster’s column last week (The Tablet, 1 February), surely the Saviour did not select women for ministerial priesthood to promote the Gospel as universal.
Dom Paul Browne's letter "Priest shortage is a man-made famine" (Letters Extra, The Tablet, 31 January) is sensible in content, but it seems he has never heard that bishops of English dioceses in the UK do not need priests.
With the recent demise of Mandela, the question which came to my mind was, "Why is he not accepted as a saint by the Catholic Church?" In a way he is already, according to the adage “vox popoli vox die”, but he is not formally accepted as a saint on the altars.
It would be helpful to have answers to the following in the light of statements made by Vatican representatives at the UN committee on Protection on Rights of the Child in Geneva (Archbishop Silvano Tomasi’s interview with Elena Curti, The Tablet, 25 January).