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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.
Having been looking forward to Professor Rafferty’s article on Catholic chaplains in the First World War, ("With God at their side", The Tablet, 1 August) I was sad to read something that, whilst showing the importance of Catholic chaplains, was so ill informed about the nature of their organisation.
We would disagree with Austen Ivereigh's statement (written in response to Peter Stanford’s column (The Tablet, 26 July) that the Church's opposition to gay marriage is not homophobic. The Church's stance needs to be put in its historical context.
I am a Catholic and a biologist and I find, seemingly along with most other Catholics, the Church’s interpretation of natural law very confusing and totally impractical.
Having attended the two-year lay ministry course Education for Parish Service twice, I think its closure is a tragedy (The Tablet, 2 August).
Peter Simmons is wrong in arguing that marriage and priesthood are two separate vocations (The Tablet, 26 July). All Christians are called to an exclusive and unconditional love for Christ and His Church.
Peter Standford (“Surely these two men's love can only strengthen the institution of marriage”, The Tablet, 26 July) asserts that “gay marriage can only strengthen the institution of marriage”.
It is interesting to compare the way parishes are run in different parts of the world. In South Korea, parish councils have been part of the parish structure for decades and it would be most unusual for a new parish priest to come in and simply abolish it, one reason being that he'd then have to do all the work in the parish by himself.
Anne Inman’s article “High and Sacred Calling” (The Tablet, 26 July) highlights a situation which appears to have been largely ignored.
The news this week applauded that one of our leading supermarkets is now turning food "waste" into energy which will power one of their large stores.
Your editorial (The Tablet, 17 July) asserts that the decision of the General Synod to allow women to be ordained as bishops in the Church of England "was the logical consequence of the same body to ordain women as priests made in 1992".
Congratulations on highlighting Chris McDonnell’s excellent article (The Tablet, 19 July). The article states facts too often ignored about the historically late origins of the celibacy law for Roman rite priests.
Translations have normally two purposes: (1) Literal translation is mostly meant for scholars to understand, identify and interpret the various meanings of the words used by the original writer. (2) Free translation is mostly meant for common people to easily understand the meaning of the original text.
The leader on Hamas and Israel (The Tablet, 19 July) is fair in many ways, but does contain some inaccuracies, which need correction.
I fully share Cliodhna Dempsey’s concern over some recent comments by Pope Francis on Scottish independence.
The current debate in your Letters pages about the actions of certain non-accountable parish priests is proving statistically interesting.
As a cradle Catholic and for 20 years a member of Catholic Women's Ordination I am so pleased that the vote for women bishops has finally been passed in the Church of England.
Reading the Instrumentum Laboris this week brought memories of question 1b in the questionnaire, where the choice was an either/or answer, either full acceptance of the Church's teaching or difficulty putting it into practice. No sense in the question that perhaps certain propositions in the Church's moral teaching could sometimes not be accepted fully because of a shaky theological/philosophical basis which contravenes people's experiences and/or reasoning.
Concerning mindfulness (The Tablet, 5 July), some techniques from this ancient practice are now available through the NHS to help those with mental health problems, stress and the many physical conditions caused or worsened by stress. This is an effective cost-free and medication-free “treatment” that can be integrated into daily life.
I read with interest in the press today that the Pope is continuing to show concern for those who suffer sexual abuse by priests and determination to rid the church of these abusive men. This is good news.