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Cardinal Gerhard Müller correctly insists that the Catholic tradition has always committed itself to the indissolubility of marriage. The origin of the Church’s teaching is found in Jesus’ debate with the Pharisees reported in Mark 10:1-12. As well as Mark 10:5-9, prohibition of divorce is found in the gospel text known as Q (Matt 5:32; Luke 16:18). Paul (1 Cor 7:10-11) regards the prohibition of divorce as “a word of the Lord”.
The problem of Bishop Bonny’s position [noting a demise in collegiality between the end of the Second Vatican Council and the publication of Humanae Vitae] (The Tablet, 13 September) is that bishops at the Council were unlikely to challenge the papal teaching of Pope Pius XI or Pius XII, who had expressly forbidden the use of the Pill in a little known address to haematologists the year he died.
Daniel O’Leary's very significant contributions in your paper on "New windows open to the faith” (The Tablet, 20 September) and his previous "Divine evolution" are as timely as they are urgent and challenging.
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).