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John Hills provides a much needed objective analysis (The Tablet, 22 November) to counter the false perceptions about welfare spending ardently encouraged by those politicians imposing austerity with tax cuts for the wealthy and benefit cuts for the poorest.
The new translation of the Roman Missal was introduced in our parishes at the beginning of Advent in 2011 and so we have now experienced the full three year cycle of what it has to offer.
Dr Alfred Layton's letter (The Tablet, 22 November) advocating Communion under both species by means of intinction as a "very simple solution" [to squeamishness about receiving the Eucharist from the same vessel] had its own problems at the 2012 International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.
In respect of Cafod’s activities, Peter Foster argues (The Tablet, 15 November) that lobbying in relation to climate change diverts funds from practical projects with tangible benefits.
Many of us no longer even think that there is a need for a debate about women's ordination.
With reference to Sarah Mac Donald's report on Archbishop Neary's vision “for a smaller more dynamic and lay-centred Church” (The Tablet, 15 November) I should like to draw attention to a few points.
Pope Emeritus Benedict is someone who has spent practically all his adult life in the academic and ecclesiastical institutions and last three decades in the Vatican.
Thanks to Chris Bain for his timely words on reducing climate change (“Cafod’s Bitter Medicine”, The Tablet, 15 November).
Your news in brief about seven parishes becoming one (The Tablet, 1 November), is not meant to shock.
For close on three years now the Church in the English-speaking world has suffered a “translation” of the liturgy that is virtually incomprehensible to an English speaker.
It isn't just the Church in Ireland that “is on the edge of an abyss” but the Church throughout the whole Western world, and particularly Europe.
Clifford Longley is correct in pointing out the shocking poverty divide between the married and the unmarried.
I enjoyed reading Ted Harrison’s article “Between the crosses, row on row” (The Tablet, 8 November). I found it informative and challenging, especially last paragraph where he posed the question “How do we honour the sacrifices of those killed in war while abhorring war itself?”
The liturgy for the dedication of a church in both the Liturgy of the Hours and the Mass must surely be one of the glories of the reformed Roman rite.
In the last two editions of The Tablet there has been reference to inter-Communion, which prompts me to write with my own experience.
I have been reading your report on the Synod on Family life. The reported reflection of Pope Francis on the Doctors of Law was prophetic and on target.
“Where true love is dwelling, God is dwelling there, love’s own loving presence, love does ever share.” This is true for all of us, homosexuals and divorced and remarried Catholics included.
It has always seemed to me to be a sad thing, mystifying, that pilgrims on a journey in faith such as Hilary Langden and her husband (The Tablet, Letters, 25 October) should, sooner or later, find the possibility of being admitted to full Communion with the Catholic Church stymied by the revelation to them of an irregularity in Canon Law which now convicts them of a "sin" of which they were conscientiously ignorant over 30 years of marriage.
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..."
A few years ago, I discovered that my marriage was not a sacrament because my wonderful husband is not baptised.
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).
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.
In response to David Jones (The Tablet, 18 October) I am both the son and the husband of minister's wives.