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24 July 2014

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".

24 July 2014

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.

24 July 2014

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.

24 July 2014

The leader on Hamas and Israel (The Tablet, 19 July) is fair in many ways, but does contain some inaccuracies, which need correction.

24 July 2014

I fully share Cliodhna Dempsey’s concern over some recent comments by Pope Francis on Scottish independence.

24 July 2014

The current debate in your Letters pages about the actions of certain non-accountable parish priests is proving statistically interesting.

Previous issues

17 July 2014

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.

17 July 2014

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.

17 July 2014

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.

17 July 2014

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.

10 July 2014

I would make the following suggestions concerning the forthcoming synod of bishops on family life, but with no hope that they will be heeded.

10 July 2014

Having been dogged by anxiety and depression all my life but now depression free for seven years, I have reason to be thankful to Mark Williams, John Teasdale and Zindel Segal for the development of secular mindfulness.

10 July 2014

I refer to Mary Geoghegan’s letter (“Unaccountable parish priest”, The Tablet, 28 June ). A similar situation applies in our parish. The incoming parish priest has removed the free-standing altar, installed rails and derides the Second Vatican Council.

03 July 2014

Parish priests are unaccountable. A bishop once explained to me that it is the prerogative of the Bishop to appoint Parish Priests but once appointed they are not subject to detailed day to day scrutiny.

03 July 2014

It is disappointing that the Vatican response to the questionnaire on marriage matters seems to comprise only persuading the faithful to accept Church teaching and to condemn less those who find it difficult to follow (The Tablet, 28 June).

03 July 2014

With millions of displaced persons in our world seeking refuge in more settled countries, I have become more and more disillusioned with Australia’s response.

03 July 2014

One can only hope for a positive outcome in the trials of the GM Anopheles mosquito described by John Kitui (The Tablet, 28 June) as a path for eliminating the human toll from malaria.

03 July 2014

Can one speak frankly on the topic of Islam in Britain raised first by Clifford Longley, replied to by Stephen Coles who in turn was replied to by Bede Gerrard (The Tablet, 28 June)?

03 July 2014

I was shocked to read (The Tablet, 28 June) that Malay-speaking Christians are once again forbidden to use the word “Allah” for God.

26 June 2014

Some American bishops appear to be totally out of step with Pope Francis's vision for the church in the 21st century.

26 June 2014

Welcoming all refugees with open arms is not the true solution. Attention has to be paid to causes of refugee exodus.

26 June 2014

I am extremely concerned by the following statement, made recently by an official spokesperson of the Anglican Cathedral in Leicester, concerning the planned nature of the proposed reburial of King Richard III

26 June 2014

Tiernan MacNamara quotes F.M. Cornford's Preface to his translation of Plato's Republic (The Tablet 21 June 2014).

26 June 2014

If you wish to play with Latin, please learn the rules.