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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).
I read with interest your recent feature High and sacred calling [The Tablet, 26 July]. My first point is to say to author Anne Inman that marriage preparation and in particular, preparation at Marriage Care here in Chelmsford, Essex has changed a bit in the past 44 years since she attended her course.
I fully agree with Professor Tina Beattie [The Tablet, 16 August] that Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church, produced by the International Theological Commission, deserves to be widely read and discussed. However, the responses to the Bishop’s questionnaire on family life and marriage are not the result of Sensus Fidei but simply reflect public opinion, and one must distinguish between the two, as the ITC itself recognises.
I wonder how many misogynist Catholic priests, who formerly were Anglicans, Pat Brown has actually met [The Tablet, 16 August]?
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.