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11 December 2014

Among the many efforts to galvanise the Church since the New Pentecost initiatives of the 1960s and including the schemes designed to overcome the critical shortage of priests, one characteristic remains common.

11 December 2014

While we appreciate Joanna Moorhead's sentiments (“There are no perfect marriages outside Hollywood, or perhaps outside of the Vatican”, The Tablet, 22 November), there are omissions in her summing up of the Vatican's "sepia-tinted movie version" of marriage.

11 December 2014

It is about time that the new regulations for provisions to have married men ordained as Eastern Catholic priests in countries outside their Church's original territories was more widely known.

11 December 2014

The main reason that “Western Christianity has become too propositional” (Christopher Jamison ‘God on the brain’) is the culture not of the Enlightenment but of the very early centuries.

11 December 2014

Would you please convey my gratitude to Rose Prince for the Christmas Cake recipe (The Tablet, 6 December). For the last 43 years my late wife created beautiful drunken affairs but this year the sadness was to be deepened by the absence of the forty-fourth.

Previous issues

04 December 2014

The Church of England’s long and widespread experience of sharing the common Eucharistic Cup is worth noting (as is its long experience and Orthodoxy’s of married priests). In a relatively very small number of cases, a person at times may choose for good reason not to receive the Cup (“Cleaning the chalice”, Letters, 8 November)

04 December 2014

After reading Brendan Hoban’s article on the sad state of the priesthood in Ireland (The Tablet, 8 November), I watched Pope Francis address the European Parliament.

04 December 2014

Fr Terry Tastard’s plea for Christian-Muslim dialogue not to shy away from highlighting Christian suffering under Islam is one which we take seriously in Wolverhampton (Letters, 27 November).

04 December 2014

Christopher Jamison's intriguing review (The Tablet 22 November) of Iain McGilchrist's The Master and his Emissary (2009) also reports on the Templeton Foundation's recent symposium of neuroscientists, philosophers, theologians and McGilchrist's himself.

27 November 2014

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.

27 November 2014

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.

27 November 2014

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.

27 November 2014

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.

27 November 2014

Many of us no longer even think that there is a need for a debate about women's ordination.

20 November 2014

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.

20 November 2014

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.

20 November 2014

Thanks to Chris Bain for his timely words on reducing climate change (“Cafod’s Bitter Medicine”, The Tablet, 15 November).

20 November 2014

Your news in brief about seven parishes becoming one (The Tablet, 1 November), is not meant to shock.

20 November 2014

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.

13 November 2014

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.

13 November 2014

Clifford Longley is correct in pointing out the shocking poverty divide between the married and the unmarried.

13 November 2014

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?”

13 November 2014

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.

13 November 2014

In the last two editions of The Tablet there has been reference to inter-Communion, which prompts me to write with my own experience.