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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.
Christopher Lamb ("Open to the voice of the future", The Tablet, 11 October) writes eloquently on the proceedings of the Synod on the Family. He quotes Archbishop John Dew as saying that the Vatican II teaching on collegiality is close to the heart of Pope Francis and "that he wants to use this Synod to express that and put it into action".
I read with great interest the article (“Catholic peer condemns lack of active women at family synod”, The Tablet, 11 October). I could not agree more and the ratio of women attendees at the Family Synod is disappointing and disheartening. Hopefully this state of affairs will be addressed next year when they convene again.
Of course we English could follow the modern fashion for demanding our “rights” (“England Arise”, 11 October), like children in a playground: "’Tisn't fair. Everyone else has got a parliament. We want a parliament."
Nicholas Boyle's excursus into history ("England arise," The Tablet, 11 October) was wanting in any reference to the Norman Conquest of England and, some hundred odd years later, Ireland, as contributory in the making of England's pre-eminence in the unification of the Britannic Islands, as Aristotle called them.
I read with interest Jack Valero’s article on Bishop Alvero del Portillo (The Tablet, 27 September) but was struck by the phrase that the 1917 Code of Canon Law “considered lay people as receivers of the sacraments, particularly marriage, the sacrament that most distinguishes them”. (Note the present tense).
The polluted centre of London taken together with a mean temperature 3 degrees C warmer than the UK average, should ordain an ecosystem that has long collapsed. This would be a reasonable conclusion based on Mary Colwell’s article “Creation in Peril” (The Tablet, 11 October 2014).
I am writing a book on the single practising Catholic laywoman. So far I have received contributions from many women in UK, Australia and the US but I would be grateful for more contributions from women under 40 and from women in other countries.