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The Rev Derek Reeve (letter, 4 August) is surely not alone in having misgivings about the increasing emphasis given to eucharistic devotion outside of Mass. The fact that this kind of devotion, however laudable, is and must remain a secondary thing came home to me 60 years ago …

Diverse opinions on Eucharistic adoration

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Tablet readers air their views on a wide range of issues, including Humanae Vitae and the RE syllabus.

I am increasingly worried by the way in which eucharistic adoration is being promoted by our bishops.

In my early years as a priest I became very conscious of the influence of Limbo in people’s minds. Even in the Church of the Second Vatican Council old memories seemed to persist.

Brave words from Bishop John Crowley (Letters, 23 June). But surely the clue is in the name? Are we to be a Catholic Church or a minor dogmatic sect of mostly very strange, old people?

The possibility of married clergy and the ordination of women should be looked at once again.

I am one of that “number of bishops” referred to by Bishop John Crowley in his admirable letter [on the ordination of women] of 23 June and further challenged to reveal themselves by John Mulholland in his letter of 30 June.

In his article “The Trump effect” (30 June), Michael McGough claims that the US Catholic bishops are “almost always in accord” with the President on moves to end the legalisation of abortion.

"… we certainly do need a revision of Humanae Vitae, 50 years after Paul VI’s encyclical. It is in many respects a sensitive and thoughtful document, but on the subject of contraception it fails to pay sufficient attention to the health of women and mothers."

" … why, as a bishop, has John Crowley had to suppress his own feelings and views until his retirement?"


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