Tuesday, 9 February 2010

The Tablet-Promoting understanding of the Roman Catholic Faith?

Some information available on the website of Charity Commission, the Regulator for Charities in England and Wales :

"The Tablet Trust is a registered charity which has a wholly owned subsidiary, The Tablet Publishing Company Ltd.  The principle activity of the Tablet Publishing Company Ltd., is the  publication of 'The Tablet' and 'The Pastoral Review'.

The Objects, Aims,  Objectives and Principal Activities of The Tablet Trust, as set out in its report to the Charity Commission for the year ended 31/1/2009,  are:

a)  to advance the Christian religion

b)  to promote, present and disseminate the teachings of the Christian religion and to promote understanding of the Roman  Catholic faith, values and principles  (my emphasis)

c)  to advance the education of the public

d)  to pursue such other charitable objectives as shall not be inconsistent with the objects hereunto before set out

The objectives of the Trust are carried out by its support of the religious and educational aspects of  'The Tablet' and 'The Pastoral Review' and support of outside bodies whose activities fall within the Trust Deed objectives"

I wonder how far the Trustees of The Tablet Trust believe they are achieving Object, Aim or Principal Activity  'b'  listed above?

Here it is again:

b)  to promote, present and disseminate the teachings of the Christian religion and to promote understanding of the Roman  Catholic faith, values and principles  (my emphasis)

For example, did the editorial in last week's edition    'promote understanding of the Roman  Catholic faith, values and principles'?

In a week that saw the  mass media bandwagon, both fuelling and being fuelled by, misinformation  following the Holy Father's Address to the Bishops of England and Wales, 'The Tablet' might have made an attempt to explain the teaching of the Church regarding  homosexuality.
It might have wished to emphasise how much importance the Church places on the pastoral care of homosexual persons , thereby promoting understanding of the Roman Catholic Faith.

It might have referred to the  Catechism of the Catholic Church which says:

"2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition."

"2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection."

But  The Tablet editorial did none of these.

It got behind the bandwagon and started pushing.

1 comment:

  1. Well done, Kate for quoting the official Church documents that leave no doubt that Mother Church has a very salubrious, joyful and inclusive message to give those who struggle with same-sex attraction. And through the sacraments, and through personal spiritual direction, Mother Church cares and respects a homosexual person's integrity.

    The Tablet's approach is to pick-away at Mother Church, making her look like a wretched host who does not welcome homosexual persons, and to make homosexual readers feel alienated from Mother Church. Ultimately, The Tablet is against homosexual persons, because 'they' (the editorial board) do not have the best interests of homosexuals at heart. The Church is our home, and the only place where we all, Tablet journalists, homosexuals, the scuppered-by-scrupolosity like myself, and the indifferent are truly loved. Bullying Catholic Homosexuals about how inadequate their Catholic Church is, may in effect, block them from the love which only Mother Church gives. Thus separating them from their true love...