Under the heading of "Strictest secrecy" The Tablet carries the following letter from Cardinal Murphy O'Connor, it refers to the gossip I and others reported last week.
Comments made in last week’s Notebook (5It seems pretty extraordinary that having done damage to His Emminence's reputation Ma "P" graciously grants him the right of reply, at the bottom of her letters page, there is no response from the ediatrix, no apology, no explanation. This is a Prince of the Church writing to correct a damaging lie, a detraction, and The Tablet deems it no more worthy than to be placed amongst the rattling of the rusty sabres of its usual correspondents.
May) about the papal nuncio and myself are
mischievous and unhelpful. I do not comment
in any way on recent appointments in dioceses
in England and Wales and the “quip” attributed to me is not true. As is right and proper,
the meetings of the plenary sessions of the
Congregation for Bishops are held in the
(Cardinal) Cormac Murphy-O’Connor
It is contemptuous!
It shows how far the Tablet has moved away from being the "Catholic journal of record" it once was. I had lunch with a former Tablet writer recently, he said, "the trouble with Ma is she doesn't get "Catholic".
When will its trustees appoint someone who does get "Catholic" to its staff?
ps I do not buy or read the Tablet, nor do I allow it my church. I do occasionally look at the website, the free bits.