Sir, – Fr Tony Flannery writes that having been removed from the exercise of public ministry by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith eight years ago, he has begun to “read, reflect and to question in a way that I had never done before” (Rite & Reason, October 20th).

The result of his reflection is that he has decided that the church’s “serious mistake”, one dating back 17 centuries, is to “try to tame mystery by encircling it with definitions and rigid doctrines”.