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Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith

Alexander Lucie-Smith is a Catholic priest, doctor of moral theology and consulting editor of The Catholic Herald. On Twitter he is @ALucieSmith

The reasons why the Romans still fascinate us

The Coliseum in Rome, built during the reign of Emperor Vespasiano in  c.72 AD (Photo: PA)

A society in decline, religion as counter-culture, and mass immigration are just some of issues that link us to the Roman Empire

I disagree with Pope Francis: the War on Drugs should be ended

Pope Francis with Rio police: the battke against drugs is a huge burden on authorities (AP Photo)

No Catholic should contradict the Pope, but drug legalisation would save lives

The romantic but violent story of the real White Queen

Max Irons and Rebecca Ferguson, who play Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville (AP)

Elizabeth Woodville was an extraordinary and beautiful woman whose descendents still rule us

Who is St Charbel?

A priest preaches in a northern Lebanese village with a painting of the beloved Saint Charbel in the background Photo: CNS

The Church should follow St Charbel’s example and fix its eyes on the Blessed Sacrament

Beauty is not enough for the Church

St Bridesæ a beautiful church

The National Churches Trust question about the nation’s favourite churches says much

Abortion advocates should remember our bodies don’t exist in isolation from society

Pro-abortion campaigners in Ireland (Photo: PA)

Laurie Penny writes of “basic bodily autonomy”, but does such a thing exist?

Getting excommunicated is much harder than you think

A man calls for the excommunication of US politician Nancy Pelosi (CNS)

The Church only ever uses the penalty as a last resort – a shock tactic to bring people back to God

Homosexuality is not the defining issue of our age

A gay rights campaigner waves a rainbow flag outside the Supreme Court in America (Photo: PA)

The liberalisation of attitudes to homosexuality won’t make a difference to the vast majority of people

Why do we want to arm the allies of those who reportedly beheaded Fr Murad?

Fr Murad, who was murdered by rebels in Syria

Have we learned nothing from Afghanistan and Iraq?

Politicians are waking up to the fact that pornography cheapens women

Ed Miliband is the latest politician to speak up against porn (Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images)

None of the arguments against censoring pornography stand up