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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

What’s the difference between Twitter trolls and rude journalists?

Mary Beard, insulted by journalists and trolls alike (PA)

Twitter trolling is part of a wider debasement of the national conversation

Did modern philosophy lay the foundation for these horrible crimes?

The mattress Daniel Pelka was forced to sleep on (West Midlands Police/PA Wire

The recent horrific deaths of children may be connected to the abandonment of natural law

Francis’s marriage comments could be more significant than anything else he said on the plane

The Pope disembarks after returning from Rio (AP)

Now we need a canonical solution to the issue of second unions

Most of us would laugh at the idea of a masonic mafia at work in the Vatican. I’m not sure that we should

'The idea that there is a lobby of masons at work in the Vatican is an old one' (Photo: CNS)

Should we be worried that Pope Francis mentioned a masonic lobby in his famous press conference?

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?