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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

If Marie Antoinette had had Camilla’s reputation managers, France would still be a monarchy

Virtually a national treasure (Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire/Press Association Images)

The truth the mob clings to is often fragile

The Great Gatsby tells us the world is an empty place without faith

Leonardo di Caprio plays Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's new film

How will the Baz Luhrmann film, out in the UK next week, confront its existential themes?

The death of Giulio Andreotti, the political giant who went to Mass every day, marks a milestone in European history

Giulio Andreotti, right, would 'never tell you what he was thinking' (Photo: PA)

Andreotti, who has died aged 94, was nicknamed the ‘Eternal One’ of Italian politics. He was the opposite of bunga-bunga loving Berlusconi

Why on earth do parents want to give their children silly names?

David and Victoria Beckham with their children Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn Photo: PA

We should return to the days when children were named after saints rather than following the example of celebrities

The decline of political party membership in Britain has profound and depressing implications for religion

Ed Miliband and Hastings parliamentry candidate Sarah Owen claim victory in yesterday's elections (Photo: PA)

We seem to be moving away from mass movements towards a more atomised society. What can we do about it?

As a Catholic priest in Britain I have to drag couples down the aisle

Your wedding doe not have to be as grand as this (PA)

Couples are reluctant to have their big day in this country

If you remember the 1960s, you definitely weren’t there

In 1963 the Fab Four were packaged for their triumphant US tour a year later (PA)

The 1960s are remembered for very little, apart from separating sex from babies

Does Catholicism cause wars? Not if it is true Catholicism

A Republican dressed as a Loyalist terrorist takes part in a Belfast protest march (Photos: PA)

Christianity’s strong streak of pacifism is rooted in the words of Jesus

He might not have stepped foot in England, but don’t denigrate St George

St George's Day celebrations in Swindon

We should be proud of our international soldier-saint

Archbishop Piero Marini’s veiled swipes at Benedict XVI show how urgent Curial reform is

Archbishop Marini: 'The Council is not behind us. It still precedes us'  (PA)

Perhaps the archbishop has been mistranslated. What exactly was he hoping to achieve?