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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

‘Mourners for hire’ are a sign of our troubled times

Cardinal Angelo Scola celebrates the funeral mass for Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini

The breakdown of family and community life is behind dwindling numbers at funerals

Giles Fraser is wrong to say that evangelicals miss the point of the Cross

Dr Giles Fraser Photo: PA

Dr Giles Fraser is mistaken when he suggests that celebrating the triumph of the Cross is theologically illiterate

One thing is clear: someone was to blame for Christ’s death. It was no accident.

Mary embraces Jesus from the "Lamentation of Christ" by Umbrian painter Niccolo di Liberatore. Photo: CNS

During Holy Week, we should blame the sins of the world for Christ’s death while remembering he freely laid down his life for us

Pope Francis is certainly not on the wrong side in the ‘war on the poor’

The Pope kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users (CNS)

Guardian columnist fundamentally misunderstand Liberation Theology

There is no ‘liberal’ Catholic social teaching

Poverty: we care a lot (AP)

Catholic care for the poor is a bit older than the Enlightenment. By a couple of millennia

I was relaxing with a beer in hand – and then out stepped Pope Francis

This morning's newspapers in Argentina (AP)

We can expect our new Holy Father to shake things up

We will need an astonishing, miraculous pope who can take the Church into a new era

All eyes are focussed on the chimney  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

The Church needs more than an ‘obvious’ candidate – we need an exceptional one

The saddest part of the Vicky Pryce case

Vicky Pryce leaves court yesterday
Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Chris Huhne felt she had to have an abortion

What can we learn from the fall of Cardinal O’Brien?

We must learn from the O'Brien scandal

Good must come from this sad affair

Why are we so obsessed with sexual sin?

CNS photo illustration by Mike Crupi, Catholic Courie

Sin is sin – why is our society obsessed with just a few bodily-related ones?