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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

Is the Saudi-backed centre for interreligious dialogue a fig leaf for the west or a genuine step towards tolerance?

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the launch of the centre (Photo courtesy of KAICIID)

The centre, based in Vienna, might actually be illegal in Saudi Arabia itself

Will David Cameron talk sensibly about drugs when he leaves office?

Cannabis sativa, marihuana, hemp, plant

The prime minister has abandoned his previous attitude to drug policy. Does power do this to people?

It’s time for a boycott of cruelty in the media

Christopher Jefferies was wrongly accused of murder in the press (PA)

Too often the media is used to inflict cruelty on our fellow human beings. It’s time consumers acted

Parliament should beware taking a People’s Republic of China approach to women bishops

Politburo Standing Committee members Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang. China does not let the Pope choose his bishops (Photo: PA)

Something rather sinister has happened in the wake of the General Synod vote

The Anglicans who voted against women bishops showed true Dunkirk spirit

A meeting of the General Synod at the Assembly Hall of Church House (Photo: PA)

Now the ‘Church in turmoil’ headline will run for another five years

China’s new leader presides over a monstrous tyranny. But you won’t hear Cameron mention that

New members of the ruling Politburo Committee, including China's leader Xi Jinping, centre (Photo: AP)

May God bless the real Republic of China – Taiwan

St Margaret, Scotland’s only royal saint

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Today we celebrate a ruler with a great love of the poor

The fall of modern civilisation set in 20th-century Venice

The island of San Francesco del Deserto

Simon Raven’s 10-novel sequence Alms for Oblivion offers a window into upper-class mores, and also a terrible denunciation of modern life

All power to the Pope’s new academy for Latin. The Latin I learned at school has stayed with me forever

Benedict XVI waves at a meeting with the Santa Cecilia association on Saturday (Photo: AP)

As the Pope says, the language is crucial for theologians. So much of St Augustine is lost in translation

There is more than a whiff of Holy Trinity Brompton about the new Archbishop of Canterbury

Archbishop of Canterbury speculation

And that’s very good news