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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

Yesterday’s Appeal Court ruling strikes me as a serious blow to religious freedom

The Royal Courts of Justice, home to the Court of Appeal (Photo: PA)

If the judgment is upheld, canon law is to be replaced by employment law

This is the age of addiction. Could Puritanism come next?

Cupcakes can be difficult to resist (PA photo)

Civilisation never knows what’s around the corner, as present trends rarely continue – in fact, they will probably reverse

Why I’m glad I saw Auschwitz

An icon of evil seared into the public consciousness AP Photo

There are some things that are simply evil in themselves, and never to be justified

The ordinary Polish Catholics who brought down Communism

Poles attend the installation of Pope John Paul II AP/Press Association Images

Communism never inspired love in a deeply faithful people

Poland is still the land of Blessed John Paul II

Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, Krakow (AP)

Its people have confidence in themselves and the mission of the Church

Tattoos are a matter of taste, not morality

Joanna Southgate was allowed into Ascot despite her inked arms (Photo: PA)

Personally, I loathe them. But it’s hard to argue that they are per se immoral

People are walking away from Catholicism because they do not understand it

Statio Orbis

If anything, New Atheists only help a faith in decline across Europe

How a pagan soldier was moved by the faith of a Christian priest

But who was St Alban, Britain’s earliest saint?

Someone, somewhere is responsible for the Greek tragedy

Riot police use tear gas as protesters stand in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. Riots engulfed central Athens and at least 10 buildings went up in flames in mass protests late Sunday as lawmakers prepared for a historic parliamentary vote on harsh austerity measures demanded to keep the country solvent and within the eurozone. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The economic approach of Athens has resembled Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair

The Sacred Heart is a rich and important devotion. But its iconography lacks theological vim

Pompeo Batoni's 1767 Sacred Heart

Attempts to convey Christ’s love for humanity in art have, it seems to me, had limited success