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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

Catholics today could see the birth of a new model of Church

The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council could not have foreseen how the Church would change (Photo: CNS)

The shedding of institutional structures and the diminishing number of priests could, in fact, be liberating

Organised crime is best left to the Catholics

THE GODFATHER

And The Godfather cycle is the greatest Catholic movie of all time

Will it will be a Princess Victoria or Elizabeth?

The pregnancy was announced on Monday     Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

There are clear patterns to royal baby naming

Bring back Benediction!

Benedict XVI leading Benediction of the Eucharist after a Corpus Christi procession (Photo: CNS)

The regular celebration of Benediction would help recover reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament

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