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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

Where is the former Abbot of Ealing hiding?

ITALY MAFIA TRIAL

These days it’s very difficult for someone to simply disappear

Congratulations to Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is the first British writer to win the Man Booker Prize twice (Photo: PA)

The twice-winner of the Man Booker Prize has found new riches in the otherwise exhausted seam of Tudor history

How rife was anti-Catholicism in Downton Abbey’s time?

Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey.

After all, the Earl of Grantham’s estate was stolen from the Church

A terrible human weakness lies at the heart of the Jimmy Savile case

Flowers lie in the place formerly occupied by Jimmy Savile's headstone (PA)

It is very hard for us to acknowledge the evil that lies plainly before our eyes

How to receive Holy Communion

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION SHOWS PRIEST CLEANING COMMUNION VESSELS

The Blessed Sacrament is supposed to be consumed at once

It is good that the Alpha course will be represented at the Synod

Cardinals attend the Mass for the opening of the Synod AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

The method offers Christians a way to live the faith

An eye-opening look at corruption in Africa

Kenya Africa Religion vs Poachers

How NGOs are as complicit as the Kleptocrats

The road to totalitarianism begins in Ekaterinburg

Stalin smiles at the Teheran Conference, Iran, in 1943 (AP Photo)

So how could a Stalin apologist be a ‘tireless agitator for a better world’?

The management of the Vatican needs to catch up with the world

Compared to other tourist attractions, the Vatican is badly-run Photo:  Pier Paolo Cito/AP/Press Association Images

Never mind Vatileaks, the management of the Vatican museum needs to change

Personal choice does not trump right and wrong

Megan Stammers' mother Danielle Wilson and stepfather Martin Stammers Photo: Clive Gee/PA Wire

As the sad cases of teacher-pupil affairs show, abandonment of traditional morality leads us to tragic incoherence