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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

Flourishing religious movements are the best hope for the future of the Church

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the papal delegate in charge of governing the Legionaries of Christ, leaves after concelebrating a Mass to open the congregation's general chapter in Rome earlier this year (CNS)

Many religious communities must rediscover their sense of unity of purpose

Mary Kenny: a writer who is a breath of fresh air

Mary Kenny with Catholic Herald chairman Peter Sheppard

In her new autobiography, The Catholic Herald columnist demonstrates her skill for writing about both people and ideas

Cardinal Nichols will not allow us to forget the poor. For this I am profoundly grateful

Cardinal-designate Nichols and Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor arrive for meeting of cardinals in synod hall at Vatican

I am delighted that Vincent Nichols will receive the red hat tomorrow

Brand management is vital if religions are to flourish

A Saudi Arabian woman at a gift shop in Riyadh (AP)

Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on St Valentine’s Day might be ridiculous but it is also understandable

Let’s celebrate all the Darwins on future Darwin Days

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, right, shares a joke with Sir Charles Darwin, grandson of  scientist Charles Darwin in 1958 (PA)

Many of the Darwin connections are people of the utmost note

Belgium is on the brink of legalising the death penalty for sick children

A children's hospital in Belgium. The country has voted to legalise child euthanasia (AP Photo/Yves Logghe, File)

A new dark step has been taken across the Channel

Should we care that Hilary Mantel is anti-Catholic?

Hilary Mantel (PA)

Fashions have changed meaning literature and the Church are no longer comfortable bedfellows

Was Anthony Powell right about John Galsworthy?

Goldworthy, whose popularity has declined since his death in 1933 (CNS)

The Forsyte Saga novelist has fallen out of favour since his death

The Church has failed to protect children but the UN report is seriously flawed

The UN human rights committee on the rights of the child delivering its report in Geneva (AP)

And the committee oversteps the mark by criticising Catholic teaching on contraception and abortion

How can it be a crime to poison a ‘foetus’ with alcohol?

As long as it's just water...

Yet another ruling illustrates the absurdity of our attitude to abortin