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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

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

Unlike the Government’s proposals, the Church of England’s document on marriage is thought through

The Coalition seems to have no understanding of what marriage actually is

If the Sisters of the LCWR ‘sever ties’ with Rome, then they stop being Sisters

Sister Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (CNS photo)

I hope they stay in the Church, even if they have caused it harm

What makes a country third world?

Policemen who don’t expect a tip

The Leopard – a curious book for Nick Clegg to read

Diamond Jubilee celebrations

The Italian classic listed among the Deputy PM’s favourites is all about the futility of liberalism