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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

Simon Raven: an entertaining read, but no Powell

Alms for Oblivion is an entertaining but shallow tale, and not a patch on A Dance to the Music of Time

Can there be salvation outside of the Church?

What happens to a good person who is not a practising Christian?

People become bored by religion because they do not understand it

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And talk of Hell is not the best way to bring them back

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