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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

It’s good to see Ed Miliband talking about his Jewishness

Miliband raps university 'snobbery

The Labour leader’s talk about his faith background contrasts with the emptiness of the Cameron vision

Why do Italians still have a soft spot for Mussolini?

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The bloodthirsty Fascist dictator is still fondly remembered – especially in the south

Celebrating the Ascension on a Sunday is a sad sign of creeping secularisation in the Church

The Ascension depicted at St Peter and Paul church in Mauren, Liechtenstein (CNS)

We are witnessing the disappearance of the concept of sacred time

Do we have a duty to have children?

Many women now choose ‘not to have it all’ – should we be worried?

How the Ordinariate is healing England’s cultural wounds

One of ours now

Four hundred years after the bitter conflicts of religion, the Church is posthumously reCatholicising Archbishop Cranmer and reclaiming him for our tradition

Is Homeland anti-Christian?

The terrorist drama is excellent television but its world view is bizarre

Unregistered weddings, or cohabitation with a religious blessing, are a legal minefield

I am pretty sure that a wedding without any civil registration is illegal from the point of view of canon law

The devotion of Rome’s Christian Empresses to saints is a model for our hard-edged politicians

The fifth-century mausoleum of Galla Placidia is decorated with mosaics of Christ the Good Shepherd and eagles symbolising St John the Evangelist

If only David Cameron could enthuse about St Edward the Confessor, say, or St Bernadette of Lourdes

Africa’s problem is too much poverty, not too many people

Madagascar’s problems would not be solved by handing out condoms

The sad story of Oceania’s patron saint

May St Peter Chanel bless all those who read this blog!