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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

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!

It’s a great pity that the Labour Party has forgotten its past

All political parties have forgotten their roots; perhaps that is why politics is so irrelevant

Nadine Dorries is right – poverty is the biggest issue facing us

Health and Social Care Bill debate

Rightly or wrongly, the prime minister and chancellor do not give the impression that they care about the poor

Benedict XVI is offering extraordinary leadership on liturgy and the environment

Benedict XVI has charmed the faithful with his holiness and humility (PA photo)

Seven years in, the Pope has inspired Catholics and shown he has an authentic vision for the Church

The TV series Homeland never gets to grips with its key question: why would a US soldier embrace Islam?

Damian Lewis plays a US marine who has been 'turned' by al-Qaeda

I wonder how many Westerners have, like Brody, become Muslim. What would be their reasons for doing so?

Time to end the War on Drugs

Criminalising drugs is a statist policy does more harm than good

The state does have the right to interfere in the bedroom

The European Court has confirmed once again that everything does not go