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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

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

What all this Titanic mania reveals about us

The ship, a symbol of magnificent human endeavour, was, like all human endeavours, bound to perish

Mormonism is not a Christian religion

Mormon Mitt Romney, almost certain to be the GOP candidate in November Photo: Alex Brandon/AP/Press Association Images

Mormons live exemplary lives but their religion has nothing to do with Christianity

The Cross is a supreme challenge to unbelievers

A scene from Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (CNS)

The Crucifixion is a historical certainty. So how do atheists explain it?