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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

With its crusade against crucifixes, our Government is doing a good job of destroying British culture

A schoolgirl in Twickenham waits for the Pope with a crucifix and Vatican flag (PA photo)

What a sad contrast with Italy

Marriage fights poverty far better than government does

The Coalition’s failure to do anything for marriage only shows how little it cares about the poor

Farewell Norman St John Stevas, staunch champion of the unborn

Lord St John, here in 1971 at a protest against anti-Semitism in Russia PA Archive/Press Association Images

Lord St John of Fawsley was a colourful and charming figure, but also a scholar and a tireless parliamentarian

Who cares about the consequences of gay marriage?

Who cares about the consequences of gay marriage?

The problem with same-sex marriage legislation is that it wishes to bring into reality something that cannot exist

The remarkable resilience of Welsh culture

The people of Prestatyn celebrate St David's Day yesterday
Photo: Geoff Abbott / Demotix/Demotix/Press Association Images

St David’s Day is just one example of the great strength of Welsh traditions

At long last we have a Scot who can stand up to Alex Salmond over the union

Lord Steel: 'We are seeing a trend towards the attributes of the one-party state, where news bulletins are led by stories of what the Dear Leader has been doing.' (PA photo)

Lord Steel, in a speech to the Lords, laid several blows on the hitherto untouchable First Minister

Does the Vatican need a Freedom of Information Act?

Inquisition documents in the Vatican Archive. The reality is far less exciting than internet fantasists would have us believe Photo: AP/Arturo Mari, L'Osservatore Romano

Opening up would be the best way to tackle tedious but popular conspiracy theories around

‘Is it true, Father, that in Scotland men wear skirts?’

A Massai man Fritz Pölking/DPA/Press Association Images

Last night’s ‘Catholics’ focused heavily on vestments. In contrast, during my time in an African seminary we (mostly) tackled the foundational questions of morals

The Guardian, Britain’s liberal newspaper, has warm praise for the Catholic Church. The subject? Death

A lady prepares to receive the Sacrament of the Sick at a care home in Rochester, New York (CNS photo)

As a hospital chaplain administering to the dying you learn a lot about life and human dignity

The best thing a Catholic can do for Lent is to go to Mass every day

The Scala brings to mind the knowledge that Christ suffered and died at a certain place and a certain time

This year I will go through the Passion narrative of St Mark line by line