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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

Believe it or not, the new BBC series on the Crusades is excellent

Dr Thomas Asbridge presents the first episode of The Crusades

Presenter Thomas Asbridge confronts the brutality of the Crusades without lapsing into polemic

No one has the right to occupy the Vatican

The police’s zero tolerance policy on demonstrations in St Peter’s Square is the only one possible

Labour’s treatment of Catholics has doomed the Union

Protestors in Edinburgh call for a referendum Clerkson/Demotix/Demotix/Press Association Images

The United Kingdom looks doomed, but much blame must be placed on Labour’s alienation of its natural constituency north of the border

As long as murders go unpunished Africa will never have political reform

A nun weeps at the spot where the body of Fr John Kaiser was found, a year after his death. Hundreds of people gathered for Mass in his honour.   CNS photo from Reuters

We must never forget Fr John Kaiser, the missionary who died in Kenya in mysterious circumstances

Father Prospero, possibly the most intelligent man alive, is to become Malta’s second ever cardinal

Fr Prosper Grech, of the Augustinian Order, was for many years a distinguished professor in Rome

Were the three wise men from China?

The Magi, as traditionally viewed   CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

The Magi took two years to come from “the east”, far too long to be Babylonia or Persia, opening up the intriguing possibility that Christianity might not be alien to China

Liberation theology, not Calvinism, is behind Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto

Apocalypto: terrifying, beautiful and macabre

Giles Fraser is wrong to say the film supports the Protestant heresy that sin must be paid for with pain

Paul VI’s superb, beautiful theology remains as powerful as ever

Pope Paul VI, with the future John Paul II  CNS Photos

The pope of my youth’s writing continues to resonate, with a faith as fresh as the day he penned them

The late Roman Empire was not the twilight of popular myth

Far from being chaotic, Late Antiquity was stable and confident right up until the late 5th century

Christianity did not begin with a ‘human sacrifice’

One of Christopher Hitchens’s best quoted passages suggests that, though a brilliant orator, he misunderstood Christian theology