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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 day in 1944 that Malta honoured the Virgin Mary

The statue and the altarpiece brought back in procession through Cospicua on November 19, 1944

The return of the statue and painting of the Virgin Mary was celebrated by most of the island’s population

Britain seems to be losing its taste for opera

Placido Domingo performs in a production of Simon Boccanegra at the Staatsoper in Berlin (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

If so, this is bad news for all of us

The King James Bible, like the new Mass translation, would have been condemned as ‘inaccessible’

Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, poses with the 400-year-old King James Bible (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

Both translations seek to avoid “Gas Board English” and create a suitable language to express transcendent truths

For the sake of a quiet life, some priests will avoid tricky subjects in homilies

A priest hears a confession at the hippodrome in Zagreb, Croatia (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

Even preaching about the necessity of confession caused me trouble

Throwing more money at care homes will not help the elderly

The hands of an elderly resident at a nursing home (John Stillwell/PA Wire)

The real solution is that care should be what it claims to be – namely caring

Please let us celebrate Ascension on Thursday again

A painting at St Peter and Paul Church in Mauren, Liechtenstein, depicts the Ascension (CNS photo from Crosiers)

The current Sunday arrangement has not been a great success

Why do we have such an appetite for the Tudors?

Posters of Katherine Howard are everywhere, advertising yet another Tudor novel

Kenya’s clerical abuse cases should have been handled with more transparency

Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi says he does not know the reasons why his predecessor, Bishop Cornelius Schilder, retired early. Bishop Schilder is accused of sexual abuse (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

RTE’s programme about abuse in Africa showed two very different ways of handling the problem: facing up to it or keeping it quiet

Shakespeare is for all time; Britten is of ours

The ENO's new production of Britten's opera is set in a boys' school

The ENO’s reductive production of Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream makes the composer very much of our time

Sins are not meant to be a form of public entertainment

Sins are not meant to be a form of public entertainment

The existence of the seal of the confessional reminds us that these things belong firmly in the internal forum