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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

How great tragedy inspires great art

Alice Thomas Ellis’s life was overshadowed by tragedy, and so makes great reading in this, the month of death

Perhaps Hugh Grant will find that perfect love at last

Hugh Grant, a father at 51. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Now that he’s a father, the heart-throb actor might finally discover what love really is, a love that can never be replaced

Europe’s leaders are acting like the hapless ministers of pre-Revolution France

George Papandreou, the Greek prime minister, has proposed a referendum on the bailout (Photo: PA)

And when the inevitable finally comes, the Greeks who suffer most will be the least guilty

Don’t start tinkering with the monarchy, Mr Cameron!

The rightful James III/VIII. But England has an Anglican monarchy and we are better off leaving it well alone

For the sake of political posturing and ending ‘discrimination’ against women and Catholics, David Cameron is opening the monarchy up to secularisation. It is political vanity for which future generations will pay a high price

I will pray for Gaddafi on All Souls’ Day

The treatment of Gaddafi’s corpse was a disgrace – and now he is with God we can pray for him, as we pray for all the dead

Iris Murdoch – one of the 20th century’s greatest writers, perhaps, but was she a philosopher?

Iris Murdoch’s fiction still stands up 30 years after its publication, but what about the moral questions it posed?

St Augustine is a guide to what it means to be human

St Augustine and his mother, St Monica, by the French painter Ary Scheffer

His theology derives from experience: he is the great enlightener of the need for grace

If only the residents of Dale Farm had been treated with more mercy

Riot police hold their line (Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

Now it is too late: the law has taken its course and the law, once it gets going, is difficult to stop

The freeing of Gilad Shalit shows Israel’s humanity – and Hamas’s blood-chilling cruelty

Gilad Shalit gives his first interview to Egyptian television after his release

His kidnapping five years ago has done the Palestinian cause no favours

We must follow the African example and respect our old people properly

The recent scandals in the NHS highlight our society’s lack of respect for old people. We should offer more help to families caring for relatives, but we also have to change our attitude towards the elderly