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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 Eurovision Song Contest is an occasion to treasure

Paradise Oskar of Finland performs a global warming-themed song at a Eurovision semifinal this week (AP photo/Martin Meissner)

If you have plans for Saturday, cancel them

Are Catholic intellectuals losing touch with the mainstream?

Graham Greene, right, and French Catholic writer Francois Mauriac are shown before a conference at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, in 1948. It was attended by 3,000 people (PA photo)

If so, this is bad news for the Church

Archbishop Nichols is right not to comment on Bin Laden’s killing

Soldiers keep guard outside the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed (CNS photo/Faisal Mahmood, Reuters)

Until we know the facts, it is best to say nothing

AV will give Catholics a stronger political voice

Labour leader Ed Miliband joins Business Secretary Vince Cable in support of the Yes campaign (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

In Britain there is no such thing as ‘the Catholic vote’, but with the Alternative Vote there might well be

Banning Mugabe would drag the Vatican into a diplomatic minefield

Robert Mugabe receives Holy Communion at the beatification Mass in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

The Vatican is a Church; on what grounds can it ban someone from coming to Mass?

Contemporary Britain is in crisis. May the royal wedding bring renewal

A royal enthusiast camps across the road from Westminster Abbey to ensure a good view of the wedding  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Every empire falls for a simple reason: a lack of self-belief. And our leaders don’t seem to believe anything much any more

What does the Church teach about dialogue with Islam?

Benedict XVI visits the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey (CNS photo/Patrick Hertzog, Pool via Reuters)

The documents of Vatican II did address Islam in passing, though they seem a little optimistic now

How was your Easter?

How was your Easter?

Easter on the island of Malta is filled with colourful processions and feasting

Why Catholics care about the Cross

Guido Reni's Crucifixion in San Lorenzo in Lucina, Rome

It tells us a simple fact: that God loves us, all of us, and died for us

The Mass of the Last Supper is, to me, the most beautiful service in Holy Week

The Cathedral of Mdina, Malta, decorated for the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul (courtesy of the New Liturgical Movement)

One of the glories of the Triduum is the long and silent adoration at the Altar of Repose. One of its miseries is the attempt by misguided people to fill in the silence