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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

No one has ever written about passion like Iris Murdoch

Religion, though, she didn’t understand

When can we have a debate about the ethics of overseas aid?

The Houses of Parliament (Photo: PA)

Cuts to overseas aid would make headlines, but will no one challenge Westminster’s cosy consenus

We seem to have a problem with justice

"Lady Justice" by the British sculptor, Frederick William Pomeroy, Photo: PA

Should justice be a matter of interpreting law or a matter of rewarding desert?

Seve Ballesteros’s funeral had a powerful sense of community. I wish we saw more of this in England

Javier Ballesteros carries the ashes of his father Seve Ballesteros accompanied by his sister Carmen (Denis Doyle/Pool/PA Wire)

The funeral was attended not only by golf luminaries but also the ordinary people of the town

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