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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

Freedom of dress is part of our freedom of expression

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A supporter of Pakistani religious party Jamaat-i-Islami attends a rally to condemn the ban imposed on the burqa or veil in France (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

Is it too much to suggest that at the heart of the Western manner of dress is a reverence for the face, and that this springs from a religious impulse?

Will the new Missal buck the trend and be a nice book?

A copy of the Borgianus Latinus, a missal for Christmas made for Pope Alexander VI  (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

In the past books were objects of beauty and made to last, that art has been lost

Which wedding vows will Kate and Will use?

The late Diana, Princess of Wales dropped the "obey" from her wedding vow  PA

While Catholics have only one form of wedding vow, Anglicans can pick from many. Which will the royal couple go for?

Not even liturgists are immune to Royal wedding fever

Prince William and his fiance Kate Middleton  PA

As the Royal wedding approaches the Church of England and the Church have prepared special prayers, but what should Will and Catherine be called?

The way we treat the dead in Britain is abominable

Members of the Royal British Legion lower their standards as the coffin of Corporal Stephen McKee arrives at Wootton Bassett (Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

You are standing on the pavement and you spot a funeral procession. What do you do?

Rationalists ought to be very annoyed by exorcist movies

Anthony Hopkins stars in The Rite (courtesy of New Line Cinema)

The American Gothic – from The Exorcist to Scooby Doo – deals with the shadows that have not been banished by the Enlightenment

Pastor Terry Jones and the rioting Afghan mob believe in a religion without reason

Pastor Terry Jones is surrounded by supporters at a news conference in New York (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

They have something in common, apart from anger: they believe in a religion that has no connection to morality

Last night the BBC’s biblical scholar made a crucial and sloppy mistake about Christian belief

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, by Wenzel Peter

Isn’t the BBC supposed to educate? Why, then, is it spreading ignorance in this way?

How to really solve poverty in Africa

People in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, could better themselves if they were given legal title to their dwellings (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

Well, here is a checklist. And it doesn’t include aid

At last people are starting to realise that foreign aid achieves very little

Bob Geldof: a vocal supporter of aid to Africa (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Often aid gives power and patronage to corrupt regimes that are the cause of poverty themselves