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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

We can quell our fear of death through belief in the risen Lord

The Resurrection by Lucas Cranach (1558)

The Church must remind us again about the certainty of death

The Church of England’s vote for women bishops has created an insurmountable obstacle to unity

The Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops  (PA)

From a Catholic point of view, nothing much has changed – it is the principle of female ordination that is the sticking point.

Assisted suicide is not really about compassion: it’s all about money

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is the latest high-profile figure to come out in favour of changing the law (PA)

We’re running out of cash to care for a rising number of elderly people. That is why we are talking about ‘assisted dying’

The Reformation was a move away from reason, not towards it

Islam's reformers? (AP)

How can we help Islam reform when so many western commentators do not understand Christianity?

Vatican reformers are lining up at last

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney (CNS photo/Daniel Munoz, Reuters)

Pope Francis cannot lead the Church effectively without an effective Curia to carry out his wishes

Summorum Pontificum has put us in touch with our history

Benedict XVI celebrating Mass in 2012 (CNS)

Seven years ago Benedict XVI’s motu proprio liberated the traditional Latin Mass from all restrictions

Beijing is persecuting the Church because it fears China will one day be Christian

Worshippers at a Catholic church in Taiyuan, China (CNS)

One day the superpower will be Christian, and Communism just a distant memory

It’s unlikely Vladimir Putin is helping Middle East Christians for pious reasons

Russian President Vladimir Putin (PA)

The Russian president is neither a Tsar or a Communist, but his foreign policy shows little difference from either

Like all extremists, the men of ISIS know just enough history to be dangerous

The last Caliph

Their idea of a caliphate is an anachronism at best

Let’s show forgiveness to Luis Suarez

Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini (AP)

The punishment doled out to the Uruguay player sends completely the wrong message