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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

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

The great Catholic novel behind Puccini’s Manon Lescaut

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera (ROH/Bill Cooper)

The morality of the Catholic Church underscores Abbé Prevost’s book

The enduring importance of a proper send-off

There is no reason  why a coffin cannot be driven up to a crematorium  without ceremony (PA)

We human beings are ceremonial animals and funerals are vital, even for the non-religious

Legalising drugs is the best way to promote the moral values that both Francis and I share

Pope Francis says he is pained that Christians suffer so much discrimination (CNS)

The Church teaches that drug abuse is wrong but that doesn’t mean we should support the criminalisation of drug users

Iraq’s implosion is another disaster for Christians in the Middle East

Iraqis who have fled the violence in their hometown of Mosul reach for a fruit during a food distribution at Khazir refugee camp  (PA)

As we contemplate the fate of Catholics in Mosul, this should be a time of mourning.