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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

I am part-Scottish and part-English, and I think we are better off sticking together

Scotland goes to the polls this month

We are a family, and like any family have our differences

Catholics must atone for their anti-Semitism

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis induction and predecessor Lord Sacks (PA)

Hatred of the Jews has never gone away, and we must do everything to resist its return

What the alcoholic St Monica teaches us about redemption

Monica and Augustine, as portrayed in the film 'Restless Heart' (CNS)

Like her son St Augustine, she overcame many difficulties to achieve sanctity

Why are so many priests alcoholics?

The downfall of many clerics  (PA)

Denying that there is a problem in the clergy has not helped us in the past

Fr Charles-Roux: He loved the Mass, he loved God. May he now enjoy the vision of God forever

Fr Charles-Roux

Now Fr Charles-Roux is in the presence of the reality that lies within the sacramental sign

How Franciscan is Pope Francis?

St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio

What perhaps we are not seeing from this Pope is the mystical and ecstatic characteristics of St Francis

Giving credit where it’s due to Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI offers a blessing to the faithful in Rome before flying to Istanbul in 1967 (Photo: CNS)

Despite severe challenges, the Church did not enter a steep decline the end of the pontiff’s reign

We must guard and defend the Church’s precious liturgical heritage at all costs

The Congregation for Divine Worship has suggested several ways the rite could be performed with greater dignity (CNS)

The liturgy does not belong to us but the Church

Hamas is using Gaza’s civilians as pawns in the war against Israel

A mother and son survey the damage to their home in Gaza after an airstrike (Photo: CNS)

Hamas clearly fails the St Alphonsus test. Civilian deaths are not just collateral damage – they are its chief weapon

Bravo, France! And shame on you, David Cameron!

A Iraqi protester carries a cross during a protest against the Islamic State (CNS)

France has offered asylum to the Iraqi Christians forced to flee from Mosul