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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

Blessed Pope Paul’s message: Truth does not come cheap, we have to suffer for it

The beatification of Pope Paul VI (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

If it comes to a choice between popularity and Truth, we must choose Truth every time

The English version of the Synod document is quite frankly a disgrace. Whoever is responsible for it should be ashamed

Let us hope that he Synod Fathers will listen carefully to the reaction that this document has elicited (CNS)

English is the world’s most important language, or are there some people in the Vatican who have not woken up to that?

Sorry, but the synod’s draft report is no earthquake

Pope Francis (PA)

The report merely reflects what Italian Jesuit theologians have been saying for decades

Why Italians don’t go in for ‘fat shaming’

Stt John XXIII was reputed for his love of good food (CNS)

Are there any Italian Catholics who don’t like food?

Does it matter that Pope Francis was overlooked for the Nobel Peace Prize?

Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel committee (Photo: PA)

In many ways the accolade is a sign of acceptability among the world’s great and good

Confused by the synod? Remember, love is the fulfilment of the Law

Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass for the synod in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The concept of gradualism is as old as Christianity itself

Praying the Rosary is our secret weapon against ISIS

Today is the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary (PA)

Destructive bombs have nothing to do with God

The Conry affair has exposed a crisis in Church governance – over to you, Francis

Bishop Kieran Conry (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

We need to find out why canon law failed to prevent this current mess from occurring

The Church is plagued by infighting. So what’s the solution?

We need to believe in the Church as a theological reality (AP)

Whenever we are tempted to compromise with middle-class, liberal mores, we need to ‘choose Catholic’

There is always a way back for everyone who fails

Bishop Kieran Conry (Mazur/Catholicchurch.org.uk)

Let us all – and not just Bishop Kieran Conry – consider our position in the light of redemption