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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

The government regularly bungles religious issues, so how can it deal effectively with Islamic extremism?

David Cameron is setting up a cabinet level task force to combat Islamic extremism (Photo: PA)

Cosying up to Saudi Arabia is just one example of the hypocrisy at the heart of David Cameron’s pluralist position

The word ‘God’ should always be capitalised

‘God’ should always appear capitalised Photo: PA

Those who deny the capital letter to the Almighty do so because they want to belittle Him

How often have you prayed to the Madonna this month?

Pope Francis greets the crowd outside after praying the rosary at the Basilica of St. Mary Major earlier this month. The Pope led the crowd in chanting "Viva la Madonna" Photo: CNS

Pope Francis is keen to see the continuance and revival of traditional devotions, such as praying to Our Lady, especially in the month of May

The Bishop of Salisbury falied to mention that popes were condemning slavery long before Wilberforce

Bishop of Salisbury Photo: PA

The Bishop of Salisbury is wrong to say that until William Wilberforce’s abolition campaign, Christians saw slavery as Biblical

Is the England that St Augustine converted still Christian?

St Augustine, who completed, rather than replaced, Anglo-Saxon culture

Today we celebrate the man who converted the Anglo-Saxons, neither a multiculturalist nor a cultural imperialist

Our political masters need to get this: theological problems can only have theological solutions

British newspapers report on the Woolwich attack (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

The Woolwich murderers were motivated by a particular brand of theology

Religious persecution has existed through the ages. We must continue to fight it, and take it as a compliment

A painting by Mexican artist Martha Orozco featuring six priests canonised by Pope John Paul II in 2000

As the sacrifice of the Mexican martyrs shows, anti-Catholicism will always rebound on itself

What is the Church doing about Cardinal O’Brien?

Cardinal Keith O'Brien – how is the Church dealing with complaints? AP Photo

This is not the time for Catholics to circle the wagon

This Pentecost remember the Pope in your prayers and Malta’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest

Malta's Gianluca Bezzina, centre, performs during the second semifinal of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest Photo: PA

I hope that Gianluca Bezzina brings Malta to victory in this year’s contest

The first step towards truth is acknowledging how little we know

The then Cardinal Bergoglio on the Buenos Aires subway (AP Photo/Pablo Leguizamon, File)

When it comes to the Catholic Church people think they know it all