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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

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

Padre Pio was the opposite of a fan-hugging, autograph-signing celebrity

Pilgrims photograph the body of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

‘Brusque to the point of being rude’, the Italian saint was only interested in one personality – the Son of God

Isn’t it time that the buskers at Bath Abbey were asked to move on?

A street performer plays guitar outside Bath Abbey (PA)

Correct interaction between the secular and the sacred is vital for a healthy society

Five ways to make the annulment process better

Pope Francis blesses 20 couples at a wedding last week, less than a month before the Synod (CNS)

Believe it or not, many millions of Catholics around the world have no recourse to an annulment process at all

We need to strive for an ever more perfect Union

The chief moral reason for supporting the Union is because we are committed to peace, Fr Lucie-Smith says (PA)

That the Union is not perfect is an obvious point but no human institution is perfect

Thank God for Jung Chang, who told the truth about China

Jung Chang talks to journalist during opening ceremony of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival in February 2013 (PA)

There is no one better than a repentant fanatic to tell us how wicked fanaticism can be