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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

Why are we so obsessed with sexual sin?

Under canon law, the seal of confession is sacred under the penalty of excommunication (CNS)

Sin is sin – why is our society obsessed with just a few bodily-related ones?

Every snarky comment about the Pope is an insult to me

The Pope Emeritus, as he is now called

People outside the faith will never understand how much the Holy Father means to us

Is the Curia Catholic or Roman?

The Curia  CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters

Does the Curia need to be ‘internationalised’?

Heroic nuns of the Holocaust

Poland Auschwitz

Many nuns risked life to save strangers from the Nazis

I will thank God for Pope Benedict on Thursday night

Pope Benedict XVI  Photo: Press Association

Pope Benedict XVI’s inspiring courage will be his lasting legacy

Is it time for an American Pope?


The next pontiff, whoever he is, will have an enormous task of reforming the Roman Curia

The British are rather picky about their scandals

Horse meat found in beef products

We would rather be outraged by Catholics and horses than by state institutions

The freedom to watch porn is a freedom not worth having

Iceland Views

We should welcome Iceland’s proposals to ban internet pornography

Pope Benedict disturbs non-believers because for him God is the centre of everything

Benedict XVI prays in St Peter's Basilica (Photo: PA)

He shows that humility is the hallmark of authentic Christianity

An African pope would make the jaded western world sit up and take notice

Cardinal Peter Turkson (PA)

The dancing in the streets would last for months