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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 was relaxing with a beer in hand – and then out stepped Pope Francis

This morning's newspapers in Argentina (AP)

We can expect our new Holy Father to shake things up

We will need an astonishing, miraculous pope who can take the Church into a new era

All eyes are focussed on the chimney  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

The Church needs more than an ‘obvious’ candidate – we need an exceptional one

The saddest part of the Vicky Pryce case

Vicky Pryce leaves court yesterday
Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Chris Huhne felt she had to have an abortion

What can we learn from the fall of Cardinal O’Brien?

We must learn from the O'Brien scandal

Good must come from this sad affair

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