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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

Parliament should beware taking a People’s Republic of China approach to women bishops

Politburo Standing Committee members Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang. China does not let the Pope choose his bishops (Photo: PA)

Something rather sinister has happened in the wake of the General Synod vote

The Anglicans who voted against women bishops showed true Dunkirk spirit

A meeting of the General Synod at the Assembly Hall of Church House (Photo: PA)

Now the ‘Church in turmoil’ headline will run for another five years

China’s new leader presides over a monstrous tyranny. But you won’t hear Cameron mention that

New members of the ruling Politburo Committee, including China's leader Xi Jinping, centre (Photo: AP)

May God bless the real Republic of China – Taiwan

St Margaret, Scotland’s only royal saint

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Today we celebrate a ruler with a great love of the poor

The fall of modern civilisation set in 20th-century Venice

The island of San Francesco del Deserto

Simon Raven’s 10-novel sequence Alms for Oblivion offers a window into upper-class mores, and also a terrible denunciation of modern life

All power to the Pope’s new academy for Latin. The Latin I learned at school has stayed with me forever

Benedict XVI waves at a meeting with the Santa Cecilia association on Saturday (Photo: AP)

As the Pope says, the language is crucial for theologians. So much of St Augustine is lost in translation

There is more than a whiff of Holy Trinity Brompton about the new Archbishop of Canterbury

Archbishop of Canterbury speculation

And that’s very good news

How to make your best Confession ever

Confession is about our failure to respond to the Father’s love offered to us in Christ (Photo: PA)

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith urges Catholics to enter the confessional with newfound courage

The dementia time bomb

Both Parents Alzheimer's

Soon 1 in 70 will suffer from dementia

Let’s hope Americans make the right choice tomorrow – by legalising cannabis

Cannabis sativa, marihuana, hemp, plant

Tomorrow voters in three US states have the chance to help end failed war on drugs