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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

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

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

Christianity, like Shakespeare, never goes out of date

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Unlike the pseudo-scripture of our age, the texts are timeless

Halloween is commercial and unnecessary. Can’t we give it a rest?

Young boy dressed as a vampire for Halloween (Photo: PA)

Halloween is a post-Christian celebration which compels us to buy things which we don’t need. We should return to our Christian roots and throw All Saints parties instead.

Faith is caught, not taught, and art is a good way of catching souls

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Catholicism needs more emphasis on beauty