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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

Christianity, like Shakespeare, never goes out of date

Timeless     Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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


Catholicism needs more emphasis on beauty

The Assad regime is not in its death throes

Mideast Syria

The regime hopes for a Paris-style solution to its rebellion

How are we to evangelise Muslims?

Benedict XVI reads a speech at Regensburg University in Germany on September 12, 2006 (Photo: AP)

We need to shake off the idea that conversion is cultural imperialism

Why converting Muslims is taboo in the Catholic Church


Christianity does not contradict Middle Eastern culture

Where is the former Abbot of Ealing hiding?


These days it’s very difficult for someone to simply disappear

Congratulations to Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is the first British writer to win the Man Booker Prize twice (Photo: PA)

The twice-winner of the Man Booker Prize has found new riches in the otherwise exhausted seam of Tudor history

How rife was anti-Catholicism in Downton Abbey’s time?

Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey.

After all, the Earl of Grantham’s estate was stolen from the Church

A terrible human weakness lies at the heart of the Jimmy Savile case

Flowers lie in the place formerly occupied by Jimmy Savile's headstone (PA)

It is very hard for us to acknowledge the evil that lies plainly before our eyes