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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

If you really care about the planet, clean up your neighbourhood first

The pile of rubbish covering Britain represents a real moral failure

The television programme Titanic was a terrible slur against the British upper classes

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Last night’s television drama portrayed the Edwardians in a totally false light

What is sex for?

Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Anglicans (and Catholics) get themselves in a muddle over gay marriage because they’ve forgotten the meaning of sex

Was it right to pay the ransom to Somali pirates?

Judith Tebbutt, who was freed this week STR/AP/Press Association Images

Judith Tebbutt is free, but ransoms raise some impossible moral dilemmas

The process for choosing the Archbishop of Canterbury is absurd and scandalous

Conservative favourite Dr John Sentanu

The decision is about politics, not prayer

Saudi Grand Mufti calls for churches to be destroyed: will David Cameron mention this next time he’s in Riyadh?

Freedom of religion is non-negotiable

Which is the most beautiful image of the Madonna?

Beautiful works of art make theological statements, manifesting to us profound truths about God

With its crusade against crucifixes, our Government is doing a good job of destroying British culture

A schoolgirl in Twickenham waits for the Pope with a crucifix and Vatican flag (PA photo)

What a sad contrast with Italy

Marriage fights poverty far better than government does

The Coalition’s failure to do anything for marriage only shows how little it cares about the poor

Farewell Norman St John Stevas, staunch champion of the unborn

Lord St John, here in 1971 at a protest against anti-Semitism in Russia PA Archive/Press Association Images

Lord St John of Fawsley was a colourful and charming figure, but also a scholar and a tireless parliamentarian