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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

Romeo and Juliet shows the danger of privatising love

A scene from Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet

The truth is that love is not a purely private matter. Every marriage has a public resonance

King Lear offers a bleak and godless world. But, when I leave the theatre, I feel hope, not despair

A 1999 production of Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Company (Photo: PA)

And hope is not an illusion; it reflects my experience of the world. To be a Christian in faith and practice is to be genuinely human

Charles Darwin’s discovery was surely great. But let’s not dismiss all other thinkers – Aristotle or Socrates, say – who came before him

A sculpture of Darwin outside Bradford Town Hall made out of sand (Photo: PA)

G G Simpson, quoted by Richard Dawkins, suggested that the great thinkers of antiquity are now worthless

The tragedy at the heart of New Atheism

Richard Dawkins poses on a London bus displaying an atheist advertisement (PA)

Belief in an ordered universe is hard to reconcile with a tragic view of life

What can we do to help our Christian brethren in the Middle East?

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Praying for them, and the invocation of Saint Charbel, may be a good way to start

The importance of a priest ‘knocking on a few doors’

No one ever forgets a priest who visited the sick, but does ‘going out and about’ make a difference to non-Massgoers

The incredible sacrifice of Salvo D’Acquisto

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Just 22 when he gave up his life, the story of this young Carabinieri should be better known

Why Edith Stein makes an excellent choice for patron saint of Europe

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It is in light of the Holocaust that European civilisation must be rebuilt

As an Olympicphobe I will not be protesting against the Games

Olympics - Olympics Final preparations

Even for those of us who do not enjoy the Games, there are no real good reasons to object to them

Simon Raven: an entertaining read, but no Powell

Alms for Oblivion is an entertaining but shallow tale, and not a patch on A Dance to the Music of Time