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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

The TV series Homeland never gets to grips with its key question: why would a US soldier embrace Islam?

Damian Lewis plays a US marine who has been 'turned' by al-Qaeda

I wonder how many Westerners have, like Brody, become Muslim. What would be their reasons for doing so?

Time to end the War on Drugs

Criminalising drugs is a statist policy does more harm than good

The state does have the right to interfere in the bedroom

The European Court has confirmed once again that everything does not go

What all this Titanic mania reveals about us

The ship, a symbol of magnificent human endeavour, was, like all human endeavours, bound to perish

Mormonism is not a Christian religion

Mormon Mitt Romney, almost certain to be the GOP candidate in November Photo: Alex Brandon/AP/Press Association Images

Mormons live exemplary lives but their religion has nothing to do with Christianity

The Cross is a supreme challenge to unbelievers

A scene from Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (CNS)

The Crucifixion is a historical certainty. So how do atheists explain it?

How signed singing for the deaf helped me to understand Newman

Watching the deaf members of the congregation is moving and informative

How Dawkins got the wrong end of the stick about Aquinas

St Thomas Aquinas is depicted in a painting at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington (CNS photo)

St Thomas Aquinas was not proving the existence of God as you would a piece of furniture. He was testing whether the concept of God made philosophical sense

New Atheism has lost its reason

The standard of debate has declined rapidly since the age of Bertrand Russell. It’s up to Catholics to restore intelligence to the God debate

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

The pile of rubbish covering Britain represents a real moral failure