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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

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

Who cares about the consequences of gay marriage?

Who cares about the consequences of gay marriage?

The problem with same-sex marriage legislation is that it wishes to bring into reality something that cannot exist

The remarkable resilience of Welsh culture

The people of Prestatyn celebrate St David's Day yesterday
Photo: Geoff Abbott / Demotix/Demotix/Press Association Images

St David’s Day is just one example of the great strength of Welsh traditions