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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

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

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