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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

‘Is it true, Father, that in Scotland men wear skirts?’

A Massai man Fritz Pölking/DPA/Press Association Images

Last night’s ‘Catholics’ focused heavily on vestments. In contrast, during my time in an African seminary we (mostly) tackled the foundational questions of morals

The Guardian, Britain’s liberal newspaper, has warm praise for the Catholic Church. The subject? Death

A lady prepares to receive the Sacrament of the Sick at a care home in Rochester, New York (CNS photo)

As a hospital chaplain administering to the dying you learn a lot about life and human dignity

The best thing a Catholic can do for Lent is to go to Mass every day

The Scala brings to mind the knowledge that Christ suffered and died at a certain place and a certain time

This year I will go through the Passion narrative of St Mark line by line

Why religion can never be ‘a private matter’

Polly Toynbee: committed to reasonable debate Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Religious-secular debate continues to be a dialogue of the deaf

What happened to alienate British people from their faith?

Mexicans crowd around a relic and wax effigy of Blessed John Paul II at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Catholicism flourishes in this country  CNS photo/Keith Dannemiller

What we can learn from the Church in Mexico

The Power and the Glory remains the greatest argument for Catholicism ever made

Greene’s novel is a great argument for the faith, but so is the country in which it was set

The faith of Mexicans is profoundly moving

A shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe in Tijuana, Mexico Photo: CNS/David Maung

The kingdom of saints is real to the people of this country

Dickens is disappointingly thin – give me AN Wilson anytime

Dickens... not as good the second time round AP/Press Association Images

A very good novel can make a Mexican bus journey pass very quickly

Despite reports of violence, I feel totally safe walking around Mexico

A statue of Jesus is seen in the Church of St. Andrew in Cholula, in the Mexican state of Puebla CNS phot o/Greg Tarczynski

Some 50,000 people have been killed in the war on drugs, and yet the country will survive this calamity as it has survived others

At last I can start to understand the American Civil War

A nun cares for a wounded soldier in a detail from a larger Civil War-era print (CNS photo/courtesy University Archives, The Catholic University of America)

In the history books, though, the conflict rages on