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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 late Roman Empire was not the twilight of popular myth

Far from being chaotic, Late Antiquity was stable and confident right up until the late 5th century

Christianity did not begin with a ‘human sacrifice’

One of Christopher Hitchens’s best quoted passages suggests that, though a brilliant orator, he misunderstood Christian theology

Liturgy is a language, and so it must have rules

The Pope, last Sunday CNS photo/Paul Haring

Gaudete Sunday has returned to the mainstream of Catholicism

Many Catholics in Britain do not grasp how important and rewarding regular Confession can be

Confessions are heard at World Youth Day in Madrid (Photo: CNS)

Why has the practice dropped off so dramatically here, but not in Italy, say, or Kenya?

When should you put up your Christmas tree?

A large Christmas tree CNS photo/Paul Haring

And why we should encourage children to make their own cribs

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the essence of what evangelisation should be about

Candles decorated with images of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Photo: CNS photo/Rick Musacchio, Tennessee Register

The conversion of Mexico was the single most successful mission undertaken by the Catholic Church. Why did it succeed when others failed?

St Ambrose – the man who invented silent reading

St Ambrose, at St Peter's Basilica

We should celebrate St Ambrose, whose understated management skills kept the early church together – and who was the first person to read in silence

Is Belloc best forgotten?

The Catholic writer is nowadays neglected, but much of his writing is florid, dull and unreadable

Why Charlotte Church knows more about liturgy than Rupert Murdoch

Charlotte Church

His attitude to sacred music is symptomatic of the modern age’s attitude to religious art

Why do Catholics become Anglicans?

We must take a leaf out of the evangelicals’ book in trying to attract people back to Catholic churches