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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

For the sake of a quiet life, some priests will avoid tricky subjects in homilies

A priest hears a confession at the hippodrome in Zagreb, Croatia (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

Even preaching about the necessity of confession caused me trouble

Throwing more money at care homes will not help the elderly

The hands of an elderly resident at a nursing home (John Stillwell/PA Wire)

The real solution is that care should be what it claims to be – namely caring

Please let us celebrate Ascension on Thursday again

A painting at St Peter and Paul Church in Mauren, Liechtenstein, depicts the Ascension (CNS photo from Crosiers)

The current Sunday arrangement has not been a great success

Why do we have such an appetite for the Tudors?

Posters of Katherine Howard are everywhere, advertising yet another Tudor novel

Kenya’s clerical abuse cases should have been handled with more transparency

Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi says he does not know the reasons why his predecessor, Bishop Cornelius Schilder, retired early. Bishop Schilder is accused of sexual abuse (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

RTE’s programme about abuse in Africa showed two very different ways of handling the problem: facing up to it or keeping it quiet

Shakespeare is for all time; Britten is of ours

The ENO's new production of Britten's opera is set in a boys' school

The ENO’s reductive production of Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream makes the composer very much of our time

Sins are not meant to be a form of public entertainment

Sins are not meant to be a form of public entertainment

The existence of the seal of the confessional reminds us that these things belong firmly in the internal forum

No one has ever written about passion like Iris Murdoch

Religion, though, she didn’t understand

When can we have a debate about the ethics of overseas aid?

The Houses of Parliament (Photo: PA)

Cuts to overseas aid would make headlines, but will no one challenge Westminster’s cosy consenus

We seem to have a problem with justice

"Lady Justice" by the British sculptor, Frederick William Pomeroy, Photo: PA

Should justice be a matter of interpreting law or a matter of rewarding desert?