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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

Despite his brilliance, St Augustine did produce a few duds

St Augustine: the Shakespeare of Theology (Photo: CNS)

But he was a wonderful writer and preacher: his Confessions ranks as one of the greatest books ever written

Anthony Powell’s masterpiece will change your life

Simon Russell Beale played Widmerpool, left, in a Channel 4 adaptation with Miranda Richardson

A Dance to the Music of Time ‘is just like life itself: the same people keep weaving their way in and out’

People are so rude in the abortion debate that it’s almost pointless trying to argue

Nadine Dorries speaking in the Commons earlier today (PA photo)

And yet if ever there was a need for rational argument, then now is the time

The best way of seeing Britain is in front of the TV

Julia Bradbury and Matt Baker, presenters of Countryfile

The BBC takes on the cold and the rain so you don’t have to

Ten years after 9/11 we Christians have regained our self-confidence

Pope Benedict XVI visits Ground Zero in New York in 2008 (CNS photo/Ettore Ferrari, Reuters)

Under the leadership of Pope Benedict we have slowly regained our footing

Our current ignorance of the Scriptures is a terrible loss to our culture

A scene from the 2007 film adaptation of Beowulf

Knowledge of the Bible gave Anglo-Saxon poetry its resonance and depth

Let’s hope the new Missal leads to more sung Masses

The Mass is meant to be sung but, by and large, is not (CNS photo)

The English settings I learnt at school seem to have disappeared entirely

Memo to dictators: never outstay your welcome

Muammar Gaddafi pictured during a visit to Rome in 2009 (ANDREW MEDICHINI/AP/Press Association Images)

If Gaddafi had followed this simple rule so many lives would have been spared

Ugly anti-papal protests are harming the so-called secularist cause

A World Youth Day pilgrim walks past protesters in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Protesting about the Pope coming to your city is appalling bad manners

Giuseppe Verdi: the anti-clerical composer with a deeply Catholic soul

Verdi conducts the second performance of the Requiem at La Scala in May 1874

It’s a myth that the Italian composer did not care about religion