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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

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?

Seve Ballesteros’s funeral had a powerful sense of community. I wish we saw more of this in England

Javier Ballesteros carries the ashes of his father Seve Ballesteros accompanied by his sister Carmen (Denis Doyle/Pool/PA Wire)

The funeral was attended not only by golf luminaries but also the ordinary people of the town

The Eurovision Song Contest is an occasion to treasure

Paradise Oskar of Finland performs a global warming-themed song at a Eurovision semifinal this week (AP photo/Martin Meissner)

If you have plans for Saturday, cancel them

Are Catholic intellectuals losing touch with the mainstream?

Graham Greene, right, and French Catholic writer Francois Mauriac are shown before a conference at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, in 1948. It was attended by 3,000 people (PA photo)

If so, this is bad news for the Church

Archbishop Nichols is right not to comment on Bin Laden’s killing

Soldiers keep guard outside the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed (CNS photo/Faisal Mahmood, Reuters)

Until we know the facts, it is best to say nothing