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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

How to argue with anti-Catholics

Valuable real estate in the centre of town

The Church is Fascist, the Church is Marxist, the Church is too rich – the same allegations come up again and again

Francis has challenged Islamic countries to grant religious freedom to Christians – will Western politicians follow his lead?

U.S. President Barack Obama wears a gift from Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (CNS)

In his apostolic exhortation the Pontiff is also brave to suggest that Islam has its origins in Christianity

For the sake of the people and their needs – reform the planning laws

We must think of new ways to build homes without resorting to hideous urban sprawl

Family breakdown should be a concern to us all, irrespective of our religious beliefs

What will a society where the minority are brought up in traditional families look like? (PA)

The Church used to discuss this important subject a great deal, but in recent times the talking has stopped

What in the end is the point of relics?

People venerate relics of St. Therese of Lisieux at the National Shrine of Walsingham (CNS)

To hate relics is to hate the historicity of the Incarnation

The Synod ‘survey’ is not going to change Church ‘policy’

The media has taken to Pope Francis (CNS)

Moral teachings do not change – only the way they are presented

Francis is a Pope of the Christian Democrat Left

Francis: A Christian Democrat of the Left (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The Pope provides food for thought to all who in this country identify all religion with the political right

Failure of governance is the biggest crisis facing the Church

Pope Francis with members of the Council of Cardinals (CNS)

Scandals, including those involving child abuse and the Vatican Bank, make the task of evangelisation harder

What does Gerry Adams know about the murder of Jean McConville?

McConville, with her three of her children, before she disappeared

The idea that Adams knew nothing about is absurd

Caring for the poor is natural Catholic territory – let’s not give it up

Oscar Romero - hero to the poor

We shouldn’t leave it to left-wing firebrands and socialist intellectuals