Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith

You are standing on the pavement and you spot a funeral procession. What do you do?

The American Gothic – from The Exorcist to Scooby Doo – deals with the shadows that have not been banished by the Enlightenment

They have something in common, apart from anger: they believe in a religion that has no connection to morality

Isn’t the BBC supposed to educate? Why, then, is it spreading ignorance in this way?

Well, here is a checklist. And it doesn’t include aid

Often aid gives power and patronage to corrupt regimes that are the cause of poverty themselves

She was a highly significant writer, and nearly every important literary person passed through her kitchen

She was a pawn, not a political player, and no one, it seems, felt sorry for her

As in China, the forces of conservatism were too great