Catholic Church

The Knights of Malta must understand that they are a religious order – not a country

26 January 2017 12:14

There are some strange goings-on in Rome at the moment. Two of the world’s smallest sovereign states, both headquartered there,…

Pope seizes power from the Knights of Malta, brutally ending 900 years of their sovereignty

25 January 2017 15:50

The Knights of Malta – an ancient Catholic order that dates back to the crusades – have enjoyed the privileges of…

François Fillon could become the face of France’s Catholic revival

12 January 2017 13:09

It strikes me that it’s not much fun being a Catholic in France these days. Strolling back to my apartment in…

How the Catholic Church created democracy

24 December 2016 12:00

Going to spend Christmas with relatives you don’t really like? Well, you can thank God you only have to see…

My path to becoming a priest

20 December 2016 11:00

Prayer comes readily when we are distressed or in danger. Agnosticism falls away. It has been so for me. Many…

The Pope’s bizarre rant about eating faeces makes me wonder if he should retire

8 December 2016 15:04

Have you read what the Pope has just said about being sexually turned on by eating faeces? He wasn’t talking about…

Why is this church offering diva pics and videos?

19 November 2016 8:30

In Northern Ireland recently, I sought out the Mass times of the local Church of the Immaculate Conception. Its website…

Why the French favour secularism over appeasement in the fight to defeat Islamic extremism

21 October 2016 14:57

In the apartment block next to mine in Paris there are two Muslim families. One I see often: the dad…

How the Democrats infiltrated the Catholic Church

19 October 2016 14:52

Right-wing Americans see liberal conspiracies everywhere. Often their claims are fatuous — Donald Trump has just announced that the 2016…

The Pope has tried to wave through communion for divorced-and-remarried

19 September 2016 17:01

Pope Francis has just given implicit permission for many divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion. But he’s done so surreptitiously. Effectively, Francis has pulled…

Pope Francis says most marriages today are ‘invalid’. This is a disaster for the Catholic Church

17 June 2016 0:05

Pope Francis, spiritual leader of a billion people, has just informed them that ‘the great majority’ of sacramental marriages are invalid…

What seeing Thomas a Becket’s elbow taught me about the church

25 May 2016 18:06

It’s not every day, you know, you get to see a bit of the elbow of Thomas a Becket. In…

Catholic bishops split over Brexit as Archbishop accuses Osborne of ‘ludicrous’ scaremongering

23 May 2016 17:57

Archbishop Peter Smith, the Catholic Archbishop of Southwark – whose diocese covers all of London south of the Thames – has…

Even religious polemics can’t inject any life into the Brexit debate

21 May 2016 9:32

Churches are generally ideal venues for public debates. But there’s a slight chance that a speech about the perils of…

The Spectator podcast: tax vs sex

16 April 2016 9:30

To subscribe to The Spectator’s weekly podcast, for free, visit the iTunes store or follow us on SoundCloud. After the row over tax returns,…

Pope Francis’s revolution has been cancelled

8 April 2016 12:20

Here’s the beginning of the Guardian’s report on Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love), Pope Francis’s response to the Synod on…

Will Catholic bishops try to scare their flocks into voting against Brexit?

9 February 2016 22:05

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales – and the separate hierarchy for Scotland, for that matter – have long…

A truly liberal society would tolerate the Anglican church’s views on sexuality

20 January 2016 12:54

Given how apocalyptic the predictions were, Anglicanism’s make-or-break meeting about issues of human sexuality last week proved something of a…

Pope Francis condemns Catholic ‘fundamentalists’ and hints at support for use of condoms against Aids

30 November 2015 23:45

Pope Francis has used another mid-flight press conference to make a statement of significance to millions of Catholics. Asked if the Church…

Why is Pope Francis’s leadership such a confusing mess? This may be the answer…

13 November 2015 21:27

This week the Catholic Herald published a blog post by Dr Edward Condon, an American canon lawyer, that began with a…

Pope Francis is now effectively at war with the Vatican. If he wins, the Catholic Church could fall apart

18 October 2015 15:52

Pope Francis yesterday gave an address to the profoundly divided Synod on the Family in which he confirmed his plans to…

This week the Catholic Church is in chaos. And Pope Francis is to blame

13 October 2015 21:40

The Catholic Church is this week in the biggest mess it’s been in since the Second Vatican Council, and Pope…

The Vatican ‘Family synod’ and the sex abuse scandal that could engulf Pope Francis

7 October 2015 15:12

Pope Francis’s three-week Synod on the Family began on Sunday. Most of the 279 ‘Synod Fathers’ are senior bishops, many…

Pope Francis’s US tour has been a triumph. His conservative critics must be in despair

28 September 2015 1:03

Apologies for the picture quality (it’s from live coverage by ABC News), but this shot of Pope Francis cracking up…

Pope Francis gets it right: today’s changes to the marriage annulment process are bold and brave

8 September 2015 22:08

Pope Francis today made sweeping changes to the procedures by which Catholics get their marriages annulled – that is, receive…