Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson is an associate editor of The Spectator

The plot against the Pope

12 March 2017 9:00

On the first Saturday in February, the people of Rome awoke to find the city covered in peculiar posters depicting…

Are Christian MPs being silenced by the ‘secular inquisition’?

10 March 2017 15:26

The BBC and the secular establishment don’t make life easy for Christian MPs. When Carol Monaghan, a Catholic Scottish Nationalist…

The Queen is a true Christian leader. But what about Prince Charles, who seems more interested in worshipping himself?

24 February 2017 12:18

Every time I suggest on social media that the Queen is Britain’s most inspiring Christian leader, there’s a chorus of…

Is Trump turning Islam into America’s ‘Great Satan’?

3 February 2017 13:24

President Trump has a ‘dark vision’ of America under siege from radical Islam, says the New York Times – and…

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…

Holy Smoke podcast: Are evangelical Christians being sucked into the cult of Trump?

20 January 2017 12:42

Some Christians on the fundamentalist fringe think President Trump is ‘the new David’ who will turn the United States into a godly kingdom.…

How mass immigration is turning London back into a religious city

6 January 2017 13:36

The bewildering influx of immigrants into London has had one effect that no one could have predicted 20 years ago:…

Murdered Christians are 2016’s least fashionable minority

16 December 2016 13:15

The murderers and persecutors of Christians have had a good year. With one exception – the killing of Fr Jacques Hamel…

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 do church leaders suck up to Marxist regimes?

2 December 2016 10:46

When Fidel Castro died, Pope Francis ‘grieved’. That’s right: he grieved for the man who – in addition to murdering…

Brexit, Trump and the pious rage of the liberal clergy

18 November 2016 12:27

Here are some statistics you’re unlikely to hear on Thought for the Day. Churchgoers in America backed Trump by 56…

Secularism is wiping out Christian America. That’s why Trump could win

4 November 2016 10:49

We’re four days away from the presidential election, and America’s evangelical Christian leaders are still supporting a thrice-married man who boasts…

How ‘spiritual’ people are spreading anti-Jewish poison on Facebook: a vicar blows the whistle

28 October 2016 11:56

Nazi-inspired conspiracy theories are gaining popularity among liberal Facebook users who think of themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious’. That’s the claim…

Is the Catholic Church changing its line on divorce?

21 October 2016 12:12

Cristina Odone, former editor of the Catholic Herald, is encouraged to receive Holy Communion in one Kensington parish but not…

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…

Islam’s savage war against atheists: listen to Holy Smoke, the Spectator’s new religion podcast

14 October 2016 12:14

Are former Muslims who ‘come out’ as atheists in Islamic countries becoming the most persecuted minority in the world? And are Western social…

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…

Comment threads are closing, thankfully – but the underpants brigade have won

14 September 2016 13:35

 ‘Oh please not more lies from the LibLabCon BLIAR propaganda machine!’ ‘If the author of this article had read the…

Hillary Clinton’s health crisis was a victory for conspiracy theorists – on 9/11, of all days

12 September 2016 15:58

‘Can we just stop talking about Hillary Clinton’s health now?’, snapped Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post on September 6.…

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…

Pope used Argentinian ‘ghostwriter’ for controversial document on the family, claims Vatican expert

25 May 2016 15:34

The leading Vatican commentator Sandro Magister – a conservative Catholic detested by the Pope’s entourage – this morning published an article that will severely…

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…

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…

Sir James MacMillan mourns the little granddaughter who brought ‘cosmic love’ to his family

21 January 2016 22:12

Just before Christmas, the Catholic Herald named the composer Sir James MacMillan as its first Catholic of the Year. The award…