Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson is an associate editor of The Spectator

And the Holy Smoke Lefty Bore of the Year award goes to…

27 December 2015 15:00

…. Bonnie Greer. Which is a shame, because before Twitter she was feisty and thought-provoking. Just two years ago she came in…

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…

Exclusive translation: the Pope says Paris attacks are part of a Third World War

15 November 2015 16:14

An Italian religious TV station, TV2000, has posted this audio clip of Pope Francis – sounding distressed and tearful –…

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…

Has Pope Francis just said that ‘all the divorced who ask’ will receive Holy Communion?

2 November 2015 1:12

The aggressively traditionalist Catholic website Rorate Caeli is tonight announcing that Pope Francis has dropped a ‘bombshell’ in an interview…

The Vatican Synod on the Family is over and the conservatives have won

24 October 2015 20:00

This afternoon the Vatican Synod on the Family amended and approved the final document summing up three weeks of chaotic and…

‘Farce’ and ‘verbiage’ behind the scenes at the Pope’s synod: an Aussie archbishop spills the beans…

23 October 2015 19:54

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane is one of the bishops who’ll be voting on the final report of the Synod…

Is this the future Pope Francis casually passing Holy Communion into a crowd?

22 October 2015 14:13

I first saw the YouTube film from which these photographs are taken over a year ago. I’m surprised it hasn’t…

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…

Cardinal Pell: ‘no possibility’ of liberals getting their way on Communion for divorced and remarried

12 October 2015 18:39

Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, has just issued a statement saying there is ‘no…

Crisis for Pope Francis as top-level cardinals tell him: your synod could lead to the collapse of the church

12 October 2015 12:48

  Update, 3.20pm Monday: As I write this, various cardinals have said they didn’t sign the letter, some of them waiting…

Three things you need to know about Pope Francis and the cardinal disgraced in a sex abuse scandal

8 October 2015 16:40

This picture of Pope Francis apparently talking to retired Belgian cardinal Godfried Danneels at the Synod on the Family, which began…

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…

There’s a good reason why there are no great female composers

16 September 2015 12:18

Last week a 17-year-old girl forced the Edexcel exam board to change its A-level music syllabus to include the work…

Corbyn wins: a delicious humiliation for the liberal Left

12 September 2015 13:06

The groans that must be coming from the newsrooms of the Guardian and the BBC right now! With a descant…

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…

The Times on Pope Francis and abortion: the worst piece of religious reporting ever?

2 September 2015 20:24

The headline on page 33 of today’s Times reads: ‘Repent and we will forgive abortions, Pope tells women’. It’s a…

Pope Francis drops a bombshell: Catholics can receive absolution from dissident SSPX priests

1 September 2015 14:15

Pope Francis, unpredictable as ever, has just announced that during the forthcoming ‘Year of Mercy’, Catholics can receive absolution from…

BBC ‘environment analyst’ explodes on Twitter as BBC presenter mocks Met Office’s climate prophecies

6 August 2015 22:16

Climate change is the subject of a complex debate in which, increasingly, experts disagree with each other. Nearly all of them believe in…

Swedish nationalists plan a gay pride march through a Muslim area, hoping for trouble

23 July 2015 10:57

I haven’t seen this reported in the press anywhere, but in Sweden the right-wing nationalist Sweden Democrats are staging a…

Tragedy on the American Left as liberals discover that Bernie Sanders isn’t awesome

22 July 2015 11:50

For the last few months, young American liberals have been writing love letters to a white-haired 73-year-old former mayor from Vermont who…

Brave Cardinal Pell challenges Pope Francis’s dogma on climate change

18 July 2015 22:53

‘The Church has got no mandate from the Lord to pronounce on scientific matters.’ In that one sentence, Cardinal Pell…

Connie St Louis, the woman who brought down Sir Tim Hunt, faces questions over her CV. Where’s the media coverage?

28 June 2015 17:53

Connie St Louis, director of City University’s Science Journalism MA, is the woman who brought Sir Tim Hunt’s career crashing…