Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson is an associate editor of The Spectator

Kieran Conry scandal: Cardinal Nichols faces questions about a cover-up

29 September 2014 2:14

Cardinal Nichols this morning faces his biggest crisis since he became Archbishop of Westminster in 2009. On Saturday Bishop Kieran Conry…

Bishop Kieran Conry had affairs with two women, one of them married

27 September 2014 18:25

Update: The Mail has now published its allegations against Bishop Conry. They’re much more serious than I imagined. He appears to…

‘Jews Got Money’ – challenging anti-Semitism and a Jewish taboo

26 September 2014 15:55

The other day someone tweeted at me the words ‘J£w$ Got Mon€¥’. And I was just about to tweet back:…

The Scottish Catholic bishops and the Nationalists: a scandal is coming to light

23 September 2014 19:47

Professor Tom Gallagher, a Scottish Catholic historian, wrote a post here yesterday accusing the Catholic hierarchy of Scotland of covertly…

Does Pope Francis believe in the Rapture?

20 September 2014 22:31

Yesterday Pope Francis preached one of the most extraordinary sermons ever delivered by a pope, one that demonstrates the laziness of…

Fear and loathing in the Vatican

18 September 2014 23:03

Here is a picture of Cardinal Raymond Burke, whose grand title of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura is…

Isis and Islamophobes: what a lousy time to be a British Muslim

14 September 2014 18:34

Just over a week ago I wrote a piece in the Spectator asking if we were on the verge of an…

Could homosexuality split the Catholic Church?

9 September 2014 15:53

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the ebullient Archbishop of New York, has welcomed the ‘wise decision’ by organisers of the city’s St…

GQ kills irony as Tony Blair wins Philanthropist of the Year

3 September 2014 12:27

Satire died when Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize, said Tom Lehrer. Now irony has followed it to the…

Can Douglas Carswell stop Ukip screwing things up?

30 August 2014 20:25

I rejoiced at the news of Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip. Not because I’m a Ukip supporter (I haven’t made…

Have you heard the one about Isis and the ‘Ebola bomb’?

26 August 2014 10:35

Isis has the Ebola bomb. So be very, very afraid. If you’re a nutjob, that is. The conspiracy website Before…

Cameron has silenced the only minister who understands Islamism

22 August 2014 17:31

Only one person sitting around the cabinet table truly understands how Islamism works – and David Cameron has silenced him.…

Satanists are planning to desecrate the Host at a Black Mass. Let’s stop them

20 August 2014 21:52

Satan-worshippers are planning to hold a Black Mass in Oklahoma next month. My usual reaction to this news would be:…

Islamic extremism and the hypocrisy of the Church of England

17 August 2014 21:20

The Church of England has written to David Cameron accusing him of lacking ‘a coherent or comprehensive approach to Islamic…

Human beings aren’t built to handle ‘celebrity’

13 August 2014 22:39

When Robin Williams killed himself, his spokesman revealed that he’d been suffering from depression. Cue well-meaning advice about this mysterious…

‘Left Handers Day’ ignores the Ambidextrous and Transhand communities. End this discrimination now!

13 August 2014 14:55

Today is International Left Handers Day, ‘the 22nd annual celebration of lefthanders’ superiority’. It’s an opportunity for ‘Lefties’ and their…

Obama’s intervention in Iraq proves that religion really is the new politics

11 August 2014 17:45

Today we are witnessing the extraordinary – and long overdue – spectacle of an American president intervening in Iraq to…

At last! An Archbishop of Canterbury recognises that Islamists slaughter Christians

8 August 2014 16:01

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has just issued a statement about the slaughter of Christians in Iraq that is…

Jean-Marie Charles-Roux, a good and holy priest

8 August 2014 8:28

I am so sorry to hear of the death of Fr Jean-Marie Charles-Roux in Rome at the age of 99.…

Why is China tearing down church crosses? Because it’s terrified of religion

6 August 2014 17:12

Since the beginning of this year, China has been engaged in a cruel and bizarre campaign against Christians in the…

Now that Richard Dawkins is attacking Muslims and feminists, the atheist Left suddenly discover he’s a bigot

30 July 2014 14:36

‘Richard Dawkins, what on earth happened to you?’ asks Eleanor Robertson in the Guardian today. Ms Robertson is a ‘feminist…

In Iraq, ancient Christianity lies in ruins. But who cares?

28 July 2014 16:44

The Mar Behnam monastery outside Mosul, seized by ISIS just over a week ago, bears an inscription in the Turkic…

Why is The Daily Dot, smooth and sassy website of ‘the internet community’, publishing racist nonsense?

23 July 2014 19:14

The Daily Dot, founded less than two years ago, is best read while sipping the flattest of flat white coffees.…

Flight MH17: the unctuous Bishop James Jones shows off on ‘Thought for the Day’

21 July 2014 18:00

Perhaps it’s my imagination, but every time the Rt Rev James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool, pops up on Thought…

As Christians are massacred in Iraq, laid-back Obama maintains his shameful silence

19 July 2014 19:11

Christians in Mosul have been offered three choices by ISIS: 1. Convert to Islam. 2. Pay the ‘jizya’ tax that…