Catholic Church

A hero bishop, a human disaster… and the Pachamama

1 November 2019 14:16

What exactly is the role of a bishop – Catholic or Anglican – in the modern West? They spend a…

Podcast: Why the Vatican is more corrupt than ever

11 October 2019 14:08

As the world’s Catholic bishops meet in Rome to waffle about the problems of indigenous peoples in the Amazon basin,…

Is Boris Johnson, baptised a Catholic, really a Christian?

23 July 2019 13:41

In today’s Holy Smoke podcast, Harry Mount and I discuss the mysterious religious beliefs of the man who will be…

Will Cardinal Pell’s fall prompt soul-searching in the Catholic Church?

1 March 2019 12:16

I have heard surprisingly few Catholic responses to this week’s news of the conviction of Cardinal George Pell. I guess…

If Pope Francis resigns it could tear the Catholic Church apart

28 August 2018 11:09

The allegation by a former senior Vatican diplomat that Pope Francis vigorously covered up sex abuse is looking more credible…

US Catholic bishops could be forced out of office by a horrific dossier on sex abuse

15 August 2018 17:29

A Pennsylvania grand jury report released last night has revealed that the Catholic Church in six dioceses systematically and sneakily…

Could Dublin’s preachy liberals save Ireland’s abortion ban?

23 April 2018 13:47

Could there be a Trump-style upset when the Irish vote next month on whether to repeal the country’s ban on…

The waffler and the thunderer: why Anglicans and Catholics will never unite

6 April 2018 17:29

Last week The Spectator published a fascinating and mischievous piece by Ysenda Maxtone Graham entitled ‘A tale of two Sarahs:…

Five years of Pope Francis: five things you need to know

14 March 2018 8:49

Five years ago, the name of the Pope was announced from the balcony of St Peter’s and I was given…

Time is running out for the ‘Dictator Pope’ as a new scandal hits Rome

23 December 2017 14:11

Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga of Honduras, one of the most influential figures in the Catholic Church, has been accused of receiving…

Pope is planning to retire, say allies – but only once he’s appointed enough liberal cardinals

21 April 2017 11:42

Allies of Pope Francis are saying that he’s planning to follow the example of Benedict XVI and retire. But he’ll only…

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…

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…