Catholicism

Is the Church of England dying in the countryside?

22 August 2017 13:05

English country churches: everyone loves them, no one wants to actually pray in them. ‘People have a massive sentimental attachment to…

Can a liberal Catholic now save France?

8 May 2017 12:18

France is a muddled nation, n’est-ce pas? And at the root of the muddle is, guess what, religion. Maybe the muddle…

Christians are now a minority – and need to act as one to survive

14 April 2017 9:00

Hannah Roberts, an English Catholic friend, was once telling me about her family’s long history in Yorkshire. She spoke with…

The Spectator Podcast: Keeping the faith

13 April 2017 12:38

On this week’s episode, we discuss the future of Christians as a minority group, consider whether Trump has found an ally…

Secularism is part of God’s cunning plan

12 April 2017 12:49

How should Christians relate to the culture around them? That is the question raised by Rod Dreher’s article in the Spectator…

The Spectator podcast: The plot against the Pope

10 March 2017 15:21

On this week’s episode, we take the Pope to task over his leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, ask whether Canada has…

Norma McCorvey: the woman who made the choice to be pro-life

20 February 2017 14:20

Norma McCorvey, who died on Saturday, was unknown; as the Jane Roe in Roe v Wade, she became one of…

An ‘Anglican Brexit’ is Britain’s best hope

16 January 2017 13:03

One of the many admirable aspects of Japanese culture is that they have developed strong taboos against triumphalism in politics.…

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…

Why is Mother Theresa criticised for not doing things that weren’t her job?

4 September 2016 12:31

Mother Theresa has been canonised today; cue for contained rapture on the part of her Missionaries of Charity and supporters…

The Pope vs The Donald. Who will win?

17 February 2016 14:02

It’s pretty extraordinary that a leading contender for the American presidency has just effectively threatened the Pope with terrorism. But then,…

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…

The Pope is trying to be the good cop. So who will be the bad cop?

28 September 2015 13:05

The Pope has in effect said this to his Catholic flock: Let our rhetoric be liberal; Let us sound like…

Ireland’s ‘tolerant’ elite now demonise anyone who opposes gay marriage

19 May 2015 11:05

If you think it’s tough being a Tory voter in 21st-century Britain, try being a ‘No’ voter in this week’s…

What’s the point of the BBC if we no longer share common cultural values?

16 March 2015 16:24

Is privatising BBC3 as bad as Isis’s destruction of Nineveh? That was the wonderfully trolling headline on a Stewart Lee piece…

Like Isis, Thomas More believed passionately in burning people alive

19 February 2015 12:11

Next week, in the final episode of the BBC’s Wolf Hall, we’ll see Anne Boleyn face death by beheading. But if…

Tristram Hunt and nuns: an anti-Catholic snob lets his guard slip

6 February 2015 11:53

Question Time last night. My colleague Cristina Odone of the Legatum Institute  is explaining that ‘some of the most inspiring…

Why we should use the language of Christianity in public discourse

25 November 2014 10:01

There was an interesting exchange last night at the annual lecture for Theos, the think tank that does God. After…

Border controls are a basic human right – is it un-Christian to oppose mass immigration?

28 October 2014 10:13

Is it sinful to be not so keen on the whole immigration thing? I suppose Justin Welby thinks so, according…

After the Pope’s Synod-on-family fiasco, let’s judge Catholicism on Catholic terms

19 October 2014 22:29

The Church’s extraordinary Synod on the family hasn’t gone down terribly well with secular pundits. It’s been billed as a…

The Scottish Church showed little statesmanship or common sense during the referendum

22 September 2014 11:25

A few hours after the final result of the Scottish referendum was announced, I visited the cemetery at Cille Bharra…

Galloway and religion

31 March 2012 18:45

A few years ago, The Spectator, in an inspired notion for the Easter issue, asked a number of prominent individuals…

Why Prof Dawkins has it wrong

14 February 2012 16:45

No sooner does Baroness Warsi denounce militant secularists who try to marginalise Christianity than, bang on cue, up surfaces Richard…