Church of England

The Church of England needs mission

21 July 2019 8:00

The time has come to disestablish the Church of England. As a deeply partisan Prayer Book Anglican – a churchmanship…

Justin Welby has shown why his church is in such trouble

24 January 2019 11:03

Sorry to sound sectarian, but the Archbishop of Canterbury should really be able to articulate a preference for Anglicanism over…

The Church of England is wrong to rethink confession

6 July 2018 14:14

God knows one tries, but there are times when it’s difficult to take the Church of England entirely seriously. And…

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:…

My conversion to Catholicism has warmed me to the CofE

11 February 2018 9:00

One of the pleasures of being a Catholic convert from Anglicanism is that I feel much warmer towards the Church…

The Church of England’s Bishop Bell battle

23 January 2018 16:03

The Archbishop of Canterbury has once again been dragged into a battle between traditionalists and modernisers. This time though it’s…

The Spectator Podcast: The truth about plastic

18 January 2018 17:43

On this week’s episode, we investigate the truth about plastic, the environmental enemy du jour in 2018. We also try…

The Protestant passions of Queen Victoria: her biographer A.N. Wilson reveals all

6 October 2017 16:07

Our guest on today’s Holy Smoke podcast is A.N. Wilson, author of a hugely admired biography of Queen Victoria and…

The BBC’s self-absorption has obscured Justin Welby’s real message

30 September 2017 16:51

You have to try really hard to get any idea of what the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby actually said…

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…

Justine Greening should keep out of the Church of England’s business

24 July 2017 19:29

God, she’s on a bit of a run, Justine Greening, isn’t she? A day after it turns out she wants…

In defence of the Church of England

16 April 2017 10:00

The Algerian government’s official tourist guide describes ‘the walled town of Beni Isguen — normally closed to foreigners — where…

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…

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…

The Church of England should be agnostic towards homosexuality

21 February 2017 11:23

Let me state the obvious for a moment: the Church of England does not know what line to take on…

Camp vicars and smug gossips: is this really the Church of England’s best look?

14 February 2017 13:13

I have mixed feelings about ‘the Reverend Richard Coles’, whose new
memoir I have just read. It’s great that a vicar…

How the Church of England changed my life

15 January 2017 9:30

It was October 2010 the night the priest came to our door. The knock startled Tim’s dullard beagle into a…

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…

Church attendance isn’t everything. It’s authenticity that counts

30 May 2016 8:43

When there’s a story about Christianity in decline, or in crisis, you always get a few loudmouth lifestyle columnists gloating…