Catholicism

Why I left the Church of England: an interview with Michael Nazir-Ali

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Michael Nazir-Ali on his decision to join the Catholic church

Pope Francis is losing his culture war

23 July 2021 7:48 am

Since I wroteabout the Pope’s declaration of war on the Old Rite, something unexpected and beautiful has happened. Many bishops…

The word ‘mother’ isn’t offensive. The Catholic church should say so

26 June 2021 9:00 am

I’m used to waiting for the Catholic church to make sense. I’m a convert to Catholicism, and Catholic ideas sometimes…

Orcadian cadences: celebrating the reclusive poet George Mackay Brown

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Maggie Fergusson on the reclusive poet George Mackay Brown

Audiences don’t want woke: comic-book writer Mark Millar interviewed

8 May 2021 9:00 am

James Delingpole talks to comic-book writer Mark Millar about the joy of Catholicism, our sorry lack of male action figures and his childhood superpower

In defence of Flannery O’Connor

3 April 2021 9:00 am

I have a thought for the students of Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland: this Easter, why not resurrect Flannery O’Connor?…

Community music-making is the jewel in the British crown

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Community music-making is the unifying jewel in the British crown, says James MacMillan

In America, politics has become a form of religion

3 April 2021 9:00 am

When I finally head back to church this weekend, after a year of Covid-avoidance, it is going to feel a…

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The Pope really doesn’t like Republicans

1 November 2020 9:16 am

Last week we learned that Pope Francis has torn up the Catholic Church’s teaching that same-sex civil partnerships are gravely…

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Godforsaken: religion is vanishing from American politics

6 October 2020 12:17 am

The United States has always been the world’s leading religious marketplace. Even before independence, the American colonies were more fervently…

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Amy Coney Barrett is the ultimate Walmart soccer mom

27 September 2020 10:01 am

The biggest takeaway from the 2016 presidential election was that Main Street America was so sick of elites in Washington…

Downside’s downfall: the dissolution of a monastery

5 September 2020 9:00 am

The dissolution of a monastery

How the Catholic church betrayed the dying

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Of all the sad and surreal things to happen in the past few months, the Catholic church’s decision to abandon…

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The woke war on religion

27 July 2020 10:30 pm

Though you wouldn’t know it from most American media outlets, the phenomenon of vandalizing and burning religious sites which is…

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Black mass: the Georgetown Lecture Fund’s odd diversity campaign

18 June 2020 9:11 am

The New York Times’s opinion editor resigned in disgrace earlier this month following a newsroom revolt over the publication of…

Why are musicologists so indifferent to their subjects’ love lives?

2 May 2020 9:00 am

People often say that the battle for male gay rights has been won, at least in the West, and that…

Getting coronavirus does not bring clarity

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

I had thought that actually getting the coronavirus would bring clarity — that there would be some satisfaction in meeting…

Why I changed my mind about Catholicism

21 December 2019 9:00 am

I grew up in a traditional English family, surrounded by cousins, chivvied by aunts, presided over by my grandmother, who…

The Pope is wrong to change the Lord’s Prayer

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Is the pope a Catholic? You have to wonder. In the old days, a pope’s remit was modest: infallible, but…

Portrait of Franco as Generalissimo

Spain has effectively obliterated Franco’s memory

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Spanish restaurants in Germany are relatively rare, but not nearly as rare as biographies of General Franco. So when the…

Gerry Adams: from jail to the Dail

4 November 2017 9:00 am

When I recently asked a sardonic Northern Irish friend what historical figures Gerry Adams resembled, the tasteless reply came back:…

‘The Incredulity of Thomas’, by Caravaggio. (c.1603). It is only in St John’s Gospel that Thomas is portrayed as unbelieving

A Muslim’s insights into Christianity

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I’m not a critic, I’m an enthusiast. And when you are an enthusiast you need to try your best to…

By Patten or design?

22 July 2017 9:00 am

My old friend Richard Ingrams was said always to write The Spectator’s television reviews sitting in the next-door room to…

The many, many resting places of St Thomas à Becket

28 May 2016 9:00 am

A man in full A relic said to contain a fragment of St Thomas à Becket’s elbow arrived from Hungary for…

Equipped for life with a copy of Thucydides

28 May 2016 9:00 am

‘What distinguishes Cambridge from Oxford,’ wrote A.A. Milne in 1939, is that nobody who has been to Cambridge feels impelled…