Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson is an associate editor of The Spectator

Faith

The Vatican’s McCarrick report is a shameful whitewash

It would take hours to list the evasions, half-truths and omissions in the report

By Damian Thompson

Faith

The Pope really doesn’t like Republicans

Ever since Francis started lobbing missiles at doctrinal conservatives, the latter have been asking ‘is the Pope Catholic?’

By Damian Thompson

Art

Why did Balakirev’s beautiful, inventive works go out of fashion?

Nicholas Walker’s new six-CD cycle of the complete piano works of the eccentric Russian composer are a revelation

By Damian Thompson

Faith

The sinister Vatican plot against Cardinal Pell

Sooner rather than later, we may learn more about what that Vatican money was used for during the Pell trial

By Damian Thompson

Politics

Godforsaken: religion is vanishing from American politics

The country is undergoing a Great Unraveling

By Damian Thompson

Faith

The real reason for Pope Francis’s disgraceful Pompeo snub

We’ve never seen the text of the Vatican-Beijing pact

By Damian Thompson

Faith

What does Kamala Harris really believe?

Is being a Black Baptist more important than Black Lives Matter?

By Damian Thompson

Podcasts

The next pope: are we facing the nightmare of a Parolin pontificate?

Vatican officials are anxious to get their hands on an advance copy of The Next Pope, a survey of 19 leading contenders to succeed Pope Francis scheduled for publication next month. The author, Edward Pentin, discusses these papabile cardinals in today’s episode of Holy Smoke. The full list is still under wraps, but inevitably we […]

By Damian Thompson

Viral contagion

The uncontainable spread of fake coronavirus news

By Damian Thompson

Politics

Is Black Lives Matter a religion for woke white people?

The protesters are expressing the ‘godless creed’ of identity politics

By Damian Thompson

Art

The shape of things

On shape-note singing and my friend Stephen

By Damian Thompson

Faith

Cardinal George Pell is the victim of a shameful miscarriage of justice

It will be interesting to see how the media report the shameful story of what is, in effect, Australia’s Dreyfus case

By Damian Thompson

Faith

The Pope rebuffs his liberal supporters by rejecting married priests

The Pope has thrown his professional sycophants under the bus

By Damian Thompson

Art

Beethoven or bust

Reflecting on the hard-thinking, beer-drinking spiritual gambler

By Damian Thompson

Art

Ave, Maria Grinberg

How the Soviets stopped you from hearing her Beethoven piano sonatas

By Damian Thompson

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