Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson is an associate editor of The Spectator

Pope Francis has betrayed Cardinal Zen

14 May 2022 4:30 pm

When Cardinal Joseph Zen, the 90-year-old former Bishop of Hong Kong, was arrested by Chinese authorities on Wednesday and charged…

Male friendship is in crisis

9 April 2022 9:00 am

The decline of male friendship

Kirill, the Patriarch in league with Putin

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The Patriarch in league with Putin

The truth behind the Pope Benedict inquiry

27 January 2022 1:00 am

How are we to interpret the revelation that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI misled a sex abuse inquiry? That might seem an…

Djokovic is a conspiracy super spreader

13 January 2022 2:30 am

When the world’s number one tennis player Novak Djokovic found himself locked in a Melbourne hotel because he’d entered Australia…

The selfie is dead – but self-obsession is universal

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Narcissism already has a new obsession

Is the Pope a Protestant?

17 October 2021 9:33 am

When Pope Francis was asked last month how he was doing after surgery on his colon in July, he replied:…

Ex Anglican Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali converts to Catholicism

14 October 2021 7:12 pm

Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester and one of the best-known Anglican clerics, could be ordained as a Catholic…

The best recordings of the Goldberg Variations

2 October 2021 9:00 am

I sometimes think the classical record industry would collapse if it weren’t for the Goldberg Variations. Every month brings more…

Technology is robbing us of the power to forget

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Technology is robbing us of the power to forget

Why am I so angry?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Why have we become so quick to anger?

Playing with fire — did QAnon start as a cynical game?

24 July 2021 9:00 am

The QAnon conspiracy theory may be absurd, but it can’t be ignored. It has already led to significant acts of violence, says Damian Thompson

The troubling history of Mormonism

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Are Mormons prepared to ignore their troubled history?

Alfred Brendel the Dadaist

16 January 2021 9:00 am

How many people are celebrating the fact that, last week, one of Europe’s most inspired writers about music, modern art…


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…

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

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Anyone who invited the Russian composer Mily Balakirev to dinner had to be jolly careful about the fish they served.…

The sinister Vatican plot against Cardinal Pell

6 October 2020 6:19 pm

Cardinal George Pell isn’t the sort of man to say ‘so there is a God after all!’ – but plenty…


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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The real reason for Pope Francis’s disgraceful Pompeo snub

3 October 2020 3:35 am

Why did Pope Francis refuse to meet Secretary Pompeo in Rome this week? The obvious answer is that he didn’t…


What does Kamala Harris really believe?

17 August 2020 8:39 pm

When Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris as his running mate, the Religion News Service reported that she ‘now considers herself…

Beethoven 32 piano sonatas were his musical laboratory – here are the best recordings

18 July 2020 9:00 am

If you want to understand Beethoven, listen to his piano sonatas. Without them, you’ll never grasp how the same man…

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Is Black Lives Matter a religion for woke white people?

4 June 2020 9:51 pm

The most memorable footage of the Black Lives Matter protests, and perhaps the creepiest, doesn’t capture any acts of violence,…

Fake news is spreading faster than the virus

9 May 2020 9:00 am

The uncontainable spread of fake coronavirus news

The Pope rebuffs his liberal supporters by rejecting married priests

13 February 2020 3:34 am

Pope Francis today issued his official response to October’s ‘Amazon Synod’, which discussed a plan to ordain married men in…

Beethoven wasn’t just history’s greatest composer but also one of its greatest human beings

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Ludwig van Beethoven isn’t just my favourite composer: he’s my household god. There’s a bust of him on my mantelpiece.…