Catholicism

Three men on a pilgrimage: Haven, by Emma Donoghue, reviewed

13 August 2022 9:00 am

I used to envy Catholic novelists – Graham Greene, Muriel Spark, François Mauriac – as having that extra point of…

An intimate, lucid and unforgettable new James MacMillan work

9 July 2022 9:00 am

On Tuesday night I was at the world première of a motet by Sir James MacMillan and I don’t think…

Fresh air and fascism in the Bavarian Alps

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The village of Oberstdorf lies in the Bavarian Alps, geographically remote but, as this gripping book demonstrates, deeply etched by…

Friend of Elizabethan exiles: the colourful life of Jane Dormer

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Thomas Cromwell’s biographer Diarmaid MacCulloch once told me that my father’s family, the Dormers, had been servants of the great…

A tale of forbidden love: Trespasses, by Louise Kennedy, reviewed

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Kenneth Branagh’s Oscar-winning recent film Belfast chronicles the travails of a Protestant family amid sectarian conflict in 1969. Louise Kennedy’s…

Is the Virgin Mary being sidelined by Rome?

2 April 2022 9:00 am

The Catholic church has always venerated Mary (‘Mother of God’) above other saints. But in recent years there has been…

Poland’s abortion culture war is a battle for the country’s soul

12 December 2021 7:30 pm

This week it emerged that a hospital in the city of Białystok in Poland refused to grant an abortion to…

Profound and original and unashamedly religious: Midnight Mass reviewed

13 November 2021 9:00 am

I was turned on to Midnight Mass by Ricky Gervais who raved about it in one of his social media…

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…