Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson is an associate editor of The Spectator

Music

The best recordings of the Goldberg Variations

The Goldbergs are a nightmare for pianists and only very few have managed to its sense of virtuosic fun without tripping up

By Damian Thompson

Holy Smoke

Has Pope Francis thrown Joe Biden under the bus on abortion?

Say what you like about Pope Francis, but he’s incapable of giving a boring in-flight interview. Last Wednesday, coming back from Hungary and Slovakia, he was asked about the problem of pro-abortion Catholic politicians receiving Holy Communion. He immediately launched into a ferocious denunciation of abortion, describing it as homicide, saying there was no middle […]

By Damian Thompson

Science & Tech

Technology is robbing us of the power to forget

We have acquired the ability to plunge into a recreation of the past so detailed that it feels like time travel

By Damian Thompson

Book Review

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

The Storm is Upon Us and Pastels and Pedophiles reviewed

By Damian Thompson

Religion

Does Joe Biden deserve to receive Communion?

The President has forced the hand of the American Catholic hierarchy

By Damian Thompson

Music

The legend of forgotten musical genius Mieczyslaw Weinberg

Dismissed as a dime-store Shostakovich, then praised as a major modern composer

By Damian Thompson

Holy Smoke

How Biden’s cardinals are trying to shut down free discussion

America’s Catholic bishops are furiously divided among themselves this week, after a liberal faction led by the Biden loyalists Cardinals Cupich of Chicago and Wilton Gregory of Washington tried to stop them discussing the question of whether the radically pro-choice president of the United States should be allowed to receive Holy Communion. The US conference […]

By Damian Thompson

Holy Smoke

The legal harassment of today’s Christians is the last legacy of the Soviet Union

Today’s Holy Smoke podcast is about the increasingly brutal bullying and silencing of people — especially Christians — who hold the ‘wrong’ opinions on controversial topics. A culture of censorship is becoming ever more deeply embedded in public institutions not just in Britain but also throughout Europe. In London last month we witnessed the nasty […]

By Damian Thompson

Music

Messing up Beethoven’s Ninth

How do you rein in the overactive bits of Manfred Honeck’s imagination without driving him away?

By Damian Thompson

Religion

Is the President Catholic?

Voters understandably doubt Biden’s Catholic convictions

By Damian Thompson

China

Is the Pope a Chinese asset?

The Pontiff has kowtowed to Beijing

By Damian Thompson

Religion

What does the Pope really think about gays?

It turns out Francis is Catholic after all

By Damian Thompson

Education

The battle of the Bible thumpers

A black Christian is, apparently, the wrong kind of ‘diverse’

By Damian Thompson

Music

Alfred Brendel, Dadaist

Brendel’s writing, unlike his nobly self-effacing recordings, hints at a slightly scary personality

By Damian Thompson

Religion

Why does Cardinal Wuerl deserve a $2 million payout?

Wuerl resigned in 2018 after a ‘lapse of memory’ about his predecessor’s sexual activities

By Damian Thompson

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