Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson is an associate editor of The Spectator

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 […]

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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 […]

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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

Music

The joy of listening to old pianists

As he gets older, Barenboim has become more and more keen on recording Beethoven sonatas in front of audiences

By Damian Thompson

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

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