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Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson is an associate editor of The Spectator

Faith

A thousand victims. Hundreds of priests. How many cardinals knew?

An abuse cover-up in six Pennsylvania dioceses has disgusted Catholics across America.

By Damian Thompson

Art

The virtuoso virtue-signallers of classical music

Music is no longer taught as music, but as social history or an exercise in building self-esteem.

By Damian Thompson

Faith

I don’t want to keep pushing the Francis-Trump analogy. But the Pope makes it tough to resist the temptation

In an interview with Reuters, the supreme pontiff uses Trumpian rhetoric to criticize the migrant children scandal.

By Damian Thompson

Faith

Social conservatism is dead

Pope Francis’s modus operandi is to leave the reporting of his views to third parties and then sit back and enjoy the storm

By Damian Thompson

Europe

The disturbing case of Alfie Evans shames Britain

There was never going to be a happy ending to the story of Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old boy treated at Alder Hey hospital, Liverpool, for an undiagnosed neurological condition that destroyed his brain. But somehow the British establishment has contrived to make a tragic situation worse – to the point where large swathes of European […]

By Damian Thompson

The Vatican’s fake news

Fake news is dangerous because it uses ‘distorted data’ to manipulate the public, Pope Francis warned us in January. Well, he should know. Yesterday it emerged that his press office doctored a photograph of a letter from Benedict XVI in which the Pope Emeritus apparently praised some new books containing Francis’s collected writings. Benedict wrote […]

By Damian Thompson

Art

Meghan Marxist!

The wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry has no precedent in the history of the Royal family. How will a relatively ordinary person, albeit a celebrity, cope with the rigid etiquette and stifling sense of entitlement of the culture into which they are marrying? I’m referring, of course, to Harry. From the moment he […]

By Damian Thompson

Politics

Billy Graham’s legacy of Christian unity

As I write this, my Twitter timeline is filling up with tributes to Billy Graham, who has died at the age of 99. Donald Trump describes him as ‘the GREAT Billy Graham’. Well said, Mr President; for once, those Trumpian capital letters are perfectly judged.  What’s interesting is that so many of those tweets come […]

By Damian Thompson

Is social media doing the Devil’s work?

Twitter brings out a mean streak in some people that can take the breath away. And I should know. I was re-reading my old tweets the other day and thinking: good God, if this was my actual conversation at a dinner party I’d have to get my coat – remember the bloke in The Fast […]

By Damian Thompson

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