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A little girl climbing into the confessi

Forgive me, Father

What Catholics really talk about in the confession box

Italian priest Paolo Dall'Oglio Photo: AFP/Getty

The one man who makes me hope for peace in Syria

As Syria’s second peace conference looms, and we prepare ourselves for a lot of hot air drifting over from Geneva,…

Enoch Powell and a farmer (Photo: Express/Express/Getty)

Why should Nigel Farage have to fight the ghost of Enoch Powell?

One of the genuine seasonal pleasures to be enjoyed as 2013 slipped around the U-bend was Enoch Powell making his…

Letters: Nurses reply to Mary Dejevsky, and Iggy Pop’s sherry habit

Nursing standards Sir: I share Mary Dejevsky’s concern regarding the impact of tired, overworked nurses on the quality of patient…


The war on Christians

It’s time the world paid more attention to assaults against Christians

Charles Moore's notes: While Justin Welby was finding God, I was eating baked beans

Attending the funeral of Margaret Thatcher in April, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, was much impressed by the bit in…

Modern Cairo Reveals Its Ancient Islamic History

So, can we expect Channel 4 to broadcast a C of E call to prayer?

It is very lucky for the BBC that Channel 4 exists. Whatever imbecilic, supposedly attention-grabbing trash the BBC commissions, there will…

God Squad

The new God squad: what Archbishop Welby and Pope Francis have in common

Evangelicals have taken charge in the Vatican and Lambeth Palace


Why no guidance from the Good Book on how to prioritise?

Why is Christianity so unhelpful on the very ethical dilemma that most concerns ordinary people in our everyday lives? Why…

An Muslim imam (L), a Christian priest (

Chief Rabbi: atheism has failed. Only religion can defeat the new barbarians

The West is suffering for its loss of faith. Unless we rediscover religion, our civilisation is in peril

The Cleansing of Naaman by Elisha. Woodcut from the Biblia Sacra Germanaica

The Serpent’s Promise, by Steve Jones - review

The weight of bacteria that each of us carries around is equal to that of our brain, a kilogram of…


The Church of England needs a compromise on gay marriage. Here it is

How to break the Church of England’s great deadlock

Atheist advertising campaign launched

Richard Dawkins has lost: meet the new new atheists

Secular humanism is recovering from its Dawkinsite phase – and beginning a more interesting conversation


Satan is back

Francis is giving new voice to an unfashionable perception


My friend and colleague Roy Brown has just sent me the draft of a statement he will submit to the…

Priests and pagans

The Catholic tradition of priestly celibacy (Latin caelebs, ‘unmarried’), by which Cardinal O’Brien was bound, is not a dogma, but a…

The Spectator’s Notes

On the BBC television news on Monday night, the first three items concerned alleged misbehaviour by the famous — Cardinal…

Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Tarcisi

Sex, lies and the next Pope

The present crop of rumours at the Vatican could furnish a dozen Dan Brown novels

AC Grayling vs God

‘Atheism is to theism,’ Anthony Grayling declares, ‘as not collecting stamps is to stamp-collecting’. At this point, we are supposed…

Long life

Eight years ago I was in Rome for The Spectator to write a piece about the election of a new…

The frontiers of freedom

The problem with Nick Cohen’s very readable You Can’t Read This Book is the way that you can, glaringly, read…

Helping our unbelief

Over 125 of the 320 pages in this book are either blank, or taken up with black-and-white illustrations, of subjects…

Friendships resurrected

A fact which often surprises those who pick up the Bible in adulthood, having not looked at it for years, is how very short the stories are.


The gay Lambeth way

Archbishop Edward Benson was the ideal of a Victorian churchman.