Damian Thompson

When Benedict XVI was in his prime choirmasters quietly reintroduced chant and polyphony to Catholic parishes. But it may have been too little too late

His Fourth is perhaps the first great symphony since the death of Shostakovich

Cilla’s funeral was always going to have a showbizzy flavour. But it needn’t have watered down Catholic tradition

During the reign of Benedict XVI, blogging became a mighty instrument in the hands of conservative Catholics. But the medium soon revealed a darker side

In this Lenten season of forgiveness, Lord Tebbit reflects on the bomb that nearly killed him, bankers’ bonuses, bad sermons and the afterlife

We laugh at ludicrous anti-Catholic conspiracies. But we underestimate how many minds they poison, thanks to the latest developments in digital technology

Hispanics are switching in their millions from Catholicism to Protestantism

The family synod showed that the Church is still struggling to come to terms with the digital era

An experience at a hospital has made me realise just how extraordinary the Society of St Vincent de Paul really is

Damian Thompson says that new technology is making temptation harder than ever to resist