Catholicism

Charles Scott Moncrieff (left) had a deep personal affinity with Proust (right). His rendering of 'À La Recherche du Temps Perdu' is considered one of the greatest literary translations of all time

Soldier, poet, lover, spy: just the man to translate Proust

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Sam Leith is astonished by how much the multi-talented Charles Scott Moncrieff achieved in his short lifetime

Fleet Street’s ‘wild Irish girl’

22 March 2014 9:00 am

In her early days on Fleet Street, Mary Kenny, as she herself admits, was cast as ‘the wild Irish girl’,…

William Vaux, 3rd Baron Vaux of Harrowden, was tried in the Star Chamber in 1581 with his brother-in-law Sir Thomas Tresham for harbouring Edmund Campion and sentenced to imprisonment in the Fleet with a fine of £1,000

Lords, spies and traitors in Elizabeth's England

8 March 2014 9:00 am

There are still some sizeable holes in early modern English history and one of them is what we know —…

Stirring the imagination into overdrive: ‘The Sinner’ by John Collier (1904)

Sex, secrets, and self-mortification: the dark side of the confessional

1 March 2014 9:00 am

I have a confession to make. I really enjoyed this book. It’s been a while since I admitted something of…

Spectator letters: Fears for Scotland, and John Cornwell answers Melanie McDonagh

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Save our Scotland Sir: Matthew Parris is quite right to praise Lord Lang’s speech in the Lords on Scottish independence…

Forgive me, Father

8 February 2014 9:00 am

What Catholics really talk about in the confession box

The great Ascension Day pageant of the Doge performing the marriage of the sea — already a tourist attraction in 17th-century Venice.

What Englishmen learnt from Europe

1 February 2014 9:00 am

A tour of the Continent was a prerequisite for young Jacobean noblemen training for statesmanship — provided they resisted its corrupting influence, says Blair Worden

The one man who makes me hope for peace in Syria

18 January 2014 9:00 am

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

Dot Wordsworth: We've been self-whipping since 1672

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Isabel Hardman of this parish explained after last week’s government defeat that a deluded theory among the party leadership had…

Why G.K. Chesterton shouldn’t be made a saint

24 August 2013 9:00 am

G.K. Chesterton was a great journalist, not an angel

The Breath of Night, by Michael Arditti

27 July 2013 9:00 am

There is always meat in Michael Arditti’s novels. He is a writer who presents moral problems via fiction but is…

God Squad

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

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Evangelicals have taken charge in the Vatican and Lambeth Palace

Satan is back

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Francis is giving new voice to an unfashionable perception

At last! A tango-dancing pope

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Just a year ago on this page I was writing about Pope Benedict XVI’s elder brother Georg and how, while…

Letters

16 March 2013 9:00 am

Sir David must stand down Sir: Reading the reports of Sir David Nicholson’s evidence before the House of Commons Health…

Priests and pagans

9 March 2013 9:00 am

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

Gay sympathy for Cardinal Keith O’Brien

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Were you to try to identify the sort of journalist least likely to feel sympathy for Keith O’Brien, I suppose…

The Spectator’s Notes

2 March 2013 9:00 am

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

Sex, lies and the next Pope

2 March 2013 9:00 am

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

Long life

2 March 2013 9:00 am

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

Sad, not mad

2 July 2011 12:00 am

The Catholic Monarchs — Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile — had five children together.