‘‘In the Closet of the Vatican’ may be less a constructive reckoning than a stockpile of ammunition for militant right-wing Catholics who already itch to conduct a witch-hunt for gay priests.’ Image: Ben Wiseman/The New York Times

Marvelling at the mysterious sanctum that his new book explores, French journalist Frédéric Martel writes that “even in San Francisco’s Castro” there (...)

Rory McIlroy in action during the Players Championship. The Irish man missed the cut, a boon for anyone who left him out of their team.  Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

It was a rather contrasting week six for the Molinari brothers, Francesco and Edoardo, Francesco having a miserable time of it at Sawgrass where he mi(...)

In a photo provided by the White House, Donald Trump and administration figures are briefed on the strike on an air base in Syria at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Photograph: Shealah Craighead/The White House via The New York Times

So now we know what it takes for an unhinged, bigoted demagogue to get liberal applause: just bypass the constitution to fire some missiles. It had s(...)

Donald Trump supporters gather for a ralyy.Trump is the pied piper of the enraged and the resentful, says Martin Wolf.

Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate for president. He might even become president of the US. It is hard to exaggerate the significance and d(...)

Marriage-equality mural in the Liberties area of Dublin: marriage equality, which was a marginal, almost eccentric demand only two decades ago, is now a reality in 20 countries and in many sub-national regions, including 37 of the 50 states of the United States. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland’s vote in favour of same-sex marriage is a milestone in the global struggle for equality for gays and lesbians that has seen dramatic progress(...)

Like most journalists, I’m widely regarded as an indispensable force for good in the battle to restore western civilisation. Oops, I’m co(...)